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Teufel MediaStation 6 review

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Price when reviewed : £269
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The Teufel MediaStation 6 may be packed with features and have great format support, but the sheer number of flaws and limitations mean it’s one to avoid

Teufel is better known for making top-notch speaker systems, so we were intrigued to find out what the company’s combined media streamer and Freeview PVR was capable of.

The list of formats it supports is longer than your arm, but there’s more to a good streamer than the ability to play anything you throw at it. About the size of a large hardback book, the MediaStation crams in a 1TB Western Digital Caviar Green hard disk to store TV recordings and your media. HDMI, component and composite mean you can hook it up to any TV.

Teufel MediaStation 6 side

There are two versions of the MediaStation: one with wired networking and one with Wi-Fi. You save £20 if you opt for the former, and you get a USB Wi-Fi dongle with the latter. This sticks awkwardly out of the right-hand side, where you’ll find a second USB port for connecting extra storage, an SDHC card reader, plus a male type B USB port for direct connection to a PC.


In the past we’ve found that media streamers with built-in TV tuners aren’t much good at replacing a dedicated PVR. It’s the same story here. For a start, there’s only one tuner (and it doesn’t support HD channels) so you can record only one programme at a time.

When recording, you can watch a previously recorded show, or use any of the MediaStation’s other features. What’s annoying, however, is that you can’t browse any other channels in the EPG while watching a recording, so you can’t schedule any recordings until the current one has finished. The reason for this is that the thumbnail preview window shows the audio and video for the channel you’re browsing – it doesn’t remain on the channel you’re watching.

Teufel MediaStation 6 back

The guide itself is woeful. Instead of the usual multi-channel view, you see a list of six upcoming programmes for a single channel. It’s easy to see what’s on that channel for the next six days, but browsing other channels takes time as the tuner has to switch to that channel, and it’s particularly slow at doing so, taking around 10 seconds. If you attempt to schedule two recordings at the same time, a terse ‘Recording conflict’ message appears, but it doesn’t give you a simple way to choose which programme to record. Strangely, programmes are saved in a folder named after the channel, not the programme – so you have to remember which channel it was on before you’ll be able to find it.

A ‘Permanent Timeshift’ option records everything, even when you change channels, so you can rewind back to a previous programme on a different channel if you switched over afterwards. If you disable this, you have to press the Time Shift button on the remote control to allow you to pause and rewind live TV.

Another quirk is that the MediaStation doesn’t use the real channel numbers, so if you’d prefer to press 80 on the remote control to watch BBC News, you’ll actually get BBC Radio 2. BBC News is instead found on channel 39. There’s no support for the ‘Red button’ interactive services, which is another blow.

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Basic Specifications

Rating **
Media Streamer type hard disk streaming multimedia receiver

Audio Compatibility

Audio MP3 playback Yes
Audio WMA playback Yes
Audio WMA-DRM playback No
Audio AAC playback Yes
Audio Protected AAC playback No
Audio OGG playback Yes
Audio WAV playback Yes
Audio Audible playback No
Other audio formats MP2, FLAC

Video Compatibility

Other video formats MPEG-2, MPEG-4, H.264, DivX, Xvid

Image Compatibility

Image BMP support Yes
Image JPEG support Yes
Image TIFF support Yes

Network Interfaces

Wired network ports 1x 10/100
Wireless networking support Yes

AV Interfaces

Minijack line outputs 0
Minijack headphone outputs 0
Stereo phono outputs 1
Coaxial S/PDIF outputs 1
Optical S/PDIF outputs 1
Total SCART sockets 0
HDMI outputs 1
Component outputs 1
S-video output 0
Composite outputs 1
Other connectors 3x USB


Size 67x236x176mm
Power consumption standby 1W
Power consumption on 23W

Server Compatibility

UPnP Yes
iTunes No
SlimServer No

Buying Information

Price £269
Warranty one-year RTB

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