Today’s post is on HD recorders. HD recorders or hard disk recorders, as the name suggests, use high-capacity hard disks to record digital audio and video. This advanced system of recording, used mostly for digital mixing and audio signal processing, is much better than even professional multitrack recording and also offers the user far more editing capabilities than other systems. Let us now take a look at some of the popular HD recorders for the year 2010.
Grundig GUFSDTR500HD Recorder
There was a time when Humax ruled the market with their amazing FOXSAT HDR system. But things are now changing rapidly and though Humax is still a name to reckon with, there are similar other companies too, now in the race for the top HDR position. Grundig, Sagem and Goodmans HDR systems are also getting to be recognized as great products now.
The very stylish and solid Grundig GUFSDTR500 HD recorder comes with a 500GB hard disk, which is much higher than Humax’s 320GB. Grundig also can hold up to 125 hours of HD or 312 hours of standard definition TV. But the 290mm wide set may just end up looking a little like a sore thumb while placed on a Blu-Ray or DVD recorder. The other disadvantage is that it lacks a front panel, which means, you will have to work only with the onscreen display, which is uncomfortable for some users.
The back section contains two LNB inputs, HDMI output, two Scart outputs, optical and coaxial audio out, Ethernet port that lets you connect to the Internet and Beeb’s library of on-demand programs and a USB port as well. Sadly, though, you can use the USB only to upgrade the system software and not to upload files onto the hard disk. This is where Humax still scores higher.
Humax HDR-FOX T2 Freeview HDR
Speaking of Humax, they have just released details on their Humax HDR-FOX T2 Freeview HD recorder. Slated to enter the market in July this year, the HDR-FOX T2 Freeview HDR includes a 500GB hard drive and can playback and record free HD TV service offered to users by Freeview.
Additionally, the Humax HDR-FOX T2 Freeview HDR will also be able to playback MP3 audio, video and photos taken from a USB port or even across your home network, connecting by way of Ethernet. Now we see tough competition brewing here, don’t we, guys? Once it is release, this will be available at about £349.
Sharp TU-T2HR32 Freeview HD Recorder
The Sharp TU-T2HR32 Freeview HD PVR is now available for £289.99. This one comes with a 320GB hard drive, Ethernet port for Internet updates and also offers support to upscale standard definition programming to full HD. This piano black piece is also quite a treat to the eyes, so that is an added plus. Of course, it remains to be seen if this device manages to create its own niche in the HDR market.
Toshiba Freeview Plus HD Recorder
Toshiba has come out with their new HDR5010 with Freeview in February this year. The good thing about this device is that it is equipped with two Freeview HD tuners, so that users can watch one program while recording the other. This concept, of course, is similar to Sky’s HD box.
The Toshiba HDR5010 comes with a 500GB hard disk and gives you the convenience of one-touch recording. This set includes an HDMI output, two HDMI inputs and twin USB ports. There is no MKV support as yet, though. That is one drawback.
The price is yet another drawback. The Toshiba HDR5010 comes for £349, which is quite steep. But for those of you who do not wish to spend on monthly subscriptions and desperately wish for Freeview HD, this one may be for you, after all!