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— 03-04/2013
TEST REPORT
DVB-T2 CI Receiver
DVB-T2 the Way
It Should Be
27 x 16.5 x 4 cm, packaged
into an elegant case design – in
case you’re wondering what the
heck we’re talking about, this is
what the new HDT-275C from
Panodic looks like. As early as
when we unpacked this new re-
ceiver the fact that Panodic has
opted to integrate DVB-T2 has
met with our approval. Thanks
to DVB-T2 support reception
of terrestrial HDTV is possi-
ble, which is of particular sig-
nificance since DVB-T2 trans-
missions are available in most
countries still endorsing DVB-T
as well, and in the medium to
long term DVB-T2 is en route
to replacing DVB-T in virtually
all markets.
A four-digit segment display
is located on the front panel
of the HDT-275C which shows
either the current time or the
number of the selected chan-
nel. Right next to it we find
the usual LED to indicate the
receiver status. A flap hides
the CI slot which accepts all
standard conditional access
modules, and a total of six but-
tons are available on the front
panel so that you can make
use of Panodic’s new receiver
even when the remote control
is misplaced or out of batteries.
Turning our attention to the
back panel, we notice a gen-
erously equipped connection
board, offering all options you
may ever require, with the ex-
ception of a mechanical power
switch. In detail, you get a tun-
er input socket complete with
loop-through output, a total of
six RCA jacks for stereo audio,
composite video and YUV, an
HDMI socket, scart eurocon-
nector for older SDTV devices
as well as a USB 2.0 interface
for hooking up external stor-
age media. If brilliant audio
is what you’re after, you’ll be
pleased to learn that Panodic
has thought of a digital coax
audio output as well.
The remote control that is
shipped with the receiver is on
the small side, yet its buttons
offer a very pleasant pressure
point and are clearly labelled.
In general, the level of work-
manship left us very satisfied,
but we would not have expect-
ed anything less from Panodic.
One thing that deserves extra-
special praise is the almost
non-existent power consump-
tion in standby mode. In fact,
it is so low our meter could not
detect any power consumption
at all, which means it is way
Panodic HDT-275C
Great receiver for the new HDTV era
in digital terrestrial TV
in future-proof DVB-T2
below one Watt. What’s more,
a low 13 Watts during everyday
use also add up to this receiv-
er being not only good to the
environment, but also to your
wallet!
What has become common-
place for most receivers these
days is also available with the
Panodic HDT-275C: a short
installation wizard that takes
care of setting up the receiver
in the first place and of cus-
tomising many of the available
parameters. All you need to do
in order to get going is select
your region, preferred lan-
guage, video mode and aspect
ratio.
We did like the fact that
Panodic streamlines the whole
process with a number of small
but meaningful enhancements.
To give you just one example,
the receiver suggests an on-
screen language based on the
region selection which can be
accepted by the user, or over-
ruled just as well.
As far as video resolutions
are concerned, the following
options are available: 480i,
480p, 576i, 576p, 720p 50 Hz,
720p 60 Hz, 1080i 25 Hz, 1080i
30 Hz, 1080p 50 Hz, 1080p 60
Hz, 1080p 25 Hz, 1080p 30
Hz, 1080p 24 Hz, as well as
‘source’ and ‘native’. ‘Source’
in this case means that the re-
ceiver adjusts its output reso-
lution to the broadcast that is
currently received, while the
‘native’ setting takes into ac-
count the maximum resolution
of the TV panel.
Thanks to 1080p support the
HDT-275C is compatible with
full HD transmissions. The re-
ceiver can automatically adjust
the aspect ratio based on the
received material, or users can
manually choose either 16:9,
4:3 Pan & Scan or 4:3 Letter-
box.
Once users have decided on
these three major items a touch
of the OK button brings them
right up one step to the auto-
matic channel search. While
this sounds nicely straightfor-
ward at first, we would have
liked more options here. Why?
Imagine you’re using a small
DVB-T antenna with integrated
amplifier – there would have
been no way to turn on pow-
er supply via the coax cable
before starting the channel
search and most probably that
search would have resulted in
nothing more than zero chan-
nels, or very few high-powered
channels at most. Luckily in
our case, a UHF-VHF antenna
combination installed on the
roof of our test center provided
the signal, which means that
all active DVB-T and DVB-T2
frequencies available at our lo-
cation were detected in a little
less than four minutes. While
four minutes won’t break any
record it is still an acceptable
result, given that a full signal
scan does not need to be per-
formed on a regular basis. As
soon as the channel search is
completed the receiver switch-
es to the first channel on the
list and is thus ready to provide
viewing pleasure.
While it is true that most
basic settings are taken care
of thanks to the installation
wizard, we nonetheless rec-
ommend having a closer look
at the clearly structured main
menu of the HDT-275C. It is di-
vided up into six main sections
and offers all adjustment and
configuration option you’ll ever
need.
Considering the small num-
ber of DVB-T and DVB-T2 chan-
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