Harmony Vision (1)
Current Member for less than 1 month (at the time of review).
||*High class video productions
*Good variety of EU and US models
*Different fetish themes to chose from
||*NO true 1080p videos despite advertising
*Too expensive (€34,5)
*No individual filenames
*No update history
*No special / extra deals
||Harmonyvision is a glam core video site, featuring scenes from high quality movie procudtions. As of today (12-23-2012), there are 32 movies available, spplit up into 144 individual scenes. There is no update history.
There are 4 different download options to chose from:
SD Low 720x404 @993kBit/s
SD High 720x404 @993kBit/s
HD 1040x584 @ 2429kBit/s
Full HD 1080p 1280x720 @ 2990kBit/s
All videos are ready for streaming in said resolutions.
There are NO picure sets available for download!
The bad news right at the beginning:
The "Full HD 1080p" videos are *NOT* full HD in the true meaning of the word (i.e. 1920x1080)! They are just standard 1280x720 videos, which, in my books, is as close to a fals pretense as you can get. It's especially cheeky, considering the high price of €34,95. So, again, if you want true 1080p scenes, this site won't give it you.
Apart from that (rather major) issue, the videos are well shot with good lighting and a variety of well known EU and US models to chose from. The movies are all pretty artsy glam porn stuff, lots of latex, leather and masks. You will find a good ammount of mild fetish stuff on this site if that's what floats your boat.
Navigation of the site is simple and plain, no unneccessary features or anything. However, during the registration process, you DO NOT get an on-screen message with your login details. All you get is a "you're registered" message. So MAKE SURE you entered the right email address during registration. Also, when you enter harmonyvision.com, you have to click through some kind of portal gate, containing the three stiffia network sites. It's just an extra click, but I find it annoying.
During my first couple of days as a member, I ran into a number of connection problems. Some times, I only had like 30-60KB/s download speed (wchih means about 7 hours dl time for one 1GB file). At other times, the speed was ok, although it seems to be capped at 8MBit. Since I'm not entirely sure if the problem was on their or on my side, I won't let this influence my score. Howeber, I'll keep an eye on this issue and post a comment if something changes.
The site does not support resumed downloading (tested with IDM). Each file you downloadcomes with the same filename, there is no specification of the scene you are downloading. File size for the fake "Full HD 1080p" files are between 500MB and 1,3GB.
Harmonyvision has a lot to offer. Unfortunately, it doesn't keep their promises. Advertising 1080p videos and offering 1280x720 instead is unacceptable in my opinion. This, in combination with the unusually high price decreases my score, which would otherwise be somewhere in the 80s.
If you can live with the lower resolution, there are a lot of high quality scenes to chose from.
[EDIT: removed the 8MBit download cap from the Con list]
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