Powerful hardware, 4K, absolutely no innovation. That's the new Dreambox DM900.
The reason I was interested in trying the new Vu+ Solo 4K was not 4K itself but rather the fact this is the latest Linux receiver from one of my favorite manufacturers, running Enigma 2. Therefore, this review does not primarily focus on 4K reception since I don’t even own any 4K capable display. This review will describe the following: overall box design and connections, hardware highlights, TV experience and Media: default media player, XBMC, Dreamplex.
The new Dreambox 820 HD could be considered a poor man's Dreambox. Maybe not really, considering a hefty €450 price tag. But it's still a Dreambox we're talking about right now, so a high price, perhaps even too high, is not surprising. It comes out shortly after the current top model, the 7080 HD, which is much more expensive.
For whatever reason, the Total TV package seemed like an interesting choice, mostly because of channels such as FOX, Comedy Central Extra, Ginx and a couple of others, not available on any other local (Czech) pay-tv. Also because of the relatively low price, getting Total TV was an impulse purchase. I even threw in the HD receiver, even though none of the HD channels were interesting to me (all sports). After a couple of phone calls and a wire transfer, I had the Total TV decoder shipped from Slovenia.
This is a honest Vu+ Solo2 review. I paid for the box so noone is paying me for a positive review and I am not biased towards any receiver brand. Well, I just hate Ferguson Ariva, AB IP Box, HD Box, Showbox and silimar brands. I had to say that. I feel better now. Sorry. In this review, I will focus on selected features.