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    Your recommendation of a good Freeview recorder?

    So, this is the situation. My gran watches and records a lot of TV. At the moment it's a bit of a pain because she has a single digital receiver + VCR. I want to sort her out with a Freeview Recorder with a twin tuner, but need one pretty cheap and easy to operate.

    I saw the deal on a Yamada 160GB unit for £70 but reviews are lukewarm.

    Does anyone own a decent unit or can you recommend something for under £80 preferably?

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    Topfield, Humax.

    But then I read the rest of your post .... google will help you choose the best from all the cheap ones. Do a bit of reading on avsforum.

    avsforum.com/avs…=8/

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    Just done a quick google.

    Seen this non branded 80GB unit for £40 which seems stupidly cheap!
    pvrempire.co.uk/pro…=55

    There's a 160GB version for £50. Also, there are some Hitachi ones on the same site which look good - Around £60 for the 160GB. Are the cheaper ones worth risking?

    pvrempire.co.uk/pro…141

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    Cheers ]dontasciime - It's a minefield isn't it? Such a disparity between models as well in terms of price.

    pvrempire.co.uk/ind…2o3

    Banned

    buy a cheap one and you'll have no end of hassle. I've been there on numerous occasions. buy cheap, buy twice rules here.

    has to be a humax pvr-9150t but you'll have to stump up £100 for gade A+

    humaxdirect.co.uk/pro…ory

    I had a sagem one a couple of years ago and it was really awful. Re-booted itself all the time and regularly didn't record what I told it to. After 10 months I gave it back to Argos for full refund (had had a replacement during that time too). I bought the Humax 9200T and it's miles better and at the time was only £50 more than the Sagem I'd had (with double HDD). My only complaint I have with my Hummy is that the remote control can sometimes be a bit sluggish.

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    Hi csiman. I have seen that this used to be the case but I was led to believe after a bit of digging that the quality has improved no end with new firmware etc. She really can't afford to shell out £100+, and neither can I so as much as I would love to get a Humax it's just not on the table.

    Was thinking of risking the £40 box - pvrempire.co.uk/pro…=55

    Original Poster

    Brb - aye. I've stayed well away as I was aware the cheap ones used to be terrible. Hope they have improved. May have to scour the old Amazon reviews.

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    amazon.co.uk/Tho…8-7

    Haha, the Thomson one gets slaughtered!

    stanglish;5653885

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Thomson-Top-Up-TV-Freeview/dp/B000TVHZLC/ref=sr_1_7?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1246619591&sr=8-7Haha, the Thomson one gets slaughtered!



    I know it does but I took a chance and bought one from Asda, what a bargain, my Mum is delighted with it and so far, in the 5 months she has had it, nothing has gone wrong. I think she is one of the lucky ones. But if I was to write a review, it would be 5 out of 5 from me

    csiman;5653787

    buy a cheap one and you'll have no end of hassle. I've been there on … buy a cheap one and you'll have no end of hassle. I've been there on numerous occasions. buy cheap, buy twice rules here.has to be a humax pvr-9150t but you'll have to stump up £100 for gade A+http://www.humaxdirect.co.uk/product.asp?ProdRef=10069&cat=Factory



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    Best available,

    I have the 9200 model.:thumbsup:

    I have had cheapo ones, all rubbish.

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    scotsann;5653960

    I know it does but I took a chance and bought one from Asda, what a … I know it does but I took a chance and bought one from Asda, what a bargain, my Mum is delighted with it and so far, in the 5 months she has had it, nothing has gone wrong. I think she is one of the lucky ones. But if I was to write a review, it would be 5 out of 5 from me



    See, now you've made it even harder for me! Might have a look round town if it's this hit and miss. Returning to an e-tailer will be more trouble than it's worth I think.

    You asked for a " good " recorder, not some naf rubbish like Thomson, I have binned 2 of them, both utterly unreliable.

    Still using my Humax PVR800 after many years :-D

    She's gonna have to up her budget for the 9150

    Honestly Gran is not going to be happy when cheap one decides she doesn't really want to watch Eastenders tonight LOL

    My hummy survived when the house flooded (the powered aerial the landlord set up did not and all I had to watch for 2 weeks was what I'd recorded). Am pretty sure I've had it 3 years or so now. It was updated OTA so new freeview+ worked.

    I watch most things in chase play and skip through ads

    Original Poster

    Inactive - I'll give it a bash. I know 90% of them are unreliable rubbish but there must be the odd diamond in the rough.

    Original Poster

    Ha - she's not a soap watcher so cares not for series link or whatever their implementation is. I reckon I might have to see if they have anything on the high-street. If it packs in then so be it, I'll kick off and return it. If it works fine after a FW upgrade though - then bonus.

    One thing I can pretty much guarantee is that you'll have issues with the cheap ones, sound/pictures out of sync, no Freeview+ support, not recording things, recording the wrong thing, crashing, freezing, that sort of thing. You'd be completely wasting your money and your Gran would be better off with her VCR than a cheapo Freeview recorder imho.

    If you want easy to use, the TVonics boxes are as easy as they come: tvonics.com/dig…rs/. The best are Humax and Topfield, but they're more £.

    Btw not all twin tuners are equal.

    Humax = record two stations and can either watch one in chase play, watch a third channel (depending on Mux's) or watch what's already been recorded.

    Cheapo = record one station, watch another.

    Banned

    go for the cheap ones then if you dont mind getting called three times a week cos the box has frozen out. BTW, these things are generally "features" rather than faults as they occur on nearly all of them

    at least you cant say you havent been warned.

    csiman;5654264

    go for the cheap ones then if you dont mind getting called three times a … go for the cheap ones then if you dont mind getting called three times a week cos the box has frozen out. BTW, these things are generally "features" rather than faults as they occur on nearly all of them ;)at least you cant say you havent been warned.



    Yeah I'd imagine after the first few weeks of being called round to yank the power everytime it locks up the

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    I take the points onboard lads - but I can't just give up on the concept because connoisseurs stand by £120+ models. The tech really isn't that complex and should have had sufficient work done on it by now. The problem is the sporadic nature in which problems occur. The following is a quote about a DigiHome £85 unit.

    "It's recorded what I've asked, it's a lot quieter than I expected, the interface is reasonably intuitive (and the option to control your TV using the same R/C is an added bonus), It's not hung at any point (which the Virgin+ box did pretty much every day)."

    I believe it will be possible to get a decent unit, it just involves searching and reading a few opinions! Will let you know my experiences.

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    And then you see -

    "I got one from Tesco's, quite a good set nice remote etc... BUT it kept freezing !! Took it back and exchanged for another unit, Guess what! Kept freezing. Phone TUTV and they explained that if I took out the free trial any software updates would be down loaded OTA."


    Must go hunting for the Humax refurbs that apparently are available occasionally at their store.

    stanglish;5656410

    Must go hunting for the Humax refurbs that apparently are available … Must go hunting for the Humax refurbs that apparently are available occasionally at their store.



    Csiman gave you link earlier humaxdirect.co.uk/pro…ory Can see there is a grade a of my one in stock too for approx same price (both just under £100).

    Another thing about mine (haven't checked specs on others) can hook up via USB to transfer what's recorded to pc/laptop (if you can be bothered that is). It is 2 way but you can't put vid back on, only MP3s and photographs. There is also games on it - but I only played them when I first got it.

    Another vote for the Humax, my 9150 is great

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    Lads, do you offhand know the difference between the 9150 & 9200? Same price at their refurb store.

    The old lady has a chance to buy the TVonics DTR-Z500 for £150 (RRP £200) but if the Humax is that good I don't think it's really worth the £50 on top.

    9150 is newer, but doesn't have optical out

    9150 is smaller, physically

    Probably more, but that's what i know

    scotsann;5653960

    I know it does but I took a chance and bought one from Asda, what a … I know it does but I took a chance and bought one from Asda, what a bargain, my Mum is delighted with it and so far, in the 5 months she has had it, nothing has gone wrong. I think she is one of the lucky ones. But if I was to write a review, it would be 5 out of 5 from me



    I've had a thomson for about 18 months. For the 1st 6 months, I was having to unplug it at the mains daily, to get it to unfreeze. It would also refuse to delete recordings.

    An update must've cured it, because it hasn't done it for months.

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    Think I'm going to bag a trusty Humax 9200 from the refurb store.

    Anyone had bad experiences with one?

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    stanglish;5658629

    Think I'm going to bag a trusty Humax 9200 from the refurb store.Anyone … Think I'm going to bag a trusty Humax 9200 from the refurb store.Anyone had bad experiences with one?


    you should go for the 9150 over the 9200

    the 9200 is a five year old+ model whereas the 9160t is about a year old model so will probably have firmware updates for longer in the future

    stanglish;5656573

    Lads, do you offhand know the difference between the 9150 & 9200? Same … Lads, do you offhand know the difference between the 9150 & 9200? Same price at their refurb store.The old lady has a chance to buy the TVonics DTR-Z500 for £150 (RRP £200) but if the Humax is that good I don't think it's really worth the £50 on top.



    For Gran I'd personally go with the TVonics, they don't have the features of the Humax's but they're extremely simple to use. Another plus point is they're UK designed and built, well Wales to be precise, the guys who set them up are mostly ex-Sony engineers iirc.

    I have both a Humax (9200TB) and a TVonics (DVR-FP250). While the Humax is my machine of choice and has many more advanced features the TVonics is just so much simpler to use, so is ideal for someone less technologically capable, as Gran's tend to be.

    csiman;5660640

    you should go for the 9150 over the 9200the 9200 is a five year old+ … you should go for the 9150 over the 9200the 9200 is a five year old+ model whereas the 9160t is about a year old model so will probably have firmware updates for longer in the future



    But has less features than the trusty 9200, it is in fact a cut down version.

    I would go for the 9200.

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    Rep given out to all.

    Still really struggling to decide for her. The really annoying thing is that the TVonics deal saves £50 over the RRP but is still £50 more than a Humax Refurb.

    However, the TVonics deal she has been offered included antenna installation, and box install. Pointless though because she can already get freeview and I can connect up a bloody scart! Annoying to think she is paying for support services she doesn't need. Not like I can negotiate though!
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