Giga Blue HD 800 Quadon December 19, 2012 at 7:11 pm
This review is courtesy of http://digitalt.tv/
Giga Blue HD 800 Quad is a Linux box with up to 4 tuners, two standard DVB-S2.
In addition, a fast 1300 MHz CPU in the box and the possibility of mounting internal 2.5 “hard drive.
The box also stands out on its 2 “LCD display on the front which among other things can show channel logos.
Giga Blue is a new brand that I have not previously reported here on DIGITALT.TV. Giga Blue is based in Germany and has for some time have 2 smaller models on the market, but this Giga Blue HD 800 Quad is their new flagship model with the possibility of up to 4 tuners.
In the review here I test box with the two fixed DVB-S2 tuners and also with 2 x DVB-C / T tuner modules installed.
Giga Blue delivers yet only DVB-C / T modules, but there should be DVB-S2 modules on the market in the first or second quarter of 2013. So far means that you can not make a 4 x DVB-S2 tuner version of HD Quad box. With 2 fixed DVB-S2 tuners, then 4 x DVB-C / T not possible.
There are now new driver 25/10/2012 that solves (notification is updated):
-. Fixed scrambled channel problem with multi-transponder. (PIP and Recording)
-. Fixed video scaler sharpness.
, -. fixed tuner configuration mode “loopthrough two
Engineering, connections and design
Inside the Giga Blue HD 800 Quad is a 1300 MHz MIPS BCM7356 processor from Broadcom. This is a significant increase in speed compared to the Linux boxes that have come on the market in the last few years, and also has box 1024 MB DDR3 / 512MB NAND. So both memory and CPU ago sounds Giga Blue Quad on paper really strong.
The box is in classic black with a silver edge on the front panel. What you first notice the front is 2 “LCD panel that gives info about channel, program, menu, etc. You can also view graphical channel icons, known Picons. Text size depends a little on what Image you have installed, so it’s not necessarily easy to read display some distance away from the box.
Next to the display, we find an idle button, and also a blue / red LED indicator on the box is in use or idle. This blue LED is very brightly lit, and actually a bit annoying, I think.
Behind the front panel, we operate the basic functions even without the remote control and built-in 1 card reader and 2 CI slots for card reader modules. Moreover, beside these also a front USB connection.
On the back of the box, we find:
- DVB-S2 tuner input A
- DVB-S2 tuner input B
- Chance of Plug’nPlay Tuner C
- Chance of Plug’nPlay Tuner D
- Component video out
- Composite video out
- Optical audio out
- Ethernet (10/100 Mbit)
- 2 x USB
- 1 x eSata
- RS-232 port
- Power supply for external størmforsyning
- Power switch
In the description of Giga Blue HD 800 Quad with Gigablue.de, says mentioned that there would be 1000 Mbps Ethernet port, but it is not. And according to the specs on the CPU supported, it is not surprising to Giga Blue advertise it.
Since Enigma software enough is known in advance, for most interested in a box like this, so I will refrain from reviewing the installation and going into detail with standard instead concentrate and positive and negative elements in relation to the use of box.
The first thing you notice about Giga Blue HD 800 Quad is speed. Both the boot and channel switching is the fastest I’ve tried in relation to Enigma 2 based boxes.
The daily use of the box is generally a quite brilliant experience. It works despite it is new on the market stable after I had replaced the factory software.
|Box Model||Starting time (sec)|
|VU + Duo||80|
|VU + Uno||54|
|Dreambox 7020 HD||71|
|Venton Unibox HD1||72|
|VU + Ultimo||49|
|Giga Blue Quad HD||47|
In a new box like this, it’s usually with things that are not yet fully developed. It is also true that Giga Blue HD 800 Quad.
HDMI CEC control is not implemented yet on the box, and what is worse, so I experienced that Giga Blue HD 800 Quad completely blocked HDMI CEC between my Panasonic Flat Panel and Yahama AV Receiver, when I had Quad’en connected. I got corrected this on good old-fashioned DIY style with a narrow piece of tape over the contact number 13 in one end of the HDMI cable. Not an easy task, and of course this should not be necessary. I expect again that this will be rigged in a software update.
HbbTV is mentioned in the description of the box on Gigablue.de, but in practice it is not implemented, and there is no specific timeframe for when it comes.
Giga Blue HD 800 Quad has really great potential, as the first box of the next generation of Linux boxes. The fast 1300 MHz Broadcom BCM7356 processor can be felt in terms of both boot and daily use. Especially when I come from a DM8000. so the difference felt.
With the possibility of up to 4 tuners, so it is also very versatile. The price is also positive, we are not up to the same high price range as the old DM8000 model for the same opportunities. However, yet only DVB-C / T tuner option on the 2 additional tuner slots in the box.
The only Giga Blue HD 800 Quad has against him is that it is brand new and therefore there are still things that need to fix in updates. HDMI CEC problem is quite annoying as it might be nice with the promised HbbTV option.
If Giga Blue delivers driver and support that matches the hardware of Giga Blue HD 800 Quad, so I can swing me up on a full fifth in the number of stars, but so far it has to settle with 4.5.
I expect to follow the updates and update notification later.
+ Fastest Enimga 2 box I tested
+ Colour LCD
+ Full PIP support also with HDTV channels
- No Gigabit network, HbbTV and HDMI-CEC as promised on gigablue.de