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.