Echolink EL-7020 HD IR 2CI
Hi-def, PVR upgradability, multimedia playback and blind search for £200
We've seen a fair few hi-def/DVB-S2 receivers with PVR support recently.
Thing is, they tend to be rather expensive. The midi-sized Echolink EL-7020 HD IR 2CI bucks the trend by providing this functionality for a mere £179.
Sure, it doesn't include the USB hard drive you'll need for PVR operation, but these are cheap enough nowadays. Bonuses include HDMI and component hi-def outputs, blind search, 2-slot CAM emulation and a pair of CIs.
BBC HD demonstrates the extent of the picture quality that the 7020 can muster. A direct comparison between the 7020 and a Sky+ HD box reveals little discernible difference, displaying radiantly pure colour, stupendous depth and crisp detail.