1 -12/2012
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A Small
but Nice
HDTV Receiver
HDTV Miniature Satellite Receiver
Panodic HDS275
Best designed mini-receiver
for the best HD
With its slim dimensions
of only 27 x 16 x 4.7 cm, the
Panodic HDS275 will easily
fit into any TV environment;
thanks to its plain black cabi-
net it blends in nicely with
the background.
The front panel shines in
its simplicity and, in addition
to a segmented display that
shows the current time or
the currently selected chan-
nel number, it sports six but-
tons that can be used to con-
trol the receiver without the
remote control. A status LED
that switches between green
and red indicates to the user
the current operational sta-
tus of the receiver (red =
standby, green = on).
Hidden behind a flap is a
CI slot for use with PayTV
services; it can accept all
the standard CI modules (for
example, Irdeto, Viaccess,
Conax, etc.).
Unlike most other modern
receivers, the HDS275 comes
with a Scart connector for
use on older TVs. Of course,
all the other connections
you’d expect to find are all
there: HDMI, YUV and CVBS
outputs are all available. The
audio output is available on
a coaxial digital audio output
as well as on two analog RCA
Since the HDS275 is a
DVB-S/S2 receiver, there’s
also the typical IF tuner in-
put along with its associated
looped-through output as
well as a USB 2.0 interface
that can be used to turn the
receiver into a PVR if it’s con-
nected to an external USB
storage device.
The remote control in-
cluded by the manufacturer,
just like the receiver, is very
small and the pressure points
for the buttons are clearly
marked. The arrangement
of the individual functions
at first glance might seem
a little unorganized, but you
should get used to it after a
short time.
The Panodic HDS275 is not
only small on the outside, it’s
also ‘small’ on the inside. The
installation assistant that
appears the first time the
receiver is turned on only
offers three choices: time,
language and channel scan.
Because of this the in-
stallation is completed very
quickly. The first two options
take no time at all. As is typi-
cal, the HDS275 can also au-
tomatically set the internal
clock directly from the in-
coming satellite signal.
For the language selection
option, the Panodic offers a
representative cross-section
of all the more important Eu-
ropean languages.
It gets more exciting in the
Channel Scan menu. Panodic
included a preprogrammed
list of 24 satellites and cor-
responding transponders.
Unfortunately, this list is not
all that up to date. However,
we did like the wide variety of
settings capabilities to match
the receiver with your anten-
na. The HDS275 supports the
DiSEqC 1.0 and 1.1 protocols
and can therefore be used on
antennas with up to 16 LNBs.
Thanks to the individually
settable LOF, the receiver is
compatible with C-band and
Ku-band antennas as well
as any other type of recep-
tion system. Panodic even
thought about those users
with SCR single-cable solu-
tions and offers the neces-
sary parameters for that kind
of setup.
The manufacturer was very
successful in the implemen-
tation of the channel scan’s
graphical presentation; it is
available in transponder, sin-
gle satellite, multi-satellite
and blind scan modes.
The regular scan of HOT-
BIRD at 13° east found 1498
TV channels and 394 radio
channels in a reasonable
eight minutes. A BlindScan
of the same satellite resulted
in 1466 TV channels and 390
radio channels in 12 minutes;
it needed a little more time
and found fewer channels
than the regular scan using
preprogrammed transpond-
The main menu of the
HDS275 is divided into six
Channel, Preference, Set-
ting, AV and Game) and is
very nicely arranged.
The Installation section
takes you to the reception
settings and the search for
new channels. Compared to
the initial installation assis-
tant, it also provides the abil-
ity to drive DiSEqC 1.2 and
motorized antennas.
From here the user can
also modify and expand the
preprogrammed satellite and
transponder lists as they see
fit. It’s a feature that we were
happy to play around with.
The Channel section is to-
tally dedicated to editing the
channel list. With nearly 2000
channel entries added by our
test scan of the HOTBIRD
satellite, it’s a feature you
really can’t do without. With
the help of the colored func-
tion buttons on the remote
control, individual channels