What PVR?

I have a Topfield TF5810PVRt, which I’ve had for about 5 years, and it’s decided to give up the ghost. I am no longer able to access the HDD and it appears that this is a common fault with the Toppy (possibly something to do with the PSU capacitors). It has a 500Gb HDD which was full of unwatched films and TV progs but I had fortunately transferred them to my pooter when I first noticed the problem starting to develop and before it became terminal.

Anyhoo, I’m now in the market for a replacement so I ask the collective wisdom of the ARRSE community for recommendations on a suitable machine that will provide the features I’m looking for.

The TF5810PVRt was well ahead of the competition features-wise when it was introduced although a lot of manufacturers have caught up and offer similar spec machines.

The Toppy has

500Gb HDD
2 tuners - enabling simultaneous recording of 2 channels whilst also watching a third (depending on the mux)
Not limited to ‘now and next’ when viewing the programme guide
Series link
Recording clash alerts
Ability to transfer recordings via USB to a computer
Pause & rewind live TV
The ability to watch a programme from the start as it’s being recorded
Ability to skip through adverts in recordings
Ability to delete unwanted channels
Ability to disable the red button
The ability to switch the EPG from a multi-channel grid view to a single channel view
Can create separate folders for organising recordings
Renaming of recorded files
HDMI & 2 x SCART
SD upscaling to 1080P

Ideally I’d like something that has all the above features plus additional ones such as

500Gb HDD minimum, preferably 1Tb.
Wireless connectivity (via DLNA so I don’t have to connect through a router) so that I can stream recorded content from my computer
Built-in wi-fi
HD TV
USB media playback

I’m not interested in and don’t want fluff like YouView, connecting to the internet, on-demand & catch-up TV, connecting to social media such as twatter and facetwat, youtube or any of that old Horlicks. If I want to do all that I can do it from a computer.

The closest that I can find that meets what I am looking for is the Humax HDR-2000T although this doesn’t have built-in wi-fi, it relies upon a USB dongle.

So, mes amis, can anyone suggest or recommend anything better?
 
Not the answer to what you're asking I know, but if you really want the content of your HD or just your old DVR working and what you say about the fault is correct, pop it into a AV/TV repair shop, shouldn't be hard or expensive to fix.
 
My brother had the issue with his Topfield dying due to capacitors. There was a bloke who specialised in repairing them down in Surrey iirc. He was heading that way for some reason and dropped it off and the bloke fixed it for £30. Bulging or blown capacitors are easy to spot and replace.

Many modern electrical appliances have capacitors in and after a time these die because manufacturers will save a penny on each one instead of spending it to get a better capacitor.

I had a Samsung monitor die and it cost me £15 for the soldering plus about £4 for top notch capacitors including about £2 postage. I had to take it apart first but it wasn't hard.

Get the screw driver out and open the Topfield up! Had a quick google and there are places like this

http://www.free-sat-tv.co.uk/topfield5800.php

Saw this too http://www.steggalls.co.uk/downloads/TF5800_Power_Supply_Repair.pdf - that is so, so similar to my monitor. Just had to replace 4 capacitors instead of 6.
 

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Really recommend going to the 'Pulseeight' site and check out 'TVonics DTR Z500HD'
I swear by it, and have recommended it to 3 of my mates, who have all been impressed.
It'll cost you about £120.
 
My brother had the issue with his Topfield dying due to capacitors. There was a bloke who specialised in repairing them down in Surrey iirc. He was heading that way for some reason and dropped it off and the bloke fixed it for £30. Bulging or blown capacitors are easy to spot and replace.

Many modern electrical appliances have capacitors in and after a time these die because manufacturers will save a penny on each one instead of spending it to get a better capacitor.

I had a Samsung monitor die and it cost me £15 for the soldering plus about £4 for top notch capacitors including about £2 postage. I had to take it apart first but it wasn't hard.

Get the screw driver out and open the Topfield up! Had a quick google and there are places like this

http://www.free-sat-tv.co.uk/topfield5800.php

Saw this too http://www.steggalls.co.uk/downloads/TF5800_Power_Supply_Repair.pdf - that is so, so similar to my monitor. Just had to replace 4 capacitors instead of 6.
Thanks for those links, I may well investigate. I'll probably send off for the capacitors and do the repair myself.

Really recommend going to the 'Pulseeight' site and check out 'TVonics DTR Z500HD'
I swear by it, and have recommended it to 3 of my mates, who have all been impressed.
It'll cost you about £120.
Thanks but that TVonics is missing most of the features I already have in my Toppy. If I'm going to upgrade it will be to a newer PVR than the TVonics, and to one which has more features not fewer.
 
The closest that I can find that meets what I am looking for is the Humax HDR-2000T although this doesn’t have built-in wi-fi, it relies upon a USB dongle.

So, mes amis, can anyone suggest or recommend anything better?
Humax direct have that model at £120 (grade A - 500GB)

http://www.humaxdirect.co.uk/Direct/Prod/4c86af7d-5db5-40ca-808f-959399d75b92

I bought my Foxsat-HDR 500GB from them for around £150 a few years ago and it's still trundling along fine.
 

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