PVR twin tuners review 2008

They're still on their training wheels, but at around $1,000, you'd expect more.
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  • Updated:29 Jan 2008


Please note: this information was current as of January 2008 but is still a useful guide to today's market.

Chris Ruggles sheds some light on the benefits of DVRs, the
digital take on the old VHS recorder.

Test results for seven PVR twin tuners, priced from $749 to $1099

A twin tuner HD personal video recorder (PVR), that can record shows on two different channels at the same time, may sound appealing. It would allow you to catch all your favourite shows, without missing out on your regular shows screening on another TV channel.

But the real questions are: has the technology reached the point where these devices are worthwhile and what one should you buy?

See our latest article on digital video recorders to read about the newest technology offering twin tuners. 

See our latest test of digital video recorders (DVRs).

This report gives you the answers. We bought seven PVR twin tuners (also known as DVRs) and tested them for:

  • peformance
  • ease of use
  • energy consumption on standby

As well as identifying the best products in the test, we also explain how twin tuners work, how you can connect them to a DVD recorder, and what to look for when choosing one, including video connections, timeshift feature and remote control.

Brands tested

  • Beyonwiz DP-P1
  • Grundig GPVR3250HD
  • LG LST5402P
  • NEC NHD-3000VR
  • Philips DVR7100/75
  • Strong SRT5490
  • Topfield TF7000HDPVRt


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