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Sagem PVR6280T

Sagem's box might look uninspiring, but it offers a Sky+-style recording system for Freeview. There are so many benefits to having a Freeview PVR, and Sagem manages to nail it with a great EPG and dual tuner functionality. The 80GB hard drive also offers 45 hours of recording, which should satisfy even the power user

Philips DVDR5520H

Not a bad all-rounder. We like the picture and sound quality and there are enough features to justify the asking price, but we were annoyed by how the menu system operated at times

Humax PVR-9200T

The Humax PVR-9200T is the Rolls Royce of Freeview recording, with every feature we could possibly ask of a recorder in addition to a massive hard drive. It's a winner against Panasonic's recorder on price, plus it's pure simplicity to use. If you need a recorder suited to the demands of a power user and the rest of the family, this is it

TechniSat HDFV

The TechniSat HDFV is a decent piece of kit with superb picture quality and the advantage of being able to record to USB. We'd like to see its Wi-Fi abilities improved somewhat to allow more exciting features.

Philips DVP5960

Philips' DVP5960 is an astonishingly affordable player that uses integrated video upscaling to improve the quality of your existing DVD collection -- it's worth every penny, and more

Grundig freesat receiver GUFSAT01

If you're stuck on analogue, the Grundig freesat receiver is a good way to go digital, especially if you already have a satellite dish on your wall


A great system for people looking to get started in the exciting world of home cinema, but who don't have an excess of space and thousands of pounds to spend

Sony SVR-S500

Sony's SVR-S500 is an excellent, if slightly expensive, 80GB PVR that features a pair of integrated TV tuners for simultaneous watching and recording. If you can ignore some functionality flaws then recording and playback performance is outstanding

Panasonic DMR-EX79

The Panasonic DMR-EX79 is a good, sturdy machine that's a pleasure to use. It is, however, let down by its relatively high price and the fact that it offers only a single Freeview tuner. Due to its good performance, though, we're more than happy to recommend it as a worthy purchase if you're happy with the asking price

Sagem DVR 6400 T

The Sagem 6400 isn't particularly pretty, and there are some problems with the power and antenna connections at the rear of the machine, but recorded programmes look decent

Liteon LVW-5055

The Liteon LVW-5055 is an excellent way of getting high-end features for a budget price -- equivalent-specced Panasonic and Sony models cost nearly twice as much. The catch is that Liteon's editing system isn't as simple to use and the remote control leaves much to be desired. But the range of features and AV performance still make the LVW-5055 a great DVD recorder

Virgin Media V+ HD

Virgin Media's TV service and V+ HD box offer plenty of entertainment potential if you get the top-end viewing package. The video-on-demand functionality is super, as are the catch-up TV services from the BBC, ITV and Channel 4. The only problem is the lack of HD channels, with crucial fare like Sky Sports HD and Movies HD being unavailable. Nevertheless, Virgin's service is well worth considering

Toshiba SD-360E

The cheap feel is the only disappointing thing about this player. Otherwise its excellent picture quality via HDMI and ease of use make it one of the very best budget models around. Certainly worth a look if you've got an HD-ready TV

Pioneer DVR-545HX

Pioneer's DVR-545HX offers all the recording and playback features you're likely to use. But, in this competitive market, there are similarly priced rivals that do the same thing but better

Sky 3D

Bin your preconceptions -- Sky 3D really does usher in a whole new way of enjoying TV. Consumed in small doses, Sky's 3D channel is fun, fresh and frighteningly addictive.

Nissan DV100

Nissan is a very small player in the DVD market, but its ability to combine a stack of features for a miniscule asking price is very commendable. If you have a collection of DivX video and MP3 audio sitting on your computer, then this will let you play them as easily as you would a DVD. While it will look out of place underneath a premium flat screen, it can still provide it with a decent picture, and because nothing else touches it for features at this price, we admit to having a soft spot for it

Humax PVR-8000T

The Humax PVR-8000T is much like the Internet and the iPod -- once you use it, you wonder how you ever lived without it. However, while it's a brilliant piece of equipment to have in the home, the lack of dual tuners to let you watch something different from what you're recording is surprisingly restrictive

Editors' Choice

Humax Foxsat-HDR

As the first freesat PVR on the market, the Humax Foxsat-HDR would have sold even if it was utter rubbish. Luckily, it's brilliant and anyone who buys one will have a sturdy, easy-to-use machine that looks fantastic under their TV and boasts impressive picture quality

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