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Humax PVR-9200T Personal Video Recorder review



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Humax PVR-9200T Personal Video Recorder


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The Humax PVR-9200T has long been regarded as the best Freeview personal video recorder money can buy, offering an unbeatable combination of features, user-friendliness and picture quality. But because it was launched long before the Freeview Playback initiative was brought into play, this superb digital recorder was in danger of being usurped by newer, cheaper and more talented models. So to bring it bang up to date, Humax released a software update earlier this year which adds the full range of ‘Group 2' Freeview Playback features to the unit's already impressive recording arsenal. So with these new talents in mind, combined with the fact that we've never featured it before, we thought it was time to take a long overdue look.

Before we get stuck into its internal talents, it's worth noting that the PVR-9200T is not, and never has been, a work of art on the outside. Its boxy design and all-black finish is the epitome of bland, and not even the silver version can inject much excitement. But on the plus side the front-mounted buttons are tidily arranged and the information display is clear, telling you the name of each channel in large, legible text (instead of just the channel number).

The flap on the front hides the common interface slot for adding pay TV channels, and a Type B USB port, which enables you to transfer pictures and music from a PC onto the unit's hard-disk and play them on your TV and home cinema system. The latter is a valuable feature, given its rarity among hard-disk PVRs.

On the rear panel you'll find a fairly standard selection of sockets, including an RGB-capable SCART output for your TV and a second SCART that can be connected to an external recorder - but this second SCART only offers composite and S-video output, so you can't make highest-quality RGB copies of programmes on DVD unless you use the ‘TV' SCART. Also on the rear are composite and stereo audio outputs, plus an optical digital audio output that can carry a Dolby Digital 5.1 bitstream (should Freeview broadcasters ever start using them). These are joined by an RF input and output, the latter carrying digital TV pictures thanks to the RF modulator - useful if your TV lacks a SCART input.

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August 25, 2008, 8:44 pm

Great article but I am totally new to PVR's, being a VHS person. Have read a lot but still do not know if they will be suitable for my viewing. We often stop part way through a program and watch following day. Will PVR's pick up from where I left it or can I go quickly through when starting again? If I have say 20 hours of programming recorded how can I archive the one I want,are they stored in date order?

Is the 9300 series that much better than the 9200 and worth the extra?

Many thanks


September 12, 2008, 5:20 pm

I've been having issues with my PVR9200 for the last few months - there is apparently a known issue if units arent kept in standby all the time - hard disk errors. Mine has been "fixed" once and has gone wrong again - I've been offered a replacement "factory grade" unit which may or may not have had a functional fault and no extension on my warranty so only a couple of months to see if it will go wrong again.

You cannot rely on being able to keep programs indefinitely - I have now lost programs I wanted to keep twice so far

Tom McVeigh

February 7, 2009, 6:17 pm

Having read the great reviews this PVR has had I bought one. I was very happy with it apart from the loud hum. It broke down 9 months later. It has been 2 months now trying to get any responce from Humax. Don't email the cusomer services-they do not respond. If you phone you have to wait at least 15 minutes on an 0870 (10p per min) number before anyone responds. Eventually they sent a replacement-a refurbished scratched one that would not even switch on! Will never buy a Humax product again.


June 23, 2009, 10:41 pm

I have had a PVR9200t for some time a Great Machine, lost all recordings once early on, re-booted and has been fine since. I also have single tuner PVR8000t which I only use very occasionally now, so is not on permanent standby but still works fine every time. I would look at Humax again if I was looking to upgrade in ther future.

Ingrid Hodge

July 15, 2009, 2:19 am

I have had myPVR 92oot for nearly 2years and it has been superb, but now with the digital changeover I cannot get the BBC channels at all. Can anyone help please it appears the signal is not strong enough even with a brand new aerial and booster.

nic pearse

August 9, 2009, 8:22 pm

Hi Ingrid

I had the same problem, until I discovered that the channels have moved - look in the channels numbered around 800 - hopefully ,like mine they will be there!

Eileen Seath

December 13, 2009, 2:42 am

Sadly I would have to say that I've found my pvr to be rather tempramental! Whilst it can work brilliantly for a lot of the time this is, unfortunately, not always the case. There are also many, many times when it appears to be slower than it could possibly be if I were having to wind the whole thing up by hand, but then even this becomes the more desirable state rather than the (becoming more and more frequent!) times when the whole system decides to freeze! Even worse, intertwined with this is the fact that this, rather bizarre, machine will also decide to set it's own times for recording! I have lost count of the number of times I've been contentedly enjoying some programme that should have been recorded only to discover that my, somewhat insane, humax pvr has decided to stop recording 10 mins before the end of the programme! Ultimately, when it comes to reccommending this mad piece of technology, I have to say I don't think I'd buy another!!

Sean Bradley

March 26, 2013, 8:44 pm

My experience exactly. Good in the beginning, soon became sick and gave up the ghost. Humax support pathetic


November 26, 2013, 11:53 am

how can i change from bbc wales to bbc north west?

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