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Test Report for NEOSAT SX 9800i Digital Satellite Receiver

NEOSAT SX 9800i Digital Satellite Receiver

The first digital signal that revolutionized the industry and marked the beginning of a new era. The introduction of the digital set-top-box, the single chip solution, the common interface receiver, the conditional access embedded technology. The road has been smooth to the rapid changes pertaining to new technology. The Neosat SX 9800i is one of them. There are seven buttons on the front panel of the receiver that permits channel selection of the unit. The easy to read four-digit green display shows the channel number, the time in standby mode. On the right side is a flap under which can be found cutouts for CI slots. This is a pure FTA receiver and support conditional access channels.

The rear panel is nicely equipped: IF input for satellite dish input, IF loop-through for connecting to a second receiver, RS-232 serial port for loading data information, TV scart for connection to a TV, Audio L/R RCA connectors for stereo outputs, 0/12 V switch box, video connector and main lead. The remote control looks cheap due to small buttons and therefore difficult to reach, but the receiver’s cabinet gave us a very solid impression.

After connecting the SX 9800i to all of the external conections, it welcomes you with an installation menu. The available menu languages are English, German, French, Russian, Arabic Polish, Persian and Turkish. The receiver comes preprogrammed with numerous satellites from around the world. There is also a choice of additional satellites. The SX 9800i comes with 6,000 channels of TV and radio. The local oscillator frequencies (LOF) for the C-band and Ku-band are already included, but if an exotic value is needed, it can be manually entered. The TV scart connector can provide the video signal in CVBS and RGB and this is in PAL, SECAM and NTSC. The current time and date can be manually entered. The receiver reacts very quickly to remote control commands. The receiver supports DiSEqC 1.0, DiSEqC 1.2 and DiSEqC 1.3 (USALS) protocol. Owners of DiSEqC motors should have no problems controlling their antennas with this receiver. The DiSEqC 1.1 protocol for control of large multifeed antennas is unfortunately not to be found.

The automatic channel scan is completed very quickly. 105 channels of radio and 111 TV channels of TV were just found in two minutes while scanning the Hotbird satellite. The scan can be set to look for FTA or all channels. The receiver also supports a network scan. The transponder data of individual satellites can be modified if needed. You may scan the individual transponder manually. For more experienced users, a PID scan is also available. SCPC and MCPC signals starting at the rate of 1.45Ms/sec was not a problem during over test. Channels can be deleted, moved, renamed or skipped over. Popular channels can be moved into one of the eight favourites list for easy recall later time, while inappropriate channels can be locked out from the kids with a PIN Code. The receiver is fully MPEG-2 digital and fully DVB compliant. The signal quality is shown in graphics in info bar.

Switching between channels is relatively very fast. The info bar appears when switching between channels. By pressing the yellow key of remote control, you will be able to select the sort method, either normal, Alphabetical or satellite. Normal sort shows channels in the order in which they have been added to the channel lit. Alphabetical sort shows channels in Alphabetical order. If you select satellite sort, only the channels on the selected satellite will be shown, in the order in were they were added.

EPG information is accessible with the push of button for on screen channel information. As with most receivers, a push of the button display the channel list. The included tuner is very sensitive. There is always a beep sound available with signal meter. The multi-picture display feature is also a practical character. Here you are able to choose between a 4,9,10,13 or 16 pictures display. After making your selection, the screen will be divided and the current channel will be displayed in the first box in the upper left corner, followed by the next channels in the successive boxes until the screen is full. The zoom function will take you to the closer look of the video image. The teletext is available only when the current channel carries teletext service data. VBI insertion mode and OSD mode are supported. Integrated video games are also included just incase you want to keep yourself occupied during commercial breaks. The auto plug and play feature is worthy too.

The operation of SX9800i is very easy. Additionally there are a number of symbols displayed at the bottom of the channel list that can be directly accessed via the remote control. The receiver is perfect for the beginner and also for those with some technical know-how. Indeed it is an ideal receiver with easy to use OSD with friendly icons like in PC’ operating system.

Model : SX9800i Function : Digital Satellite Receiver + 2CI Slots Channel Memory : 6000 Satellites : Multiple Symbolrates : 1.45Ms/sec DiSEqC : 1.0/1.2/1.3 Color System : PAL / NTSC / SECAM SCPC / MCPC Compatible : Yes C/Ku-band : Yes Teletext : Yes EPG : Yes Scart Connector : 1 Zoom : Yes



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