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Sharp TU-T2HR32 review

Sharp produces one of the best Freeview+HD recorders around

For

  • User interface
  • HD & SD picture quality
  • Highly customisable

Against

  • Relatively small hard disk
  • Poor remote control
  • No USB media playback

Few Freeview+ HD recorders made it to shelves in time for the World Cup, but post-South Africa sees a swathe of new boxes – and, for now at least, this Sharp is on the front of the grid.

Matching, and in some cases beating, its rivals on price, the TU-T2HR32 is fitted with a couple of Freeview HD tuners, holds a 320GB hard disk for recording and, crucially, is compatible with Freeview+. That means you can program recordings straight from its eight-day electronic programme guide, set series links, and get full recordings of programmes even if they over-run.

Handling the upscaling of SD channels as well as a full presentation of the likes of BBC HD and ITV 1 HD, the TU-T2HR32 sports a couple of Scarts and a USB port, though the latter is for software upgrades only.

If recording isn't high on your list, Sharp also makes a simple Freeview HD receiver, the TU-T2.

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