Written on: 25/11/2005 by KeithSheppard (1 review written)
An absolute doddle to use
RF modulated output (useful if you want to distribute Freeview to other TVs in the house)
No automatic padding on end of recordings
Out of the box to set-up and working took just a few minutes, with no problems. Sensitivity of the Humax PVR-9200T compares favourably with my old Goodmans GDB4.
Selecting recordings could not be simpler. In the Electronic Program Guide (EPG), use arrow keys to select programme then click OK.
Unfortunately, the current firmware records for exactly the programme's scheduled time. As broadcasters seem incapable of keeping to their schedules you risk missing the end of the programme.
End time can be extended manually but this rather defeats the object.
I suspect this problem will be fixed in a future firmware update. Humax customer support is reputedly good at releasing firmware upgrades. There is already one available which I installed, without difficulty, before using my Humax for the first time.
Another current problem is lack of proper chase play - the ability to start watching a recording before it has finished. It can be done but it's a bit of a bodge. You have to leave the PVR tuned to the channel you intend to record.
These are just minor gripes. If you are used to a VCR, this will revolutionise your TV usage - no more fumbling for tapes or searching for recordings. You can pause live TV or do your own action replays.
Even if you've used a PVR before, this should impress - with its twin tuner, straight forward user interface and 160Gb disc.
All round excellent.