Freeview Recorders, any suggestions?

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  1. badlydrunkboy

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    Hi all,

    Can anyone recommend me a decent freeview recorder? My parents have a Digihome one which seems ok but i figured there must be better ones out there. What would people suggest? I have the samsung LE32R74BD if that makes any difference.

    Cheers
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    topfield! :smashin:
     
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    Hi

    The general consensus on here:

    http://www.avforums.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=47

    is probably that the Topfield 5800 and the Humax 9200 are the main contenders. I have 2 Topfields and very pleased with them.

    That is the forum where Freeview HDD recorders mainly get discussed BTW; perhaps a mod can move this thread.

    What particular features are you looking for?
     
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    Erm...those Topfield ones are a little spenny, was looking at spending more like £150. I dont really need it to do anything too fancy, just give me a good picture and sounds and be able to record while watching another channel/playing recorded programmes. It should also have a 7 day programme guide, but i'm guessing that is standard on these things?
     
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    TOPFIELD 5800 WE HAVE 2 AND THEY ARE GREAT :thumbsup:
     
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    Worth checking that any Freeview recorder you buy meets the new Freeview Playback standard - such as the Sony RDR-HXD560 and Sony RDR-HXD860.

    Otherwise you may regret your decision in a few months time.
     
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    Well as far as I can see there are only those two currently; they are both single tuner DVDR/HDD recorders.
    Have I missed any others?
     
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    I got a Digihome 80Gb Freeview recorder from Tescos this week for £90. Twin tuners, very easy to use and picture and sound quality easily as good as my reference Pioneer Freeview box. Only downside is that despite two tuners, you can only record one channel at once. No doubt you can change the firmware to overcome that, but I personally can't be bothered with all that.

    I don't think you can go wrong for the price (so far!)
     
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    Here's what Freeview had to say on their website towards the end of April 2007:
    So, anyone know which models from Humax and TVonics are Freeview Playback devices? Since the TVonics devices are manufactured by Sony, maybe Sony are releasing their own versions of the TVonics 150 & 250?
     
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    Thanks yes I remember the April statement but as far as I can see no compliant recorders have actually appeared either new or updated apart from the Sonys unless someone knows better. :)
    I believe the Humax and Topfield are expected to be made compliant with new firmware but no one has a date.
    With an added TAP the Topfield can already take advantage of the Playback programme data that is being transmitted by the BBC and one or two others.

    I did read (I think from marcdavis; sorry if that is wrong marc :) ) that TVonics have said the existing models cannot be made compliant and they will have new models 4th quarter 07.

    So currently looking for the Playback tick is not going to help anyone looking for a twin tuner PVR. Taking Playback into account however is as you say an important factor.
     
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    Excuse my ignorance but why is it important? How is it any different from what all the others already do?
     
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    Moved to PVRs forum >>
     
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    Bought one of these today as it's now £79 (Tesco's). As has been said before it's very easy to use and the picture/sound are excellent. :thumbsup:
    A bargain for the price.
     

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