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  1. 1. TEST REPORT HDTV PVR Satellite Receiver Jiuzhou DTS6600 The receiver comes in a rather plain but nonetheless good-looking silver case. The A HDTV PVR front panel supports a very easy to read 4-digit segment display, flanked by two LEDs for all walks of life to indicate the box’s operating mode. Hidden behind a flap are seven keys to operate the DTS 6600 without remote control, as well as two CI slots which For Jiuzhou it goes without saying that they accept all standard modules such as Irdeto, Seca, Viaccess, provide up-and-coming market segments with Conax, Nagravision and so on. Only the standby button can innovations. This is also why we were hardly be reached without opening the flap. impressed to find a pre-release model of Jiuzhou’s HDTV DVB-S/2 PVR receiver in our test lab. After all, HDTV in combination with PVR functionality is a 12-01/2009 JIUZHOU DTS6600 clear step into the future. And with the DTS 6600 A brilliant blend of ease of use and great functions Jiuzhou intends to become a significant player in future. 30 TELE-satellite & Broadband — 12-01/2009 — www.TELE-satellite.com
  2. 2. The back panel reveals a The included remote con- comprehensive range of con- trol sits nicely in your hand, TELE-satellite World www.TELE-satellite.com/... Download this report in other languages from the Internet: nections such as the satel- its buttons are easy to reach, Arabic ‫ﺍﻟﻌﺮﺑﻴﺔ‬ www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-0901/ara/jiuzhou.pdf lite input and loop-through clearly labelled and provide Indonesian Indonesia www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-0901/bid/jiuzhou.pdf output, a HDMI interface for convenient feedback when Bulgarian Български www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-0901/bul/jiuzhou.pdf Czech Česky www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-0901/ces/jiuzhou.pdf fully digital video and audio pressed. German Deutsch www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-0901/deu/jiuzhou.pdf transmission, three sockets English English www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-0901/eng/jiuzhou.pdf Spanish Español www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-0901/esp/jiuzhou.pdf for YUV as well as three addi- The user’s manual is drawn Farsi ‫ﻓﺎﺭﺳﻲ‬ www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-0901/far/jiuzhou.pdf French Français www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-0901/fra/jiuzhou.pdf tional RCA jacks for stereo up just as smartly and pro- Greek Ελληνικά www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-0901/hel/jiuzhou.pdf audio and composite video vides a clear structure, fea- Croatian Hrvatski www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-0901/hrv/jiuzhou.pdf Italian Italiano www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-0901/ita/jiuzhou.pdf and – specifically for the Euro- tures illustrations where they Hungarian Magyar www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-0901/mag/jiuzhou.pdf pean market – two scart euro- are needed and answers all Mandarin 中文 www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-0901/man/jiuzhou.pdf Dutch Nederlands www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-0901/ned/jiuzhou.pdf connectors. questions that might arise Polish Polski www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-0901/pol/jiuzhou.pdf Portuguese Português www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-0901/por/jiuzhou.pdf when using the receiver. To Romanian Românesc www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-0901/rom/jiuzhou.pdf A digital audio output makes sum up, this receiver cre- Russian Русский www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-0901/rus/jiuzhou.pdf Swedish Svenska www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-0901/sve/jiuzhou.pdf sure any home cinema system ates a good first impression Turkish Türkçe www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-0901/tur/jiuzhou.pdf is fed with crystal-clear audio in terms of workmanship and Available online starting from 28 November 2008 and a USB 2.0 port is avail- hardware quality, even though able for connection exter- some might lament the some- 122 mainly German language call up a clearly structured and nal storage media to use the what conservative design. channels. On a positive note well-organised menu of avail- PVR functionality. The perfect we can state that all available able options. The main menu overall impression is rounded HD channels from the German off by a main power switch. Everyday use and English countries trans- is divided into five groups with a number of sub-groups The Jiuzhou DTS 6600 mitted via ASTRA 19.2° East each. For the time being the does offer an installation and ASTRA2 28.2° East were latest Jiuzhou receiver is not wizard and our test model already included in that list. yet a genuine globetrotter arrived with a pre-set list of as the OSD is only available In order to customise the in German, English, Dutch or box according to personal French. You can be assured, preferences all you have to do however, that this list will be is press the MENU button to extended by the manufac- turer in one of the upcoming software updates. In order to allow full use 0.55 www.TELE-satellite.com — 12-01/2009 — TELE-satellite & Broadband 31
  3. 3. Automatic search Info bar EPG JPEG Viewer of the HDMI connection the takes the correct time directly turing 56 European satellite even the most exotic LNBs receiver supports video from the satellite signal, or positions is pre-stored and we can be made to work with this output in 576p, 720p or 1080i. you can decide to set the time noticed that even the tran- receiver. A whole range of The only feature we missed manually, if you so desire. sponder data must have been options for switching between was an automatic switch, but updated only recently as they bands and polarisations makes we assume that the manufac- What we like: you can set are very up-to-date. With an it even more versatile. turer will add this feature in the receiver to show the cur- easy-to-use satellite and tran- due time as well. rent time instead of the chan- sponder editor it is child’s play Now that the basic setup is nel number even when it is to add, delete or edit satel- completed the 5000-channel If you connect a regular turned on. Before you can lites as well as transponder memory needs to be filled with CRT TV set to the box you will actually use all the features of entries. entries. To accomplish this, most probably decide to use the DTS 6600 it first has to be automatic or manual search the RGB video output mode. set up to work with your exist- Apart from receiving Ku modes can be selected. And CVBS is available as well and ing reception system. To this band signals the Jiuzhou HDTV here we were in for another if your TV set has the corre- end DiSEqC protocols 1.0 for receiver can also be used for pleasant surprise: the chan- sponding inputs you may also up to four satellites, 1.1 for up C band signals and thanks nel search OSD is remarkably use the YUV output. to 16 satellites as well as 1.2 to freely selectable LOF data clear and self-explanatory. An Of course, basic features such as the 16:9 aspect ratio and a number of 4:3 options are all implemented, as is a digital optical audio a n d output which can provide a 1 . 3 PCM or Dolby Digital (bit- (USALS) for moto- stream) signal. rised antennas are available. This latest Jiuzhou receiver A current satellite list fea- 32 TELE-satellite & Broadband — 12-01/2009 — www.TELE-satellite.com
  4. 4. indefinite number of available several satellites we ended filled and well organised we switches to a new channel it satellites can be chosen for up with thousands of more or can exit the main menu by inserts an info bar with details an automatic search, which less useful channels, which is pressing the – you guessed it! regarding the currently show- are then scanned in a single way too many for real view- – EXIT button. This prompts ing and next event as well as go. You can of course define ing pleasure. So what needed the receiver to switch to the icons for encryption, subtitles, whether FTA, encrypted or all to be done next is bring some first channel on the list. The DD audio etc. Signal quality channels should be found. In order and tidiness into this OK button calls up the chan- and signal strength as well as addition, you can tell the box huge mess. nel list which lists all available satellite and frequency of the whether you’re after TV chan- channels in a clearly arranged currently watched channel nels, radio stations or both. Luckily, the DTS 6600 way. Using the FAV and SAT are also shown. offers a number of options buttons of the remote con- If required, you can also for achieving this. Individual trol you can either call up the The remote control comes activate network scan so that channels can be deleted, channel list of a different sat- with dedicated keys for select- any pay TV transponders moved, renamed or protected ellite or one of the favourite ing the audio track and subti- that are not yet pre-stored with a PIN code to keep your lists. tles (if provided). In case your will also be detected by the kids from watching unsuit- TV set has no built-in teletext receiver. For our test satellite able material. A total of eight Sorting the channel list can decoder you can always fall with just over 100 transpon- favourite lists are available to be done by pushing the Zoom back on the integrated soft- ders finally took almost ten be filled with just the channels button on the remote. ware teletext decoder of the minutes, which means it is a you really watch on a regular Jiuzhou box. While the DTS little on the slower side. basis. The new Jiuzhou receiver is 6600 does not (yet) offer reasonably fast when switch- automatic output resolution Naturally, a manual scan During our test editing both ing between channels, which switching, it can be done gives you even greater the channel and favourite lists holds also true for changing easily by pushing the Function options and you can manually went about smoothly and flaw- between SD and HD offerings. key on the remote control to enter frequency, symbol rate, lessly. Here again the manu- What we really appreciated in quickly change between the polarisation, PID, modulation facturer has come up with a our test was the video quality available options. (with the receiver supporting logical and user-friendly con- via HDMI on a 42-inch plasma QPSK in DVB-S and QPSK as cept which even novices will and a 40-inch LCD flat screen This is very handy when- well as 8PSK in DVB-S2) and come to understand in next to TV. There really was nothing ever a HDTV channel trans- FEC. no time. to be left desired. mits in 1080i (and can best be viewed when this resolution After our test search on Now that the channel list is Whenever the receiver is set for the receiver as well) Manual search Playing back a recorded HDTV 34 TELE-satellite & Broadband — 12-01/2009 — www.TELE-satellite.com
  5. 5. and you then zap to a SDTV the going gets tough. What we channel, when either 720p liked in this regard was that it or 576p should be chosen for delivered useful results even best video display. when the signals came in very weakly, such as for horizontal The EPG menu always shows transmission from NILESAT 7° information for six channels West or ASTRA 2D 28.2° East at a time. With the help of at our location. the colour-coded buttons you can change the date or jump SCPC was a different story, Overview of recorded events and images to the current time. Of course though, as we could not verify the info bar provides infor- the manufacturer’s claim of 1 mation on currently show- to 45 Ms/s. We even encoun- ing and next events as well. tered problems when trying If you need to make sure not to receive various TURKSAT to miss a particular event you 42° East transponders with can define up to eight timer symbol rates of way above 2 entries. These have to be set Ms/s. Yet, once the tuner is up manually. able to lock a signal reception becomes very reliable. Just like all our test receiver the Jiuzhou DTS 6600 finally Finally, we want to address had to prove its worth when one of the main features of Editor for satellite and transponder entries www.TELE-satellite.com — 12-01/2009 — TELE-satellite & Broadband 35
  6. 6. Expert opinion + this receiver, the USB 2.0 replacement for those old- The Jiuzhou DTS 6600 is an easy to use HDTV interface. It can be used to fashioned slide projectors. DVB-S/2 PVR receiver with hardly anything left to attach external hard disk drives or USB memory sticks, Apart from PVR functional- be desired thanks to its wide range of features. which transform the DTS 6600 ity and displaying JPEGs the It is perfectly suited for everyday use and will Thomas Haring into a genuine PVR receiver. USB interface is also used to TELE-satellite delight beginners and experts alike. Test Center This feature worked without a update the receiver’s oper- Austria glitch in our test and both HD ating software, which is first - and SD recordings could be played back perfectly, includ- downloaded from the Jiuzhou’s website to the PC and is then The product we received for our tests was a pre-release model, ing the time shifting. The installed on the receiver with which means that some details turned out to not yet fully opera- tional. SCPC is a point we would like to address in this regard, remote control does not come the help of a USB stick. If you as well as the time it takes to perform a search, and the missing with a PVR key, which means prefer it the easy way you will timeshift feature. We do assume, however, that the manufacturer that the ZOOM button and also be able to download new will have solved these teething problems by the time the receiver the colour-coded buttons are software directly via satellite hits stores. used for PVR commands. as this feature will be imple- mented by the time the final A FileExplorer can be product hits the shelves. TECHNIC accessed via the main menu DATA and is used to show data Summing up, the new Jiu- Manufacturer Sichuan Jiuzhou Electric Group Co., Ltd. located on the external stor- zhou DTS 6600 is a HDTV Jiuzhou Electric Building, Southern No. 12 Road age medium. The DTS 6600 receiver with great potential. Hi-Tech Industrial Park, Nanshan District, Shenzhen, China does not only list all available It includes a number of useful Fax +86 755 26748419 recordings, it can also list and ideas which are combined E-Mail huangwei@d-telemedia.com display JPEG images on the TV with just the right mix of ease Model DTS6600 screen, which is a very handy of use and comprehensive Function Digital PVR satellite receiver for SDTV/HDTV in DVBS feature and an excellent features. and DVBS2 (QPSK/8PSK) MPEG2 and MPEG4 Channel memory 5000 Symbolrates 1-45 Ms/sec. ENERGY DIAGRAM SCPC compatible yes DiSEqC 1.0 / 1.1 / 1.2 / 1.3 USALS yes HDMI connection yes Apparent Power Scart euroconnectors 2 Mode Apparent Active Factor Audio/Video outputs 3 x RCA StandBy 17 W 9W 0.52 Reception 20 W 11 W 0.55 Component output 3x RCA S-Video output no UHF Modulator no Active Power Digital audio output yes EPG yes C/Ku band compatible yes PVR function yes (with external USB 2.0 storage medium) Power supply 90-250 VAC, 50/60 Hz Dimension 34/26.5/6cm The receiver is in standby for the first 15 minutes, followed by another Weight 2.8kg 15 minutes with active reception and channel switching, PVR playback, etc. 50 Years which also include LED, RFID products, ambitions even aim to reach the USD 1.5 Broadband Network Systems, optical and billion turnover target. Jiuzhou’s aim is coaxial cable, and of course satellite recei- to become a leading company in the top Jiuzhou! vers, which are being exported for their ranking enterprises in China and amongst most parts. Jiuzhou belongs to the Top the companies worldwide operating in the 100 companies in China in the electronic digital TV technology. information sector. Furthermore, Jiuzhou belongs to the Top 500 group of most On 16th November 2008 Jiuzhou officially successfull enterprises in China und with A more detailed report on Jiuzhou has celebrates its 50th birthday. The state- its turnover of up to USD 1 billion in 2008 been published by TELE-satellite in its owned company started in 1958 and is it also belongs to the Top 1000 largest 02-03/2008 issue, which is available for specialized into digital television systems, enterprises in China. For 2009 Jiuzhou’s download at www.TELE-satellite.com 36 TELE-satellite & Broadband — 12-01/2009 — www.TELE-satellite.com