TVonics DTR-HD500 Review

(Hard Drive Recorders)
TVonics DTR-HD500

Above average (B) 10 reviews 03/2011
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Product specification:
  • Type: Freeview (DVB-T)
  • Integrated Modules / Features: …
  • Interface: HDMI, LAN, … more information

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Stuff TV
Single test
4 out of 5 stars

"... it's not all puppy dogs and kittens. ... Still, as a no-strings alternative to the cable or satellite services, or an add-on for bedroom TV, the HD-500 makes a pretty solid case for itself."

Place 4 out of 6
3 out of 5 stars

"Best: Upscaling"

The TVonics DTR-HD500 is capable of HDMI switching and T3 liked the quality of the pictures, particularly in HD. Unfortunately it was less liked for its limited USB file support, budget quality remote control and gaudy user interface.

Single test
3.5 out of 5 points

Value for money: 3 out of 5 points

The DTR-500HD produces great quality HD pictures and is easy to use, but GadgetSpeak found its display too small and said that upgrades were a hit-and-miss affair. It does make up for this somewhat with great features such as the ability to record two HD streams simultaneously, having three HDMI ports and including a generous 500GB hard drive.

Computer act!ve
Single test
4 out of 5 stars

Computer Act!ve reckon the TVonics DTR-HD500 is a very capable performer, it has a nice design and is really straightforward to set up and use. It doesn't play music or video over USB or network, and the trailer booking function does not work on all the channels. They mention that the Humax Freeview device offers more functionality so should also be considered.

What Hi-Fi? Sound and Vision
Magazine 12/2010
Single test
"stunning all-rounder" (5 out of 5 stars)

"FOR: Interesting design; nice assortment of features; superb SD and HD pictures.
AGAINST: Can be a little slow to respond."

Electric Pig
Single test
5 out of 5 stars

The DTR-HD500 is an amazing piece of kit in every way, from its stylish curved design to its flawless picture quality and abundance of connectivity options. Electricpig found the menus simple and intuitive, although hideously ugly, and liked the well-though out remote control too. Its only problem is that it's too expensive, but if money is not a concern, it doesn't get much better than this.
Single test
7 out of 10 points

Pocket-Lint comment on the strange build of the TVonics DTR-HD500 Freeview HD, they like the look but wonder about the practicalities of storage. The interface is also a little unusual and a bit garish, but it functions fine. Overall they are pleased with the device, picture quality is reasonable and recording works well.

Single test
8 out of 10 points

Value for money: 7 out of 10 points

The DTR-HD500's brilliant design, fabulous HD picture quality and sheer amount of features and ports are sadly hampered by its terrible SD images, which Trusted Reviews described as noisy, blurry and filled with artifacts. Unfortunately, this can prove a dealbreaker for many potential buyers and drags down what could have been one of the best products in its class.
Single test
4 out of 5 stars

CNet's first impressions of the TVonics DTR-HD500 were very positive, due to its nifty unusual design. They found the menus easy to navigate and liked that the box autotuned once it was turned on for the first time. The picture quality was also excellent. They thought it was a shame that the HDMI switch only worked when the box was turned on. A little pricey too, albeit built to a high standard. Overall though, an excellent TV recorder/receiver.

TechRadar UK
Single test
4 out of 5 stars

For easy recording, a distinctive look and skills in HDMI switching, the DTR-HD500 is ideal. It has a rather sluggish interface offers no distinctive effort over the competition and all-in-all it misses some features that could have made it great, but Tech Radar still feel that it is a likeable Freeview+HD recorder. Besides, it does offer good picture quality in both SD and HD.

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