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We bought this combi recorder as it had some good reviews and provided us with the ability to copy family VHS tapes to DVD. It also has a very large HD recorder and my old faithful and heavily used FVRT hard drive recorder was getting old and unreliable. This combi seemed to cover a number of bases.
But what a dissapointment!
First and foremost, while it has a large HD recorder it only has one tuner so you can only record one channel at once (and that is the channel you are tuned to - if you want to watch another channel you need another freeview enabled device to watch it on).
Two overlapping programs cannot be recorded. Admittedly I didn't even check that it had multiple tuners before I bought it and that is my fault.
But really what is the point of a HD recorder if it cannot cope with overlapping programs? My old FVRT (and I mean:- 1st generation HD recorder) could record two channels at once while you were watching another already recorded!
Secondly the thing is about as user friendly as a rattlesnake.
Try and manually record a channel you are watching. Press the red button and it stalls for about 20 seconds doing some self-test before it starts recording. During this time the screen is blank.
Press the instant record button once and it records for 30 minutes (not to the end of the program). Press it twice and it records indefinitely.
Getting it to record from the program listings is a matter of pot luck... sometimes it works.. sometimes it doesn't. I still have not figured out why.
I should have sent it back and got a refund but I'm stuck with it now. At least I hope it can do the VHS copying, although I have yet to try this and of course could have done this with kit about half the price.
In summary. The single tuner is a BIG deficiency and essentially cripples the HD recorder. The controls are non intuitive and frustrating. The manual must have been written by someone on drugs.
If I were you I would buy something else. This is an expensive and (for the price) very flawed combi recorder.
The only plus side was that the delivery and purchase from Amazon was the usual slick and efficient operation.
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Initial post: 9 Dec 2010 21:13:27 GMT
D. B. Powell says:
I agree completely with this review. Very disapointed. No mention in any of the reiews or descrition that it only has a single tuner
In reply to an earlier post on 18 Jul 2011 09:41:48 BDT
Old SkoolRaver says:
I am not sure on recording tv channels yet, but i agree with what you mentions regarding were you got to press rec button a few time in order for rec time lengths then you not guaranteed to get to look at once rec. I hope you get on well regarding rec VHS - DVD- HDD as i am having problems with this myself due to copyrights signal or have my one gone faulty as i manage to rec around 12CD from VHS and now all of sudden, cant rec anymore.
Posted on 13 Oct 2011 12:33:16 BDT
LoveTech (but poor) says:
I'd suggest reading the specs first and what is the point in reviewing if you have not used all the functions (dvd recording from vhs etc).
In reply to an earlier post on 8 Oct 2013 18:32:01 BDT
Last edited by the author on 8 Oct 2013 18:32:43 BDT
I can't quite see the recorder having only one tuner as a genuine problem. I assume you have a TV set to watch recordings with, and that will have its own tuner. If you connect your system up correctly you should be able to watch one channel on your TV set while the recorder is recording a different channel using its own tuner. The usual way to do this (I have a different machine but am considering buying this one as the tuner on our recorder has packed up and it can no longer record TV programs) is 1) the aerial lead is connected to the recorder, not the TV set 2) the recorder has an output aerial socket to pass the TV signal coming from the aerial on to the TV set, and you connect to the TV with an aerial lead 3) for watching recordings, you use a separate lead, e.g. HDMI, to connect the recorder output to a TV input socket. Hope this helps.
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