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Tvonics DTR-Z500

Tvonics DTR-Z500
alaScore 83

39 reviews

Apr, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 39 reviews from magazines and websites.

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Satellite Receivers the Tvonics DTR-Z500 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 83/100 = Very good quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 39 reviews)

Expert Reviews  

User Reviews  

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TVonics DTR-Z500HD review


This Freeview+ HD recorder with HDMI switching is as slick as they come

Hi-def ictures ; Novel HDMI switching ; Ease of use

Small buttons on remote ; Digital music & video not suorted ; No DLNA streaming

Perfect for anyone wanting to cleanly wall-mount a TV thanks to its novel HDMI switching feature, TVonics has come up with a Freeview+ HD recorder that's hard to beat.

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TVonics DTR-Z500HD review


An update of last year's HD500, the Z500HD from South Wales-based TVonics is a serious attempt at a uniquely talented Freeview HD recorder - and a successful one, to boot. With two tuners and a 500GB recorder, the Z500HD represents the start of the...

HD picture, user interface, HDMI switching

Lacks editing options, no DivX or MP3 playback, no networking

Cheaper and better than TVonics’ last effort, this rugged Freeview+ HD recorder concentrates on its core duties. Add a no messing user interface, unique clutter-busting HDMI switching, and a tight, tough design and TVonics’ latest is one of the best...

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TVonics DTR-Z500 review


TVonics's latest Freeview PVR has a typically eye-catching design and a lot more to admire besides

Very easy to use ; Large hard disc ; Great remote

No HDMI ; No exorting ; No favourites


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TVonics DTR-Z500HD review


How do you stand out in the crowded Freeview HD PVR market? Excluding media streaming and DLNA networking is hardly in keeping with the Freeview zeitgeist, but the DTR-Z500HD boasts a couple of handy features that look compelling. One is a built-in...

The slickly-designed user interface makes this box a pleasure to use. The fonts and colour scheme are attractive, and navigation between menu screens is fast and logical, although programme information is basic. The remote control is classy despite...

The Ethernet port is part of the Freeview spec, but there’s no compulsion to use it so here it’s simply using up real estate on the rear panel

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TVonics DTR-Z500HD


The TVonics DTR-Z500HD PVR will let you watch and record Freeview HD broadcasts.

Easy to use ; Good picture quality ; Built-in HDMI switch

No video playback over USB ; No archiving of recordings

You can’t record the signal from these inputs onto the PVR’s hard-drive though, a limit of HDMI's digital restrictions as much as anything else. Recording is limited to the two Freeview tuners here. There’s a 500GB hard drive built-in, and while the...

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TVonics DTR-Z500HD review


The TVonics DTR-Z500HD is a fast and funky Freeview HD digital recorder. Supremely easy to use, it's an ideal choice if you're upgrading from analogue TV. While there are some standard-definition recording-quality issues, its hi-def performance is...

Easy-to-use, compact design ; Whisper-quiet operation ; Capacious hard drive ; HDMI video switching

Interlace issues with standard-definition video ; No music or video playback via USB

The TVonics DTR-Z500HD is a great little Freeview HD PVR. If you're migrating from analogue to digital TV, it's a solid choice, but we also recommend it as a PVR upgrade, should you need extra recording capacity.

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TVonics DTR-Z500 review


The TVonics DTR-Z500's generous 500GB of storage means you'll have plenty of space to store your recordings without needing to constantly delete things. Compared to its predecessor, the DVR-FP250, there hasn't been any great leap forward in terms of...

Unusual but pleasant styling ; Very good picture quality

Expensive ; Not quite as impressive as the competition

Alternatives include the excellent Humax PVR-9300T, which is available for around the same price. Given the choice, we'd probably go for the PVR-9300T, given the more flexible output options and HDMI

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TVonics DTR-Z500HD


The tiny TVonics DTR-Z500HD PVR packs a huge hard drive

Small and convenient ; 500GB HDD ; detailed picture with standard-def and HD

Not as intuitive as it could be ; no streaming or smart functionality ; noisy picture

Could be more intuitive If shows are also available in HD, or can be series-linked, the box flags this up. The overall user experience is engaging enough, but not quite as intuitive as rival PVRs such as the Humax HDR-FOX T2.

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TVonics DTR-Z500HD


This is the latest offering from TVonics, the 500GB machine has what some would describe as a bare interface with the front showing up to three pin hole LED's these appear in different combinations of red and green.

I myself prefer a little more information on the unit such as a clock showing when on standby, the length of the recorded program you are viewing that has elapsed or the channel you are watching

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A Freeview PVR Box : TVonics DTR-Z500


Are you ready for the switch-over? Maybe it is time you considered how best to make the move from analogue to digital television.

The 500GB hard drive should give you enough storage capacity of up to 250 hours of content. Helping keep this content under some sort of control is a Library feature. This module will display all available recordings which can be sorted into a specific...


Product Specifications


Built-In Modem: No
Digital Audio Broadcast (DAB): No
Electronic Program Guide (EPG): Yes
Show View: No
Twin Tuner: Yes


Ethernet: No
USB Interface: No
W-LAN Connection: No

Decoding Systems

Free-to-Air: Yes
Terrestrial:FTA Non-Upgrade

Energy Information

Energy Saving Trust Feature: No

General Features

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