The Digicrystal 9000PVR Digital Set Top Box isn’t sold any more
The Digicrystal 9000 PVR set top box is the perfect product for most Australians who watch Free to Air TV programs Live or tape them to watch later.
The four key offerings of Free to Air digital television are Sharper Pictures, Clearer Sound (including some programs with Dolby Digital), Widesceen Programs and Extra Channels.
- Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Digicrystal 9000 Specifications
- 1 (one) Philips Tuner – allows you to watch Live TV or Record Live TV while watching a Previously Recorded Program
- Fully DVB-T and MPEG-2 Compliant
- 80 GB Hard Disk Drive
- Video Resolution: 720 x 576 50i MPEG-2 MP@ML
- S-Video & RGB through SCART Interface
- Audio Decoding: MPEG/MusiCam Layer I & II
- S/PDIF Digital Audio Output Interface
- Slim-line, Compact & Stylish Design with Silver Finish
- User upgradable firmware with regular updates
- Developed in Germany and Engineered for Australian Free To Air Digital TV
- Power Supply. 85~250V AC 50-60 Hz
- Power Consumption. 15W Max
- Dimensions: 280 (W) x 173 (D) x 40 (H) mm
- Standard Definition (SD) Digital Terrestrial Set Top Box provides Extremely Clear Picture
- Built-in Hard Disk Drive allows you to Record Up to 28 Hours of Digital Free-to-air Broadcast
- Edit menu allows you to “trim” recordings by deleting everything before/after a specific point in the recording and also allows spliting a recording into 2 parts
- Recorded programs retain the title from the extended program guide
- Time Slip Function (Watch what has been previously recorded, while still recording!)
- Time Shift Function (Record now and watch later)
- Timer with 12 Programmable Weekly or Daily Events
- Remote button for Activating Closed Captions and Teletext
- Remote button for Changing display format (16:9 widescreen, 4:3 full screen, 4:3 letter box)
- On screen display of Electronic Program Guide (EPG) and Teletext
- Auto scanning for up to 2500 TV and 1500 radio stations
- Logical Channel Numbering (LCN)
- Channel list Editor
- Optional Favourites Lists (with 23-02-2006 firmware)
- Infrared Remote Control with 2xAAA Batteries
- Cables: RCA + SCART to S-Video
- Instruction Manual
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Question: Where can I get the Digicrystal 9000 manual as a PDF?
Answer: Nowhere as far as I know, but the Wintal PVRX-10 PDF manual at http://wintal.com.au/files/PVR_X10_Manual.pdf is pretty similar.
Question: I have just purchased a pvr 9000 and was wandering if there is a way of recording a program while watching another, i tried to record a show and switch to my normal tv and this works but theres some static?
Answer: Thats what I do as well (watch the live analog signal if the digicrystal is recording already) because the digicrystal only has 1 channel tuner. Another option is to buy a cheap 2nd set top box and plug it into another TV input. You could watch live digital tv using that when the digicrystal is recording.
Question: How can I access the hidden Advanced settings menu?
Answer: To access advanced settings, highlight the “save settings” button in the menu and then hit the “menu” button on the remote. Don’t forget to save settings after you adjust it.
Question: Sometimes when trying to change channels, I get “Live” flashing on the screen and the channel change is prevented – even though I wasn’t knowingly recording anything
Answer: Pressing Exit a couple of times will get you out of this mode
Question: I find that I have to turn the volume on the TV up very high to get the equivalent volume of the analogue channel. This is very annoying . E.g analogue channel, volume set at ~21 is fine. Digital channel, volume needs to be at 50! Also, the volume on the DC9000PVR remote needs to be turned up to max. Is this normal?
Answer: I found that doing this helped -> Go to Signal Output in the Digicrystal Settings menu, and turn “volume bypass” on. This makes the digicrystal output sound to the TV at max volume. Note: if you do this you can only change volume and mute using the TV remote/TV front panel buttons.
Question: Does the Digicrystal 9000 do Component out?
Answer: The Digicrystal 9000 does NOT do component out, only RGB out using a SCART connection
Question: I’ve done some research and found that the Wintal PVRX-10/Wint PVRX-10A, Supernet 8000t, and Digicrystal 9000 look pretty much the same?
Answer: They are all based on the same German Digenius platform. The differences are in their remote controls, warranties and after sales service. Supernet’s are usually purchased from EBAY and have no Australian shopfront, warranty or support phone numbers. Wintal’s are sold by a company in Melbourne – http://www.wintal.com.au/ and Digicrystal are sold by http://www.digicrystal.com.au/ in Sydney and retailed by Strathfield Electronics Australia wide
Question: Whats the cheapest price for a Digicrystal 9000
Answer: One of this blog’s readers purchased two SDT-9000PVRs from Strathfield for $210 each. He was offered three for $200 each by the same store.
Make sure you follow these channel tuning instructions BEFORE ANYTHING ELSE otherwise you may not be able to view SBS or some other channels:
When you first time plug in the Digicrystal 9000, you need to do a few steps with the remote to set it up (assuming you have connected the cables correctly).
Firstly turn the DigiCrystal 9000 on at the powerpoint and with your remote:
Do you see ‘OSD Language: English’ on you TV screen? Yes? Press the ‘OK’ button
If you do not see ‘OSD Language: English’ follow the RESET INSTRUCTIONS below;
- Select Australia from the list of countries on your TV screen (using up ^ and down v buttons and press ‘OK’ button
- Choose the State where you live from the list onscreen and press ‘OK’ button again:
- Select ‘Search Channels’ by pressing ‘OK’ button. Great! Now you can sit back and relax while the Digicrystak 9000 scans all the available Digital TV channels for you automatically:
- Go to the main menu by pressing the ‘MENU’ button twice on your remote to open Main Menu, go to EDIT SETTING and open SIGNAL OUTPUT. Choose the TV screen aspect ratio you prefer, for example, 4:3 Letter Box, 4:3 Full Screen(default), 16:9 wide screen, leave Signal Output by pressing ‘EXIT’ button and Don’t forget to select SAVE SETTINGS and press ‘OK’.
If all the channels that you expected don’t appear after the channel scan go to:
MENU -> EDIT SETTING -> FACTORY -> DEFAULTS -> OK, then follow the steps (1. to 5.) outlined above.
This will commence a full channel scan which will take a few minutes, when it’s finished it will exit the menu and return to displaying one of your local channels.
Question: In Melbourne SBS may initially come up with unreliable signal for a few seconds and then be ok.
Answer: To fix this change the frequency to 536.7 then SBS works prefectly
Question: Finally got the digicrystal 9000 tuned in but it wont pick up our local stations … GWN and WIN in western australia bunbury .. or because they not digital it may not? … any suggestions?
Answer: Many regional TV stations are not broadcasting digital tv signals yet. Best way to find out if they are or not is to call them.
Question: If you are recording, playing back or playing while recording (this feature is what allows to Pause live TV etc..) then the menu stays on occupying the screen so you are losing screen space
Answer: This is not true…all you have to do is press the “OK” button once to remove the top left menu and twice to remove top and bottom menus
Question: What happens if the power fails, will it make timer recordings automatically once power returns?
Answer: With the Timer….it doesn’t seem to make any difference if you put it on standby or not. Set the timer as normal and activate it ‘YES’ THEN EXIT OUT and EXIT again and then confirm with OK. I have tested it several times this way with the standby on or not it still records as it’s set up to do. What’s so good about it, if the power goes out you don’t loose your timer settings or clock (unlike a VCR), as it automatically checks the time when the power comes back on and the timer will record as it’s set to do (unless, of course, it’s due to record while the power is out)
Question: What’s with the Pause button on the remote? If I hit it while watching live TV, it freezes the picture but the audio continues. It does not start recording.
Answer: Thats right, its only useful to freeze something you want to read before it disappears off screen. To start a recording you need to press the RED PVR button and then 5 on the remote.
Question: Can I upgrade the 80GB hard disk to a larger size?
Answer: Probably not unless you have a Digicrystal 9000 from December-2005 or earlier which allows unofficial firmware to be loaded or you’ve upgraded to the 23-02-2006 firmware. If you want to try follow the instructions at http://users.bigpond.net.au/PCPro/firmwareflash.htm after installing the official 23-02-2006 firmware.
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However a Whirlpool.net.au user has told me:
A larger hard drive won’t work with the 23-02-2006 firmware, nor any other firmware updates i could find for the sdt-9000pvr.
I bought a western digital 160Gb drive to try itut but it wouldn’t let me enter the pvr menu. So i don’t know how that other guy got it to work. Perhaps it works if the drive is already initialised?
Question: How can I transfer recorded videos from my Digicrystal SDT-9000PVR to my computer?
swer: Follow the instructions at http://users.bigpond.net.au/PCPro/transferguide.htm. Note you will probably lose your warranty if you try these instructions and damage the set top box or hard disk.
Question: I can’t seem to be able to get it to play a previous recording while it is doing a current recording. Every time I press the ‘start recording’ or the ‘start recording and stop the visible video’ button it starts recording okay. when I go to the previous file I want to watch, I select it and then choose play or continue play it reverts to the recording that I just started to record (live tv and it says on the bottom left (rec play). Any ideas ??
Answer: First try resetting to factory defaults and if that doesn’t work unplug the pvr from the socket for a few seconds and then replug it. Although these boxes have very few problems, one does show it self occasionally and unplugging often fixes the problem.
Question: I have just purchased a 9000pvr. How can I tell what firmware upgrade is included in the software level I am using?
Answer: Press the MENU button on the remote twice. Then choose EXTRAS and SYSTEM INFO.
That will display the firmware version eg: 3.41B and the date eg: 23-02-2006
Question: What cable do I need to connect the Digicrystal 9000 to my computer for firmware upgrades?
Answer: Connect a 9-pin RS232 serial cable from your PC or laptop to the Wintal/Digicrystal/Supernet unit. (I use the cable that connected my old external 56K modem to my PC)
Question: What are the Positives and Negatives of the 23-02-2006 firmware?
+ Can view teletext on the channel you are recording
+ Can view now and next info on the channel you are recording
+ Can flip between all the channels related to the one you are recording eg: ABC, ABC2, ABC HD etc
+ Can access all menu functions including setting new timers while recording
+ The French text in the edit menu has been been properly translated to “split here into 2 recordings”
+ New “Favourites list” function. Its purpose is to add all the channels you use to the favourites list and you navigate from there rather than having to delete all the duplicate channels (7 Digital 1,2,3) and HD channels which cant be viewed on a Standard definition Set top box
– The Stream Info feature has been disabled for some reason (ie. locked at zero data rates).
– Unfortunately there is a bug whereby when you stop recording a channel it causes the live current channel to completely lose its signal, and the screen turns to blac Y then need to change channels to bring it back alive again
Question: Newer firmware dated 11-03-2006 and 27-03-06 has been released by Digicrystal. Does it stillave all these extra bits which were introduced in the 23-02-2006 firmware?
Answer: From what i’ve been told, if compared to the 23-02-2006 firmware, 11-03-2006 and 27-03-06 seems to only have the favourite lists and the text fix where it was in french before. Ahh well
Acknowledgements: All the http://www.dtvforum.info posts about the Digicrystal 9000, especially from the people who recommended I buy the Digicrystal 9000 🙂 , some tips from http://users.bigpond.net.au/PCPro/firmwarefsh.htm, some tips from http://www.productreview.com.au and lots of experimentation on my part
The Digicrystal 9000PVR Digital Set Top Box isn’t sold any more