Philips HDT8520 PVR reviews: 2 Freeview Tuners HDR with HDMI

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+ This digital TV recorder has no outstanding positive points. - It scores poorly on range of features.

£8 at 1 retailer out of 422 retailers checked

7.6 out of 10 based on 94 reviews.
Also known as: Philips HDT8520 HDD, Philips HDT8520 HDR See full product description

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Most helpful reviews

Di, East Yorks TV series fan

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
Easy to set up, good help from helpline
Bad points:
None so far...
Overall rating 10.0
Ease of use 10.0
Image quality 10.0
Sound quality 8.0
Design 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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2 of 3 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 29 Oct 2011

julian , leicester Bargain hunter

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
picture quality very good
easy use timer
Bad points:
no picture in picture when looking at the tv guide
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 10.0
Sound quality 8.0
Design 9.0
Value for money 9.0
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1 of 2 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 29 Oct 2011

Dave , Bargain hunter

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Lots of storage, easy to use, great design
Bad points:
Series link records +1 and subsequent repeats
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 10.0
Image quality 10.0
Sound quality 10.0
Design 8.0
Value for money 10.0
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2 of 4 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 28 Oct 2011

anton, london

Score 2.0/10
Good points:
Reviewer left no comment
Bad points:
keeps freezing
Overall rating 2.0
Ease of use 5.0
Image quality 5.0
Sound quality 5.0
Design 5.0
Value for money 1.0
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2 of 3 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 26 Oct 2011

Jon, Reading Technophile

Score 7.0/10
Good points:
Straightforward setup, Indication when powering up and down. Easy to patch to current release level 7.21. - http://www.p4c.philips.com/cgi-bin/dcbint/cpindex.pl?scy=GB&slg=ENG&sct=DIGITAL_TV_RECEIVERS_SU&cat=BLURAY_AND_DVD_CA&session=20111102055003_217.171.129.236&grp=SOUND_AND_VISION_GR&ctn=HDT8520/05&hlt=Link_Overview
Bad points:
EPG cuts off current channel (No Picture in Picture or sound) until cleared when it returns unless altered.
Overall rating 7.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 9.0
Sound quality 7.0
Design 8.0
Value for money 9.0
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1 of 2 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 26 Oct 2011

adam, edinburgh Bargain hunter

Score 3.0/10
Good points:
it looks good
Bad points:
if all you want is the equivalent of a video recorder then this is for you. If however you want something more like Sky + then avoid. Bite the bullet and get yourself a Humax.
Overall rating 3.0
Ease of use 5.0
Image quality 9.0
Sound quality 8.0
Design 9.0
Value for money 5.0
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1 of 4 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 21 Oct 2011

phil, selby Bargain hunter

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
New software updates have improved the recorder immensley, it is now much quicker to respond to the remote. Can now set to record programmes manually rather than through the 'guide' option. Philips on-line help is fantastic, they were extremely quick to respond to my questions when I had trouble updating the software and helped me to down load it 'on air'. Easy to install and set up. Good value for money.
Bad points:
When setting to record series programmes through the 'guide' option, it records every episode + repeats. No picture in picture when looking at tv guide etc.
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 10.0
Sound quality 8.0
Design 8.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 21 Oct 2011

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Product Features

Freeview or Freesat tuner Freeview
Freeview or Freesat tuner Freeview HD
Connections Ethernet
Extra functions Electronic Program Guide
Number of scart ports 2
Hard disk capacity (Gigabytes) 500.0
Upscaling No
Number of receivers 1
Energy Savings Trust feature No
Reception standard Digital
Release date 2010-05-11

Also known as: Philips HDT-8520, PHP hdt8520

 

Manufacturer's Description

Don’t miss a thing with the Philips Freeview+ HD PVR! It not only integrates the top audio-visual technology, but also boasts remarkably low power consumption in both active and standby modes and has been designed to function almost silently.

Free your viewing

8-day Electronic Programme Guide
You want to know what programmes are available today and for the next 7 days so that you can avoid missing your favourite shows by planning your evenings or making pre-scheduled recordings. The data is broadcast by the programme broadcaster, and when this data is available, the product compiles the information and lists it in the TV Guide. Simply enter the menu or press the GUIDE button on the remote control to access the programme guide. The programme guide will provide programme information listings for today and the next 7 days.

Never miss an episode with Series Recording
Programming recording of a series becomes as simple as recording a single event. By pressing a few buttons you can programme the recording of all the events belonging to one series. Press the GUIDE button to open the Electronic Programme Guide, select the programme you want to record and press the OK button to confirm the programming of the recording. If the selected programme is signalled by the series logo on the Electronic Programme Guide screen, you programme the recording of all the events in the series at once.

Twin tuners to view a channel while recording another

Ability to pause and rewind live TV
A live TV programme is now under your control. You can pause the programme by pressing the PAUSE button and resume playback at the point where it was interrupted by pressing the PLAY button. You can go backwards by pressing the FAST REWIND button and replay scenes you have already watched. If you want to return to the live TV programme, just press the STOP button.

One touch recording
Set a recording by pressing just one button on the remote control. Programming no longer required.

Reduced power mode

Standby consumption < 0.5 W
The smart power management of the receiver leads to power saving in standby mode. The receiver goes to the standby mode that achieves < 0.5 W power consumption automatically, without your intervention.

Superior TV experience

1080p via HDMI for superb HD picture quality
With video upscaling to 1080p you’ll be able to see even more detail thanks to a sharper, more true-to-life picture. The resulting HD video output signal can be shown on your HD television through an HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) connection.

Optimal sound quality with Dolby Digital 5.1 output
Because Dolby Digital standards, the world’s leading digital multi-channel audio standards, make use of the way the human ear naturally processes sound, you experience superb quality surround sound audio with realistic spatial cues.


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