Digihome PVR 80
Set Top Boxes - Receiver - Digital - without USB Interface
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Review of "Digihome PVR 80"
We decided to get rid of Sky and have a decent Freeview aerial network installed around our house so that we could have more channels for each room and save paying £20 a month for tv in one room with lots of channells that we very rarely watched. I'd heard everyone raving about Sky + and looked into the possibility of getting something similar to this for use on Freeview. I had read lots of reviews of these PVR's and thought that this would be the way to go. They pause live TV, replace the VCR by being able to record your favourite programmes, eliminate the use of tapes which alway's get thrown under the stand of the TV in our house and you get a much better quality of picture when watching playback.
I too read lots of reviews on these things and what really stood out from these were that lots of the bigger more well known branded variants of these PVR's didn't seem to be very good. Common complaints about them being unreliable, noisy and generally a bit of a pain in the neck started to put me off. But a common theme that came up was that this little box made by a company I'd never heard of before seemed to have glowing reviews. In fact it is made by a company called Vestel (Who also I've never heard of) but the key The thing is that they are closely associated with the company that makes the software for these machines which is generic to alot of other PVR Freeview recorders. I had also noticed that other more well known brands like Sharpe, Hitachi and Grundig had machines that look remarkably similar. It transpires that they are all rebadged Vestels as well. The only difference being in some cases a £100 price premium over the Digihome. Just look in an Argos Catalogue and compare the Digihome to the Goodmans and then The Sharpe. You can see they are all in the same family (look at where the buttons are placed, that's the give away) but the digihome starts at about £80 for the 80gb and £100 for the 160gb. The Sharpe is around &179 for the 160 gb!!!
I thought I'd take the plunge and give it a go. I bought an ex display model off e-bay for £55. Plugged it in and it found all the channells promptly. The picture was great. Very crisp and Sharp and the user interface is very eay to use after a bit of getting used to it. There is a picture in Picture function and the fan and hard drive are very quiet indeeed. All the functions work brilliantly and the EPG has options to expand and shrink which is a nice touch.
When watching playback or a recording you just go to the library and choose what you want and press play. It really is a fantastic novelty if you've never used one of these before. It's all so easy. Recording quality is very good and you can't really tell the difference between a recorded programme and a live to view programme. It really is streets ahead of watching a video tape played on a premium VCR. It's chalk and cheese to compare the two.
Also the Pause live TV option is fantastic too. You just press the pause button and everything stops. Press play again and you can watch from where you left off. Great if your watching something on a commercial station for.... Start recording the programme when it starts. Come back five or ten minutes later and watch it on a time delay so you can fast forward through the ad breaks. Great when watching the F1 for example. No need to wait til the recording has finished, just use the chase play.
On a final note. The only reservation I had about buying the digihome was that in all the pictures you see of this machine. It actually looks quite ugly but strangely when sited beneath the Silver Phillips TV I have on the glass shelf on the stand it actually looks quite cool. Kind of retro and slightly unorthadox like an obscure, expensive, English piece of kit. Maybe it's because it looks very functional rather than deliberately stylish like some other electrical video and audio components.
If you get one of these don't be put off by the brand name. Digihome seems to be breaking the mould...Highly recomended!
Product Information : Digihome PVR 80
Manufacturer's product descriptionSet Top Boxes - Receiver - Digital - without USB Interface
Number of Scart interfaces: 2
Reception Standard: Digital
Hard Disk Capacity in GB: 80
Dish Diameter in cm:
Number of Receivers: 1
Digital Audio Broadcast (DAB): No
Electronic Program Guide (EPG): Yes
Show View: No
USB Interface: without USB Interface
IPTV (Internet Protocol Television): No
Number of Card Reader Slots:
Number of Common Interface (CI) Slots:
HDTV: not HD Ready
Crypto Works: No
Terrestrial: FTA Non-Upgradeable
Built-In Modem: No
DVB-T: DVB-T (MPEG2)
DVB-S: not Satellite Receiver
Analogue Satellite Receiver: No
Twin Tuner: Yes
MHP (Multimedia Home Platform): No
Mediaguard / SECA: No
Energy Saving Trust Feature: No
Listed on Ciao since: 25/09/2006