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  • 1. Testrapport Miniatuur DVB-S2 HDTV Ontvanger • Speciale optie: de ontvanger kan verborgen worden; de IR ontvanger voor de afstandsbediening kan overal geplaatst worden • Compleet uitgeruste PVR dankzij de USB aansluiting • Geïntegreerd internet voor Youtube, Google Maps enz. • Automatische herkenning van DiSEqC, automatische herkenning van kanaal en videoresolutie van de TV monitor • LNB spanning kan verhoogd worden om te compenseren voor spanningsdaling bij langere kabels 56 TELE-audiovision International — The World‘s Largest TV Box Magazine — 1 1-12/2013 — www.TELE-audiovision.com www.TELE-audiovision.com — 1 1-12/2013 — TELE-audiovision International — 全球发行量最大的数字电视杂志 57
  • 2. TEST REPORT Miniature DVB-S2 HDTV Receiver A Satellite HDTV Receiver with Every Feature With the Mini HD, Amiko LNB input, an Ethernet jack, An absolutely perfect vid- The Amiko Mini HD is pow- has introduced a miniature a USB 2.0 port as well as a eo signal is provided by the ered by a 400 MHz proces- DVB-S2 HDTV jack for the external 12VDC HDMI output, unfortunately sor and comes with 64 MB PVR receiver to the market. power supply. With the help though, crystal clear audio of Flash memory plus 1 GB It comes with the same fea- of three small jacks, Amiko is only available via HDMI; DDR SDRAM. This combi- tures as its larger cousins. has provided outputs for an there’s no S/PDIF output for nation will later provide for It’s elegant black box is only A/V interface cable (CVBS connection to a stereo sys- the perfect presentation of 15 x 11 x 3.5 cm in size and and stereo audio) as well tem. HDTV as well as an OSD that at 250gm it is essentially as an RS232 port; the nec- feather-light. essary adapter cable is in- We especially liked that compatible reacts extremely fast to remote control commands. cluded with the receiver. Amiko truly used every inch The remote control included sports The third jack is for con- of space on the Mini HD; by the manufacturer sits two LEDs that indicate the necting the external IR re- for example, a card reader nicely in your hand, is ergo- receiver’s nomic and is clearly labeled. The front panel opera- ceiver; Amiko designed the for Conax Smartcards was tional status while all of the current Mini HD such that it can be incorporated on the under- proper connections can be mounted on a wall or placed side of the receiver with the You won’t find an instal- found on the rear panel. In inconspicuously behind the actual card slot facing the lation assistant in the Mini particular, this includes an TV. front of the box. There’s HD; users will need to set up also a second USB 2.0 jack all the basic functions them- on the right side to let you selves. The new Amiko re- quickly attach an external ceiver can provide the vid- storage device. eo signal via HDMI in 480i, 11-12/2013 AMIKO MINI HD Perfect mini Receiver www.TELE-audiovision.com/13/11/amiko 58 TELE-audiovision International — The World‘s Largest TV Box Magazine — 1 1-12/2013 — www.TELE-audiovision.com 0.53
  • 3. 1 6 480p, 576i, 576p, 720p 50 when Hz, 1080i 60 Hz, 1080p 50 through which DiSEqC port. 10 15 is connected to the receiver being received plus a Native 14 cally identify what satellite TV channel that is currently 9 the receiver can automati- itself to the resolution of the 13 enced users. With its help, matic Mode where it adapts 8 the day for the less-experi- receiver even has an Auto- 12 DiSEqC function could save nothing was left out. The 7 lengths are used. The Auto Hz as well as 1080p 60 Hz; 2 age by 0.5V in those cases Hz, 720p 60 Hz, 1080i 50 11 longer coax cable by TV mode where the receiver adjusts itself to the Unfortunately, maximum resolution of the where TV. programmed the this limited satellite is prelist comes into play; only those The Mini HD supports the satellites in the list can be DiSEqC Protocols 1.0, 1.1, recognized. Testing this fea- 1.2 and 1.3 and is therefore ture in Europe with the very able to handle multifeed, popular ASTRA and EUTEL- multifocus SAT satellites showed that it functioned perfectly. Less receiver comes with 28 pre- popular satellites were not programmed satellites but 3 motor- ized antenna systems. The and/or recognized. those satellites are limited to European entries only; a On the channel scan side more expanded list would of things, the user can run be nice to have. a satellite scan, transponder scan or blind scan. Of course We appreciated the ability to increase the LNB volt- 4 it’s the blind scan that we’re particularly fond of: on the 1. The Amiko Mini HD Main Menu 2. Every possibility is available for editing the channel list 3. Individual channels can easily be renamed 4. Installation Menu 5. Satellite Settings 6. If desired, the individual PID values of a channel can be entered 7. With FastScan, all the transponders from one of the nine preprogrammed PayTV Providers can be automatically scanned HOTBIRD satellite at 13° east it managed to find 1597 TV and 373 radio channels in a mere six minutes. It’s quite a satisfactory result. Even on less popular satellites such as SES4 at 22° west, the blind scan feature delivered acceptable results with transponders using different symbolrates. The FastScan Option is an 8. Auto DiSEqC Function 9. Calculation of the necessary angle for antenna alignment Amiko Mini HD. It can be used 10. User Settings 5 exceptional feature with the to read all the transponders from one of nine prepro- 11. Time Settings 12. A total of eight timer slots are available 13. The output video signal can be set to a maximum resolution of 1080p HDMI 14. The user can customize the OSD 15. Three integrated video games pass the time during commercials 60 TELE-audiovision International — The World‘s Largest TV Box Magazine — 1 1-12/2013 — www.TELE-audiovision.com grammed European PayTV providers. In our tests with the Dutch CanalDigitaal, this function worked without any problems. In no time at all every channel from a PayTV provider will be presented in the channel list without www.TELE-audiovision.com — 1 1-12/2013 — TELE-audiovision International — 全球发行量最大的数字电视杂志 61
  • 4. 16 6 16. The Amiko Mini HD's network features 17. IP settings; of course the DHCP protocol is supported 18. The receiver's software can be automatically updated via the Internet 19. Weather forecast 20. RSS Feeds are shown in an organized fashion 21. The video services YouTube and YouPorn can be accessed directly from the receiver 22. YouTube 23. The receiver supports the time shift function in addition to normal recordings 24. Google Maps on the Amiko Mini HD 17 BluBox SOTx • Up to 16 SAT IF levels and terresstrial over a single fiber optic cable • 19" base unit with redundant switch mode power supply 21 • Distribution to up to 32 optical nodes possible • Configuration and monitoring via LAN / IP 18 22 WhiteBox • Modular headend for multiple conversions • 19" base unit with redundant switch mode power supply • Configuration and monitoring via LAN / IP 19 23 SPAROS 711 Touch Series • Intuitive operating thanks to a 10" Touch Screen • DVB - S / S2, DVB - T/ T2, DVB - C, HDTV TV displaying 20 24 • Compact and robust aluminium die - cast housing • Supplied in a stable carrying case! 62 TELE-audiovision International — The World‘s Largest TV Box Magazine — 1 1-12/2013 — www.TELE-audiovision.com
  • 5. 25 6 After the receiver 35 26 the need for any tiresome 30 31 36 27 32 37 28 33 38 29 34 39 has been set up to your per- searching. sonal tastes, a push of the After the receiver’s chan- Exit button on the remote nel list has been filled with control takes you out of the thousands of entries, the Settings menu. The Mini HD next task that comes to can now get to work. It op- mind undoubtedly erates through a cleverly have to be managing the would arranged OSD that presents channel list. And the Mini a logically and well-thought- HD doesn’t disappoint here out interface to the user. We at all; every possible option especially liked the EPG, the you can think of is available, contents of which can be such as deleting, renaming, displayed in three different moving, grouping or locking modes. out specific channels with a PIN code. Thanks to the Thanks to additional func- 32 Favorites lists all of your tion buttons on the remote most-loved channels can be control, options like subti- moved into one of these col- tles, teletext or language lections making them easier selection can be accessed to access with the push of directly through the main just one button. menu. This saves time and makes things easier for the 25. Even Google Maps' satellite view is available 26. The OSD keyboard can be used to search for specific locations in Google Maps 27. Channel scan 28. Info bar with the EPG data from the current and upcoming programs 29. EPG view 1 30. EPG view 2 31. EPG view 3 32. Channel list 33. The channel list can be limited to individual satellites 34. The channel list can be limited to individual providers 35. Language selection 36. Satellite selection 37. OSD Teletext 38. The Amiko Mini can easily play back previously recorded programs 39. MP3 playback user. Since the Amiko Mini HD is a fully-featured PVR receiver, we wasted no time in connecting an external storage device on one of the two USB ports. We were able to record two broadcasts simultaneously in HD quality while at the same time watching a third channel live. For timer recordings there are eight programming slots available. In this day and age, though, that’s not quite enough. In addition to PVR record- 64 TELE-audiovision International — The World‘s Largest TV Box Magazine — 1 1-12/2013 — www.TELE-audiovision.com www.TELE-audiovision.com — 1 1-12/2013 — TELE-audiovision International — 全球发行量最大的数字电视杂志 65
  • 6. ings, the USB ports can You may have noticed wirelessly. Unfortunately, also be used to play back while reading this test re- though, this adapter is not videos in AVI, MPEG, MP4, port that the Amiko Mini HD part of the package. TS, for- also comes with a network mats. You can even listen interface allowing you to ac- to your favorite MP3 music cess the wonderful world of files. Some of you out there the Internet. And if you’re will be also happy to know surrounded that JPEG pictures can be nals in your home, the USB viewed on your TV through WiFi adapter would also let the Amiko Mini HD. you browse the Internet Flash and VOB by WiFi 42 sig- 40. The integrated picture viewer functioned perfectly 41. Video playback of various formats 42. DivX playback 43. Full HD video playback 44. Even Flash videos could be played back without any problems 40 6 43 41 44 66 TELE-audiovision International — The World‘s Largest TV Box Magazine — 1 1-12/2013 — www.TELE-audiovision.com
  • 7. In addition to the ability to lot of fun with in our tests. update the receiver’s soft- There were also numerous ware, the user also has ac- settings capabilities as well cess to current weather in- as the ability to store the formation, RSS feeds as well channel list on a USB stor- / PVR Receiver with Function Miniature external IR remote control as services such as YouTube, age device if needed. In Input frequency 950 - 2150 MHz YouPorn and Google Maps. general we were quite sat- Input symbol rate 2 - 45 Ms/s The idea of adding Google isfied with the logical and Modulations QPSK, 8PSK Maps to a satellite receiver well-organized OSD struc- EPG yes seems to be an innovative ture including its graphical idea at first, but in reality presentation. Thanks to its Video resolution 480i, 480p, 576i, 576p, 720p 50 Hz, 720p 60 Hz, 1080i 50 Hz, 1080i 60 Hz, 1080p 50 Hz, 1080p 60 Hz it’s not all that easy to work very low power consump- DiSEqC 1.0, 1.1, 1.2, 1.3 with when all you have is a tion at only 3W in standby, SCR no remote control and an OSD you can keep a little extra keyboard. of your money in your wal- RS232 yes let. And because of its small To round it all off, three integrated video games are included that we had a size, the Amiko Mini HD can easily be hidden deep inside your TV setup. DATA Model Mini HD Ethernet yes USB 2.0 yes CI Slot no Card Reader yes (Conax) HDTV yes MPEG4/H.264 yes expert OPINION AMIKO Mini HD DVB-S2 HDTV Receiver TECHNICAL RECOMMENDED PRODUCT BY OSD languages English, German, Greek, Italian, Russian, Spanish, Ukrainian, Rumanian, Hungarian, Croatian, Bulgarian, Czech, Slovenian, Slovakian, Serbian, Hebrew, Portuguese, Dutch, Polish Power Supply 100 - 240V AC, 50/60 Hz AC / 12V DC Dimensions 15 x 11 x 3.5 cm Weight 250 g ENERGY DIAGRAM Thomas Haring Test Center Austria Apparent Power + Very compact and space-saving construction, low power con- Mode Apparent Active Factor Active 15 W 8W 0.53 StandBy 2W 1W 0.5 Active Power sumption, well-organized OSD, logical operation and every PVR feature you can think of are all plus points for the Amiko Mini HD. All in all, a perfect little receiver. – The Auto DiSEqC function because of the limited number of preprogrammed satellites in some cases doesn’t provide convincing results. The eight timer slots for a PVR receiver are not enough. Energy: The first 15 minutes active operation; the second 15 minutes standby 68 TELE-audiovision International — The World‘s Largest TV Box Magazine — 1 1-12/2013 — www.TELE-audiovision.com