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Shawn95GT
08-28-2006, 01:21 PM
Hey all. I decided that I needed to get another blindscan FTA box and I wanted to get into another Coolsat since I liked my 4000 Pro so much.

I think it's mostly nastalgia, but for some reason I REALLY liked the look of the 6000 over the 5000. I'd have picked up a used 4000 again, but I wanted the component output.

Of course right after I bought it, the SatelliteAV deal on the 5000 came around and on top of that I found a real good deal on a Traxxis DBS-3500! Good time to be a FTA'r!

Oh well - 6000 Premium it is.

I wanted to post this so that the folks who jumped on the deal on the 5000 can see that they aren't missing out on much if anything!

The 6000 has some issues that I'm not too thrilled with:

1. The blind scan seems to be flakey or not set to a 'high detail' setting. There is no such user-settable setting on the Coolsat (at least not that I've found) to change this. It seems that every other time I scan SBS6 it'll pick up ONN. Its hit or miss.

2. Data Transponders get logged as Radio channels. I'm even seeing duplicates kind of like the older Pansats would do with the DBS channels.

3. I've had a couple times where I managed to confuse the reciever doing fast channel changes which just got me a black screen. Power cycling the box brought the picture right back.

4. Annoying 'Positioner Moving' message stays up for 30 seconds or until a channel tunes.

On the Plus side:

1. It keeps perfect time

2. New larger remote with glow in the dark buttons.

3. I love the Coolsat interface (subjective, I know).

4. NDFEdit / STBTool works PERFECT with the unit (vs my past experience with Channelmaster / Pansat)

5. Fast channel changes

6. Easy to re-arrange / re-name / delete channels from the STB.

Overall I'm happy with the unit but I'm hoping a firmware update addresses the blind scan / data transponder logging as radio channels issue. It sounds like some of the coolsat 5000s have the same problems depending on the firmware.

voomvoom
08-28-2006, 02:05 PM
Thanks for the review Shawn. For some reason I was thinking the 6000 was a PVR, like the Pansat 6000. I see I was wrong.

Al

Iceberg
08-28-2006, 02:48 PM
cool :)

Thanks for the review...the on screen looks like a 5000 :)



1. The blind scan seems to be flakey or not set to a 'high detail' setting. There is no such user-settable setting on the Coolsat (at least not that I've found) to change this. It seems that every other time I scan SBS6 it'll pick up ONN. Its hit or miss.

My 5000 sometimes does this



4. Annoying 'Positioner Moving' message stays up for 30 seconds or until a channel tunes.

Interesting. When I tried some different software in my 5000 I had the same thing. This was version 1.02 on the 5000. Also got the same thing you did with the radio thing on a data TP

drhydro
08-31-2006, 04:16 PM
Thanks for the review Shawn :) Sounds like this unit still has some bugs to be worked out.

Shawn95GT
09-01-2006, 10:10 PM
CoolSat_Editor.zip is NDFEdit and STBTool to modify and load the channel lists.

CS_6000_Factory.zip contains the factory channel list as it came 'out of the box'.

CS_6000_Fixed.zip Has all recievable C & Ku sats from 43W to 148W. Linear Ku birds set to 10.750 LO and DiSEqC port 1. Circular sats are set to 11.250 LO and DiSEqC port 4. The C-band birds aren't configured aside from the 5150 LO.

These 'channel' lists have just Satellite and some transponders configured. I loaded the list and got to blind scanning.

I hope it saves somebody some work :). These lists should work on any flavor Coolsat but I've only tested them on my 6000 Premium.

Reigster at SatelliteGuys