Product Type: Sagem set top boxes
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A Risky Recorder
Sagem DTR 94320S
Member Name: askmeanything
Sagem DTR 94320S
Date: 11/01/13, updated on 22/10/13 (123 review reads)
Advantages: Nice sharp picture.
Disadvantages: Can't rely on it to record.
There are instructions on how to install and use which are included in the box. It has 320 GB that equates to 320 hours of programmes and in HD 120 hours. That's not a huge amount of space but has served my recording needs so far over the period of a year. There is an HDMI lead and a power pack, a remote control, an Ethernet port to connect to the internet, two SCART sockets, a USB connection through the front of the box (beside the red digit clock) and digital/analogue sockets.
The Sagem looks quite stylish in black with a rounded metallic frame that has a clock on it. The clock disappears when changing channel and recording but does return and is accurate.
The idea of this device is to be able to watch and record Freeview and HD channels and all for the cost of this set-top box. Expect to pay over one hundred pounds.
There are hundreds of channels available without any subscription payments required. There's plenty to watch without needing to pay out tons of money for a subscription service. To change channel press the P+ and P- buttons or type in the required channel number. The remote control is in a less stylish grey which doesn't match the box. I thought there would be a subtitle function but I can't find it which means my Mum can't watch some of the recorded programmes.
The HDMI connects the receiver to the televisions set. It took a while to understand how to use this. The TV guide comes up on the screen at a press of a button. Scroll through the on screen TV guide to find the programme you wish to record. I'm afraid scrolling is a painfully slow process. Select the programme and press the button.
I am not too impressed with the sound. It just doesn't seem all that clear to me but this might be the television.
I am puzzled as to why sometimes the recording doesn't finish through to the end. I watched everything but the last five minutes of 'Empire to the Sun'. I assume the programme had been shown later than scheduled but I thought the box might have the capabilities to adjust to that.
When the digital switchover was made I found the box stopped working. I was forced to pay to get someone in to help. Eventually, it was put right but I don't know how.
From the beginning I have always had to press the source button on my television control. Then move the arrow keys down until on the screen a menu appears and I scroll down until HDMI2 and click on that. After this a message comes up to say there is no signal and to check for loose connections. I even had to call an engineer out because I didn't understand it. I thought there was a loose connection between the box and the television. I've learnt to ignore this. I have to switch on the box control. It then states 'wait' on the television screen. Then there is a labouriously long pause. Finally, you can watch TV, or press list to see what you've recorded, or click on watch you recorded or record. When scrolling through the recorded programmes each one that you touch will begin playing, in the top corner of the screen, even if you don't want it to.
Fast forward the adverts and I can't stop it in time to meet the next part of the programme. Therefore, the very important function doesn't perform, so I have to sit through all the adverts anyway! It pauses just fine and can be re-wound but the same problem occurs as with fast forward. I don't have the same control as I did with video tapes or DVDs and I can't take programmes to other people's houses. I consider this a backward step.
The device has just completed its first year of use. It provides a great picture, but that might be the television producing it, and normally records well. Yesterday, though, I set the recorder and noticed that the power light wasn't doing anything. I quickly repeated the recording process and thankfully, it did record. However, it was freezing up and several times I switched the power off everything at the mains and restarted. This is not the first time that there have been difficulties. Luckily, I just managed to get it to record with seconds to spare. Had I been out, or even in a different room, I wouldn't have noticed that there was something wrong.
A whole series over a number of days and weeks can be recorded but I don't trust this and either don't bother with the series or record one episode at a time on the day of transmission. The whole series can be recorded at the touch of just one button which makes it very easy if you want to do this.
I have no confidence that my recorded programmes will be safe from deletion in the future. This saddens me and sometimes technology advancing can have disadvantages that make them seem rather backwards.
Now I keep getting an on screen message asking me to update. I keep saying no because I'm scared it will not work anymore or delete the recordings. I don't even know why it needs to be updated.
This was brought on the recommendation of a sales person in Currys. I took his word that it was the best. I must remember not to take their advice but check the reviews before buying.
The advice, in my review, is to not buy unless it very cheap as it can't be relied upon.
Summary: Nervous and distrustful of the product.