Written on: 25/03/2010
I actually haved three digifusions and a sony which is basicly a digifusion with a sony badge. Yes i have battled the horrid HOLD thing but I wouldnt let it beat me and after a lot of advice on a digifusion forum I upgraded the software/changed the harddrive to a 80mb laptop drive ,got rid of the noisy fan and heypresto a fantastic and easy dvr with the freindliest user interface of all. The Sony unfortunately has a rubish interface and at this moment in time cannot be altered.....but I am... (read more)
Written on: 28/01/2010
I've had one of these for about 2 years now and it's fantastic - I love it!
Anyone who has written a scathing review - please can I give you some money to cover costs and have yours for others in my family?
I've seen mention of the HOLD issue and the freezing up and yes; I've experienced all of that.
Tried buying a newer more costly replacement (another make) and found that was awful to use with a horrible user interface. So, as previously mentioned I opened it up (I work with computers... (read more)
Written on: 27/05/2009 by TVJack
A very good overall experience with the DigiFusion FVRT100. It has served my family well for over two years yet just in the recent month it has broken down causing problems yet these were quickly rectified by a TV repair shop. Very easy device to use with the ability to record 2 diffrent programs and watch a recording on the "Libary" supports all my family's television needs. (read more)
Written on: 19/02/2009 by cjkelsall
I have had my Digifusion FVRT100 for approximately 8 months, and already I've experienced the problems reported countless times by other hapless owners of this great turd of a digibox recorder; namely, it got stuck in HOLD for a while, which it cured all by itself, then just after Christmas it decided to become unresponsive. It wouldn't perform any function quickly - changing channel alone would take at least a minute, and the guide and record functions became unuseable. At the end of my... (read more)
Written on: 25/10/2008
I've been dying to see all those progs recorded over the months, but - hey-ho. Now have a Panasonic and a Samsung but I'm keeping my fingers crossed. (read more)
Written on: 07/03/2008
When the DigiFusion FVRT100 worked it was excellent. Then started to freeze, on playback. Then get a mind of its own, deciding to break into the TV channel you were watching, refuse to switch off. Helpline was initially impossible to contact - lots of music and apologies - but easier later in week. There is also help e-mail, here I was recommended to upgrade power-supply from 3Amps to 4-5, but is this good money after bad? The phone help-line engineer felt is was more than power-supply, but... (read more)
Written on: 02/01/2008 by swildgoose
I had the DigiFusion FVRT100 "box" and for the first 18 months thought it was absolutely brilliant then it started to go wrong. A new power supply was the first thing, then it would get slower and slower and simply stop working. Response from the digifusion customer support was varied. I was given a few "re-set" fixes that worked at first but then achieved nothing. (I was having to re-set the box daily) Finally and with some reluctance I have slung the thing out. I have not found... (read more)
Written on: 30/12/2007 by jonmac (1 review written)
I bought my "box" as a refurbished item just to evaluate a new technology at a cheap price, then if I thought it worthwhile I would buy a more up-market one... It worked fine for a couple of days and I was very pleased with it until it froze, this was overcome by switching it off and on again. However after a few days of this continually happening I decided to open up the box to have a look (I am a competant electrical techo)... I realised that there was a possible heat problem with the hard... (read more)
Written on: 26/11/2007 by MRANGRY
I am very satisfied with the performance of the DigiFusion FVRT100. However I utterly detest companies who treat their customers like dirt. I am going up to Comet/Currys now to buy another hard drive recorder after yet another total loss of recorded programmes with Digifusion machine. I see many other customers have had absolutely poor response from this company when they had similar problems. (read more)
Written on: 30/10/2007 by johncauser (1 review written)
For the first 18 months I was pleased with the performance of my DigiFusion FVRT100. However, now there is no longer any warranty it is failing on a daily basis. The support team had to replace the mains supply unit under warranty some time ago, but I am now finding the unit dying overnight. It will either display an incorrect time (presumably the time when it fails) or will show a channel number, but in either event it will not respond to either the remote control or the standby switch on... (read more)
Written on: 25/09/2007 by fusioneer (4 reviews written)
I've owned this Digifusion for more than two years, and have always thought it quite brilliant. There is a very substantial "BUT" which I'll get to in the last few paragraphs though...
Most people will be familiar with the concept of a PVR by now, but to explain - this PVR (personal video recorder) has two Freeview tuners on board, and a hard disk. This means it can record from up to two channels at once (if your favourite programmes happen to clash while you're out) or you can simply watch... (read more)
Written on: 20/09/2007 by brodleaf (1 review written)
I'm on my second power supply for the unit for my DigiFusion, and although it has not given me a lot of problems I will look at an alternative when this one goes toes up. (read more)
Written on: 11/08/2007 by brianG (1 review written)
I have had mains power adaptor replaced, then the box was sent away for a replacement. The £50 - plus £9.50 to send it back - re-furbished replacement arrived and just never worked. Contacted Digifusion and was on hold for about 30 minutes listening to Musak. ("HOLD" is what they are famous for by the way as the display on the box constantly says "Hold" but will do nothing else) Finally got to speak to someone who told me I would get a "doorstep replacement". A doorstep would have been more... (read more)
Written on: 24/07/2007 by malc83 (1 review written)
Not worth the hassle, pay the extra for a quality unit like the Humax. (read more)
Written on: 21/07/2007 by telly addict (1 review written)
There is no noise with it as on other reviews and its very easy to use. Picture quality drops on EP recording and slight ghosting at times would definitely buy a new one when this one has had it. (read more)
Written on: 20/06/2007 by virgin camper (3 reviews written)
Jun 2007 - we bought ours in August 2005, to date it has worked reasonably well, apart from the fan being very noisy and the power supply blowing up (which Digifusion did replace as they had extended the warranty on that beyond the ordinary 1 year). However last week there was an upgrade overnight, and since that time, rather suspiciously my box has ceased working. Digifusion gave us the instructions on the first call to do a factory reset, which we did, however this has not solved the... (read more)
Written on: 15/06/2007 by icteacher (1 review written)
I would NEVER purchase a Digifusion product again. The build quality on the FVRT100 is poor. The fan is noisy and the case is cheap and tinny. (read more)
Written on: 05/06/2007 by plewisp1950 (1 review written)
Have experienced loss of material on the FVRT100s hard drive and unit going to 'hold' overnight. Also now experiencing complete loss of power presumably, after reading other reviews, that I also have a faulty power cable. Seriously looking at other options of obtaining Freeview and forgo the aggravation other people have experienced obtaining a replacement power cable, only to find that may not solve the problem (read more)
Written on: 05/06/2007 by sunibo (1 review written)
Mine has blown two power packs so far and freezes about once a month. OK, it resets easily, switch it off and on again and wait a minute or so but it's annoying. When it works it's very good but we can only use it at standard recording speed. Whenever we tried to get more on the disc, the sound and picture lost synchronisation after 20-30 minutes, again this is simple to fix, stop playback, go to the nearest frame and start again but really annoying for most recordings and difficult to... (read more)
Written on: 10/04/2007 by sallan (1 review written)
I have had a FVRT100 for about 14 months. From new, I got the EP9 message, and was advised that this was a software problem exacerbated if the machine was trying to compress a recording when the EPG was being broadcast (approx 3am) as the unit records on SP then takes up to 3 hours to compress the recording to LP. I was advised that this would be cured with an imminent software upgrade. As the problem persisted after the software upgrade, I was then advised that the problem was my aeriel as... (read more)
Written on: 10/04/2007 by ALIX77
I have owned my FVRT100 for 13 months & other than minor niggles mentioned above I have had no major problems. However, two weeks ago I woke up one morning to find that it had frozen & the screen just said 'hold' as it does when initializing. As this didn't go, I disconnected the power & reconnected but this time no power was going to the unit. I tried this several times before calling the DigiFusion helpline. They advised my unit would just need a new power cable & to send a copy of my... (read more)
Written on: 27/02/2007 by acambell
Having used this product for 12 months, I would not make another purchase from Fusion Digitech. I have had one or two small problems but the main one has been with the actual power supply. In a period of 12 months, the power supply unit has burnt out twice. Having contacted the company yet again, I was told that the unit was only guaranteed for a period of 3 months. On making a third purchase and finding it to be faulty, I returned the product to the company, who would not send out a... (read more)
Written on: 19/02/2007 by Dogmad (30 reviews written)
The DigiFusion FVRT100 is a good cheap recorder with two freeview tuners.
Unfortunately the box freezes on a regular basis and needs to be disconnected form the power supply to reset it.
This week the box died - I contacted customer support who were very helpful, they advised me that it needs a new power cable, I sent my receipt and they emailed immediately advising me one was on its way, a week later there's no sign of it.
I tried other power cables I have and none of them could coax any... (read more)
Written on: 23/01/2007 by hilda the techno ludite (1 review written)
I could have got a reconditioned one for £50 and sent mine back but I figured the 3 month warranty was not really worth it. After reading all the reviews on this page I decided to shop around for another make and have bought a Daewoo DSD 9503 for £135 it has 80 hours recording time, can tape 2 programmes at once and is very very quiet. The programme guide is not as good as the FVRT100 but the other benefits and ease of use more than compensate. Hope this helps. (read more)
Written on: 05/01/2007 by bwallx (1 review written)
I sent an email to tech support about whether any of these problems could be better managed and I got a quick reply. (No, there is no upgraded software for better menus nor alternative source for the EPG.) (read more)
Written on: 08/11/2006 by srehling (1 review written)
This was a cheap machine and is still working after 18 months of regular use. Other than the outage caused by the power supply I haven't had any problems. This appears unusual looking at other reviewers comments though.
I have stuck with the machine mainly because I have seen other manufacturers user interfaces and been very disappointed with them. This machine has a very simple UI. (read more)
Written on: 24/10/2006 by jonfj
I had a DigiFusion FRVT100 hard drive recorder for over a year, and it regularly crashed, until eventually it gave up completely after a download one evening. I then bought a FRVT147 as it had extra memory, but this crashed within the first 6 months, and no amount of cold starts would make it work. Helpdesk informed me that this was a problem that happened often! IF IT HAPPENS OFTEN WHY NOT DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT? I had to send it in to be repaired. I have given up completely with this box... (read more)
Written on: 15/09/2006 by rosserto (1 review written)
I found the DigiFusion FVRT100 awkward to use but could put up with that.
Like most people that have reviewed this product, I have had several replaced during the warranty period. however as soon as the warranty expired after a year, the next (inevitable) failure left me high and dry.
It's nice to see that digifusion did produce one reliable unit, and lucky for them that it found its way into the hands of an 'expert' reviewer. However, given that the experts advice seems to contradict the... (read more)
Written on: 16/06/2006 by Nytram (2 reviews written)
Has anyone managed to get a refund for the DigiFusion FVRT100 hard drive recorder after the end of the warranty period on the basis that it should be expected to last longer than that? (read more)
Written on: 03/05/2006 by terry lefevre (1 review written)
I had problems with my DigiFusion FVRT100 hard drive recorder for 14 months, and now I have to buy another one. I wouldn't recommend it, and DigiFusion never gave me any support whatsoever. To me it was £200 down the drain. (read more)
Written on: 03/05/2006 by ruthhinton (1 review written)
I bought my DigiFusion FVRT100 hard drive recorder in January 2005. In early March I came home from work to find it had frozen. After doing the usual unplugging etc., I contacted the helpdesk who advised me the power had failed.
That's when the frustration started.
I posted my receipt to them on 17th March. A week later I'd heard nothing, so I emailed them. 5 weeks later, after several emails and calls, they advised me they had not received the receipt and that I'd need to send a copy.... (read more)
Written on: 03/05/2006 by shanihippo (1 review written)
After 4 months, my DigiFusion FVRT100 hard drive recorder kept freezing, and so I had to delete hours of unwatched programmes. One month later, the same thing happened again, but it was unrepairable. Currys no longer stock them, so I have a refund but no HD recorder!! (read more)
Written on: 27/04/2006 by dadada (1 review written)
I bought my DigiFusion FVRT100 hard drive recorder about 3 months ago, and everything was looking fine until about 4 days ago.
I switched on the unit after getting in from work and went to watch a programme I'd recorded the previous night.
When I went to the "recorded programme list" I was annoyed to find that instead of the 20 odd programmes I had saved, there were only 3.
I was annoyed enough about losing the programmes I'd saved, but then I noticed that the hard drive still thought... (read more)
Written on: 25/04/2006 by choosi (2 reviews written)
I bought the DigiFusion FVRT100 hard driver recorder in December 2005 - December 2004, and in that time, the machine has got noisier. Recently (just out of warranty) the set started freezing, and it had to be turned on and off to eventually reset it. 1 year and 4 months after buying it, it will now not reset, and I cannot use it at all, so I will have to buy a new one, which is very annoying as this one was not cheap, it cost £199. Durable it is not! (read more)
Written on: 19/04/2006 by Violet Swan
I did not find it easy to rectify the faults on my DigiFusion FVRT100 hard drive recorder. The support from DigiFusion wasn't too good. They explained what methods to try to unfreeze the machine, but this never worked. I am now left with an unusable machine unless I want to pay another £50 for a replacement. (read more)
Written on: 17/03/2006 by Redback (2 reviews written)
I've had my DigiFusion FVRT100 hard drive recorder for 14 months, and I have been very patient with DigiFusion. The unit was OK to start with, but it had irritating noises coming from the inside. Then after a few weeks it started to lock up and require disconnection from the mains to get it going. Then it lost all the recordings in the library on three separate occasions. Then we noticed the sound getting way out of sync with the picture. Then the power supply unit failed and was replaced by... (read more)
Written on: 13/03/2006 by josjoslyn (1 review written)
When I first bought the DigiFusion FVRT100 hard drive recorder early in 2005, I was not very clued up on what to look for. Immediately I was frustrated by the system noise. (read more)
Written on: 07/03/2006 by Zataoa (13 reviews written)
My DigFusion FVRT100 hard drive recorder was bought from Dixons at £129.99 in October 2005, and I was very impressed by it. Many other people have said it changed the way they watch TV, and I have to agree. We rarely watch live TV anymore.
I have managed to mod this device with a 120GB hard drive, pushing the recording ability to over 60 hours. I also patched the firmware to make the menu more readable. In future I may also add a USB port and switch to allow my PC to access the recordings... (read more)
Written on: 26/02/2006 by melbak (1 review written)
I bought my DigiFusion FVRT100 hard drive recorder 14 months ago for £149 from Dixons. Initially I was impressed with it all, except the constant excessive disk noise in all modes, including stand by. This however was partially solved by a firmware download a few months ago.
After a few months trouble free operation, it started to suffer from occasional lock ups. Initially I could blame thunder storms, power surges etc., that seemed to be coincidental. In the past few weeks however (and... (read more)
Written on: 28/01/2006 by mmoodie (1 review written)
When I first bought the DigiFusion Hard Drive recorder and got used to it, I thought it was great. However, it completely froze after one month, and DigiFusion support told me it would have to be replaced.
My second new machine worked for a few months, but it began to slow down and become unusable. DigiFusion support once again told me it had to be replaced. It took three months for my third new machine to arrive, which took it beyond the 1 year warranty. The third new machine only worked... (read more)
Written on: 13/01/2006 by bob99 (1 review written)
I bought 2 DigiFusion FVRT100 hard drive recorders! One for us and one for my parents. My parents are on their third box. Ours has just made it to 2 days past the year guarantee and died too.
The firmware was terrible to start with, but to be fair, it has improved with the automated upgrades that have worked smoothly.
I would go nowhere near these boxes unless you want a year of taking it back, followed by putting it in a bin shortly after the guarantee runs out. (read more)
Written on: 03/01/2006 by Nina B (1 review written)
The picture quality on the DigiFusion FVRT100 hard drive recorder is amazing compared to that of the Sagem PTVR. I have returned two Sagem boxes because of crackling noises, and the record function didn't work properly on the second box!! The Sagem was easier to use, and the remote was much friendlier than this DigiFusion box. The DigiFusion box does make a terrible whirring noise but without the crackle, so I find this a little easier to cope with.
Does anyone know about this noise? I... (read more)
Written on: 16/12/2005 by Niall OMara (2 reviews written)
The DigiFusion FVRT100 Hard Drive recorder could have been the ultimate receiver with twin receivers and HD, and a relatively intuitive way of working
Quality of recordings were excellent, and the ease of setting programmes to record was good.
BUT ... it is totally unreliable! After just a week of owning one I am giving up on it, and will take it back for a refund - not a replacement - as it is clear from the other posts here that there is a serious issue with the reliability of these... (read more)
Written on: 03/12/2005 by Moyes5 (1 review written)
I have been using the Digifusion FVRT100 Hard Drive recorder for some 6 months with no major problem, even though it is in use every night for recording, and playback every morning.
I bought it from Argos, but they no longer stock it.
I've checked several potential suppliers but no one appears to have it in stock at present.
Does this mean it is exceptionally popular, or is it under-going a revamp?
No problem with noise. Perhaps a software update has been downloaded without my... (read more)
Written on: 15/11/2005 by susan woods (3 reviews written)
I am on third Digifusion box. First one-noisy click in harddrive. Second one wouldn't respond to remote. The box I have now performs brilliantly although it receives commands from remote and occasionally doesn't work. Turning set off and on solves problem. Great for recording one freeview channel while watching another. (read more)
Written on: 01/11/2005 by aggdavgil (2 reviews written)
6 weeks old, DigiFusion set freezes when trying to change channel, clock will only reset when you reset to default settings. No reply from customer services, remote control out of the dark ages, recommend not to buy. (read more)
Written on: 20/10/2005 by sanderville (1 review written)
First off, Dixons have nearly halved the price of the DigiFusion FVRT100 recently so I only paid £129 and from my point of view the box is a bargain, not like the other reviewers who paid upwards of £250 for it.
I am blown away by the picture quality, even in Long Play mode. There's an even more compressed Extended Mode but I haven't bothered using it yet. The single SCART can do RGB output which is very sharp. There are also phono stereo outputs, contrary to some reviews that I've... (read more)
Written on: 18/08/2005 by davizer (2 reviews written)
Crashed 4-5 times, once loosing library contents. The DigiFusion menu will drive you nuts. But, recording quality is 100% perfect. The time shift feature works really well, you can start watching a program 20 minutes after it the started, then seven F-F clicks each time the adds come on skips over them.
I love it and hate it. (read more)
Written on: 02/07/2005 by mandyblb (1 review written)
My first DigiFusion FVRT100 died of terminal hard disk fault after a couple of months, during which time I had to reformat the disk a number of times (losing programmes saved to the library). Shop swapped for current unit, which has also had problems e.g. programme info not updating, freezing on playback, usually just as the programme is at a really gripping point! It died completely last night... won't respond to either remote or buttons ... it's going back tomorrow to demand refund! I... (read more)
Written on: 01/07/2005 by Hillyone (1 review written)
Have had my FVRT100 since end-Feb. 2005, and thought I'd beaten the odds on this one, and had a machine that did all I wanted, was easy to use and reliable. Indeed I found it easy to set up and program, but it has frequently frozen, requiring removal of the plug. Now I have lost most of the colour when watching TV through the box, even on programmes already saved and watched, which have been fine. A call to Customer Support couldn't help, and it's been suggested I take it back to John... (read more)