Sharp TU-T2HR32 review

Sharp produces one of the best Freeview+HD recorders around

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Sharp join the likes of Panasonic, Sagemcom and Digital Stream with the issue of its first such product.

However, with Toshiba, Humax, 3view, Philips and Icecrypt (the T2400 – an update to its excellent T2200) about to join the market, competition could get intense – and leave this Sharp's 320GB hard disk looking rather puny.

We liked:

Endlessly customisable, this box performs well with both SD and HD pictures. The onscreen menus are clear logical and well designed, with the box's potentially confusing features a joy to use.

We disliked:

The 320GB hard disk may prove a touch too small for some, while the bog standard remote control proves a disappointing counterpoint to the unit itself.

Verdict:

Sharp has made one of the finest Freeview HD recorders, though it's a one-trick pony; media playback and transfer of files from USB would be a nice addition, as would some kind of media streaming. It has an (presently unused) Ethernet LAN port, after all.

There's also a question mark over the size of the hard disk, with 500GB or more being our preferred option, but there's no doubt that this simple to operate and impressively designed box will suit many looking to add something extra to free digital TV broadcasts.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeSatellite Receiver
Scan Format1080i
EthernetYes
USBYes
HDMIYes
SCARTYes
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 Addresshttp://www.sharp.co.uk
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