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means that you should start
out with running a chan-
nel scan. To that end all
you need to do is press the
MENU button to call up the
perfectly neat main menu,
which is easy to navigate
and also pleasing to the eye.
Working yourself through
the individual entries you
first make sure the receiver
cooperates with your LCD
or plasma TV, before taking
the next step and setting
up the receiver to work with
your antenna configuration.
Obviously the new Jiu-
zhou box makes sure users
in many countries can ‘un-
derstand’ its on-screen dis-
play, and the choice of menu
languages goes far beyond
the classics such as English,
French and German. Speak-
ers of Spanish, Italian, Pol-
ish, Russian, Hungarian,
Czech, Dutch and Romanian
will be happy to learn that
‘their’ language is available
as well. The selection of lan-
guages also goes to show
that the DTS6695 is geared
towards the European mar-
ket. The list of pre-set coun-
tries for DVB-T reception
underpins that impression
as it only includes European
Using the HDMI output
the video signal can be pro-
cessed in 576p, 720p and
1080i and we cannot praise
highly enough a dedicated
button on the remote to
switch between these set-
tings on the fly, without hav-
ing to go through a menu.
Now that the DTS6695 has
become a perfect match for
our TV, we proceed to the
next stage and introduce it
to our reception equipment
high up on the roof. Jiuzhou
ships its new box with a
list of 64 pre-stored Euro-
pean satellite positions, all
of which come with suit-
ably current transponder
data. As far as LOF’s are
concerned, the Jiuzhou re-
ceiver offers a range of pre-
set oscillator frequencies
for the C and Ku bands, as
well as a manual option for
those out-of-the-ordinary
All DiSEqC protocols are
supported so that the re-
ceiver will work with stand-
ard multi-feed antennas for
up to four LNBs just as well
as with multi-focus anten-
nas for up to 16 LNBs and
with motorised antennas
using either the DiSEqC 1.2
or 1.3 protocols. Big cheers
from us for such brilliant
DiSEqC implementation!
The channel memory can
hold up to 4000 channel
entries and in order to fill it
up a single touch of a but-
ton takes you to the chan-
nel search menu. On the
left section of the screen
there is a list of all available
satellites for selection (sev-
eral entries can selected
at once), while the right-
hand section shows various
search modes and options
such as free-to-air channels
only, radio or TV only, net-
work search mode, and so
Once you have made all
relevant settings the green
function key activates the
automatic signal search. We
selected HOTBIRD 13° East
for our test and the Jiuzhou
DTS6695 took slightly more
than eight minutes to scan
the entire frequency range.
The DVB-T scan was com-
pleted in less than a minute.
If you need to add indi-
vidual channels at a later
stage you should perform
a manual search, which is
available for both DVB-T and
DVB-S/S2. In satellite mode
the Jiuzhou box even al-
lows manual PID input. The
modulation type is always
detected automatically by
the receiver. A search on
one of the major European
satellite platforms may eas-
ily yield 1000 or even more
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channel entries, so organis-
ing and managing all those
channels is of the essence.
Luckily, the channel edi-
tor of the DTS6695 is your
best friend when it comes to
bringing some order to your
list. It can be used to delete,
move or rename channels,
or to perform an automatic
channel sorting. Thanks to
several favourites lists you
(and all the other members
of your family with their in-
dividual favourites list) will
find your favourite channels
in next to no time at all.
Now that the Jiuzhou re-
ceiver is tailored to your
needs and those of your
satellite antenna(s) it’s fi-
nally time to check out how
it performs its core task: TV
and radio reception. To start
with, we should emphasise
the DTS6695’s video and
audio quality, which is noth-
ing short of brilliant and was
able to impress everybody
in our editorial offices.
Every time a new chan-
nel is called up the receiver
shows a smartly designed
info bar for a few seconds,
which displays the name of
the current and next event.
With the help of the re-
ceiver’s clearly laid out EPG
it is even possible to use it
as a seven-day TV guide, as
long as individual channels
transmit the required data.
Zapping equals fun with
the DTS6695, since chan-
nels can be grouped into
favourites lists and are thus
always at your fingertips.
Speaking of zapping: It
only takes about one sec-
ond until the selected chan-
nel appears on screen so
there’s nothing in the way
of exploring the wide range
of channel offerings. Thanks
to the neat info bar we
were always kept up to date
about current and upcoming
events as well.
The comprehensive range
of features of the new Jiu-
zhou receiver is rounded
off with an OSD teletext
decoder, an audio option
to switch between different
audio tracks (if provided by
the channel) and a subtitle
mode. We even discovered
a handy little feature of
the channel list which al-
lows searching for a specific
channel by keying in the
first letter(s) of its name.