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« on: August 10, 2012, 10:04:05 PM »

Review of the Linkbox 8000 HD DVB-S2 MPEG4 PVR Receiver!

I am sure many have read about this receiver in the New Product Release section, and now that I have one in my posession i thought i would start a product review thread.

If anyone else here has one of these already feel free to add your review information in this thread, or start your own of course if you want to.

Like all the reviews I like to start with pics from the manufacturer, plus the list of features and specs from the manufacturer.

Here is that:





From the Manufacturer:

LinkTV Media is pleased to introduce its first Satellite Receiver model Linkbox 8000 HD!

Manual PID Function and UHF Remote Ready!


Features:

•Fully Compliant of DVB-S & DVB-S2(QPSK/8PSK/16APSK/32APSK) Digital & DVB broadcasting
•High Definition Video output : HDMI1.2(HDCP) and Y Pb Pr
•Video output resolution: 480i/p 576i/p 720p 1080i,1080p
•Audio Decoding :ISO/IEC 13818-3
•Satellite Tuner, 950-2150 MHz input Frequency (IF Loop Throughout),Symbol rate 1~45Msps
•Very fast Smart Search(Blind Scan)
•Flexible reception of SCPC & MCPC from C/Ku-Band Satellites
•Demodulation : QPSK/8PSK/16APSK/32APSK
•USB PVR ready
•FAT16/FAT32/NTFS,Format function ,Recording,Playback,EPG Time record,Time shifted recording
•USB 2.0 Host Interface(Rear Panel)- JPEG Photo Album, MP3 and Firmware Update
•Integrated USB2.0(Host) to support PVR
•Multimedia files playback by USB2.0(BMP/JPG/Ogg/MP3(option)
•Fast Channel Change(<1 second)
•Satellite Scan-Simultaneous Scan,Manual PID/Satellite & TP/Network Scan
•Closed Caption(CC) output through VBI
•Supports DVB subtitle
•10000 Channels TV & Radio Program
•Timer setting supports automatic Turn-ON and OFF daily
•User-friendly EPG(Electronic Program Guide)
•Multi language on sceen menu(OSD)
•Powerful Channel Editing Function(Favorite,Move,Find,Sort,Delete,Skip,Lock,Edit,Create)
•Digital S/PDIF (Digital Audio or Dolby AC3 stream out)
•Automatic PAL/NTSC Conversion
•8 Favorite List
•PIG (Picture In Graphic) ,Zoom Function
•256 Colors (Graphic User Interface) Number
•Screen Format : auto,4:3,16:9
•Software Upgrade via USB and RS-232C (Receiver to Receiver, PC to Receiver)
•Hardware Copy Protection
•Multiple LNB switching control :Diseqc 1.0/Diseqc 1.2 and USALS Compatible
•Game
•BISS CAS Embedded
•Management Subscription
•CH 3/4 Modulator(NTSC)
•Skew LNB control : Optional(Control Kit througth RS232 Port)

Specifications:

Satellite Tuner

•Input Connector: F-type,IEC169-24
•Frequency Range: 950MHz to 2150MHz
•Input Level: 65 dBm~-25 dBm
•LNB Power: 14V/19V (400mA Max)
•Symbol Rate: 1 to 45Msps.(SCPC,MCPC)
•DiSEqc: Diseqc 1.2 & USALS Compatible
•Band Switch: 22KHz tone
•Demodulation: QPSK/8PSK/16APSK/32APSK
•Viterbi Decoding Rate: 1/2,2/3,3/4,5/6,7/8
•Reed Solomon Decoding: FEC 204,188,t=8

Transport Stream A/V Decoding

•Demultiplex: 13818-1(System Layer)
•Input stream: Max. 90Mbit/s
•Aspect Ratio: 4:3(default), 16:9 letterbox
•Video Decoding: H.264 Full HD Decoding
•Video Resolution: 480i/p or 576i/p, 720p, 1080i,1080p
•Audio Decoding: ISO/IEC13818-3 Digital Audio Decoding
•Video Ouput: HDMI (HDCP), CVBS,YPbPr
•Audio Mode: Single Channel /Dual Channel, Stereo, Joint Stereo

Main CPU & Memories

•CPU: Ali M3606 (398MHz),Dual High performance 32bit CPU
•Flash Memory: 4 Mbyte
•External Memory Interface: 1Gb DDR2 800MHz SDRAM (128 Mbyte)

Data Port

•Connector: 9 Pin D-Sub Type
•Protocol: RS232 Asynchronous
•Data Rate: Max. 115200 bps

AV Output

•Digital output: HDMI(HDCP), YPbPr
•RCA A/V: CVBS,Audio Left.Right ,Component(Y,Pb,Pr)

Rear Panel

•HDMI: HDMI 1.2 (HDCP option) , Type A
•6RCA: Video, Audio L, Audio R, YPbPr
•1 Tuner: 1 input & 1 Loopout
•Modulator: CH 3/4 (NTSC)
•Data Port: 9 Pin D-Sub Type (Skew Control Kit Optional)
•UHF Input: Optional for UHF Remote Kit
•Power Switch: Rocker Switch

Front Panel

•7 Key: PWR,CH Up/Down, Volume Up/Down,Menu,Ok
•Display: 4 Digit 7 Segment Display
•USB: 1 Host USB2.0

Remote Control

•Type: IR RCU
•Battery: 2x1.5V AAA Type

Power Supply

•Input Voltage: AC 90-250V, 50/60Hz
•Type: SMPS ,AC Plug
•Power Consumption: Max. 24 Watts

Physical Specifications:

•Operating temp.: 0 ~45
•Dimension (WxDxH): 260mm x 153mm x 45mm
•Weight: 1.1Kg
•Accessaries: HDMI Cable
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« Reply #1 on: August 10, 2012, 10:09:39 PM »

Linkbox 8000 HD Review cont .....

And now here is some pics I took myself, of the actual unit as received from Linkbox.

Pic 1 shows the gift box it comes in

Pic 2 shows the remote, hdmi cable, user manual, batteies

Pic 3 the front of the unit

Pic 4 the back of the unit


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« Reply #2 on: August 10, 2012, 10:45:00 PM »

One of the things that caught my eye is that this receiver has modulated ( NTSC ch 3 or 4 ) output.
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« Reply #3 on: August 10, 2012, 10:53:22 PM »

One of the things that caught my eye is that this receiver has modulated ( NTSC ch 3 or 4 ) output.

Yes satman5k thanks for bringing that up. That is a great feature. And it is hard to find on a FTA receiver these days.

This Linkbox 8000 HD is also UHF Remote ready, and Skew Control ready.

That is a couple more features you dont see on most other FTA receivers.



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« Reply #4 on: August 10, 2012, 11:28:44 PM »

does it do 4:2:2 or just 4:2:0 ?
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« Reply #5 on: August 11, 2012, 07:16:23 AM »

does it do 4:2:2 or just 4:2:0 ?

I dont think so, this is Ali M3606 similar to the new S16. NO 4;2:2 sad
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« Reply #6 on: August 11, 2012, 07:24:22 AM »

does it do 4:2:2 or just 4:2:0 ?

I dont think so, this is Ali M3606 similar to the new S16. NO 4;2:2 sad
thanks carlospr43 for the answer. i just find it weird that  no one other then azbox does a receiver that does 4:2:2. you would think you could boost sales alot with a cheaper box that could do everything.id surely pay 180.00 for a box that could do 4:2:2 and 4:2:0 but not willing to dish out what azbox wants for their receivers.jmo
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« Reply #7 on: August 14, 2012, 11:28:48 PM »

Hello all. Hope you don't mind but I am going to post my review of this new stb in this thread.

First off, thanks Hyper in getting me one so fast. You are the man for fta supplies!!!

I was a little afraid as I first fired it up as I thought I had disconnected my pansat 9500.
It is no secret on here my 9500 and I never got along that well.
That being said, the user interface is almost identical to the 9500.
That is the end of being like the 9500.

The unit has been running about 36 hours straight and no issues. I left it on over night on one of the ION channels that I was having freezing issues with on the pansat and its working flawlessly.

Did a blind scan on 99w cband first running through a 4 port switch.
The blind scan did miss a few feeds, like escapes and one or two others.
Ran the normal scan and it found the missing channels.

I scanned 72w kband and found the four nbc mux channels along with a feed called burbank, twister, wendy williams,  and several other temps feeds. Normal scan made no difference.

I then scanned in ses2 cband and got all the normal and the new rtv mux of feeds on that satellite.

The 4th satellite was 103 cband and it scanned in the ION's well along with a few others on that satellite.

The blind scan worked well but as I had said it missed a few. The kband was a bit slower then the cband scanning. Over all, not bad at all for scanning time.

I have so far only used the rca jacks and not tried the hdmi or modulated outputs.

It over all is a smaller box the any pansat/linkbox I have scene in the past. I would say 2/3rd the size of openbox s9 / pansat9500.
It has several vent holes in the cover. It runs warm but I would not consider it as being hot. I would not want to stack anything on top and cover the vents though.

As I play with it further, I will post any pluses or minuses I come across.

So far I give it a B+ rating. Only reason for not an A rating is that it does not do the 4-2-2 video decoding.

I guess I lied when I said the on screen display was the only thing that was the same as the 9500.
The inferred remotes although look different, are on the same frequency and the 9500 remote works fine on the linkbox.

The uhf remotes are a different story and will post the u30 vs u50 in a different post.
If you are thinking of going with the uhf remotes, you might want to check that post out.

Thanks for taking time to read all this and keep in mind. This is just my opinion and different users have different ideas about what is good and what is not.

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« Reply #8 on: August 15, 2012, 12:05:02 AM »

Thanks for sharing the info Satman!

one thing that caught my attention is;
Closed Caption(CC) output through VBI

CC is what I need!  but what is output thru VBI?
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« Reply #9 on: August 15, 2012, 07:26:46 AM »

nice review there Satman5000..... clap
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« Reply #10 on: August 15, 2012, 05:12:40 PM »

Output through VBI means that it puts the CC data onto the analog output for your TV to decode.  I suspect it only works on the standard-definition output, but I'm not sure.  HD devices normally handle the CC display by having the receiver decode it and superimpose the text on the video.
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« Reply #11 on: August 15, 2012, 10:33:13 PM »

Nice Review satman5k! Thanks for posting this, and glad you like the receiver.

After reading your review i finally made time to hook up my Linkbox 8000 HD and i must agree.

It is a great box from what i see so far.

One thing i really liked is that right out of the box it is set up for North America with 96 Sat positions from 0.8W to 139.0W, seperate C and Ku.

Ive only spent a couple of hours with it so far, but i have scanned 111.0W, 133.0W and 135.0W so far and it scans great.

Finding everything and doing it quickly.

Will post more info as i test this box further.



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« Reply #12 on: August 15, 2012, 11:07:02 PM »

I think you are right on Jims. I pm'ed BJ about the VBI / Vertical blanking interval. It is data that was used mostly on analog video before our crappy ( my opinion ) switch to digital tv.
I used to have a teletex decoder that I could decode the info. It was mostly used to keep peoples tv's and vcr's on correct time and other things. If a person has a tv that decodes that type signal, it may still work.

I tried the button labeled sub title on the linkbox remote and all I got on every channel was
" No Data "
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« Reply #13 on: August 15, 2012, 11:46:27 PM »

Jim S.:

From what you said:
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it puts the CC data onto the analog output for your TV to decode

Sounds like the box doesnt decode it but as long as the CC is "turned on" - on the TV itself then it will decode it..  If thats the case, that works for me!

I got the PM from Satman on this also.
Im guessing that might be how it works. Th TV decode it not the STB.
Anyone test that feature out for me please!
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« Reply #14 on: August 16, 2012, 12:32:30 AM »

BJ.
When I get a chance I will hook the hdmi and modulated output up to different tv's.
Will let you kmow unless Hyper beats me to it.
After all, its his thread  grin
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