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Tech Talk – X Cruiser XDSR 600HD Twin Tuner – The inside story

Author: Peter Dobson

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Xcuiser 600 front and rear

 

The early days of Linux based satellite receivers was the DBox in 1997, followed by Dbox2 with  hardware developed  by Nokia. Due to bankruptcy, production ceased in 2001.

The Dbox is the predecessor to the more popular, and better known Dream Box, still being manufactured today (including clones). The key principle of the Dream Box was not only the Linux firmware, but the ability of network connectivity,  which opened  the gates to many “opportunities” including 3rd party apps giving functionality beyond just being a satellite receiver.

Today the market is awash with Linux based satellite receivers, including the unit we have available on our website, the X Cruiser XDSR 600HD Twin Tuner.

The twin tuners are inserted into the motherboard in the same way you would a PCI card into a computer. This means they are interchangeable, so you are able to have double satellite, double DTT or DTT and satellite. The unit comes out of the box with two satellite tuners in the mother board, and a DTT board loose in the box.

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DTT tuner card
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Twin tuners DTT and Satellite

 

The unit will take via SATA an optional  internal 2.5″ HDD. Which allows recording, timeshifting, pausing live television. HDD drives can also be attached externally via USB and e SATA. (A/V rated HDD recommended)

The Network connectivity allows the ability to upgrade firmware direct from a server. See story here.  The unit, if connected to your Local Area Network will become a searchable device. DHCP option will allow this process easily, by automatically allocating a local IP address. You will be able to search, move, and delete files stored on the internal HDD from a computer on your network.  If you have multiple Xcruiser units in rooms of your house,  it is easy to set up central NAS system whereby programs from any unit in your house can record to, or view from the central NAS system. More information on NAS here.

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Section of the rear panel

The network allows access to You Tube, web browsing, Internet TV, conveniently on your TV rather than small computer screen.  MCAS and card sharing is also a reality on most Linux receivers with the right plugin. A subject that you can find out plenty within forums on the internet.

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X Cruiser 600 Media page
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X Cruiser 600 Internet TV options
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X Cruiser 600 You Tube page

This unit will take a Sky television card that have a serial number that starts 00. That is the blue sky card used in My Sky receivers. This unit is MPEG4 compatible which means it will open Sky’s HD channels. All sky’s non HD channels are  currently MPEG2. (NB you will need to subscribe to sky still to get the blue card. ) The beauty of using this box as your Sky receiver is that you can have the channels in the order you want, you can get rid of channels you may not watch, (like Disney, or Nickelodeon for example).   You will be able to record to your NAS system should you decide to go down that road.

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OO cards

Let’s look inside:

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Inside of the X-Cruiser 600 (Click to enlarge)
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Twin tuner corner (click to enlarge)

 

The features that matter:

* Interchangeable tuner – DVB-C (cable), DVB-T (terrestrial) DVB-S (Satellite)    *Records 3 services, and watch 2 others (PIP)    *Three USB 2.0 ports (playing MP3, JPEG)    *Xvid playback support   *Multi Language support   *HDMI A/V output (576i – 1080p)   *Subtitle support   *Picture in picture (PIP) & Multi picture display   *1 watt standby power consumption (when that option chosen)

Interested in purchasing?

http://www.jayx.co.nz/receivers.html

 

2 thoughts on “Tech Talk – X Cruiser XDSR 600HD Twin Tuner – The inside story”

  1. Can you please tell me how the XDSR600 compares to the Ultraplus X9200-HD? The ultraplus9200 that we have purchased (from Freeviewshop) occasionally freezes when using the remote, plays the wrong channels, and stops recording scheduled recordings. I am looking for a more reliable machine. I would prefer not to build a Mythbox from scratch. So if you can state categorically that the XDSR600 is free from the above-mentioned bugs I will seriously consider purchasing one from you.
    Thanks.

    1. It’s basically the same machine, however the X Cruiser will update over the Internet to latest software. Plus the Tuners are interchangeable. You Will always get the occasional freeze, all receivers do, including SKy’s, you will never get away from that. The symptoms sound like either Software has been upgraded to a later version from a much earlier version. OR Plugins have been added without formatting 1st.

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