Humax HDR-1000S - Performance and Verdict

By Danny Phillips



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Humax HDR-1000S


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Humax HDR-1000S Performance

In operation, the Humax HDR-1000S performs brilliantly. It calls up menus quickly, remote commands are carried out in a flash and online material streams without a hitch. Digital text and interactive channels pop up instantly too. The screen goes black for just a fraction too long when you change channels but that aside the Humax HDR-1000S is one smooth operator.

Humax HDR-1000S

As for online performance, we tried streaming a variety of programmes from BBC and ITV, including Panorama and The X Factor, and they all played back quickly without interruption. Picture quality is superb, offering sharp detail and strong colours. There’s a bit of fuzz in the picture, but the convenience of having this catch up content on tap outweighs any minor concerns over picture quality. We also like the way BBC iPlayer programmes allow you to resume watching where you left off, although the inability to search through programmes is a bit of a pain – pressing the scan button just skips forward or back in chunks. There are also few PVRs that load up and play video files as quickly and smoothly as this Humax, and our gamut of test videos looked as good as we’ve seen them.

Freeview performance is terrific. High-definition channels look punchy and pristine, imbued with razor-sharp detail and rich colours. From the grubby surroundings of Albert Square to the opulence of Downton Abbey, the Humax captures everything with exceptional clarity. Some of this is lost when watching standard definition of course, but pictures still look great. In fact we’d say that Freesat’s SD quality is superior to that of Humax’s YouView box.

The Humax HDR-1000S captures these images on the hard-disk in identical quality, which means you don’t have to compromise just because you can’t watch something live. Pause and rewind live TV work without a hitch (there’s a two-hour buffer) plus operating speed and functionality aren’t affected when two recordings are in progress.


The Humax HDR-1000S is a wonderful Freesat PVR, mixing broadcast and on-demand TV content with even more panache than its YouView rival. The Free Time EPG is the highlight, making it easy to find content with its slick, sophisticated onscreen presentation. But there are many more strings to its bow, such as network media streaming, internet apps and USB media playback, while its capacious HDD, flexible recording functionality and outstanding picture quality make it one of the best Freesat PVRs we’ve tested.

The lack of built-in Wi-Fi is the only blot on the copybook, but that’s easily rectified with a £29 dongle. So if you’re after a stylish, simple and feature-packed Freesat PVR with easy access to free on-demand content, the Humax HDR-1000S is the perfect choice.

Overall Score


Scores In Detail

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


November 1, 2012, 4:58 pm

A comparison with the older DTR-1000 would have been helpful. Struggling to see many differences not least because neither have integrated Wi-Fi.


November 10, 2012, 8:34 pm

Does JDunn say that there is an older DTR-1000 model other than the Youview model. If not, then the most obvious difference is that DTR-1000 is a terrestial (Freeview) model and the HDR-1000S is a satellite (Freesat) unit.


January 4, 2013, 12:03 pm

You cannot copy recorded programs onto a USB disk as you can with older Foxsat-hdr model.


January 31, 2013, 7:01 am

My 2 month old 1000S worked fine until the auto software update which rendered the unit unusable. Now going through the warranty process.

John Brenkley

February 3, 2013, 10:41 am

I ordered and returned this PVR. It is a buggy, developmental bit of kit which frankly isn't ready for public release. Wonder if Danny Phillips is related to Alan Sugar, because his gushing 'rose tinted' review (which positively swayed my initial purchase decision), I'm afraid isn't terribly representative of my subsequent experiences with the unit.

The SD picture quality from the 1000S in particular was mushy & soft compared to my Foxsat HDR. Whilst the media player in the 1000S is very, very disappointing. Even connected with 500Mbps Home Plugs to my NAS it is a lardy lump when it comes to streaming MP3's, I would rather nail-gun my eyes out than wait around for the 1000S to eventually catch up and get there. Music is for enjoying and wading through the treacle-like 1000S' Media Player HMI certainly does not contribute one bit to that enjoyment.

Streaming video isn't much better. It incorrectly scales the video and chops off some of the picture. Funnily enough no mention of this in Danny's 'in-depth' review........ but check-out the forums, this would appear to not be an isolated issue.

I'm keeping my Foxsat HDR + existing Media Streamer, but also using a YouView unit for Freeview which incidently Humax have got just about right. In the meantime, if you want to be disappointed in an over hyped-up bit of tech then go for the 1000S.

Steve Crook

January 26, 2014, 12:36 pm

The box does all the basics well, I've no complaints with how it handles records, series or split. HD picture looks ok to me, though I've not got much to compare it against.

The UI is the problem. There are a number of features missing or broken despite several software updates over the period of a year.

1. The EPG cannot be set to use the favourites channels by default. So every time you access the EPG you have to press List, Up, Enter to select Favourites
2. There's no way to search the EPG for programmes of a particular genre. So no way to look at all the films being broadcast during the next week.
3. There's no way to reorder channels in Favourites, so you're stuck with them in channel number order.
4. There's only one Favourites. Another for Radio would have been handy.

There are others. I've found the above to be so irksome that I'm actively considering a switch back to Freeview and the better UI on the Humax Freeview product....

Dan Saxton

March 9, 2015, 8:02 pm

Do not buy this!

Don't buy one of these, it doesn't work with ethernet after a while and
then when you're out of warranty they'll charge you £110 to replace it!


October 18, 2015, 5:26 am

trying to buy a HUMAX top box with YOutube and this on of them. Do not need WIFI as with HumaxHDR10101S (£200 Min.) in white which costs more than this one at £150 Richer Sounds. Black model Humax HDR1000S seemed perfect to me but read your review. £150 seems cheap. Was it really that bad and did you pay £110 extra to have it replaced if it is 2yrs +? Wondering what to do now and appreciate you reply. thanks

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