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Digital Stream DHR8203U Freeview HD DVR

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Glitch to scratch

Sound during fast forward seems a little hit and miss, too, but hopefully an update will fix this audio glitch, and there have already been some issued, including one that enabled transcoding of AAC to Dolby Digital on the optical audio output – though there’s no Dolby Digital from the HDMI source.

Digital Stream DHR8203U

A notable arrival on the Freeview HD recording scene

Besides the welcome Dolby transcoding, there are bookmark functions, as well as the direct jump, and skip buttons that can be configured to help you avoid adverts easily. The overall impression is of a solidly built unit, that’s perhaps a little compromised by the remote control and a few interface quirks.

Verdict

In spite of that, though, it’s one of the more competent of the Freeview HD DVRs I’ve seen so far, and if you don’t want the extra media playback features and network connectivity promised by the Humax, it’s well worth a look. ®

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Digital Stream DHR8203U

Digital Stream DHR8203U Freeview HD DVR

Despite some interface niggles and a lacklustre remote, the Digital Stream is a solidly performing Freeview HD PVR
Price: DHR8203U 320GB (£259), DHR8205U 500GB (£279) RRP

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