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Sagem DTR 64160T

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Manufacturer: Sagem

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      02.08.2009 22:21
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      This is a PVR with twin integrated Freeview tuners and hard disk drive for simple and quick recording of your favourite channels. Wikipedia kindly tells me that Sagem is a major French company who specialise in communications and electronics with both consumer and military applications.

      Specifications

      Transmission Standards: DVB-T, MPEG 2, OFDM
      HD Capacity: 80-400Gb model dependent
      Aspect Ratios 4:3 & 16:9
      Audio Receiver: MPEG-Layer 1 & 2 Stereo and mono
      A/V: Scart, RGB, PAL, S Video
      HDMI: model dependent
      Supports Mp3 and Jpeg
      USB 2.0 compliant

      Lots more specs are available but it would be a long long list.

      Installation is a case of plugging it in, connecting the aerial cable and you're away.
      Follow some basic prompts and the set is configured. The user interface is fairly simple to grasp and acts as you would expect. No surprises there then. The supplied remote control is fairly generic but fully featured allowing full access to all the features only requiring you to walk over to the machine should you need to insert a USB device.

      In practical everyday use this is excellent. Twin tuners mean recording one channel whilst watching another. You have the usual timeshift feature to pause live tv and can even watch a programme you are currently recording. The EPG always appears up to date and one touch recording is available with the red button. Where this PVR comes into its own though is in the fact that many modern TV's have integrated tuners themselves allowing dual recording plus live broadcast watching. To get twin tuners from a basic unit at such a competitve price is excellent and certainly not to be a feature to overlook. To buy a PVR with a larger capacity drive but with only a single tuner would be a mistake. Also, don't think about overlooking this unit because you fancy the pedigree of big hitters like Sony or Toshiba. I can say it is easy to use and dependable.

      The only negative point I can think of really is that aesthetically it's a bit of a dog. No brushed aluminium and OLED display to signify high end quality. Just a lot of plastic and a dodgy orange display.

      In summary, very capable and cheap. No iconic beauty but it does what it needs to do effectively.

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