What is the Humax DTR-T2000?
On the face of it, the YouView branded Humax DTR-T2000 doesn’t really appear any different to the others in the range.
DTR-T2000 Design & Connections
The Electronic Programme Guide (EPG) affords a 6 channel/1 and half hour view with a useful timeline running down the screen vertically to display the current status. Programmes highlighted in light grey are currently on air and those in dark grey surroundings are future events. There’s also a date ticker across the top, making it simple to schedule recordings and you can skip days in advance and scroll back through time by using the Fast Forward and Rewind buttons on the remote. One of the most interesting features of the YouView platform is the ability to scroll back through the schedules in order to access programmes already broadcast from those channels with On-Demand players available through the platform. More on which later.
The Settings sub-menu is split in to eight categories – System Information/TV Signal & Quality/Parental Controls/Subtitles & Accessibility/Network & Internet/Language. The TV & Signal option allows retuning as well as displaying signal quality and from here you can also set an audio delay to fix lip sync issues with connected equipment. There is also an option of instructing the box to always look for HD versions of on-demand content, which we would, of course, recommend you activate – display permitting.
DTR-T2000 Mobile App
DTR-T2000 Freeview PVR Functionality
DTR-T2000 Performance Enhancements
Start-up times with the Humax YouView boxes have never been wholly consistent. To begin with, you have the choice between Low and High Eco settings in the menus, with the latter the slower option. Our T1010 takes anything from 1m30sec to 2mins to come out of standby with Eco set to High and three to four seconds in the Low configuration. The T2000 could snap out of standby in anything from less than a second, up to three in Low, whilst the greener setting saw start-up times in the 45 second to 1min15sec range. To ensure HDD load wasn’t an issue, we formatted the hard drive of the T1010 so the T2000 is definitely faster out of the blocks.
Humax DTR-T2000 Video Review
DTR-T2000 Catch-up and Streaming Services
- Much quicker to respond than older models
- Reliable recording
- Lovely interface
- Remote recording from app
- Excellent on demand and catch-up services
- No global padding option
- Display panel has been
- No WiFi
Humax YouView+ DTR-T2000 PVR Review
We've always been big fans of the YouView user interface. It's very easy to follow and the default blue colour scheme is one of the nicest to look at but you do have a choice of a more monochrome look, should you so wish. Setting up and accessing recordings is also a relative breeze and you get all the usual Freeview HD+ niceties such as Series Record and Chase Play. There's still no provision for setting timer paddings, however, so you're at the mercies of the broadcasters should programmes over-run.
Fortunately, that's not a scenario you will encounter often and for the rest of the time, the DTR-T2000 proved a fabulously reliable recorder, as those that have gone before it. However, the T2000 improves on the older models by being far speedier in just about all its operations and it makes a big difference to the overall usability of the product. We never considered sluggishness to be an issue with the older units but that might change now that we have to go back to using them.
The Humx YouView DTR-T2000 is also blessed with all the major free-to-air catchup services, including BBC iPlayer, 4OD, ITV Player and Demand 5 as well as having limited access to Sky's NOW TV service and the Sky Store, if you don't mind paying. There's also a handy mobile app allowing you to set recordings form outside the home.
All in all the DTR-T2000 is an excellent PVR which improves on its predecessors in almost every way. There are one or two things missing that we would like to see but it's a definite step in the right direction and comes Highly Recommended.
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