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Thanks for the review. Very interesting and confirmed my suspicion that this was the one to wait for. Just a couple of things.1) I believe there is a 1GB version too, but you didn't mention that.2) I bought a HUMAX PVR for my Dad two years ago. It was great, but it took ages to initialise and the more things you recorded the worse it got. It took ages from taking it out of standby to being able to view what you'd recorded. Does this issue still plague this new box ?
@AJI don't know about this particular Humax but I've not had that problem with either my standard def Freeview Humax PVR or my HD Freesat Humax PVR, it sounds like you got a buggy unit. You could try an OTA firmware update, but by default the box should be checking for updates itself once a week. Drop Humax a line, even out of warranty they might do something out of goodwill.
@AJWe had this problem, too (my parents have the same older model). It's probably related to the recent digital re-tune. Once the firmware's updated, it runs fine. The latest firmware also seems to refresh the EPG far quicker when coming out of standby.
@AJMy old 9200T could be updated via a serial cable and laptop - the firmware updates and simple instructions are on the Humax website.@TrustedCould we have some screenshots of this amazing UI? Rather than a bunch of pictures of the outside of the (typical black) box...I loved my PVR, but it was a little noisy idling away when the TV was off. I don't think the relatively large, empty, thin-metal construction helped. Is this one quiet? Also, why does every PVR review have to commend the recorder for displaying recordings with the same fidelity as a live broadcast? It's not VHS. All any of these machines do is record the digital stream straight to disk, then either play it immediately, or later. With 500GB+ hard drives so cheap, there's no need to compress anything, even with HD.
A couple of points - this Humax PVR was actually one of the later to be launched - well after the Philips, DigitalStream and FetchTV. Also the box doesn't do any video encoding like most PVRs (there is no encoder) - it just stores the digital data to the hard drive so there never will be any difference between the live and recorded pictures.
With two tuners, how can you record 2 channels while watching a third? Presumably this only works if 2 of the channels are in the same multiplex?
Hi. Thanks for the "short" review.What I'd like to know is as with the PVR 9200T and other Humax's, does playback start from where you stop if you say switch the unit off?Also, why oh why did you include a EPG and other screen shots with the Sharp TU-T2HR32 and not with this Hummy?
Can anyone confirm if this box can stream recordings across a lan to other humax HD-FOX T2 boxes?i.e. I can stump up for one of these to make all my recordings on but then but have the cheaper boxes scattered about the house to stream recordings to if I want to watch something in bed for example.Would mean I can ditch sky multiroom and the issue of having stuff recorded on different boxes...I actually asked Humax directly about this a few weeks back and they said NO , but other previews suggested this would be built in.Humax said "The unit is a client not a server, you can only stream things from the network to the Humax"...
Having owned the old Humax for a few years I new this was the one I was waiting for. I still don't have a HD television yet and thought this would justify it. But what about all this 3D revolution, What the heck do I do now? Am I correct in saying 3D will work with this Humax?I could do with a "3D what happens next" article.Cheers everyone.
@TR - the one I'm really waiting for is the delayed 3View box....will you be reviewing this soon?
I've been waiting for this box to replace my dodgy Topfield TF5810 that has a nasty habit of deleting timers. My first PVR was a Humax PVR8000t and it's the only one I've been fully happy with.However, Freeview HD in Wales does not have Channel 4 HD as S4C Clirlun (a HD Welsh language channel) nicks its slot. Most people, including Welsh speakers, already choose to watch Channel 4 over S4C in SD, so this was a bizarre decision (even more so given S4C's limited budget).So a Freeview HD recorder for two HD channels will seem like overkill to me until its price drops.Even if we did have all the '4 HD channels' that OFCOM describes as 'being enough' (in its idiotically short-sighted 'digital dividend') I'd still have to think twice as I have a (mostly) working Freeview SD PVR.
Ignoring the Blu-ray recorder and additional cost, does anyone have an opinion on how this Humax would compare with the Panasonic DMR-BS780/880 when considering performance, relaibility, ease of use, that sort of thing. Thanks.
I have a Humax Foxsat HDR and cannot believe that they're continuing to use the same remote for this much newer (2 years?) model. The design is not 'fine', it's a travesty. There's absolutely no consideration given to which buttons are used the most - half the panel is devoted to number keys which most people will never use (they'll select from the guide). Have you never used a Tivo?
Just bought this Humax to work with a Sony Bravia 46NX703. Set-up was easy and all works OK. A few questions:Which will be better for upscaling SD content: Humax PVR or Sony TV? If its the TV, what should I change to make this work?The Humax tuner gives a slightly washed out picture vs the Sony TV's own tuner, particularly in SD. Is there a way of improving Humax brightness or contrast?I chose this PVR to archive recorded TV to USB hard disk. However, I can't seem to get this to work and the manual says you can't copy recorded TV to hard disk. I don't want to copy it, just move it to free up space. How do I do that?Many thanks in anticipation.
I like the idea of viewing photos & playing music via my network but the real world delay in getting the Humax to list all the folders on my PC is unacceptable. If you're paying extra for all the bells and whistles on this PVR it may not be money well spent.
There was a firmware update yesterday which added the promised TV Portal (iPlayer, Flickr, Sky Player, Wiki@TV and Internet Radio) although only in beta. The update also improved the copy/move/delete functions in that you can list actions on more than one recording at a time and copy/move/delete can now be run in background which is great if, like me your internal disk is full but you still have lots of recordings scheduled for the coming days. There may be more to this firmware update but this is all I've found so far. With TV, Blu-ray and recorder all connected to the web and updates often downloading unannounced, it would be good if someone (the manufacturer or TR, maybe) could list each update and what changes/improvements have been made.
There doesn't seem to be a way of setting this unit to record series on sd channels - or am I missing something?
During installation of this box, it stopped & the tv screen turned green. I haven't been able to get it to continue installation as screen & remote are now frozen. The usual switch on/off technique has failed to get box to re-boot.
I am having difficulty with aborted recordings due to the limitation of the EPG to recognise uk channels (up to 800) and roi (800 +). Will recognise only one sequence (depending what channels you are in). Message received - "cannot track programme"
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