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— 04-05/2012
timeshift recording should
be added automatically to
a recording that is started
manually. If you activate this
feature you can save an en-
tire event even though you
only pressed the ‘Rec’ button
some time into the event.
Furthermore, you can select
auto standby, which turns off
the receiver after a recording
is completed. This particular
option will definitely prove its
worth in everyday use, but
can of course be turned off if
not required. The PVR func-
tions are rounded off with
MP3 playback, photo pre-
sentations on the TV screen
as well as playing back VOB,
MPEG, TS, MKV and DivX
videos downloaded from the
An essential part of our test
routine involves analysis of
audio and video quality and
we can firmly say that the
tiny Panodic receiver passed
with flying colours. Thanks to
its HDMI output it provided
excellent video to both our
52-inch plasma and a 22-inch
LCD for mobile use. We were
truly impressed by this top-
quality performance, which
incidentally also goes for the
audio output. The fact that
the M3601E’s built-in tuner
is only DVB-T compatible is
a minor drawback, because
this means HDTV reception
is not possible in regions that
have implemented DVB-T2
for HDTV (such as Great Brit-
ain, among others). MPEG-4
is only broadcast via DVB-T2
at our test location as well,
so we decided to pick up
MPEG-4 signals from INTEL-
SAT 904 at 60° East and EU-
TELSAT W9A at 9° West and
then modulated these signals
onto a standard DVB-T car-
rier. Surprise, surprise: All of
a sudden we were able to re-
ceive some Russian SD chan-
nels (from 60° East) plus
Fashion One from the United
States (from 9° East) in bril-
liant high-definition quality.
This only goes to show that
the chipset of the DVB-T re-
ceiver is fully HDTV (MPEG-
4/H.264) compatible, but
does not support DVB-T2. If
you live in a market that has
specified DVB-T with MPEG-4
the M3601E will be perfectly
suited to your requirements.
A small box like this Panod-
ic receiver lends itself to mo-
bile use, so we also found out
how it deals with weak sig-
nals – a situation we are of-
ten faced with when out and
about. No matter how weak
the signal, and no matter
how many artificially insert-
ed error bits (yes, we really
added error bits into a DVB-T
signal until the data stream
became virtually useless for
reasonable video!), the soft-
ware of the box never froze
but instead did its job with
remarkable steadfastness.
Yet, Panodic never stops im-
proving its set-top boxes and
will make available firmware
updates from time to time