Golden Interstar GI-S900CI
Yet another affordable PVR-upgradable HD receiver catches our eye
German brand Golden Interstar is new to us. Here, we look at its GI-S900CI - a single-tuner receiver with support for DVB-S2 and hi-def, in addition to regular standard-def DVB-S.
Features include HDMI and component hi-def outputs (with upscaling of standard-def), CAM emulation and a pair of CIs.
Picture and sound quality from HD channels like Arte and BBC HD produce intricate detail and vibrancy.
A noticeable drop in quality can be seen after changing to SD channels. Changing channels and menu access are both fast, but the scanning speeds beat those of many more expensive units we've tested.