Question Humax FVP-5000T or Manhattan T3-R Freeview?

jazzy2006

Standard Member
I am looking for a new Freeview box and I have narrowed it down to two receivers a Humax FVP-5000T or a Manhattan T3-R. Just looking for advice which receiver would you consider is the best to purchase?
 

Clem_Dye

Distinguished Member
Humax. Although it is its own set of problems the software on the Manhattan is still in need of work, plus on the Humax you get 3 tuners and Netflix.

Clem
 

millfield

Active Member
Bought the Manhattan T3-R last week and so far very happy with it, I have always liked Humax and my two previous PVR,s were Humax, but I couldn,t be bothered with another laboriously slow UI.
 

Clem_Dye

Distinguished Member
The lack of manual timers on the Manhattan means that it’s a non starter for me, along with the inability to set padding.

Clem
 

millfield

Active Member
Yeh that's fair enough Clem, I just wanted a basic recorder and thought I'd give the Manhattan a try and I'm happy with it up to now. I agree if you need the extra features probably the Humax would be the way to go.
 

brydo666

Member
We have also been very happy with the T3-R. It's the only Freeview box my wife has been happy with.
 

millfield

Active Member
Sorry to have to say that I must have put a hex on the box after I gave it a thumbs up. The day after, it started locking up it wouldn,t turn on, if I waited a couple of hours it would turn on but wouldn,t turn off, spoke to Manhatten customer support who said try unplugging from the mains and rebooting. This did not work so back it went to Amazon and it,s back to the slow Humax for now.
 

Mars104

Member
I can echo what millfield has said, I have both. While the 5000t has more bells and whistles it is let down by a painfully slow OS which is why I bought the T3-R. The speed is night and day, so for for me the T3-R is a no brainier, others will have more patience. Hopefully it turns out to be reliable, i'm only 2 weeks in.
 

groover22

Active Member
I’ve only ever had minor issues with my T3-R and they have always been sorted after contacting Manhattan. Would love to see a 3 tuner version at some point.
 

tman

Well-known Member
Had my FVP-5000T for over a year now. Not sure why I've stuck with it though. It's slow beyond belief, and navigation is just painful - you can almost see the entire guide appearing channel by channel. For some reason, Humax used the same CPU in the 5000T as was in the 4000T, and it's just not fast enough. It seems reliable enough at recording, but I've never been able to detect all channels on it (my TV is fine though, and detects everything). Seriously looking at the T3-R 1TB as a replacement, for the speed alone. I don't think dropping from 3 to 2 tuners would cause me any issues.
 

pantages

Member
Humax. Although it is its own set of problems the software on the Manhattan is still in need of work, plus on the Humax you get 3 tuners and Netflix.

Clem
Manhattan version 1.07 available for download today.
 

pantages

Member
I’ve only ever had minor issues with my T3-R and they have always been sorted after contacting Manhattan. Would love to see a 3 tuner version at some point.
Manhattan version 1.07 available for download today.
 

pantages

Member
Manhattan T3-R version 1.07 available to download today.
 

grahamlthompson

Distinguished Member
Had my FVP-5000T for over a year now. Not sure why I've stuck with it though. It's slow beyond belief, and navigation is just painful - you can almost see the entire guide appearing channel by channel. For some reason, Humax used the same CPU in the 5000T as was in the 4000T, and it's just not fast enough. It seems reliable enough at recording, but I've never been able to detect all channels on it (my TV is fine though, and detects everything). Seriously looking at the T3-R 1TB as a replacement, for the speed alone. I don't think dropping from 3 to 2 tuners would cause me any issues.

The cached epg is deleted overnight and rebuilt on first boot. If you set a power on timer at say 0800 BBC 1 - HD max volume and a power off at 0815. When you come to use the unit the epg should be fully populated.

The box is known to have sensitive tuners. The signal strength may be too high. Try a variable attenuator. Looking a signal quality reduce the signal level to a point where the quality starts to fall. increase it a bit to get some margin. then try a re-tune.

Make sure you do not have channels starting at 800 or up. If you do a manual tune is required for your location.
 

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