Humax 9300T Freeview+ PVR

First off, I should say that I have had a Freeview PVR unit pretty much since first getting Freeview.

I can remember back when I bought my first non-PVR Freeview box… I was bored one day, and my partner at the time had been ‘nagging’ about getting Freeview. So, being bored, I wandered up to ASDA Eastlands (Manchester) and purchased a freeview box for us as a surprise for him.

After a few months, we popped into Morgan Computers and saw that they were selling a PVR Digifusion FVRT 150 for a reasonable price and so bought that to replace the ‘normal’ freeview box that I’d puchased earlier in the year.

Now, several years later, and my Digifusion packed up at the end of August 2009, and so I found myself forced to replace it as I didn’t want to spend more money on trying to fix it myself. (Incidentally, the unit is currently on sale on eBay if anyone is interested…).

Thus, we had a quick look around online and the Humax 9300T seemed to have glowing reviews all around… so whilst in Manchester over the Bank Holiday weekend, I bought one!

For those unfamiliar with what a Freeview PVR (Personal Video Recorder) is, it is essentially a box that allows me to record Freeview channels directly onto a hard disk. The easiest way to think of it is Sky+ for Freeview.

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Some of the main features of the Humax 9300T include:

  • 320 GB Hard Drive (200 hours of recording)
  • 8 day Electronic Programme Guide (EPG)
  • Record one Freeview channel whilst watching another
  • Record two freeview channels whilst playing back a recording
  • Record two freeview channels whilst watching another channel from the same multiplex
  • Pause Live TV (and then rewind/fast-forward through recorded content)
  • Set the unit to record a whole series
  • Accurate Recording (i.e. it will track the programme and, even if the programme is delayed, it will still record it from the start through to the end – NB only on channels which support this EPG function).
  • Loads of different visual options for the image, including dual screen.
  • A proper computerised display on the front of the box with Channel and Time information.
  • HDMI output

I could go on and on…! (especially as this box supports Freeview+) heh.

All in all, it is a marvellous little box and, thus far, we have nothing but high praise for the unit! It is certainly my favourite piece of tech in our house, and easily blows the Digifusion out of the water in my opinion.

For anyone considering getting a PVR unit for Freeview/Freeview+ then I really would recommend the Humax 9300T.

9300Ts can currently be picked up for around £170.00, and Humax do have a range of cheaper/smaller HDD units available for purchase too.

Once you have a PVR unit, it’ll feel like your right arm is missing when you’re without it heh!

About Gari

Thirty-Two year old northern lad; living out in the Peak District and rediscovering life after having had a brain tumour.

2 Responses

  1. Freeview Recorder

    Yes the 9300T is a great freeview recorder. If money’s a bit tight why not look at its little sister – the 9150T. All the features of the 9300T but with a smaller hard disk. You can pick one up for less than £120 if you shop around !

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  2. Lee

    My review dated 20/01/2014.
    In 2004 our Digifusion pvr died, so I bought a Humax 9200T when they first came out.Then after a year or so I upgraded the 160Gb hdd to 750 Gb. In addition we got (for the wife’s hospital soaps etc ) the 9300T. Both are still going strong, they are simple no nonsense workhorses with a few features to impress along the way.
    We aren’t fussed about HD* or upscaling, hdmi or internet/smart tv connectivity. They accurately record programs and play them back, plus you can edit/ trim the excess and rename titles if required AND output the content via scart to another device as needed. Okay, it’s an analogue signal but at least it’s not controlled by the HDMI protocol recording ban.
    * Do you really want to see the individual hairs on a Donkey’s bum?

    Too many new pvrs are trying to be more clever than they actually are. The Humax 9200T and 9300T are akin to the mk1 VW Beetle. No frills but very reliable, in my opinion. By now in 2014 they be considered old hat but you might pick up a good one second hand if someone is upgrading their pvr equipment.

    To prove I’m not a complete technophobe, I’ve had Home cinema since 1995 using Yamaha and Kef/Celestion Speakers. Then upgraded to a Marantz 1604 av amp and KEF KHT3005 speaker package in 2009/10.

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