Written on: 11/12/2010
We bought the Humax PVR9300T to replace our Thomson PVR which was no longer supported and so far have been disappointed in comparison to our old box which was over 5 years old and our sons Top Up TV PVR.
The box itself was easy to set up and the picture and sound quality are good. Its also easy enough to record programs and series but no more so than any other PVR I have used. There's also a PIP feature which is very handy although:
The PVR hasn't once managed to catch the beginning of a planned recording. You cannot toggle the subtitles on/off as soon as you have 'time shifted' a programme. You have to open up the guide to view what programmes are on other channels at the same time (although you do have a small screen in the corner to carry on your current viewing). When you change channels the second tuner doesn't stay with your old channel so if you change channels during the adverts for example and don't turn back in time for the restart of the program you cannot rewind back to the end of the adverts.
All the above work fine on the other 2 PVR's. Also the interface looks very dated, not easy on the eye and the controls all seem cumbersome.
All in I wouldn't recommend this PVR although with the right software update it could be a decent unit. The problem is will it ever come?