Humax HDR-2000T review

By Danny Phillips



  • Recommended by TR
Humax HDR-2000T


Our Score:


Humax HDR-2000T – Performance

The Humax delivers pristine high-definition pictures, with rich, fulsome colours and razor-sharp detail. Brightly-lit studio fare, like the ITV’s awful game show Tipping Point, looks dazzling – the red coins are deeply saturated and close-up of contestants’ faces reveal a plethora of fine lines and pockmarks.

Big budget dramas like Atlantis on BBC One HD look even better, combining natural colours, smooth gradation and crisp detail to give the exotic scenery and stone-clad interiors a cinematic look. Fast-moving sport is capably handled too – during Match of the Day 2, players are tracked smoothly and the outline of the ball remains stable.

Even upscaled pseudo-HD stuff like ‘Allo ‘Allo on BBC Two HD is enjoyable, despite the black bars on either side. The drop in quality when switching to a standard-definition channel is certainly noticeable, with a slightly gauzy, soft look to the picture, but again it’s perfectly watchable thanks to the radiant colours and overall stability. The great news is that these pictures look identical when recorded onto the hard disk

As for general performance, it changes channels very quickly indeed, avoiding the long pauses you get from some PVRs, while digital text and interactive services work smoothly. Menu browsing is a blissfully fast experience too.

Its online performance is excellent, finding content on our laptop with minimum fuss and streaming video from BBC iPlayer smoothly. SD web video suffers gauzy detail and jagged edges but opt for the HD stream if available and the results are dazzling.

Humax HDR-2000T

Should I buy the Humax HDR-2000T?

It may lack the glamour and marketability of the YouView-equipped Humax DTR-T1010, but the HDR-2000T is still a fine Freeview PVR

It ticks nearly all the boxes on the checklist. Easy to install and use? Check. Flexible recording functionality? Check. Generous features? Try DLNA, internet apps and USB media playback for size.

Throw in a capacious 500GB hard disk capable of storing hi-def pictures in pristine quality and you’ve got yourself a terrific PVR that could only be improved with a couple more catch-up TV services and built-in Wi-Fi to access the network features more easily.


Despite the absence of YouView and Wi-Fi, the Humax HDR-2000T is a first-rate Freeview PVR with flexible recording, nifty network features and impressive pictures

Overall Score


Scores In Detail

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


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 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 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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