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Humax HDR-2000T review



  • Recommended by TR
Humax HDR-2000T


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  • Good network features
  • Crisp HD pictures
  • Slick, simple operating system


  • No built-in Wi-Fi
  • Lacks YouView's catch-up TV choice

Review Price £179.95

Key Features: 500GB hard disk; Dual Freeview HD tuners; Humax TV Portal; DLNA media streaming; USB media playback

Manufacturer: Humax

What is the Humax HDR-2000T?

It’s Humax’s latest Freeview HD TV recorder, equipped with a 500GB hard disk and dual HD Freeview tuners. It lacks the impressive YouView catch-up TV service offered by the company’s Humax DTR-T1010 recorder, but you can still watch content from BBC iPlayer and other on-demand apps found in Humax’s TV Portal section. Elsewhere the HDR-2000T’s multimedia functionality makes it much more than just a TV recorder.

SEE ALSO: Best Freeview PVRs

Humax HDR-2000T

Humax HDR-2000T – Design & Connections

The Humax HDR-2000T is compact and classy. Measuring just 320mm wide and 50mm high, it’s easy to slide into nooks and crannies, while the sleek black finish and gleaming brushed silver fascia is a chic combination. The casing is robustly built, as you’d expect at this price. On the front is a light that glows blue when activated or red when recording, alongside a row of discreet controls for changing channels and volume.On the bottom right-hand corner of the fascia is a USB port that lets you play music, video and photos from flash drives. On the back are HDMI, Scart and composite video outputs, optical digital and analogue stereo outputs and RF in/loopthrough. That’s a decent selection, and the Scart output is useful if you want to make copies of hard-disk programmes on an external DVD


There’s no built-in Wi-Fi sadly, but you can connect the Humax to your router (or a Homeplug system) via the Ethernet port, or you can buy an optional wireless LAN dongle and connect it to the second USB port.

Humax HDR-2000T

Humax HDR-2000T – Features

The 500GB hard disk and dual tuner are standard fare these days, but less common is the range of network features, which includes a range of internet content and DLNA streaming of media files across a home network.

Internet content is found in Humax’s TV Portal menu. The selection is decent but the lack of ITV Player, 4OD and Demand 5 makes Humax’s YouView box a more appealing prospect.

There’s BBC iPlayer, BBC News, BBC Sport, YouTube, Picasa, Teletext Holidays, Wiki TV, Flickr and an internet radio app. That’s just what we found on the initial screen, but there are loads more to download in the App Market, including Daily Express, OK Magazine, Twitter and Bible TV. Pay TV streaming service VuTV will be added soon, providing access to Nickelodeon and Comedy Central.

Hit the Media key and it’ll bring up a list of PCs and servers on your home network. You can browse folders and files and play them through your TV. The list of supported formats is lengthy – we had no trouble streaming XviD, WMV HD, hi-def AVI, AVCHD and MP4 but there’s no streaming support for DivX or MKV. On the music side the Humax HDR-2000T is limited to MP3 playback. Alternatively you can play files from USB storage devices and doing so allows you to play MKV and DivX.

The 500GB hard disk gives you 125 hours’ worth of high-definition recording time to play with, or 300 hours of standard definition. The dual-tuner arrangement is more flexible than many PVRs, allowing you to record two channels simultaneously and watch a third channel while they record. This feature is pure gold but it’s not really flagged up in the manual or on the box – we’d be shouting it from the rooftops. You can, of course, play a programme from the start while it’s still being recorded onto the hard disk, what they used to call ‘chasing playback’.

There’s also an excellent range of recording features like Series Link, split programme recording, recording clash alerts, accurate recording (which tracks changes to the schedules so you don’t miss anything) and pause/rewind live TV. When watching a programme in SD, a little box appears at the top of the screen offering the change to watch in HD by pressing OK. Nice.

The Humax HDR-2000T also supports Dolby Digital Plus, subtitles and Audio Description.

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October 31, 2013, 1:48 pm

It's a shame that Humax's Youview box doesn't support the media serving
features of this box. From what I've read about the Youview box, it looks
like it's the Youview company that control the features and firmware. I
guess this means that any features that take functionality outside of what the
broadcasters want you to have is never going to happen :(

I own a Humax HDR Fox T2.....Basically the older version of the one reviewed
above. It's a great bit of kit, but not having all the catch up services
is irritating. I can't understand why UK terrestrial broadcasters keep
doing exclusivity deals with manufacturers to keep their catch up services
limited to particular brands. My Sony BluRay does Demand5 and iPlayer; my
Samsung BluRay does 4od and iPlayer. Only my PS3 could do all of them but
it's now died.

While I'm ranting about catch-up services, why is the selection of
programming different on consumer devices compared to the PC? 4od's website gives you access to way more content than I can get through the client on my BluRay
player (or now dead PS3). Is this true of Youview boxes too?


November 1, 2013, 11:02 am

So its basically exactly the same as the FOX-T2 which I bought about three years ago then? Also really annoying that manufacturers still arent including wifi in their devices, even when there are features they boast of that require an internet connection- of which the youview box must be the very worst offender.


November 3, 2013, 4:07 pm

Most 'dead' PS3s are fairly easy to fix btw. Take a look here:


November 4, 2013, 3:53 pm

Thanks squuiid.

I did have a go a stripping it down, but since I had a load of unbacked up game saves on it I chickened out before I actually got the heat gun on it; I figured it would be best to pay a pro to do it for me.

I found a guy who was widely recommended but I'm not sure how professional he really was. I visited his workshop and didn't see any evidence of the claimed IR reflow gear so I guess he just heat gunned it anyway. Actually the workshop in question was hilarious...it was a barely converted bedroom in an old terraced house, there were piles of broken electronics everywhere and hand scrawled signs pointing to the "workshop". Like something out of Fallout 3?!

To his credit though it did work for about 4 hours after the repair which was long enough for me to get all my data onto psplus....so it was still just about worth the 50quid fee.

I guess I could always give it another go, although TBH ps3's aren't that expensive anymore so I should probably just buy a new one.


November 4, 2013, 10:04 pm

The secret in getting it to work for more than 4 hours is to use flux when reflowing with the heat gun. This will do it:

For 50quid I'd take it back to the Fallout 3 workshop for a 2nd reflow + flux for free! ;)

Alternatively see here for a PS3 flux guide:


November 4, 2013, 10:05 pm

Folks, see here for differences between the new 2000T and the older FOX T2 box
it replaces. This is a great comparison list:


November 19, 2013, 9:07 am

cannot watch TV separately in standby mode, you have to switch on humax. and no clock to see how long the recorded program has to run


October 27, 2014, 8:41 pm

I bought one of these a few days ago, when I installed it, it worked twice, then froze, I unplugged it, tried to get it to go again and was presented with the Magenta screen of death.

There's an upgrade to allow RF loop through to work when in standby, I would have liked to try to do it, but the instructions to do it were as clear as mud & it had already given up the ghost anyway.

As for Humax. Their customer service sucks.

Brigid Daley

March 25, 2015, 3:02 pm

Why doesn't it record some programmes that have been set to record on for example channel 5, 5* & BBC 2?

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