Product Type: Humax set top boxes
Newest Review: ... the brand Humax as being good quality and reliable so I therefore decided to purchase this Humax PVR 9300T. The PVR includes a number of ... more
Pause, Rewind, Record live TV - without SKY!
Humax PVR 9300T
Member Name: MattLee
Humax PVR 9300T
Advantages: Easy to setup and use, great features, twin-tuner, HDMI connection, 320GB HDD.
Disadvantages: Slighlty cheap build and feel. Menus / EPG are a little ugly (but functional)
My partner and I don't watch a huge amount of TV so couldn't justify a SKY+ subscription but still wanted a way to record our favorite TV shows. After a few weeks of research and reading reviews, we decided on the Humax PVR 9300T.
The box itself looks okay and the small display is nicely presented but I'll admit it feels a little cheap. Once hooked up under my TV it looks okay amongst the other items and is a tidy enough box - dimensions are quite small. Setup was a breeze - a single HDMI cable from the PVR into the back of my TV and RF ariel cable from the wall socket back to the PVR and the job is done! A quick automatic scan for channels picks up all of the available Freeview channels in my area and starts to populate the guide. The guide itself is fairly basic (as are all the menus and on-screen displays) but it gets the job done. It'd have been nice to have had a high-res menu system when connected via HDMI but it's a minor point as the current setup is very clear and functional. Selecting a program is as easy as you'd expect as is recording. To record something that is currently playing, simply press the record button. If you select a program from the guide to record, you can select to record just that episode or the entore series (series-link). Other reviewers have mentioned issues with the series-link feature but after 18 months of ownership, we have had none. The generous 320GB hard drive is a good size allowing for many hours of recordings which can be deleted when you like or even trimmed down to save space (you could erase ad-breaks from a movie if you wish). The twin-tuner setup requires just one ariel cable but allows you to record one or even two channels and watch a third (depending on what multiplex the channles are on) - this is excellent for when my programmes clash with Strictly Come Dancing!
Although all this recording is great, another feature that this box is capable of doing is pausing live TV! Great for when the phone rings - hit pause and you'll not miss any of the gags in Inbetweeners. Then, when you're off the phone hit play and even fast-forward through the ads to catch up to the live broadcast!
I'm afraid I cannot comment on the quality of the remote as I have been using a universal remote since day one!
Overall I love having a PVR but have difficulty comparing as I have never used any others. I really like this one and certainly other reviews suggest that it is better than most others. Cheap looks / build aside, I highly recommend this if you don't have, want or need SKY but want to record your shows!
Summary: A great alternative to SKY+ without a subscription!
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