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Test Report for TEST REPORT HV-5000 FTA/CI Digital Satellite Receiver

TEST REPORT HV-5000 FTA/CI Digital Satellite Receiver

Dish Channels often introduces satellite receivers for their readers interest. Dish Channels is the first Asian satellite magazine to publish reports of new receivers and report on any bugs as quickly as possible. Market is full of different kinds of satellite receivers. We give preference to those who are easily available in the market. Hivion HV-7000 now has a little brother, called HV-5000 with few extra features. It is nicely equipped version to break into the basic receiver market.

The front panel of the HV-5000 comes with six buttons for receiver operation. An easy to read four digit display shows either the current channel or the current mode. You will also found a power button for switching off and on the receiver at the left side of the receiver.

At first, the rear panel looks quite normal: two scart connectors, an IF output, three RCA Jacks, RF modulator as well as an RS-232 interface to upload new receiver software and channel date be downloaded through RS 232 from PC to STB.

The remote control is very logically designed and sits nicely in your hand. The overall receiver design leaves a very good impression. On top of this receiver, there is also a digital audio output (S/PDIF), the all important main power switch and the dual inputs for the two tuners with looped through outputs.

You may communicate in different languages with HV-5000. it depends on your choice which language you are going to select. The menus are very simple and easy. This box can receive SCPC and MCPC signals from C-band as well as Ku-band satellites. DiSEqC and LoF parameters. Can be set up or changed in advance if necessary. The included satellite list is quite up-to-date. Numerous LoF values are preprogrammed but other values can be manually added. If you are not interested in any pay TV channels despite the existence of the two CI slots, you can opt to scan for FTA or FTA + CAS channels. The user can select which encryption system the receiver should recognize. If the receiver is fitted with just one viaccess CI module, you can choose to have the receiver search for only viaccess encrypted channels. This will result in a much more useful channel list (one that is not overfilled with unnecessary channels).

The automatic channel scan functions without any problems. The preprogrammed channels are scanned very quickly. The scan of an 80 transponder satellite will just take five minutes and the receiver switches over to the first channel that it found. In addition to the automatic scan, this receiver also gives more experienced users the option to scan individual transponders as well as modify PID values. Up to 4000, radio and TV channels can be stored. Switching between channels is quite fast and corresponds to today’s standards. In the main menu, all of the receiver’s critical setting are logically laid out and easy to access. If the correct option is selected, the receiver will recognize the video standard of the signal and will automatically switch to either PAL or NTSC. Unfortunately, there is no YUV video output signal leaving. Owners of plasma TV’s and projection systems are disappointed. The channel list can be sorted Alphabetically (A to Z). Hivion has chosen a completely different way to handle the channel list. Numerous options such as moving, deleting or renaming are always at your finger tips in the channel list. This is made possible because of the small icons that are located at the lower edge of the picture screen that are labeled with the various functions. Popular programmes can thus be easily moved into one of the three favourites lists or those channels that are not really meant for kids can just as easily be locked with a PIN code.

The HV-5000 gives such a strong impression as if it were designed only with the beginners in mind. Yet it comes with numerous different set up possibilities and supports the DiSEqC 1.2 and USALS protocol. This should make the owners of multifeed antennas with multiple LNB’s and these with motorized dishes quite happy. The sensative tuner delivers a clean picture even with weaker signals although it may take a little longer for this receiver to lock in one of these weaker signals. This box is able to handle symbolrates starting at 1.45Ms/sec. The Electronic Programme Guide (EPG) provides information on current programme. The HV-5000 is also equipped with MPEG/Music can layer I and II, CD quality and audio sound. The built in teletext decoder and Subtitle display the service on monitors or TV’s that don’t have their own TT decoder. The Teletext pages are automatically stored. The installation and operation of this box is very simple. This box is capable of setting frequency for SMATV system, that is used for small community systems.

With the HV-5000 Hivion managed to create a receiver that would make both the beginner and professional happy. The individual menu sections are logically designed and easy to use.

Model : HV-5000 (FTA + CI) Function : Digital Satellite Receiver Channel Memory : 4000 Symbolrates : 1.45Ms/sec DiSEqC : 1.2 USALS : Yes Scart Connectors : 2 S-VHS Output : No EPG : Yes C/Ku-Band : Yes Power Supply : 90-260 V Weight : 3 Kg Digital Audio Output(S/PDIF)



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