Picture-wise, hi-def channels like BBC One HD and ITV1 HD obviously show the T2400 in its best light. Watched live, the newly HD-ized EastEnders looks stunning, boasting crisp, almost life-like images – half an hour of people shouting and crying has never looked so clear. You can marvel at Kat Moon’s caked-on make up, examine how Phil Mitchell’s comically brief crack addiction affected his face and watch Tracy wordlessly serve Queen Vic punters in the background with even greater clarity.
Standard definition programmes like The Chase on ITV1 also look fine. The bright studio colours look forceful and vibrant, while the variety of contestant skin tones look natural. There’s more shimmering in the image than you get from HD channels, but it never becomes intrusive.
When recorded, the competent video encoders ensure that HD programmes lose none of their crystal clear definition and SD programmes look solid too. You can’t drop the bitrate to lengthen recording time, but with such a capacious HDD on board it’s not an issue.
We didn’t encounter any problems with MP3 or DivX playback from USB sticks either and TV programme audio is as clean and audible as it gets, no matter which output you opt for.
The T2400 is an excellent Freeview HD recorder with the sort of feature list and user-friendliness that most buyers are looking for. We love the generous connectivity (particularly the two USB ports), the attractive onscreen displays, the huge hard-disk capacity, the flexible recording/editing options and digital media playback. It’s denied must-buy status by virtue of its limited info banner, remote build quality and overly busy EPG, plus the price tag is fairly hefty, but if you can put up with these and have the money, the T2400 is a terrific choice.
Product demonstration images courtesy of Nigel Whitfield