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Test Report for Opensat X9000HDCI

Opensat X9000HDCI

Opensat X9000HDCI will catch your attention at first glance. However if you put it among other black components of your multimedia rack, you would admit that this red element enlivens the whole set. Six flat red buttons merge nicely into the band.

The upper part of the front panel is made from dimmed transparent plastic behind which an alphanumeric vacuum fluorescent display is installed. It shows the channel number and name or date and time when X9000HDCI is in standby mode. It is easily readable even from a large distance. The whole bottom part of the front panel is actually a flap under which you can find a double CI connector and a card reader slot.

The rear panel has everything what a single tuner HD receiver should have. All digital and analog video and audio outputs one may need are provided. Well, maybe except for S-Video but this signal is available via Scart connector. There is also a DB-9 connector for serial inter-face. The pearl color remote control does not look very ergonomic but due to the very nice feel you have when pressing the buttons, you start liking it very soon.

English, German, French, Russian, Spanish, Italian, Arabic, Norwegian, Swedish, Suomi, Dutch, Danish, Czech, Slovak, Greek, Turkish, Hungarian and Polish are available languages for communication. You have 159 satellites from all over the world to choose from! X9000HDCI is really a global product! When you have chosen your Hotbird, Astra or whatever, the next selection window is displayed.

At that moment however, you are not asked about the motor. The users of motorized dishes should rather exit the installation assistant and configure their motors via the menu OSD. DiSEqC 1.2 and USALS are both supported. In this way we arrive to the last installation step “Start Scan”. When started, the receiver will scan the satellite you have chosen and will look for all channels (TV+Radio, FTA+Scrambled). If you are not the absolute newbie, we advice you to exit this channel scan by pressing the EXIT button.

Doing that we have more flexibility-more options to choose from. Another nice feature of X9000HDCI is the possibility to supply the LNB with increased voltage levels. Instead of 13/18V, you may choose 14/19V. This may help to properly supply LNB when using long coaxial cable. From that screen, you can proceed to Auto Scan. Also than in the simplified installation. You can choose to scan channels: TV+Radio, only TV, only Radio, Free+CAS, only Free or only CAS. If you have a Pay-Tv subscription, and you know what conditional access system your provider is using, we suggest to select the Free+CAS scan and press the red button.

To see more programming information, the EPG button has to be used. The Electronic Program Guide is displayed in a grid form: the X-axis is a timescale and a column on the left contains channel names. Inside the grid, the bars with a program names are shown. You can navigate in all directions with the arrow keys. Everything is logically positioned and very easy to read. National fonts seem to be displayed correctly, though naturally, we could not test every language and every channel. Data appears really fast – after one or two seconds. As expected, you can bookmark an interesting program.

The next important functionality of every receiver is its ability to organize channels. After pressing OK button, the channel list is presented. Except for sorting by satellite or by channel name, we can conveniently organize the channels directly from this window.

X9000HDCI displays a window with 8 favorite list names (Favorite1 through Favorite8) and all we have to do is to put a check next to the list name we want the channel to be in. Organization of channels always takes a lot of time and sometimes can drive you crazy. But if you compared this receiver to others, you would say that tidying up the channels is much more.



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