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TEST REPORT HDTV Satellite Receiver with PVR
An outstandingly equipped universal
HD receiver with an unprecedented
number of features
Sharp, Sharper, Nanoxx
Sharp, Sharper, Nanoxx! This advertising slogan pops up on German manufacturer
Nanoxx’s website and with good reason as our tests will show. But one thing at a time.
When Nanoxx asked us a few weeks ago to take a closer look at their new 9800HD,
naturally we said yes. We’ve already tested a variety of Nanoxx receivers and were
impressed each time.
We were quite excited when The front panel comes with nectors on the new Nanoxx Exceptional audio is supplied
the delivery truck dropped six buttons used to operate receiver, you would have by optical and coaxial S/PDIF
off the package with the the receiver in lieu of the to ask yourself, “did they outputs.
receiver at our test center. remote control plus a sev- forget anything?” If you look
The 9800HD managed to enth Standby button that is closely, you’ll see that every Communicating with other
earn its ﬁrst plus points while illuminated in blue while the possible interface is available devices can be handled via
we were unpacking it; as has receiver is in use. Two CI and usable.
been typical with Nanoxx, slots capable of working with
they stuck with an elegant all the popular modules, such Of course the most impor-
and above all slim design. as Irdeto, Nagravision, Cryp- tant of these would be the two
toworks or Viaccess along satellite IF inputs for DVB-S
At just 30x6.3x22cm in size, with a card reader for Conax, and DVB-S2 that also sport
it easily ﬁts on any TV stand X-Crypt, DG-Crypt, Firecrypt looped-through outputs. The
or in any living room cabi- and Crypton can all be found 9800HD can be connected
net. Its discreet silver/black behind a ﬂap on the right side to a TV or projection system
color combination is incon- of the front panel. using the HDMI interface, the 0.56
spicuously elegant and it has three RCA jacks for YUV, an
an easy to read blue colored When you take a look at the S-Video jack, a CVBS jack as
alphanumeric display. rear panel and all of the con- well as two Scart connectors.
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Channel list with numerous sorting capabilities
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the two USB jacks (Type A when setting up the receiver
and Type B for linking to an for the ﬁrst time. For the
external hard drive or a PC), OSD (on-screen display)
an e-SATA interface as well language, 25 choices are Nanoxx 9800HD’s main menu
as an Ethernet interface. available including English,
German, Turkish, Russian,
There’s even a good old French, Arabic, Italian, Por-
RS-232 interface available tuguese, Spanish, Danish,
that can be used to upload/ Dutch, Polish, Czech, Swed-
download channel lists. It’s ish, Norwegian, Finnish,
all topped off with a main Greek, Serbian, Hungarian,
power switch, something Croatian, Albanian and Farsi.
that you unfortunately don’t All in all, a very international
always ﬁnd on other receiver receiver.
The next step involves set-
The included remote con- ting up the local time zone
trol is just as elegant and and whether daylight savings EPG multiple channel view
sits nicely in your hands. The time should be turned on or
buttons are ideally labeled off. Once this is taken care of,
and after only a short time the receiver is then matched
getting to know the remote up with the existing antenna
you’d be able to operate system. 153 European, Asian
every function blindfolded. and American C and Ku-band
All of the buttons are easy to satellites have been prepro-
reach and easy to depress. grammed into the Nanoxx
all with relatively up-to-date
The detailed, fully-illus- transponder data.
trated user manual printed
in English and German will The Nanoxx concept sees
answer any questions you to it that the satellites are
might have regarding the set up and activated during
operation of this new Nanoxx Blind Scan channel search with variable step frequencies
the initial settings phase so
receiver. The manufacturer that later on during a scan
gets a nice pat on the back only those satellites that can
for this effort. actually be received will be
available. The user simply
Everyday Use checks off all of the satellites
After the receiver has that his system is set up for.
been connected to the satel-
lite antenna system and the Each satellite has its own
TV and it has been turned on conﬁguration menu in which
for the ﬁrst time, the Instal- numerous parameters can be
lation Assistant immediately set up. In addition to a vari-
appears. ety of useable local oscilla-
tor frequency (LOF) values,
It is a very helpful tool there are also LNB settings EPG single channel view
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available based on the SCR By pushing the menu
standard. button on the remote con-
trol, the Main Menu appears
Manual LOF entry lets you with the current TV image
set up other LNB’s such as minimized to a small window
those for the S-band. Natu- in the upper right corner of
rally the Nanoxx 9800HD also the screen.
Expanded EPG information supports all of the DiSEqC
protocols: 1.0 for multifeed It was designed especially
antennas up to four satel- for high resolution TVs and is
lites, 1.1 for the expanded thus sharp and easy to read.
version for use with up to 16 It is divided into seven sub-
LNBs, as well as 1.2 and 1.3 menus (Installation, System
(USALS) for motor control Settings, Channel Settings,
and naturally also the SCR Child Protection, Games,
standard (Unicable). Multimedia and Conditional
Before the installation
assistant permits a channel The installation menu will
scan to be started, the ﬁnal only be needed again when
set up step involves deciding looking for new channels or
how incoming signals should when new satellites need to
Channel Info Bar
be routed to the two tuners. be added; everything else
This could be separate cables was already taken care of in
with identical switches, sep- the initial installation.
arate cables with different
types of switches or a loop Here you will also ﬁnd a
through connection between variety of other options that,
Tuner 1 and Tuner 2. for example, would allow
you to reset the receiver to
Don’t worry, at ﬁrst it factory settings plus among
seems complicated but the other things load one of the
proper choice almost hap- preprogrammed channel
pens by itself; Nanoxx blends lists.
in connection diagrams that
makes it much easier for In addition to a variety of
Overview of recordings as well as MP3 and JPEG the user to make the right language choices (subtitle,
choice. For those who don’t teletext, audio language,
have much patience, Nanoxx etc.), it is also possible to
offers instead of a channel change the video output
scan a preloaded channel signal. The 9800HD supports
list for Germany, Austria and PAL and NTSC in 1080i, 720p
Switzerland. and 576p resolutions. There’s
also an automatic mode that
It not only carries the matches the resolution to
advantage that all unwanted each transmission resulting
channels have already been in optimal picture quality.
done away with and that all
of the remaining channels Naturally, the receiver
have been sorted, it also can also automatically rec-
saves viewers in these coun- ognize and take 4:3 signals
tries a lot of time since in the and either display them with
end all they want to do is get black bars on either side
to watching TV as quickly as of the image on modern
possible. 16:9 TVs or zoom in on the
The receiver stores the
selected options thus com- Also worth mentioning is
pleting the initial installa- the Video switching option.
tion. Before the owner of his This option essentially keeps
newly purchased receiver the current channel image
actually gets down to using on the screen until the new
it, there are a few recom- channel is ready to be dis-
mended additional settings played. This has the advan-
that can be handled via the tage of making it appear that
Playback of a recording main menu. the already short channel
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switching time of about one Manual scan mode lets you searching for SCPC signals, or transferred to one of the
second is even shorter. It’s search on one transponder. then 1 or 2 MHz scanning Favorites lists.
nothing more than an opti- The well thought out and steps are recommended.
cal magic trick, but it looks logical operational concept It is also possible to delete
really good! of the Nanoxx receiver can In general, the larger the a group of channels with
only be appreciated when scanning steps, the faster the push of one button plus
Even the on-screen display you see it for yourself. the overall scan. you can transfer channel
can be adjusted a variety An automatic scan of HOT- data, system settings and
of ways; for example, level For all you DXers out there BIRD at 13 east needed 7 timer entries to an external
of transparency and display we want to point out that of minutes and 33 seconds to medium so that this data can
time. Another useful fea- course a manual scan with be completed and managed be worked on using an Editor
ture is the Lip-sync option. PID entry is also possible. to ﬁnd 1232 TV and 421 program on a PC.
In cases where the video radio channels. A Blind Scan
and audio of a signal are not And while we’re on the required 17 minutes and 52 Afterwards, this modiﬁed
quite 100% synchronized, DXer subject, they would be seconds during which 1344 data can be uploaded back
this feature lets you match very happy with the third TV and 455 radio channels to the receiver via its USB
them together. scanning mode, namely Blind were found. interface.
As practical as the pre- We also wanted to test the After the channel list has
pared channel list is, we here We’ve all seen this prob- capabilities of the Nanoxx been edited to your liking, a
at TELE-satellite are espe- lem before: new channels 9800HD tuner and were push of the Exit button takes
cially interested in the Chan- are always being added, old pleasantly surprised with you out of the main menu
nel Scan menu – that was ones removed and symbol- the results: SCPC reception and the 9800HD switches to
the next step for us. rates are constantly chang- was possible starting at 2.0 the ﬁrst receivable channel.
ing. If you want to keep your Ms/sec and very weak sig-
The Nanoxx 9800HD comes channel list as current as nals such as those on NILE- After each channel
with four different modes. possible, you either have to SAT at 7 west and ASTRA 2D change an informative Info
The ﬁrst is the automatic refer to the up-to-date chan- at 28.2 east were also easily bar appears that provides
scan. In this mode the user nel lists from www.SatcoDX. handled by the receiver; it information on the current
only needs to select a desired com or you simply use the was able to present an inter- channel including language
satellite and choose between Blind Scan feature of the ference-free picture with C/ selection, teletext, encryp-
ALL, NIT, Fast, Free, TV or 9800HD. N values starting at 4.5 dB. tion, subtitles, etc. as well
Radio. These choices can as programming information
be set up individually for as This feature lets you scan a Once all the basic settings on the current and upcom-
many satellites as needed. user-deﬁned frequency range have been taken care of, the ing programs. Even signal
for all active transponders, 10,000 possible channels strength and signal quality is
Owners of DiSEqC motor- identiﬁes the symbolrate and that can be stored need to displayed in the form of bar
ized systems can thus select FEC and reads all the avail- be freed up of any unneces- graphs.
all receivable satellites for able TV and radio channels sary or unwanted entries.
an automatic scan and sit into the receiver. Since this A push of the Info button
and enjoy a DVD while the type of scan can take much This is handled by the displays an expanded EPG
receiver takes care of the longer than a simple scan of Channel Settings menu. view of the current program
work. a preprogrammed transpon- From here channels can be as long as this data is made
der list, the Blind Scan on the deleted, renamed, moved available by the provider.
Through all of the different one hand can be limited to a
search modes it’s also pos- single polarization while on
sible to scan a satellite like the other the scanning steps TELE-satelliteother languageswww.TELE-satellite.com/...
Download this report in
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ASTRA 28.2 east with all of can be adjusted between Arabic ﺍﻟﻌﺮﺑﻴﺔ www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-1001/ara/nanoxx.pdf
Indonesian Indonesia www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-1001/bid/nanoxx.pdf
its encrypted channels only 1 and 4 MHz in an effort to Bulgarian Български www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-1001/bul/nanoxx.pdf
for those channels freely speed up the overall scan. Czech Česky www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-1001/ces/nanoxx.pdf
German Deutsch www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-1001/deu/nanoxx.pdf
receivable, while scanning English English www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-1001/eng/nanoxx.pdf
Spanish Español www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-1001/esp/nanoxx.pdf
ASTRA 19.2 east for all If you want to use Blind Farsi ﻓﺎﺭﺳﻲ www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-1001/far/nanoxx.pdf
channels and HOTBIRD 13 Scan to search a DTH posi- French Français www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-1001/fra/nanoxx.pdf
Hebrew עברית www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-1001/heb/nanoxx.pdf
east only for radio channels. tion such as HOTBIRD at 13 Greek Ελληνικά www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-1001/hel/nanoxx.pdf
Croatian Hrvatski www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-1001/hrv/nanoxx.pdf
It doesn’t get any more user- east, 4 MHz scanning steps Italian Italiano www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-1001/ita/nanoxx.pdf
friendly than that! would be sufﬁcient. If you are Hungarian Magyar www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-1001/mag/nanoxx.pdf
Mandarin 中文 www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-1001/man/nanoxx.pdf
Dutch Nederlands www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-1001/ned/nanoxx.pdf
Polish Polski www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-1001/pol/nanoxx.pdf
Portuguese Português www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-1001/por/nanoxx.pdf
Romanian Românesc www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-1001/rom/nanoxx.pdf
Russian Русский www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-1001/rus/nanoxx.pdf
Swedish Svenska www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-1001/sve/nanoxx.pdf
Turkish Türkçe www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-1001/tur/nanoxx.pdf
Available online starting from 27 November 2009
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Record up to two channels at the same time
A second push of the Info that the best picture quality
button displays detailed can be achieved.
reception information on the
current channel. The more channels that
can be received, the more
As is typical with almost important it is to have a
every receiver on the decent electronic program-
market, and the Nanoxx box ming guide (EPG) since in
is no different, the chan- the end the user wants to
nel list appears with a push maintain an overview and
of the OK button. It is very always be kept up to date on
clearly laid out with HD and current programs.
encrypted channels easily
Storing channel list, timers and settings recognizable thanks to cor- To that end, the Nanoxx
responding symbols. comes with two different EPG
modes: a single channel view
There are also a number of and a multi-channel view in
sorting methods that in the table format. Which of these
end will make it very easy is more useful will depend
to ﬁnd the channel that you on the user; both functioned
want. You can sort alphabet- perfectly in our tests. The
ically, by frequency, provider data was correctly sorted and
and HD or SD. above all quickly displayed.
As we already mentioned,
Timer entries can also be
the channel switching times
handled directly from the
of the 9800HD are quite fast
EPG as can recording set-
within the same transponder
Setting up a new timer event tings. For example, you can
and also between HD and
dictate whether the record-
SD signals. During our tests
ing should end up on an
we were impressed with the
external USB or e-SATA hard
integrated upscaler. Its job
drive and also in what sub-
is to convert SD signals in
folder it should be stored.
such a way that they can be
shown on larger TVs with a
Up to 40 timer events can
sharp and high contrast pic-
be set up and these can be
ture in higher resolution.
one-time, daily or weekly
If automatic resolution has
not been activated, a dedi-
cated button on the remote PVR
control switches between Nanoxx with its 9800HD
Up to 40 timer events can be set up the various resolutions so has remained with their
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external hard drive concept tions performed correctly
and for good reason. during our tests no matter
how hard we tried to derail
Today’s external hard the receiver with multiple
drives are not nearly as recordings, timers and time
expensive as they used to shifting. The receiver did
be, come with plenty of whatever we asked it to and
space and can be easily car- reliably recorded all of our
ried around from one place selected programs.
We all know that provid-
For our test we used a ers don’t always follow their
Freecom 2.5” hard drive. It own broadcasting schedule
Video Settings comes with the advantage so it’s nice to know that the
that it doesn’t need an exter- 9800HD can automatically
nal power source; it receives extend the recording time of
its power through the USB a program by a user-deﬁned
interface. amount of time.
The Nanoxx 9800HD can There’s also a special ver-
record up to two programs sion of Haenlein’s video
at the same time (SD and/or editing software from www.
HD) on the hard drive while haenlein-software.com. This
a third program is either lets you edit both SD and HD
watched live or played back recordings on your PC.
from the same hard drive.
Even hardcore couch pota- And let’s not forget the
toes will be satisﬁed with all media function. This is the
SCPC reception via TURKSAT at 42 east
the different possibilities. control center for the play-
back of all the multimedia
Thanks to the inte- content on the hard drive;
grated time shift function, it too functioned perfectly
a telephone call from your during our tests. Similar to a
mother-in-law can no longer data manager, it presents a
interfere with your evening clear overview of all the data.
TV watching mood: the pro-
gram is simply paused and To that end, the Nanoxx
then restarted at the point supports not only its own
where it was stopped at the recordings, but AVI (XVID),
end of the phone conversa- JPEG photos and MP3 music.
tion without missing a thing. During playback there are a
number of playback speeds
PVR Settings Numerous PVR func- available.
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The receiver can also tion is also available. Once
remember where a playback the receiver is connected
was stopped so that it can to the home network, it
continue from the point it becomes possible to access
was stopped the next time the hard drive connected to
playback is started. To uti- the 9800HD from the PC via
lize the PVR functions all you FTP. This makes it easy to
need is any external USB or further process recordings
e-SATA hard drive formatted on your PC.
in Microsoft FAT32.
The receiver itself prof-
Most hard drives are its from the Internet con-
shipped from the factory in nection: a connection with
FAT32, otherwise the manu- the Nanoxx FTP server can
facturer offers a free for- be made directly from the
matting tool through their receiver. There you will ﬁnd
web site. current software as well as
channel lists for Germany,
Network Austria and Switzerland.
And best of all: Nanoxx can
Slowly but surely, more
expand this by offering more
and more manufacturers
channel lists and other useful
are including Ethernet con-
nections on their receivers, features that the user can
upload to the receiver with
Nanoxx is no exception.
the simple push of a button.
Thanks to the ability to
Software updates have
link to a local network or the
never been this simple!
Internet, the possibilities are
Every possible LNB setting is available The desired image data is
endless; receivers without
marked and downloaded
a LAN connection can only
from the Internet directly to
dream of what it would be
the receiver’s menu with the
push of the OK button.
The connection is set up
The days of using USB
very quickly; the 9800HD
sticks or null modem cables
utilizes DHCP and can auto-
to link to a PC are over, even
matically detect all the nec-
though the 9800HD still
essary parameters directly
offers these methods.
from the router or DSL
For more experienced An especially interesting
Channel list editing users a manual conﬁgura- feature and typical Nanoxx is
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the ability to stream record- easy to switch between these
ings between two different channels.
The Nanoxx 9800HD has reached new heights
devices on the same network. with its variety of functions, its simple operational
Who hasn’t experienced this The Mosaic function dis- concept and its many cute features. It is very easy
before: your laying comfort- plays the current program to use and functioned perfectly in our tests. It’s
ably in bed and want to ﬁnish easy to see that Nanoxx took every detail into
from 4 or 6 channels next
watching the documentary account during the design phase. Blind Scan, Net- Thomas Haring
to each other in a minimized TELE-satellite
you had recorded a few days work Streaming and other features such as Lip- Test Center
format that gives you an Sync and a gentle transition when switching from Austria
ago in your living room.
overview of what’s playing, one channel to another when channel surﬁng make the 9800HD
for example, on your favorite an outstandingly equipped universal HD receiver.
With most receivers that
meant you had to get up and -
go back to the living room to None
ﬁnish watching it. Not true And to guarantee that you’ll
with the Nanoxx! never be bored, the manufac-
turer also included two video ENERGY
It can create a link with the games that can help pass the DIAGRAM
receiver in the living room, time during commercials.
access then data directly Mode Apparent Active Factor
from there and then play- The Zoom function magni-
StandBy 10 W 4W 0.40
Reception 44 W 25 W 0.56
back the recording on the
ﬁes a highlighted portion of PVR 45 W 26 W 0.57
receiver in the bedroom. An
the video image and teletext
absolutely excellent feature!
pages can also be displayed. Active Power
The user can download a
To top it all off, the Nanoxx
variety of useful programs
9800HD comes with a variety
from the manufacturer’s
of other practical features
that we brieﬂy want to touch
on here: there’s a PIP func- including a channel list editor
and a media player that can First 15 minutes: the ﬁrst minute shows the start up of the receiver fol-
tion (picture-in-picture) that lowed by 14 minutes of normal operation with channel switching, record-
lets you watch another chan- present recordings directly ing, playback, etc. The second 15 minutes: standby
nel during lengthy commer- from the receiver’s hard
cial breaks and also makes it drive on a PC. TECHNICAL
Manufacturer Nanoxx Germany
Function Digital HDTV DVB-S2 receiver with
various Multimedia Features
Channel Memory 10.000
Symbolrate 2-45 Ms/sec.
SCPC Compatible yes (> 2000 Ms/s)
DiSEqC 1.0 / 1.1 / 1.2 / 1.3
HDMI Output yes
Scart Connector 2
New ﬁrmware and settings downloaded via the Internet Audio/Video Outputs 6x RCA
Component Video Output yes
S-Video Output yes
UHF Modulator no
0/12 Volt Connector no
Digital Audio Output yes
C/Ku-Band compatible yes
USB 2.0 Connector yes
Sorting the channel list by provider
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