Sharp TU-T2HR32 review

Sharp produces one of the best Freeview+HD recorders around

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The TU-T2HR32 produces excellent hi-def pictures from the key Freeview HD channels; a blast of the European Championships from Barcelona on BBC HD provide plenty of detail, colour and contrast, with recordings identical to the original broadcasts.

As well as testing it on a Full HD 1080p set, we also fed the TU-T2HR32 into a standard HD Ready plasma. Set the box to output at 1080i and both onscreen menus and live HD channels (even though they're broadcast in 1080i) do lose their edge; if your HD Ready TV can accept a 1080p signal, it's the best option.

Switch to SD channels and the TU-T2HR32 does a decent job at upscaling the picture, though a sheen of dotty picture noise is faintly evident. Edges remain taught though, and both colour and contrast remain intact.

Tech Specs

Product TypeSatellite Receiver
Scan Format1080i
Sound SystemDolby Digital
Brand NameSharp
FeaturesElectronic Program Guide
Hard Drive Capacity320 GB
Number of SCART Interfaces1
Composite VideoYes
Network (RJ-45)Yes
Number of HDMI Outputs1
Height55 mm
Width300 mm
Depth259 mm
Audio DecodingStereo
ManufacturerSharp Electronics
Product ModelTUT2HR32
Product NameTUT2HR32 DirecTV Receiver
Video FormatsMPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4
Input Voltage220 V AC
Manufacturer Part NumberTUT2HR32
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

Designed to receive & record Freeview HD services. DVB-T2/ DVB-T tuner supporting both HD and SD formats. 320GB HDD. Twin tuner support. Record two channels while watching a pre-record channel. Freeview+ HD support including recommendations and trailer booking. Friendly user interface for easy operation. 8 day EPG. HDMI output supports HD resolutions up to 1080p. 1080p50 upscaling for SD programs. Dolby Digital Plus via HDMI or optical digital output. Ethernet port for interactive services and future internet - based services. USB port for software upgrade.

Weight (Approximate)4.10 kg