Pansat 6000HXC HD Receiver Recently TELE-satellite magazine published a test report on the Pansat 5000HC. It was a twin tuner receiver with built-in hard drive plus quite an assortment of features that would have made you the envy of all your neighbors. But did Pansat sit back and relax? No, not at all. In fact, they went right back to work to see how they could improve. The result is the new Pansat 6000HXC.
Take the receiver out of the box to see that it is considerably smaller than the 5000HC. Not only that, the Pansat 6000HXC HD Receiver is also significantly lighter in weight. The big question, of course, is: will any of this impact its performance? Let’s take a closer look to find out.At11.5”W x 8.0”D x 2.0”H, its length and width are a good two inches smaller than the 5000HC. And at just over 4.2 LBS, it is more than 2.5 LBS lighter than the 5000HC. The 6000HXC is clearly a much more compact unit. It also uses less power (max. 40 watts) than the 5000HC.
Remarkably, the rear panel of the 6000HXC is no different than the 5000HC with the exception of the USB interface. And, yes, despite its smaller size, Pansat still managed to fit a VHF modulator with input and output “F” connectors. Last, but not least, is the main power switch that Pansat did not forget to include.
The remote control is also smaller in size but still has all the necessary buttons for effortless receiver and PVR control. Not only that, it is actually a universal remote control in that you can program it to control some of your other electronic equipment such as the TV and VCR.
Turning on the receiver for the first time might require a little patience. The 6000HXC goes through a rather lengthy start-up procedure that needed over 50 seconds to get from turn-on to the first menu screen. Fortunately, as long as the receiver remains plugged in and the main power switch is not turned off, you won’t have to go through this again. Only two seconds was needed to get a picture on the screen from standby mode. The receiver comes preprogrammed with 83 C and Ku-band satellites, most of which are for North and South America.
Once all the settings have been taken care of, a channel scan would come next. The most straight-forward scan would be a satellite tv scan. This would be fine if you knew the stored transponder data to be completely up-to-date and that this data would never change. But we all know that this is not true. New transponders appear all the time, symbol rates change from time to time; you know the drill.
With that in mind, it would probably be a much better idea to perform a Smart Search first. The absolute beauty of Smart Search is simply that it has the capability of finding signals that no one would otherwise know about and without knowing in advance any of the signals parameters.
The Smart Search feature itself comes with some settings that let you refine the scan. For example, you can limit the scan to symbolrates above or below 5.6 Ms/sec. Smart Search scans in 8 MHz steps. This is not adjustable. Unfortunately, you also cannot specify a frequency range to scan. So, if you’re using a universal Ku-band LNBF on a US Ku-band satellite such as Intelsat Americas 5, the 6000HXC will scan the entire lower Ku-band first (10.7to11.7GHz), find nothing, and then scan the upper band (11.7 to 12.75 GHz) where all the active transponders for this satellite tv happen to be. If this is the situation you’re faced with, we suggest you start the “Smart Search” and then use the time during the scan for something else such as mowing the lawn. And you will have plenty of time to do this: a “Smart Search” of Hispasat our Dish TV was fitted with a universal LNBF needed about 45 minutes to be completed.
The 6000HXC comes with a removable hard drive that lets you record programming. The hd receiver that we tested came with a 60GB hard drive although optional hard drives as large as 120GB can be installed. Roughly 40 hours of programming can be stored on the included hard drive. Removing the hard drive is a piece of cake: simply fold down the front panel flap and pull on the provided handle to remove it from the receiver. ust make sure the hdtv receiver is completely powered down with the main power switch turned off before taking out the hard drive. The USB port on the front of the hard drive can be used to easily transfer files between the receiver and a PC.