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This box definitely gets the job done. I would like to tell you a bit about this fantastic great value for money dreambox.
Connect to satellites with the Dreambox DM 500S receiver to enjoy live air entertainment. The 250 MHz IBM PowerPC processor in this Dreambox satellite receiver delivers faster and efficient performance. The MPEG2 Hardware decoding in this digital receiver ensures playability of advanced file formats. Moreover, the Linux operating system in this Dreambox satellite receiver ensures error-free signal transmission. The multi-language OSD support in this digital receiver lets you access features in languages familiar to you. The 2 LEDs in the Dreambox DM 500S receiver keep you updated on the device status.
The tuner reliably held onto channels from Astra 1x and Hot Bird, received with a small (45cm) dish and multi-LNB – and so sensitivity isn't a worry. Channel selection is reasonably fast – the DM500 HD switches between adjacent services in around two seconds.
I judged the user interface and menu system to be pleasantly responsive in use, and search speeds are more than adequate. Pauses of up to a minute during the scanning process were, however, noted, though the job is always completed. These pauses are more common during FTA-only searches, thereby explaining our test results.
Audio-visual quality is superb, from HD and SD channels alike. HD channels are particularly crisp, with vibrant colours and good contrast range.
The set up was extremly easy and fast done and the overall use of the box is very pleasant.
The Dreambox 500-Si is the first Linux based DVB Receiver. This receiver runs on open-source software developed by hundreds of developers around the world. This is the ultimate machine. It has many differnet skins that can be applied to make the user experience completely customizable. If you're looking for a VERY powerful unit, and something to have fun on, this is the unit for you.
The DM 500-S is the smallest Linux satellite TV receiver, with 1 x Smartcard-Reader.
250 MHz IBM PowerPC Processor (350 Mips)
2 LED status
Linux Operating System
Full automatic service scan
Supports directly bouquet-lists (indirect unlimited)
Supports multiple LNB-Switching control (supports DiSEqC)
1 x Smartcard-Reader
Unlimited channel lists for TV/Radio
SPDI/F nterface for digital bit stream out (AC-3 / DTS)
MPEG2 Hardware decoding
Channel-change time < 1 second
Fully adaptable OSD in many languages (skin-support)
100Mbit full duplex Ethernet Interface
Supports EPG (electronic program guide)
1 x Scart-interfaces (fully controlled by software)
Video Compression MPEG-2 and MPEG-1 compatible
Video Standard PAL and NTSC
Video Formats 4:3 / 16:9
Footage 16:9, automatic assimilation for 16:9 TV-Device (over Scart)
Letterbox precolating for 4:3 TV-Device Audio decoder:
Audiokompression MPEG-1 & MPEG-2 Layer I and II
Audio Mode Dual (main/sub), Stereo
Frequency: 32 kHz, 44.1 kHz, 48 kHz, 16 kHz, 22.05 kHz, 24 kHz
Input Level FBAS 1 Vss +/- 0.3 dB on 75 Ohm
Teletext filter in conformity with ETS 300 472 Standard
Frequency Range 950 .. 2150 MHz
Signal Level - 65 dBm .. - 25 dBm
Signal-to-Noise Level 12 dB max.
DBS-Tuner Input Connector F-Type female
Input Impedance 75 Ohm
AFC +/- 3 MHz
Demodulation Shaped QPSK
Input Symbol rate 2 .. 45 Mbaud/s, SCPC / MCPC
FEC Viterbi and Reed-Solomon
Viterbirate 1/2, 2/3, 3/4, 5/6, 7/8, automatic assimilation
Roll-off Factor 35 %
Demultiplexing according ISO 13818-1