TVonics DTR-Z250 Freeview PVR - TVonics DTR-Z250

By Danny Phillips



Our Score:


The DTR-Z250’s picture quality is solid, making live Freeview pictures look as good as possible (taking the erratic broadcast quality into consideration) and the good news is that there’s no difference between live TV and recordings. Colours are fulsome, natural and tightly contained, making the invasive captions on rolling news channels look crisp and legible, while the solid detail reproduction gives the image pleasing clarity.

Noise levels are perhaps a little higher than anticipated, with some fidgeting and smearing visible on large coloured areas, and block noise rears its ugly head when the screen gets particularly busy. It’s also a shame there’s no HDMI output or video upscaling to enhance the image, but on the whole these are impressive RGB pictures.

The unit’s stereo sound is perfectly audible through TV speakers or an AV receiver, and there’s no loud fan noise to impact on your listening pleasure.


The DTR-Z250’s sparse connectivity and lack of fancy functionality means it’s always going to play second fiddle to rivals like the Topfield TF-5810PVRt and Humax PVR-9300T, but you still get a pleasing array of features for the money and we’re big fans of the eye-catching external design. But the most impressive aspect is the operating system, which owes a lot to Sky+ but ensures that the DTR-Z250 is one of the most user-friendly PVRs around.

Overall Score


Scores In Detail

  • Performance 8
  • Value 8
  • Features 6
  • Design 9


September 20, 2008, 2:04 pm

I'd love to plonk down some cash for one of these, but I feel I'd only get two or three year's use out of it before we switch to HD freeview. Anyone else know how far away we are from getting HD broadcasts for freeview or freesat?

Great review, cheers Danny.


September 21, 2008, 4:06 am

Freesat already carries BBC HD doesn't it?

I've heard rumours that freeview HD won't happen until the switchover to digital has, so 2012-2013 at the earliest.


September 23, 2008, 5:24 pm

TVonics - add an ethernet port and see if you can get the BBC to let you add the iplayer onto this device (or the next model). Then you'll have a hot product on your hands.....

Pete 3

February 10, 2009, 10:19 pm

THE BEST PVR! Very simple to connect, easy to operate. It does everything we want, quick warm-up time, silent running. An excellent product.

The menu screen is green - but that is a minor crit.

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