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Tvonics DTR-Z500

Tvonics DTR-Z500
alaScore 85

40 reviews

Jul, 2015

alaTest has collected and analyzed 40 reviews of Tvonics DTR-Z500. The average rating for this product is 3.3/5, compared to an average rating of 3.8/5 for other Satellite Receivers for all reviews.

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 85/100 = Very good quality.

Review analysis

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 21 user reviews of Tvonics DTR-Z500 from The average user rating for this product is 2.8/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Satellite Receivers on

48% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: TVonics DTR-Z500 500GB Digital TV RecorderDTR-Z500 (Digital TV Recorder)TVONICS DTR-Z500 DIGITAL FREEVIEW TV RECORDER WITH 500GB HDD BLACK

Jul, 2015

Expert review by: (

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

Feb, 2012

Expert review by: Jamie Carter (

TVonics DTR-Z500HD review


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

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

Small buttons on remote ; Digital music & video not supported ; 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.

Mar, 2011

Expert review by: Jason Denwood (

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...

Mar, 2011

Expert review by: Grant Rennell (

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 exporting ; No favourites

Feb, 2009

Expert review by: Stuart Miles (

TVonics DTR-Z500 Freeview PVR review


Pausing live TV isn't just about getting Sky+ you know, there are other variants that don't require you to pay a monthly subscription, but with Sky boasting such an easy interface can TVonics challenge? We get watching TV to find out. Small, black...

500GB of storage, easy to use, some nice features

Can't favourite channels, design is a bit niche, no off switch

If you aren't looking for a subscription based offering (i.e., Sky) then this is one to check out

Oct, 2008

Expert review by: Andrew Williams (

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...

Aug, 2012

Expert review by: Steve May (

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.

Aug, 2011

Expert review by: Ian Morris (

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

Feb, 2009

Expert review by: (

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.

Expert review by: paul_smart (

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

May, 2011

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