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    Help finding a freeview recorder

    I'm after a joint present for my parents, my dad keeps moaning about not being able to record stuff that's on freeview ....

    Just wanting to know the cheapest place to get a freeview recorder with a hard drive. If it can burn to dvd too, that would be helpul.

    I have seen them for £170 but that was in a specialist shop, anyone know of anything cheaper?

    It can be online or offline, probably looking at sub £70 prices.

    cheers guys / gals

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    [COLOR="DarkSlateBlue"]Basically they are all really poor... but the least worse are Humax.

    Humax 1600 is £130ish and theres a bigger one for about your budget.[/COLOR]

    vibeone;6976781

    [COLOR="DarkSlateBlue"]Basically they are all really poor... but the … [COLOR="DarkSlateBlue"]Basically they are all really poor... but the least worse are Humax.Humax 1600 is £130ish and theres a bigger one for about your budget.[/COLOR]



    What is a Humax 1600?

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    What is a Humax 1600?



    [FONT="Century Gothic"][SIZE="2"][COLOR="DarkSlateBlue"]It's a model I invented.

    I mean the 9150 or the 9300 [/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT]

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    vibeone;6976781

    [COLOR="DarkSlateBlue"]Basically they are all really poor... but the … [COLOR="DarkSlateBlue"]Basically they are all really poor... but the least worse are Humax.Humax 1600 is £130ish and theres a bigger one for about your budget.[/COLOR]



    Ahhh a humax, I just want something cheap that will stop my dad from moaning constantly :lol:

    faevilangel;6976818

    Ahhh a humax, I just want something cheap that will stop my dad from … Ahhh a humax, I just want something cheap that will stop my dad from moaning constantly :lol:



    Anything less than a Humax will have him moaning constantly.. take a look here;

    humaxdirect.co.uk/

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    vibeone;6976781

    [COLOR=DarkSlateBlue]Basically they are all really poor... but the least … [COLOR=DarkSlateBlue]Basically they are all really poor... but the least worse are Humax.Humax 1600 is £130ish and theres a bigger one for about your budget.[/COLOR]


    I disagree that they are ALL really poor.

    My Humax is excellent and always has been. The others brands are rubbish though

    hotukdeals.com/ite…tv-

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    csiman;6976877

    I disagree that they are ALL really poor.My Humax is excellent and always … I disagree that they are ALL really poor.My Humax is excellent and always has been. The others brands are rubbish thoughhttp://www.hotukdeals.com/item/528505/humax-freeview-playback-digital-tv-



    [FONT="Century Gothic"][SIZE="2"][COLOR="DarkSlateBlue"]I've had a humax die, and that coupled with the fan issues on the early firmwares doesn't help the perception though.

    I agree in the main though - calling Humax poor was a little over the top.

    Get the 9150 for £130 and save a bit of money - its far better than more expensive other brands, and far far far better than cheaper other brands - even big names like Hitachi are poor in this market for some reason.

    If you want something decent, you don't have any other option than Humax.
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    Another vote for the Humax 9300T, you just can't go wrong with it, changes the way you watch tv forever!

    About three years ago I bought a Sharp 160GB HDR or PVR. I have never looked back since. Current ones are better spec'ed and I am almost hoping my current one breaks down so I can get one of the new ones. It's the only way I can justify buying a new one to my wife! But, the old one just keeps going (PVR that is).

    The Sharp site here - sharp.co.uk/For…ers - is where you can buy direct. You can take the model numbers and surf about for deals. I did see COMET selling them when I was in there on Sunday.

    It is easy to use. My wife can use it no problem; my 14 & 9 yo girls can use it easy; my dad (74 yo) loves it, he bought one 6 months after I got mine; my dads neighbour (72 yo lady) got one too and she thinks it is great; and finally I can even understand the very simple set up and user modes. The GUI is not the most attractive - I had a Netgem freeview recever before - but it is no complication and faster then some I have see - even the HUMAX. Some of these boxes can take a few seconds to think about what they have been asked to do, before they actually do it. Sharp is not in that league.

    The Sharp models have Twin Tuners - which means you can record one Freeview Channel and watch another. Reading the specs of the current Sharp models it says you can now record two Freeview channels and watch a pre-recorded programme at the same time.

    If you get any of these models with a DVD recorder you only generally get one Freeview Tuner - so can only record the channel you are watching. To get a Twin Tuner and a DVD recorder and all working at the same time - you pay a lot of money.

    Panasonic have introduced the first Blu-Ray recorder and HDD/PVR with twin tuners. That is about £700 from Comet - but that is much more than what your dad needs.

    For me - SHARP wins because I have one that is good, easy to use, easy for a 74yo dad to use too.

    Hope this helps.

    D - in Edinburgh

    vibeone;6976781

    [COLOR="DarkSlateBlue"]Basically they are all really poor... but the … [COLOR="DarkSlateBlue"]Basically they are all really poor... but the least worse are Humax.Humax 1600 is £130ish and theres a bigger one for about your budget.[/COLOR]



    Totally Disagree - my SHARP is excellent and works well after 3 years. See my posting below.

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    i use a philips dvd player / recorder , -dics record only but easy peasy to use and you dont get the very noisy fan problem you get with many hard drives , the constant drone put me off.

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    loughray;6983250

    Totally Disagree - my SHARP is excellent and works well after 3 years. … Totally Disagree - my SHARP is excellent and works well after 3 years. See my posting below.



    [FONT="Century Gothic"][SIZE="2"][COLOR="DarkGreen"]so you disagree because you happen to have got lucky despite buying a model (if its the one i think it is) which gets shocking reviews? OK.[/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT]

    vibeone;6990985

    [FONT="Century Gothic"][SIZE="2"][COLOR="DarkGreen"]so you disagree … [FONT="Century Gothic"][SIZE="2"][COLOR="DarkGreen"]so you disagree because you happen to have got lucky despite buying a model (if its the one i think it is) which gets shocking reviews? OK.[/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT]



    You believe all the reviews? Well - I have a SHARP, it's worked great fro three years. My dad bought the same, it's worked great for over 2 years; his neighbour the same, it has also worked great for 2 years.

    No fan noise (as a previous posting said) - is that not review enough?

    I prefer SHARP
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