Summary: Brilliant device, latest firmware fixes most of the glitches. The only reliable true twin tuner PVR on the Aussie market, and the Media Player & DVD functionality are a bonus. This and the Sonos are the only two devices of all my gadgets that my wife has taken to.... says it all really.
Pros: Extensive featureset. Bug free PVR functionality. Built-in ICEtv functionality. Seamless & robust network support. Allows you to mount 2 external USB drives. Replaced 3 devices that I used to have in my cabinet.
Cons: EPG layout could show more on the screen. Still waiting for ISO playback to be supported
Summary: I've had this machine for a while now and have had some problems, it does not do all that it is advertised to. Good machine, but its just not ready to be released yet. Can you imagine a sony needing all these fixes? And for that price - $1600!
Pros: No big Windows OS, acts like a normal PVR, has media streaming capability, looks good
Cons: Many users have reported crashes (*myself included), not all of the functionality advertised is available yet (apparently in future firmware releases)
Summary: Purchased this unit yesterday, paid $1,290 from the local Bing Lee. I'm upgrading from a Topfield Masterpiece and the Wiz has everything I was looking for; HDMI connection, wireless networking and HD TV recording. Maybe because I'm use to the Topfield style, but I found the menus and the remote fine.
Summary: I've had this unit now since 2007 buying it for considerably less than the review price from an reputable australian retailer. It's constantly getting better and better. Things we love about the unit are its wireless connections, Wiz TV Service, the guikde and recording system as well as video on demand services. In future models it could benefit from adapting WizTV to Youtube, a bit better interaction between the unit and home networks and a DVD burner.
Pros: Fantastic Functionality and constantly improving
Summary: CNET should review this device again. It is much better than the rating it has been given. My wife who hates technology love this device. It is very easy to use and for the more tech minded you can get stuck into the weeds with disk upgrades, mods, file extraction etc etc. Firmware upgrades are a breeze and network connectivity is great. I used a good old cat 5 cable in the back and it autmatically found my NAS and all the other computers on my network.
Summary: I bought this machine from Harvey Norman for $1020.00 early May '08 after some heavy bartering. Certainly much better than the $1599.00 asking price. I use it in conjunction with an LG LST1502P for mega recording time. The LG has an easier to use interface & PQ is equal on both units. It's connected to a Sony XBR full HD 46" LCD Tv via a Pioneer AV amp with HDMI switching. With the latest firmware upgrade (early June '08) the range of functions is quite good.
Pros: Excellent picture quality, both live & recorded. Vey good build quality. Easy to use once you've read & re read the manual. Firmware updates keep adding functions. Firmware updates are a peice of cake !
Cons: High price, Wireless networking requires a computer genius. Poor user manual on the subject of wireless networking. Cannot burn direct from Hdd to DVD.
Summary: Excellent device - records beautifully. Got mine at Bing Lee for only $989 and it has a 250Gb drive. Recorded programs are saved in 32Mb chunks with filenames like 0000, 0001, 0002 etc. Once all these files are transferred (via usb stick) to a computer you can use the software product VideoReDo to create DVD images for burning, or create .mpg files. Just drag and drop the files from Windows Explorer into VideoRedo window.
Pros: Top quality recordings. File format is understood by VideoRedo, thus enabling conversion to other types.
Cons: Menu's take a bit of time to learn, but they really aren't too bad.
Summary: This machine was recommended by the answers to the following questions to a salesperson. 1. is the machine easy to use for someone with no pc skills. A. Yes 2. Will it be reliable and is it one of the best pvr's on the market. A. yes & yes. The answers should have been no, no and no.
Pros: Looks good with the appeal of a built in dvd player.
Cons: Should not be recommended to computer illiterate users or people not interested in performing repeated firmware upgrades so it works properly.
Summary: Latest firmware adds features which should have come out of the box including file cropping and basic editing. This is a pro-sumer unit that requires an understanding of computer networking and firmware loading. I think that this device needs further review now that the September firmware is available.
Pros: All in one unit. Continual feature set improvement and bug resolution by firmware upgrade.
Cons: Doesnt seem to like >33 degree 90+% humidity days too much.