Top positive review
Pretty good PVR
May 25, 2016
AVerMedia EzRecorder 130 PVR
I have been using this device for about three weeks.
Good quality playback.
If recorded signal is 1080p, recording and playback are at 1080p, apparently at the same number of frames per second and approximately the same bits per second as in the original input video.
Pass-through of video signal to TV, even when unit is off (really in sleep mode).
Small, unobtrusive (except for USB port; see Cons below).
Files can be sorted by name, date modified, size, or format.
USB jack (for the hard drive [or “HDD”]) is in front, so the USB cable comes out of the front of the unit. I bought a USB cable with a right-angle connector to reduce the obtrusiveness of the cable, but it still looks tacky.
When a playback starts, it displays file name, length of video, and format prominently on screen during the first 10 seconds of the video. This is distracting, annoying, and unnecessary.
Recordings cannot be grouped, except via sorting by file name; you cannot place recordings in folders on HDD (even if you previously created folders on the HDD using your computer).
It purports to let you select a partition on a HDD that has more than one partition, but I tried it with a HDD that had 2 partitions and it did not let me select. I clicked on the choice for the other partition, and it said it was selected, but then on a higher level screen the original partition was still selected. It did not seem to like either partition, so perhaps there was something wrong with that HDD.
Cannot play video files copied from another source. I think this is because of disk content management files it maintains on the HDD.
Entry of file names is tedious. The files are originally given numeric names that reflect the date and time of the recording, so you will want to change the names.
If you don’t want to leave the HDD turned on all the time, you can turn it off, but the procedure to shut it down takes 10 seconds, and turning it back on takes 50 seconds. Not too terrible, I guess, depending on how impatient you are.
This unit cannot record copy-protected video, which includes a lot, or most, of TV programming. I use an HDMI splitter (CKITZE BG-520 HDMI 1x2 3D splitter v1.3) that strips the HDCP copy protection so that the program can be recorded. (The splitter also splits the HDMI signal into 2 identical signals, but you do not need the second HDMI signal in order to use the AVerMedia PVR.)
HDD size is limited to 2TB.
Recorded files on HDD are MPEG4.
A 3-1/2 hour football game in high def from my DirecTV receiver/DVR produces an MPEG4 file of 15 GB, so theoretically 133 of those would fit on a 2TB HDD. Shorter videos, like most movies, generate correspondingly smaller MPEG4 files.