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Test Report for AMSTAR AM-1500ZX Digital Satellite Receiver

 
AMSTAR AM-1500ZX Digital Satellite Receiver

The new AM-1500ZX satellite receiver from Amstar has been arrived in the market. This is perfectly an FTA receiver. There are seven buttons on the front panel of the receiver for its operation. On the right side is the easy-to-read display that show the current channel. The power button can also be found on the front panel.

AM-150ZX has a variety of connections on the rear panel. LNB input that is looped through for use with second receiver, TV scart connector, RS-232 serial port for software update, video and analogue stereo audio outputs are also provided on three RCA jacks. The remote control controls the receiver as well as all hard drive functions. It sits nicely in your hand with the more important menu, channel up/down and exit buttons easily reachable with your thumb.

Since all of the connection on the AM-1500ZX are very clearly marked, it is very easy to connect it with the audio/video equipment. As soon as you will turn on the receiver for the first time, the main menu will appear on your screen. After it the installation starts. In the installation menu, you will have to select the satellite first. The receiver comes preprogrammed with 60 satellites from all around the world with up to date. After selection of satellite and other parameters with best possible signal quality, the receiver will search either for FTA (free-to-air) channels or all channels based on the users selection. We scanned the Hotbird satellite first and found 180TV channels in just 3 minutes. As soon as the scanning is complete, the receiver goes on the first channel found. The receiver first sorts the channels by satellite, network, transponder, encryption system or alphabetically.

The AM-1500ZX can communicate with the user in English, French, Turkish, Arabic and Russian. The user can select the language of his own choice. Accessing and switching through all the different menus functions extremely fasts. With the LNB settings all of the critical local oscillator frequency (LOF) values for the C-band and Ku-band are preprogrammed. The receiver has 4000 stored channels. The channel list is fairly up to date, a channel scan should still be performed after the installation. The receiver has ST Microelectronics ST 15518 chip processor, which makes channel surfing very fast and fun. It has the plug and play self installing programmes by automatic scanning.

Symbolrates starting at the rate of 2.45/Ms/sec were no problem during our tests. The receiver is SCPC and MCPC compatible. It has no problem for these signals. It switches automatically between SCPC and MCPC signals. The receiver supports DiSEqC 1.0 and 1.2 protocol. The receiver delivers video signals in the form of RGB and CVBS. PAL and NTSC is not a problem for AM-1500ZX. It has high sensitivity, Low Eb. The receiver has the ability of automatic detection of forward error correction. The signal bar graphs can be called up at any time via the remote control. A push of the OK button delivers information on the channel. The Electronic Programme Guide (EPG) provides detailed information on the on-screen channel.

To get to those popular channels much faster, they can be moved to one of the favourite list. This is enough so that every family member can have their own personal list. The remaining channels can be sorted, renamed or deleted. Adult channels can be locked in order to keep the children away from these channels via parental control function. An event-timer will never let you to miss your favuorite programme. Bonus features include video games, a sleep timer and pause function.

The installation and every day operation of AM-1500ZX is very easy. The clear and logically designed menu structure is gratifying. The on-screen display (OSD) was designed with 15-bit color and that can be easily seen. Easy to use normal receiver, fast channel scanning, 4000 channels, excellent menu structure, SCPC and MCPC compatibility, C and Ku-band reception will soon make a soft corner in your heart for AM-1500ZX.

Model : AM-1500ZX Function : Digital Satellite Receiver Satellites : 60 Channels Memory : 4000 Symbol Rates : 2.45Ms/sec Scart Connector : 1 EPG : Yes SCPC / MCPC Compatibility : Yes C/Ku-band : Yes RS-232 : Yes Color System : PAL / NTSC DiSEqC : 1.0, 1.2 Modulator : UHF Teletext : No


 

 

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