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Tvonics DTR-HD500

Tvonics DTR-HD500
alaScore 84

96 reviews

Apr, 2014

We have collected and analyzed 7 expert reviews and 89 user reviews from international sources. Experts rate this product 82/100 and users rate it 74/100. The average review date is Nov 7, 2012. We have compared these reviews to 59459 reviews from other Satellite Receivers. The alaScore™ for this product is 84/100 = Very good. Last update: Apr 16, 2014.

Review analysis

(Based on 96 reviews)

Expert Reviews  

User Reviews  

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TVonics DTR-HD500 review


Freeview HD is perfect for those who want high-def and can't stomach paying subscriptions, but we'd all rather a Sky+ experience, wouldn't we? In the rush to bring out Freeview HD recorders, summer 2010 saw some less-than-brilliant efforts, most often...

HDMI switching, design, picture quality, Freeview+ HD features

Lime green interface, limited media file support

Boasting an unusual design of box and interface, this Freeview+ HD recorder does just enough to impress. Recording functionality is good, as is the picture quality, though HDMI switching will widen the DTR-HD500’s appeal to those with older - or...

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TVonics DTR-HD500 review


This laid back and pricey 500GB pairs Freeview+ HD with HDMI switching, but is it doing enough?

HD & SD ictures ; Easy recording ; Intriguing design ; Dual HDMI switching

Lime green interface ; Small buttons on remote ; High rice

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TVonics DTR-HD500 review


There's no shortage of little black boxes on the market these days, Freeview+ HD PVRs included. Kudos to TVonics then for being bold with the HD500. But has it gone far enough with its features?

Freeview+ HD certification means series link recording is supported enabling users to record two channels at once to the reasonably sized 500GB hard disk while watching a recording ; Toplining the connections list is a trio of HDMIs (two in, one out),...

The remote is very usable and well designed though some oft-used buttons, such as Record and Library, could have been made more visible. l Fast forward and rewind speeds go up to 128x, but we experienced brief sound dropouts when returning to live TV...


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TVonics DTR-HD500 Review


A simple, no-nonsense way to hoover up all the best free hi-def content the UK has to offer

You might think Freeview and Freeview HD is full of rubbish, and on balance you’d be right (unless you have an unusual interest in weightloss DVDs and vegetable slicers). But, if you sift out all the

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TVonics DTR-HD500 review


The TVonics DTR-HD500 is a great little Freeview PVR with a decent amount of features and, most crucially, impressive picture quality.

Interesting styling ; Easy-to-use menus ; Quality picture

HDMI switch only works when the box is on ; A little expensive

Aside from the hefty Freeview HD tax, we think the TVonics DTR-HD500 is a superb machine at a good price. It looks interesting, and we rather like its unique style, but it might cause some problems in the average TV stand, where space is at a premium....

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TVonics DTR-HD500 Freeview HD recorder


Space-age Freeview recorder – in high definition The Tvonics DTR-HD500 is a Freeview HD+ box, which means that in addition to a TV tuner it’s a digital video recorder: that is, as well as ...

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TVonics DTR-HD500 review


The TVonics DTR-HD500 might not be the first gizmo you have in mind when it comes to buying a Freeview HD set top box. After all, why bother when big names like Humax and Panasonic are turning out such incredible machines? Why? We'll tell you: read on...

Gorgeous design, extremely smart hardware, silent running

Garish menus and wallet-worrying price

British design at its best, smart and sexy. Buy with confidence, this one’s a solid gold contender.

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Looks great, Plug in no fiddling around, sets up automatically, 4 HD channels on Freeview. Stylish look

No negative points so far

Product Specifications


1080p Upscaling: Yes
Built-In Modem: No
Electronic Program Guide (EPG): No
Show View: No
Twin Tuner: Yes


DLNA certified: No
Ethernet: Yes
USB Interface: Yes
W-LAN Connection: No

Decoding Systems

Free-to-Air: Yes

Energy Information

Energy Saving Trust Feature: No

General Features

Analogue Satellite Receiver: No
Reception Standard:Digital
Table / Portable:Table