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Test Report for Superbox Z-450 WiFi PVR

Superbox Z-450 WiFi PVR


Superbox Z-450 WiFi PVR creates an elegant impression, thanks to sleek front panel and four-segment indicator. The Superbox Z-450 WiFi PVR is Full HD receiver, which supports WiFi and provides many extra features such as YouTube, weather forecast, RSS and reader. This Superbox Z-450 WiFi PVR is the very first to feature built-in WiFi.

The front panel shines in its simplicity and, in addition to a segmented display that shows the current time or the currently selected channel number. A status LED that switches between green and red indicates to the user the current operational status of the receiver (red = standby, green = on). Hidden behind a flap is a CI slot for use with PayTV services; it can accept all the standard CI modules (for example, Irdeto, Viaccess, Conax, etc.).

Unlike most other modern receivers, the Superbox Z-450 WiFi PVR comes with a Scart connector for use on older TVs. Of course, all the other connections you'd expect to find are all there: HDMI, YUV and CVBS outputs are all available. The audio output is available on a coaxial digital audio output as well as on two analog RCA outputs.


Since the Z-450 WiFi PVR is a DVB-S/S2 receiver, there's also the typical IF tuner input along with its associated looped-through output as well as a USB 2.0 interface that can be used to turn the receiver into a PVR if it's connected to an external USB storage device. The remote control and user manual supplied with the box leaves nothing to say behind.

The installation assistant that appears the first time the receiver is turned on only offers three choices: time, language and channel scan. Because of this the installation is completed very quickly. The first two options take no time at all. As is typical, the Z-450 WiFi PVR can also automatically set the internal clock directly from the incoming satellite signal.

It gets more exciting in the Channel Scan menu. Superbox Z-450 WiFi PVR included a preprogrammed list of 24 satellites and corresponding transponders. This receiver supports the DiSEqC 1.0, 1.1 and 1.2 protocols and can therefore be used on antennas with up to 16 LNBs.

Thanks to the individually settable LOF, the receiver is compatible with C-band and Ku-band antennas as well as any other type of reception system. SuperBox even thought about those users with SCR single-cable solutions and offers the necessary parameters for that kind of setup.

The regular scan of HOTBIRD at 13° east found 1598 TV channels and 494 radio channels in a reasonable eight minutes. A Blind Scan of the same satellite resulted in 1366 TV channels and 397 radio channels in 12 minutes; it needed a little more time and found fewer channels than the regular scan using preprogrammed transponders.

The Installation section takes you to the reception settings and the search for new channels. Compared to the initial installation assistant, it also provides the ability to drive DiSEqC 1.2 and 1.3 motorized antennas.

A push of the OK button on the remote control displays, just like with almost any other receiver, the channel list. The channel list with the HDS275 is presented in a nicely organized fashion and can be limited to only FTA or CAS channel. The receiver reacts very quickly to commands from the remote control. After switching to a new channel, an Info bar appears momentarily at the bottom of the screen providing data on the current programme but not the next programme.


Aside from that, the Info bar also shows other typical data such as the current time and the encryption method used. To get an overview of the currently available programmes, a simple push of the EPG button on the remote control is needed to display all the programming information from the provider. The display of the EPG can be either a grid showing seven channels or it can be limited to the complete EPG display of a single channel. Naturally, timer entries can be programmed directly from the EPG. This helps to guarantee that you won't miss that blockbuster movie or that next installation of your favorite TV series. Different timer entries are also available.

Superbox Z-450 WiFi PVR has the capacity to store 6000 TV and radio channels. Recording one channel and Time Shifting another channel is also possible. As soon as an external storage device is connected via the USB 2.0 port, the receiver can begin recording SD as well as HD channels. During a recording, the channel list is reduced to the number of available channels and since the receiver only has one tuner, it would be those channels that are on the same transponder.

Through weather forecast, the viewers can see the weather forecast. RSS Reader provides news and youtube is available for different media functions.



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