Dvico TViX HD R-3300 HD Digital Jukebox + Ultimate PVR review: Dvico TViX HD R-3300 HD Digital Jukebox + Ultimate PVR

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CNET Editors' Rating

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The Good Small form factor. Wide variety of on-board functions. Some modules are optional.

The Bad Can only share four folders at once. Single tuner only. Some modules shouldn't be optional. Very spotty performance. 1080i maximum resolution. No support for H.264.

The Bottom Line TViX's supposedly HD PVR promises to be the "ultimate" PVR. We can't help thinking that "basic" would have been a better appellation.

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Design

Plenty of designers fall back on tried and tested designs, and that's exactly what TViX has done with the R-3300 PVR box. Put it next to the Dvico TViX 4130SH PVR we reviewed early last year, and we'd swear that you'd have a tough time picking the two apart. The only problem with relying on an existing design comes when the design you're falling back on was unremarkable and plain in the first place. That's exactly the trap that the R-3300 falls into. It's a plain black box with a simple LED display flanked by a circular array of buttons that annoyingly flash whenever any key or remote button is pressed. In a darkened environment — like, say a home TV viewing room, exactly where the R-3300 is meant to be placed — that's rather annoying.

The R-3300's remote control belongs to the same school of few cosmetic changes, and just like last year's model, we can't fault its basic design, but we can't get excited by it either.

Features

The R-3300 is a combined digital PVR and media streaming unit. On the PVR front, it uses the freely broadcast EPG information supplied by each channel to form its guide. Media streaming is via NFS shares on a compatible PC, and a client application called NetShare is provided with the unit. Video file format support is reasonable with compatibility offered for .mpg, .mpeg, .avi, .divx, .vob, .tp, .ts, .trp, .dat, .iso, .ifo and .m2t files, but critically H.264 and MKV files are not supported. It's also somewhat disappointing that a system that sells itself as an "HD" PVR and tops its video output at 1080i.

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Dvico TViX HD R-3300 HD Digital Jukebox + Ultimate PVR

Part Number: CNETDvico TViX HD R-3300 HD Digital Jukebox + Ultimate PVR

Typical Price: $399.00

See manufacturer website for availability.