In action the DTR-T1000 is a slick and assured performer. In terms of operational speed, it responds instantly to remote commands and zips from menu screen to screen very quickly. This comes as a pleasant surprise in the EPG, where the complex layout and extra days don’t make it any slower to navigate than a regular EPG.
Live high-definition pictures on BBC HD and Channel 4 HD look remarkably crisp and clean, with bold colours and fluid movement. The Humax draws out fine detail beautifully without any pixel noise or shimmering.
Standard definition channels look hazier, with waxier skin tones and an outline of smeary noise surrounding the contestants on BBC One’s Pointless, but that doesn’t stop the pictures being perfectly watchable. In SD or HD these pictures are perfectly preserved on the hard disc with no additional noise.
We’re highly impressed by the quality of streamed content. It differs according to the quality of the broadcast stream and broadband speed, but most of the content we streamed looked smooth and reasonably sharp. It would be almost on a par with broadcast SD Freeview pictures if it wasn’t for the extra noise that flickers gently when characters move around. But considering it’s being beamed over broadband it’s much better than you might expect.
YouView gets off to a flying start thanks to Humax’s marvellous DTR-T1000. Mixing broadcast and on-demand content is an irresistible idea in itself, but the success of this PVR lies in the way Humax has combined everything in such a slick and user-friendly way. The online and Freeview sections are seamlessly interwoven within the great-looking EPG, while the rest of the menu system is simple yet sophisticated.
What’s more, the 500GB hard-disk offers ample recording time, and there’s plenty of recording flexibility – particularly the ability to record two channels and watch a third, which is an unexpected bonus.
Our only complaint is that there’s no built-in Wi-Fi, which would have made this even easier to use, but that aside the DTR-T1000 is a wonderful PVR that allows live and streamed TV to live side by side.