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well as a CI slot that can ac-
commodate all the typical
The rear panel is very
nicely equipped and includes
two satellite IF inputs, three
RCA jacks for stereo audio
and CVBS video, an opti-
cal digital output, an HDMI
port, an RJ45 interface, a
USB port and, of course, a
jack for the external power
We really appreciated the
flap on the underside of the
receiver that can be opened
by loosening a single screw.
Here the user can install a
2.5“ SATA hard drive us-
ing the included mounting
While we‘re on the subject
of included accessories, the
package also comes with the
external power supply and
power cable, the hard drive
mounting frame, an HDMI
cable as well as a well-writ-
ten initial installation guide.
Of course there‘s also a
remote control in the box:
on the top side the manufac-
turer placed only the most
critical buttons and in some
cases duplicates of some
of the buttons such as the
number keys. This results in
a very simple control of the
receiver and proved to be
very practical in everyday
On the bottom side of the
remote control you‘ll find a
full miniature keyboard that
turned out to also be quite
convincing in our tests.
In general, the remote
control sits comfortably in
your hand and we did not
even once accidentally push
a button on the opposite side
of the remote control during
our tests.
Overall we were very im-
pressed with the workman-
ship and the design of the
new AB IPBox Prismcube
Ruby box and if for some
reason you don‘t particularly
care for the graphite gray
color of the receiver‘s hous-
ing, the manufacturer has
indicated that other colors of
the box will be available.
Just like with most of to-
day‘s receivers, the AB IPBox
Prismcube Ruby also comes
with an installation assistant
that guides the user through
the setup process.
What really caught our
eye was the OSD language
selection; there are 51 dif-
ferent languages to choose
from. Nearly everyone in the
world should be able to find
the right one for them. We
also liked the fact that this
receiver is fully HD compat-
ible and can therefore pro-
vide a video signal resolution
of 1920x1080.
Are you familiar with the
annoying problem where
the video output signal from
some receivers is just a little
too small or too large for the
TV you‘re using? If you said
‚yes‘, then you‘ll be happy to
hear that the new AB IPBox
offers an Overscan Adjust-
ment function as part of the
initial installation that lets
you individually adapt the
picture output with your TV.
For our test this was a big
plus point!
In the next step the receiv-
er is adapted to the existing
satellite reception system.
To help with this, numerous
DiSEqC protocols (1.0, 1.1,
1.2 and 1.3) are available;
even SCR single cable solu-
tions are supported.
A total of 108 European,
Asian and American sat-
ellites have been prepro-
grammed into the box with,
much to our satisfaction,
relatively up to date tran-
sponder data.
Each satellite that is to
be received by the receiver
must be individually activat-
ed and configured. If a mul-
tifeed antenna with three or
four receivable satellites is
being used, then this would
make a lot of sense.
But if you‘re using a DiS-
EqC motorized system with,
let‘s say, 40 receivable sat-
ellites, then this could, how-
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