We're impressed by the EPG too. It uses the comfortable timeline ‘grid' layout made popular by Sky and also plays live TV in a small box. Simply click on a programme and up pops an info banner that offers you the chance to record the whole series or a single programme. The unit's excellent ease-of-use factor is capped off by a superb remote that sports large and well-segregated buttons.
Humax continues the good work in the picture department, both with live TV and hard-disk recordings. Strong, bright colours are powerfully reproduced, as demonstrated by the dazzling tones on display with recordings from the kaleidoscopic CBeebies channel. Less cartoony colours like skin tones and grass are also perfectly judged, and the lack of block noise or colour banding is testament to the unit's fine MPEG-2 decoding. Fast-moving action is also smoothly handled.
What's more, the tuners are sensitive and robust - the entire Freeview roster locked into place with no problems and the picture refused to break up or freeze, even with an incoming signal that had been looped through several devices. Recording two channels and watching one also throws up no problems, and it's pleasing to see that you can access the EPG while making a recording.
The Humax PVR-9200T cements its reputation as the king of PVRs with a set of new features that enhance its already unbeatable user-friendliness. Picture quality is superb by digital TV standards and it offers a level of flexibility that's unparalleled in the PVR market. And because it's getting on a bit, the price has dropped to the same level as its more recent rivals, so if you're in the market for a PVR this really is a no-brainer.