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.
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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".
The unit is really stable and excellent for streaming network video, I've used it for about 6months and haven't had any problems. The only thing I can recommend for those buying this PVR is to pay a little extra and buy a new remote, I bought the Logitech Harmony 525 and it's 1000% better then the one supplied!
DP-P2 HD, quick channel changing, time bracketing for EPG recording, easy network file play, ability to use IceTV.
Lousy remote, EPG doesn't update without manually scrolling through all the channels.
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This Beyonwiz has all the features I could possibly ask for and has performed flawlessly for the past 4 months. To just be able to open the EPG, highlight an upcoming program and press the record button is fantastic. No more manually entering times and channels.
The menu system for finding recorded content is easy to use and file transfers are no hassel.
All in all a great unit with good strong Twin HD tuners which give a very good pisture througn my Bravia TV
Being able to record 2 HD programs whilst watching one I have already recorded. Unit does not get hot like others on teh market. Easy to use
Wish the epg would seach for programs autoamtically to save having to watch each channel for a second. Other than that, nothing
I am overall really pleased with the DP-P2 and like the fact that it is easy to use and intuitive. You should consider this product in in the market for a PVR. When buying it is important to get the price down to between $700 and $800 (Perth area) as the ticket price of $999 is unrealistic.
Great interfact. Regular firmware updates. Ease of operation. Dual program recording in HD. iceTV interface. Multi format reading of files and H264 format compatible. One remote to control TV and PVR.
EPS not refreshing automatically. Only available in Australia so no worldwide community input. The remote control is not backlit and has a cheap feel to it. Price too high to be competitive.
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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