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Gigablue HD 800 SE Combo Linux



€ 189,00

Receiver combo (Satellite and Cable / Freeview) HD E2 with Linux operating system. This receiver is ideal for those who do not want to spend much but want a ******* HD receiver Linux. Its salient features are: Ethernet port, card for your subscriber card, Common Interface slot, 2 USB ports for connecting an external hard drive and hybrid tuner cable and DTT.

SPECIFICATIONS

• MHEG-2 Receiver HDTV H 264
• 333 MHz MIPS Processor BCM for Linux operating system
• Supports Dolby Digital audio
• An integrated satellite tuner to the plate: DVB-S2
• A hybrid tuner (DVB-C & DVB-T) Plug & Play (optional)
• HDMI
• Scart (Euro)
• Component
• PVR USB external HDD (HDD Optional)
• A common interface
• A card reader
• 2 USB 2.0 ports
• Ethernet port 10/100 Mbit
• S / PDIF
• 128 MB Flash / 256 MB RAM
• Timeshift
• unlimited channel memory
• Starting time <1 Sec (from Stand By)
• EPG
• Teletext
• Parental Insurance
• Service Plugins
• multilanguage OS
• Webinterface, *** Remote Control
• Video outputs (HDMI, SCART TV (RGB, CVBS), Component (YPbPr)
• Supports multiple motor or LNBs DiSEqC 1.0, 1.1, 1.2 und 1.3
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Gigablue 800 SE HD




Quick Overview

HD satellite receiver with Linux operating system E2. This receiver is ideal for those who do not want to spend much but want a Linux HD receiver *******. Its salient features are: Ethernet port, card for your subscriber card, Common Interface slot, 2 USB ports for connecting an external hard drive and the ability to make it a combo receiver thanks to hybrid tuner (option) cable and DTT.


SPECIFICATIONS:


• MHEG-2 Receiver HDTV H 264
• 333 MHz MIPS Processor BCM for Linux operating system
• Supports Dolby Digital
• An integrated satellite tuner to the plate: DVB-S2
• A hybrid tuner (DVB-C & DVB-T) Plug & Play (optional)
• HDMI
• Scart (Scart)
• Component
• PVR USB external HDD (HDD Optional)
• A common interface
• A card reader
• 2 USB 2.0 ports
• Ethernet port 10/100 Mbit
• S / PDIF
• 128 MB Flash / 256 MB RAM
• Timeshift
• Unlimited Channel Memory
• Starting time <1 Sec (from Stand By)
• EPG
• Teletext
• Parental Insurance
• Service Plugins
• Operating system multilingual
• Webinterface, *** Remote control
• Video outputs (HDMI, SCART TV (RGB, CVBS), Component (YPbPr)
• Supports multiple LNBs with motor or DiSEqC 1.0, 1.1, 1.2 und 1.3
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Old 19-09-2012, 11:54   #3
 
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Gigablue 800 UE Hd Combo

The new GigabBlue receiver is to set completely new yardsticks. Equipped with the necessary and most modern features users for a fair price are to have a receiver at home, which is to become fair their desires in all interests. In the time of the High the Gigablue with qualitatively high-******* picture resolution in the hp format stings definition of television in the eye. The fast switching time thereby is a further characteristic. Smooth photographs on an external non removable disk make a archiving possible of desired series or features problem-free

Caratteristiche tecniche

HDTV Receiver MHEG-2 H 264
333 MHz BCM MIPS Prozessor Linux OS
Dolby Digital
1x DVB-S2 Sat Tuner integrated
1x Hybrid Tuner (DVB-C & DVB-T) Plug & Play
Display LCD colore
HDMI
Scart
Componenten
USB PVR external HDD (HDD Optional)
1xCommoninterface (CI)
1xCardreader
2 x USB 2.0
Ethernet 10/100 Mbit
S/PDIF
128 MB Flash / 256 MB RAM
Timeshift
unlimited channel memory
Switching time < 1 Sec
EPG
Teletext
Parentel lock
Plugin Service
OSD with more language
Webinterface, *** Remotcontrol
Videoausgänge (HDMI, TV SCART (RGB, CVBS), Component (YPbPr)
DISEqC 1.0, 1.1, 1.2 und 1.3
€229.00
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Gigablue 800 UE Hd

The new GigabBlue receiver is to set completely new yardsticks. Equipped with the necessary and most modern features users for a fair price are to have a receiver at home, which is to become fair their desires in all interests. In the time of the High the Gigablue with qualitatively high-******* picture resolution in the hp format stings definition of television in the eye. The fast switching time thereby is a further characteristic. Smooth photographs on an external non removable disk make a archiving possible of desired series or features problem-free

Caratteristiche tecniche

HDTV Receiver MHEG-2 H 264
333 MHz BCM MIPS Prozessor Linux OS
Dolby Digital
1x DVB-S2 Sat Tuner integrated
1x Hybrid Tuner (DVB-C & DVB-T) Plug & Play(optional)
Display LCD colore
HDMI
Scart
Componenten
USB PVR external HDD (HDD Optional)
1xCommoninterface (CI)
1xCardreader
2 x USB 2.0
Ethernet 10/100 Mbit
S/PDIF
128 MB Flash / 256 MB RAM
Timeshift
unlimited channel memory
Switching time < 1 Sec
EPG
Teletext
Parentel lock
Plugin Service
OSD with more language
Webinterface, *** Remotcontrol
Videoausgänge (HDMI, TV SCART (RGB, CVBS), Component (YPbPr)
DISEqC 1.0, 1.1, 1.2 und 1.3
€209.00
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Gigablue HD 800 QUAD Linux

The GigaBlue HD 800 Quad shows a lot of potential as a step into the next generation of Linux receivers. The fast new 1300 Mhz Broadcom BCM7356 really makes a difference when it comes to booting and daily use.For a fair price you get 4 tuner capabilities all though the 2 plug and play slots as of yet only does DVB-T/C. Some things are yet to be fixed though. Right now I rate it 4.5 out of 5 stars. But it could be a full 5 star product later on when it has matured a ***.







Introduction GigaBlue HD Quad

GigaBlue HD Quad is the first Gigablue receiver we review here at linux-tv.com and it is brand new on the market here in october 2012. Gigablue already sell cheaper models but this is their top of the line box with support for up to 4 tuners.
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In this review we are reviewing the GigaBlue HD Quad with the 2 onboard DVB-S2 tuners along with 2 DVB-T/C plug and play tuner modules.
DVB-T/C tuners are the only tuner modules currently available so you cannot make a 4 x DVB-S2 GigaBlue HD 800 Quad. DVB-S2 tuner modules are reported to be coming in Q1 or Q2 of 2013. For full flexibility some would perhaps have preferred a 4 x Plug and Play Tuner design which would have made 4 X DVB-T/C possible.
Broadcom are yet to release microcode for the use of kernel 3.xx with this new CPU so some things are still missing. LINUX-TV have no information as to when the kernel 3.xx code will be ready.
Design and Connectivity

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The main attraction, apart from the quad tuner possibilities of the GigaBlue HD 800 Quad, is the processor used. Inside the Gigablue HD 800 Quad we find a BCM7356/1300Mhz Broadcom MIPS CPU. This is also the cpu expected to be used in coming models from VU+. On the memory side of things the Quad does not disappoint with its DDR3 1024MB / NAND 512MB.
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The design is in classic black and most noticeable on the front is the 2″ color LCD. This gives program/time/menu information and can also show Picons for channel identification. You have to be somewhat close to read it clearly though.
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Beside the LCD we find the standby button in silver design. There is also a small light indicator which is blue when turned on. This very bright and perhaps a *** too bright for my liking.
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Hidden behind the front panel we have basic control buttons, a front mounted USB, along with a single card reader and two CI ports. Many would probably have preferred 2 internal card readers. A per usual the built in card reader requires use of softcam software.
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On the rear of the GigaBlue HD 800 Quad we find:
  • DVB-S2 tuner input A
  • DVB-S2 tuner input B
  • Optional Plug’nPlay Tuner option C
  • Optional Plug’nPlay Tuner option D
  • HDMI
  • Component video out
  • Composite video out
  • Optical audio out
  • Ethernet (10/100 Mbit)
  • 2 x USB
  • 1 x eSata
  • RS-232 port
  • Power connector for the external power supply
  • Power Switch
There is no scart but if you absolutely need this you can buy a composite to scart adapter.
One thing that has caused some controversy about the 800 Quad is that GigaBlue mentions 1000 Mbit support on the Ethernet port. This is not the case and also not to be expected by a software upgrade we suspect, as the specs of the on board Broadcom BCM7356 makes no mention of this being supported.
There is no internal fan in the receiver so the only noise will be from an internal mounted hard drive should you wish to install one.
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A remote and batteries are of course included along with a power supply, Sata data/power cable and 4 screws plus a user guide. At the time of writing only available in German.
GigaBlue HD 800 Quad Remote Control

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The remote control provided by GigaBlue is a good one with a logical button layout. There are plenty of buttons for accessing things quickly. There is no qwerty keyboard but that is also not of much use right now. A different more advanced remote is rumored to be sold later on.
Installation / Choosing an image

Being brand new there are currently only a limited number of images available for the GigaBlue HD 800 Quad. The stock firmware image actually crashed on first boot for us and seems the same case for others as well. So you are well advised to have a fresh image handy when installing for the first time.
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OpenAAF Image
The OpenAAF image is one of the few choices currently here in the middle of October 2012. The image comes preinstalled with Enhanced Movie Center, CoolTV Guide and plenty more plugins available via the plugin menu. OpenAAF has always been a favorite of mine but it does have a problem currently with the LCD coloring where yellow and red in Picons are shown as blue.

OpenMips 2.0 Image
The OpenMips 2.0 Image does not come with as many things preinstalled as OpenAAF but it does not have the LCD color issue and I quite like the default skin ru_infinity_hd.


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OpenViX Image
My favorite image so far is the OpenViX Image. It just suit my taste with the default skin and includes full image backup utility which is handy.

PVR – Recording tv on the GigaBlue HD Quad

PVR install

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The GigaBlue HD 800 Quad is PVR ready and offer you the choice of installing a 2,5″ internal hard drive which enables you to pause live tv, record satellite tv or satellite radio for that matter.
Installing a hard drive internally is pretty straight forward. Of course remember to disconnect the receiver from the mains before doing this.
After installing the hard drive you should now have a entry inside System / HDD in the receiver menu where you can initialize the hard drive.
PVR use

Recording 4 channels simultaneously is not a problem and even more if these are on the same transponder/cable tuner frequency in use.

The Video button takes you into the list with your recordings.
Multimedia and networking

When connected to your home network the GigaBlue HD 800 Quad makes it possible for you to mount a network drive, play music and video. Mediaplayer software is included but you can of course add many more advanced player plugins. Some file formats seem not to be fully supported yet.
You can access the receiver through a webinterface or FTP. On my Windows 7 PC I also had access to the HD 800 Quad inside the network neighborhood under the name GBQUAD.
Verdict GigaBlue HD 800 Review

The GigaBlue HD 800 Quad shows a lot of potential and steps into the next generation of Linux receivers. The fast new 1300 Mhz Broadcom BCM7356 really makes a difference when it comes to booting and daily use. Especially coming from a pretty slow DM8000 I noticed the fast and powerful new engine inside this GigaBlue HD 800 Quad.
For a fair price you get 4 tuner capabilities all though the 2 plug and play slots as of yet only does DVB-T/C.
It is still very early days with this new receiver and while the Images seem pretty stable already there are some issues needed to be solved in the drivers like support for dual encrypted Pay TV channels. Also the HDMI CEC issue was a *** annoying.
I really hope Gigablue can deliver the drivers to match the great hardware of the GigaBlue HD 800 Quad. Then it will for sure be one to watch.
Right now I rate it 4,5 out of 5 stars. But it could be a full 5 star product later on when it has matured a ***.
LINUX-TV.COM will update this review later on when new drivers are released.

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