Freesat Receiver Dish TV NanoXX 9400 ,This pretty silver coloured satellite receiver with the name NanoXX 9400 has a very compact size.Not too big,but big enough to fit in all important sockets and jacks including two scart euro connectors on the back panel. On the front this receiver sports the standard control keys plus two CI slots and two smartcard slots (licensed for Conax and X-Crypt) which can easily be accessed .
When we began testing the box we almost feared that its looks are deceiving in this case,because once we had unpacked and turned on the receiver there was no way we could leave the installation menu. However, there was a simple reason behind that: the NanoXX 9400 is shipped with-out prestored channels,so the first thing you have to do is select a satellite and start the transponder search. After that, all your expectations are met and the first channel on the list happily appears on the screen.
Actually, most expectations are not only met but also exceeded because the picture can be zoomed in or even six different Freesat channels can be displayed on the screen.The info bar doesn’t only reveal the channel name but also the current time, the date, the current and next program event, signal quality and a bunch of other useful information such as encryption used (if any) and the availability of teletext, program information and an EPG.After five seconds or whatever period you select the info bar disappears, yet can be activated again at any time with pressing the Info button. Pressing the same button a second time will display detailed program information to scroll through,which stays on screen until it is deactivated.Pressing the Info button a third time reveals in depth technical data regarding the current transponder and the data stream.
The electronic program guide (EPG) is of the comprehensive kind as well. Altogether four channels are displayed with their current and following events of up to one week in advance,including detailed program information.We were delighted that all data appeared on screen without a noticeable delay!The arrow buttons can be used to access the appropriate EPG data and a single touch of a button is all that is required to mark an event for the internal timer what a change from the analog days when setting a timer was almost like rocket science.
Using teletext is just as much fun as all pages are read and stored after an initial touch of the Teletext button and are ready for reading right away.Subpages,however,only show up one at a time,even though this is not a short coming of the NanoXX box but the result of TV stations transmitting only one subpage with every complete teletext run.
Channel search is exemplary and for a quick and easy start we recommend the automatic search which uses the transponders that are pre-stored in the receiver and only takes about two minutes for each satellite.For an in depth scan you can select individual transponders for a manual search,the NanoXX allowing editing or changing transponder parameters before initiating a scan.
What sets this product apart from many others is its sophisticated blind scan function. With this feature all required channel data is searched for automatically.It is even possible to define search steps between 1 and 5 MHz,which of course is a big factor in the overall time a scan takes. In general, this receiver moves on the fast lane, as evidenced by a scan of the Hotbird satellite using steps of 4 MHz, which only took about ten minutes.
The NanoXX box has a lower than average threshold level so that a 60 cm dish satellite in Europe will provide a good enough signal even during bad weather. On the down side,the low threshold level can result in too many signals being detected.Unfortunately,the blind scan mode does not recognize the satellite Dish ID so that channels on neighbouring satellites are stored as duplicates.
Because of this the channel list has to be edited manually after a blind scan search,all the more so because currently a search for FTA channels will also yield some encrypted channels and store these in the Dish TV channel list. The same happens with data channels,which occasionally appear on the radio list.
Channels can be moved or deleted with the integrated editor,yet this is a tiresome task.A suitable PC application available for download from www.nanoxx.info does a much nicer job.
The channel memory is more than sufficient,providing capacity for 8.000 TV and radio channels and 2.800 transponders. TV and radio stations are in separate lists and nine favourites lists (for TV and radio each) can be fully customized to one’s own requirements.
The receiver is also perfectly equipped for multifeed Dish antenna or rotating dishes,featuring all DiSEqC 1 protocols including DiSEqC 1.1.This way the box can switch between 16 different antenna signals. Rotating “dishes” can be aligned using DiSEqC 1.2 or Goto X,or are controlled fully automatically using the USALS menu.Each pre-stored satellite then can be individually addressed and its channels are displayed in separate lists.
Freesat Receiver Dish TV NanoXX 9400 To top everything off,we discovered a handy innovation which caused quite a stir in our office operating system updates are transmitted via USB,which is faster and more efficient than every thing we have seen so far.To that end the receiver features a USB interface to take in a USB memory stick.The PC is only needed to download the Firmware upgrade from the NanoXX website and save the file(s)on to the stick.After plugging the stick on the receiver’s USB interface the upgrade installation can be started with a simple command on the on-screen menu.In addition to the latest operating software the USB stick solution can even update complete channels list.
What’s more,JPG images on the memory stick can be presented on the Freesat TV using the photo show feature,even though there is a limit of 1 MB to the size of the files.
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