Humax PVR-9200T Personal Video Recorder - Humax PVR-9200T

By Danny Phillips



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Humax PVR-9200T Personal Video Recorder


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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.

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Scores In Detail

  • Performance 10
  • Value 9
  • Features 10


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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