The new Shaw Direct Motorola HDDSR600 is a ultra small, compact lightweight high definition (HD) satellite receiver. The ultra compact size of the DSR600 makes it ideal for hiding behind plasma, lcd and led displays and perfect for tight spaces like RV’s..
The DSR600 is a FULL HD, MPEG-4 and 3DTV compatible with HDMI, Composite and RF outputs. noticeably missing from the DSR600 are COMPONENT VIDEO Outputs and COAX and SPDIF digital audio outputs. Also missing from the stripped down DSR 600 are UHF Remote control, front panel LED Display for clock and channel information, modem for PPV ordering, front panel power button and rear esata or usb jack to add an external Hard Drive for PVR capability.
The Motorola DSR600 uses the same chipset as it’s big brothers the DSR605 and DSR630 PVR and unlike the previous Shaw 209 receiver the DSR 600 does full HD. The Motorola DSR6000 has a couple of neat features including a new channel guide with 14 days of detailed programming information, Full HD, 3D, Dolby Digital via HDMI Only, on screen search by title and interests, parental controls and the showing of unsubscribed channels in dim grey in the channel guide.
The Shaw Direct DSR 600 also has a front mounted USB slot for service and diagnostics as well as a rear mounted RJ45 jack and 3.5mm serial jack for future use.
Shaw Direct released the DSR600, summer 2011 with a MSRP of $99.00 which was half the price of the DSR605 $199.00 at the time. Since it’s original release the price of the DSR605 has gone down to $149.00 making the value of the DSR600 questionable at $99. For the extra $50 you get a lot more features, expandability and connection options with the DSR 605 as compared to the DSR600.
Shaw direct often lead with the DSR600 as a entry level product and on many occasions dealers will often offer the DSR600 for free on new installations. When compared to Bell the DSR600 is currently the lowest priced and smallest HD Satellite Receiver on the market which bodes well for Shaw. When compared to features though the DSR600 is a very stripped down – bare bones satellite receiver.
If one was to compare satellite receivers to cars, you should think of the DSR 600 as a sub compact with basic features power steering, power windows and power door locks. The DSR 605 is more like a compact or mid size car with a few extra features like air conditioning and a little more horse power. The top of the line Shaw DSR630 PVR is like a full size car with all the bells and whistles!.
Your decision to purchase the Shaw DSR600 should be made on only two (2) criteria, Price and Size since these are the DSR600’s greatest strengths. If you’ve got room for a slightly bigger box and can afford an additional $50 the Shaw DSR605 is a much better satellite receiver with several more options and well worth the price. Of course it goes without saying that the Shaw Direct DSR630 PVR should be your first choice if you desire the ability to record and time shift programs.
DSR 600 Pros:
Small compact size: 10” x 5.75” x 1.5”
Weight: Just over a pound
Mpeg-4 and 3DTV compatible
FULL HD and SD Reception
Enhanced Channel Guide
DSR 600 Cons:
No Component Video Output (Limits HD connectivity)
No UHF Remote Control
IR Remote control is not very sensitive and has limited range
No Expandability for External Hard Drive – PVR
No Front Clock
No Front Channel Display
No Front Power Button
No Digital Audio Out Coax or SPDIF (other than HDMI)
Overall the Shaw Direct DSR600 is a decent HD Satellite Receiver with a stripped down feature set. Given the competition and pricing the value of the Shaw DSR 600 is around $50 dollars and when compared to other Shaw Direct Satellite Receivers and Bell Equipment unless SIZE and WEIGHT are your primary concerns you should look at other options like the Shaw Direct DSR 605 which offers significant improvements over the 600 for only an additional $50 dollars.
When choosing a satellite service provider in Canada your options are Shaw Direct (formerly StarChoice) and Bell (formerly Expressvu). Both companies provide satellite service across Canada and both service providers has a range of products and services.
While Shaw can boast it has the smallest HD Satellite receiver, Bell satellite receivers has a more user friendly and intuitive guide and offer a call id, on screen call display feature when connected to a telephone line – not offered by Shaw Direct. Both systems are good, my personal preference is Bell, that being said you should do your homework and throughly review both systems hands on before making a purchase decision. I also strongly recommend not entering into any long term contracts with either Shaw Direct or Bell without a 60 day trial period. Many dealers will try to get you to sign a long term two (2) or three (3) year contract however I suggest you try the system out on a month to month basis for 30-60 days to make sure you’re comfortable with the operation and the performance meets your needs and expectations prior to signing a long term deal.
Disclosure: I am an independent systems integrator and have no affiliation with Shaw Direct, Bell, Shaw Cable or Telus. I have personally installed the equipment from all five television content providers for clients and I have personally used Bell Satellite and Shaw Cable as my TV service providers. Currently I am using Shaw Cable as my provider however my home remains wired for all three systems Satellite (Shaw Direct and Bell), Cable TV (Shaw) and Network TV (Telus Optik).
The opinions found in this review are my own based on personal experience and the feedback from my customers. I have not received any compensation for this review.
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