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Test Report for Truman TM 1000

Truman TM 1000

This is an updated receiver from Truman. Cosmetically it looks almost identical - on the front panel, various buttons can be used to control almost all functions except where a number needs to be entered. At the rear, the usual antenna and loop-though are available, along with RCA sockets for audio and composite video, in and out ports for a terrestrial TV antenna, two Scart sockets, an RS232 serial port, S/PDIF and a 0/12V switch output. Sadly there are no S-Video or digital audio outputs.

The receiver comes programmed with a 61 satellites in memory. TM 1000 has the capacity to store 4000 TV and Radio channels. Helpfully, the list includes the orbital location of the satellite along with the name. This list is quite up-to-date and includes the recently relocated and renamed Eutelsat W6 at 21.5E.

DiSEqC 1.0 and 1.2 are available, and the USALS protocol is included to enable the easy setup of a DiSEqC motor. Alternatively a DiSEqC switch can be used with up to four LNBs. The English-only manual contains all the information required, but could be confusing to users who are using a satellite receiver for the first time.

Our usual test on Hotbird without the blind scan was impressive – using the pre-programmed transponders, 1263 TV and 741 Radio channels were found in just 4 minutes, 20 seconds. Network scan is also available, which increased the time required significantly: 108 transponders in just over 7 minutes. Navigating the receiver's menus is easy – they are mostly well designed and easy to follow. The receiver responds instantly to the command from the remote, so there is no feeling of it being slow to operate. The menus are available in English, Spanish, Italian, French, Portuguese, German and Russian.

Moving from one channel to the next is also fairly fast, with just a brief black screen before the next one appears. As with most receivers, pressing OK gives us a list of channels to choose from. This list can be sorted into alphabetical, transponder or encryption status, and this setting is remembered for the next time. From here, a channel can be added to one or more of the favourites lists. These come pre-programmed as Sport, Film, Music and Children but these names can be edited as required. The EPG is a little cluttered, but the quick navigation speed helps. A timer is included, so you can set the receiver to switch to a channel when the selected pro programme starts. The time can be taken from the satellite or set manually. A sleep timer and power on / off timers are also included.

Newly found channels are added to the end of the list as expected. If the parameters are the same as a channel already stored, the existing channel is updated in the list with the new name. When hunting a satellite specifically for feeds, it's often a good idea to wipe out existing channels before blind scanning, so that you can see exactly what is being broadcast at the current time. The channel and transponder editing functions are quick and easy to use, so it's an easy job to quickly wipe the transponders from a single satellite position and scan again to find everything that's currently being broadcast – much easier than on other blind scan receivers where the easiest way to do this was a factory reset. As we'd likely be using this receiver to also store regular channels we want to keep, this means we don't wipe out our carefully edited channel selection on another satellite!

While the search is in progress, only the names of the found channels are displayed. It would be nice if the frequency and SR could also have been included – eager feed with a second receiver could then start checking out the found frequencies while the scan progresses. The frequency and PID details are easily obtained from the “info” button and stay there until cancelled, giving time to note the numbers - very helpful!



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