Well well, almost exactly 2 years after PowerVu being cracked wide open, it seems like Cisco (or whoever is now in charge of the thing you'd call "the most secure encryption" just 2 years ago) found an old PowerVu developer from the 90's, probably in some rural retirement home, with the task of saving the (pay-tv) world. Although he wasn't dead, he almost died of laughter when he learnt PowerVu was still in use.
Powerful hardware, 4K, absolutely no innovation. That's the new Dreambox DM900.
TBS 6903 proves itself as the best DVB-S2 tuner so far.
Tested models were: TBS 8922, TBS 5922, TT-budget S2-4100 (TMAX TAS210x), TBS 6522 (Si2183), TBS 5925 (STV090X) and DVBSky S960 (Montage M88DS3103). And the winner? Surprisingly it's TT-budget S2-4100!
Unlike SES-6 at 40°W, Intelsat 11 at 43.1°W is a completely different DX league. Reception varies not only hour to hour but also month to month, differently for each transponder. Getting a steady and strong signal one day doesn't mean the signal won't be 2 or 3 dB up or down the next day and will stay like that for weeks before changing again. I've been fighting this bird for quite some time now, at first with a Fortec Star 2.4m (read here http://drhans.tv/?q=node/96), later with the Channel Master 2.4m.
It's time to have a look at what can a 2.4m dish in combination with a Zinwell 20K LNBF and the AVCOMM polarizer pull from 40°W. Unfortunately a thunderstorm prevented me from fine tuning the LNBF position so I'm sure the results shown here could be improved by at least 1 dB. But this is not supposed to be a LNBF test article, therefore let's ignore the lower signal levels and focus on what channels I was able to receive.
When it comes to C-band, a multifocus solution is not just an option, in most cases it's necessity. The reason is quite simple - there's no LNB that would be able to receive all C-band signals without the need to rotate the LNB or inserting/removing the dielectric into the feedhorn. For me this is the most annoying thing about C-band - of course, you'd find Ku-band examples as well but those don't come close to how much scattered the polarization is in C-band.
Tested in this comparison: 43°W reception with Astrotel Precision, Norsat 8115, Norsat 3220 PLL, Norsat 8530, California Amplifier LNBs and Titanium PLL LNBF.
After years suffering with Fortec Star 2.4m, I've finally moved on and got a new C-Band dish. It's a Channel Master prime-focus 2.4m dish with a polarmount. It is a very special setup because it's installed at a remote location due to the obstructed view in the place where I live. That means anything involving touching the dish would require me to drive approximately 50 kilometers, which could become quite expensive over the time and would piss off the wife too. The fact I don't have easy access to the dish takes some fun out of it but it also brings new challenges and new fun stuff to do.
The reason I was interested in trying the new Vu+ Solo 4K was not 4K itself but rather the fact this is the latest Linux receiver from one of my favorite manufacturers, running Enigma 2. Therefore, this review does not primarily focus on 4K reception since I don’t even own any 4K capable display. This review will describe the following: overall box design and connections, hardware highlights, TV experience and Media: default media player, XBMC, Dreamplex.