Product Type: Humax video recorders
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An aging machine
Humax PVR 9200T
Member Name: philhaz
Humax PVR 9200T
Advantages: Faultless picture / sound quality
Disadvantages: Stability issues, forgets EPG, sometimes forgets to record
First of all, let me say that at the time it was bought, this was reviewed as one of the best set-top boxes out there. And when you're coming from a VCR, it really does work like magic.
The EPG allows you to record programs without worrying about programming times, and the dual tuner lets you record and watch at the same time. There are also some highly addicting games on the box, including a bejeweled clone (which is more entertaining than most programmes on TV nowadays!)
There is also a function to download your recordings from the box to archive them. Althought this seemed like a really useful feature, I have to admit that it has rarely been used, due to the temporary nature of most recordings. If you're serious about keeping copies, it's probably best to get a box with an integrated DVD recorder.
So, why three stars?
Well, over time some rather annoying 'features' have come to light. Most significant, perhaps, is the box's amnesia when it comes to the EPG: turn off the box, and all the data has to be downloaded again the next time you want to use it. I've found this can take up to 15 minutes for the more obscure channels like Film4.
My other major problem is with the stability of the unit. Occassionally the box will simply crash. This means that it won't accept any more input, although whatever channel you have on will continue to play, so at least you won't miss anything. The only way to solve this is to switch the unit off at the wall, or via the power switch at the back.
This issue seems to have got worse over time, so I'm not sure if it's down to the automatic over-the-air updates it's been receiving, or whether its old age. Either way, very annoying Humax!
Oh, and did I also mention that occassionally, just sometimes, it will totally forget to record a program? I get the feeling this may be an isolated issue with my unit, but still worth mentioning.
For what it was, it had a great run for its money, but I'm sure there are now better options out there.
Summary: Great VCR replacement. There must be better options today.
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