Probabaly one of the best on the market ?
I bought one of these new in 2012 after a DP-S1 machine. Both are still going strong although, like most other people I have had to rebuild the power supply. Beats me why they use such crappy capacitors - no wait -it's to save them money ! No big deal, for me anyway. If you upgraded the firmware each time one became available you got a better machine (for the most part ) each time. I replace the Hdd once because I wore it out. I tend to record everything because I HATE the ads every 4 ~ 5 minutes and just fast fwd them. Rarely do I watch live T...V which gives you some idea of the amount of use it gets. Just a hint - IF you have a DP-S1 and don't use the DVD player in it, you can get a firmware that will allow it to receive the new MPEG 4 programs. Search the forums for the details. In short I can highly recommend both these Beyonwiz products.
Great features, terrible execution due to insufficent testing before putting out to market
Glitchy firmware. Even the very last firmware that was distributed didn't fix the unacceptable bugs. Corruption of hard drive will occur (despite the hard drive itself being faultless). The 'check hard drive' feature, which is meant to 'fix' up corruption issues (when it happens, but shouldn't happen) is a waste of time in many cases, since using this disk-check feature would often result in 'checking failed' messages, or the checking routine would just become stuck half-way through the process, and never complete (no matter how many times you ...try it). As mentioned, the user features of the system are excellent - such as great user-interface. Very convenient to use. However, all of these great ideas are completely undone and offset by inadequate testing before the unit was introduced to the market. The thing is, I have other kinds of personal digital video recorders at home, which doesn't have the same great user features, but at least they work without serious flaws. Once hard drive file error accumulated up to some point, various video files on the drive would be rendered useless - as some would be playable for a while until some amount of time is reached, and playback would just halt (cut-out) due to the corruption. And, in order to avoid more corruption issues, it would then be necessary to back-up whatever files are uncorrupted, followed by reformatting the hard-drive. Thereafter, the unit would then work properly for a few weeks or so until the next bout of corruption starts to set in. So, for the dp-p2, reliability is very poor in terms of sustained regular operation. Beyonwiz have obviously got a new model of personal video recorder out now, such as 'T4'. However, I would think many times before wanting to take a punt on that new model (eg...... see whether they did a 'proper' job with the T4 testing and development before pushing it onto the market), after having seen (witnessed) the poor execution with the dp-p2. If I had one thing to say to the Beyonwiz design team, I would say to them - "pull up your socks, and test your product adequately before pushing your product out to market.". The issue here is that - not only were the customers the guinea pigs for feeding back the issues, but also - the issues were never treated in firmware upgrades; or those issues may not have even be treatable (and hence were never fixed). The issue is - strong/great ideas. Poor execution.
Brilliant and totally reliable !
Easy to set up and connect to network, totally reliable and bug free for many years, one of the best purchases I have ever made, does not like h264 files ,but apart from that it is an excellent pvr!!!!.It has never let me down ,so I cannot comment on the after sales service.
No problems after daily use for 7 years......
I bought my Beyonwiz DP-P2 in 2008 and have used it every day, mainly to time-shift my preferred programs. I have not had any problems with it at all, although it does run hot in the summer; solved by directing a small desk fan onto it after an hour or so.
Lasted only 14 months
expensive to buy and when it worked it works well but it's very unreliable and it broke down 14 months after paying around $800 very disappointing . Will not buy this piece of rubbish again for their sales dept customers vote with their feet and I will buy a Panasonic or topfeild.
Good machine, but buggy and dies too soon
My third DP-P2 just died. I like this machine but the life seems to be getting shorter. I am tossing up whether to buy another one or not. It allows me to tape from Foxtel, which is the main attraction and does a good job when it works. Periodically though it corrupts files and old timers persist which then buggers the subsequent timers. My first one lasted about 3 or 4 years, the second one about 2 to 3 years, and the latest one barely 2 years. So the quality seems to be getting worse. a big pity. I am now looking at other options.
I love my beyonwiz dp-p2
This is an excellent machine, but there can be issues, according to my research on whirlpool forums, and Beyonwiz forums, in the original DP-P2 they used cheap capacitors causing overheating issues, including EPG drop out like mentioned in another review here.
I had an ERROR 0000 fail on my DP-P2, and had only had it for 2 months (2nd hand and out of warranty) so I did major research, because I just loved this machine and really didn't want to part with it. On whirlpool forums I found someone to fix it at a very cheap price. If you have any problems please read the forums at whirlpool (under beyonwiz repairs) and beyonwiz forums and find out the best way to deal with this problem and get it fixed.
Problematical - save yourself the trouble.
Ive had the DP-P2 for around 3 years now. Unfortunately the box did not live up to expectations for me at least.
It frequently misses program recordings, which turns out to be because it doesnt get the recording list downloaded from ICETV. This in turn is because old timers (ie past the record date) appear in the timer list, which according to Beyonwiz, is known to prevent correct synchronisation of timers.
So I have to regularly manually check for old timers. If I find them I must delete all timers, EPG cache and force download them again f...rom ICETV. Sadly there are often times when I dont notice the missing timers, so programs get missed. And of course it means when I go away on holiday Im virtually guaranteed to miss recordings. Ive returned two boxes under warranty due to this exact same "fault", but I gave up with this latest box after Trading Standards advised Id have to take Beyonwix to small claims court if I rejected their offer of returning it for a third time (which I didnt want to do - it means 6-8 weeks without a device, and had not worked twice before - isnt it a sign of insanity to try the exect same thing releatedly expecting a different result?).
I have had a DP-P2 for over 5 years and it has been excellent, I back up anytime from the PVR to a external hard drive and edit films & clips on internal or external hard drive. I have recently brought another DP-P2 and stream recordings between both machine as they are networked. I have had Topfield & Dgtec before purchasing the Beyonwiz and when be used through an AV amp the passthrough work fantastic and the Beyonwiz always sends out the higher possible sound signal. I feel sorry for people who have had issues but either they are very unlucky or have they got some settings set up incorrectly.
Editing, picture quality and networking
Picture in picture not working
Rubbish! Constant trouble.
Only can be repaired in Sydney & it takes 4 weeks then plays up again within a few weeks.My friends is the same & both are less than 14 months old.The stores we got them from will not sell them anymore due to too many complaints.. Do not buy a Beyonwiz. Believe me they are rubbish!
Well worth the effort
I was going to buy the Topfield, but went with the Beyonwiz DP-P2 due to the slightly better remote. Though, I have since bought a Logitech remote which is brilliant.
The EPG is absolutely, sensational. Very fast, brings up all channels, immediately (even when you search days, ahead) & very user-friendly. Not slow like all others(Samsung, Panasonic, etc) that I have come across.
When you select a program in EPG mode, it doesn't just boot you out of the EPG & onto the program (which can be very annoying when channel surfing). It updates the...
Great unit, very user friendly.
I have two different units the Beyonwiz DP-P2 HD PVR and the Strong SRT 5495 PVR. The Beyonwiz is far superior, much easier to use and has much more functionality. This applies to the remote control as well.
Ease of use and remote controls.
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Satisfied Until Wanting to Backup Recordings to an External Hard Drive
We bought our DP-P2 about 3 1/2 years ago and was satisfied with it until I wanted to back something up to an external Hard Drive. Opinion of the PVR lost big points and resulted in changing to a Topfield.
We had issues at first setting the unit up regarding sound. At first I thought the PVR was faulty then discovered the volume level from the PVR settings is so low. I had to turn the sound volume way up on my TV to operate sound through the PVR.
We had the odd freeze up problem in the first few months. The only way to restart it was to ...turn it off at the power point. At about the 6 month mark during one of these freeze ups the PVR let out a large pop and that wonderful cooked electronics smell was noticed. The PVR was dead. We called Beyondwiz tech support straight away. They were most helpful and organised for the PVR to be picked up all at their cost. After 2 weeks we received the PVR back all fixed and working fine They advertise being able to backup recordings as a feature of the machine. Sounded like a great idea until I tried to do it. It failed to work on a external drive I had already so I purchased another one and it failed again. The PVR error message gave no indication as to why it wouldn't work only a simple error message. The operation manual was no help either. After some cursing a swearing at what was made to sound such a simple process, I went on line and after a bit of searching found out why. The DP-P2 files are recorded as FAT 32 which only allows for about 30mins to be recorded. The file I wanted to backup was 2 1/2hrs. There were some suggestions on how to break the file up into smaller components and get it off that way but it sounded all to complicated and beyond my level of computing. There was no mention in the PVR manual about this problem (very disappointed)
A liberating device!
A PVR is like a dishwasher - once you have had one, you cannot not have one.
We've had our DP-P2 for 2 years now, and have not had any problems. It has enabled us to watch our favourite TV programs on our own terms - at times that suit us, and without adverts (programmed one of the buttons on the remote to skip forward 180 seconds). Having 2 tuners means that programs on different channels can be recorded simultaneously. The Beyonwiz EPG is much faster than the one on our TV.
The Beyonwiz is not the most user-friendly device to use - t...he on-screen menus and functions take a little getting used to, as does the remote. Changing the time (and ensuring that the EPG times are is correct) when daylight saving starts and ends is always a complicated affair. Notwithstanding its "clunkiness", it does it's job as a PVR very well. And it can be connected to a home network (Ethernet or WiFi with an adapter) quite easily, which allows you to watch video clips stored on your PC on your TV - e.g. your own home movies or video clips downloaded from the likes of YouTube. It plays most video formats. I have not had occasion to contact Beyonwiz for support, however the questions I've had regarding the PVRs use have been answered on the forum which is on the Beyonwiz site, and which is frequented by a few "gurus".
A great unit. Best off-the-shelf PVR available in Australia. I looked at Strong, Topfield, LG, Panasonic, Sony & Digitec and the Beyonwiz ticked all the boxes. It was a little more expensive than the others but was worth the extra money for the additional features it offered.
Twin HD tuners means you can watch one program whilst recording another or record two simultaneously.
Supports a wide variety of video, audio and photo formats.
Can access my multimedia files on a networked HDD.
Skip over adverts.
Remote is a little awkward.
Noise from HDD and fan can be distracting.
Questions & Answers
when I set the machine to record a program, say at 8pm on ABC or SBS it is recording the program after that time.
The machine has been set to daylight saving time so that is not the problem.
at present if I want a particular program I have to record the programs before and after.
Hi Heather, I have noticed that the machine often starts recording a program a minute or two after it starts. I work around this by starting the recording time a couple of minutes earlier than the TV guide on the machine indicates. (I also extend the recording time a bit at the end, in case it goes over time - not wanting to miss the endings!). You can easily do this on the Pop-Up Menu (press 'Pop-Up', 'OK', then 'OK' on the remote, & follow the instructions).
Good luck, Bob
Hello. These days, the culprits are usually the TV stations, eg "SEVEN" etc. They now have a habit of starting 10 to 15 minutes after the tv guide scheduled time. Eg...if the tv guide says 7:30 for MKR, they might start at 7:40 PM. I don't know why the TV stations are allowed to do this, since I believe that the tv guide time needs to be followed closely, since it should be like arrival/departure times of bus and trains and planes. Needs to be accurate and followed.
There is a feature of the dp-p2 called 'padding'. So, in the user manual, look for the padding feature (in advanced setup), and in particular, look for 'pre-padding', which is an amount of time that you can include..... which is an amount of time to automatically start recording before the 'tv guide time'.
I have a DP-P2 it's showing error0000 how can I fix it
Sorry, can't help you, I have never had this error message on my DP-P2.
Most likely failed capacitors on the power supply circuit board. If somebody can take a look at the power supply and identify the failure there, then it should be possible to solve this issue. Basically, repair the power supply, and all should be ok.
Hi, This problem will show up when the electrolytic capacitors in the switchmode power supply become faulty. If you are electronically inclined it is an easy and relatively cheap fix, BUT you must know what you are doing otherwise you could damage it or worse still - kill yourself. This is a well known problem - not only Beyonwiz but others as well. Who ever you get to repair it tell them you want low ESR capacitors rated at 105 degrees C and a good brand such as Panasonic or Nichicon.
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