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Test Report for Horizon HF 1000 FTA Digital Satellite Receiver

Horizon HF 1000 FTA Digital Satellite Receiver

Whether you are hobbyist searching for a multitude of free to air transmissions, a professional radio or TV broadcaster or someone looking for ethnic programming to enjoy broadcasts from your homeland such as Arabic, Spanish, Indian, Iranian and many more, a Horizon HF1000 is the one receiver you should own. Horizon receivers allow you to receive a multitude of free TV and radio signals into the comfort of your home without monthly fees.

The receiver front panel is very nicely designed. You will notice it first after having it. Four buttons of the front panel are used for complete receiver’s function. The window display is situated in the middle of the receiver. It shows the current channel number in a standby mode. There are no CI slots on the front panel. It is completely a free to air satellite receiver.

The rear panel is equipped with two scart connectors for TV and VCR, RS-232 serial port, RCA connectors, S/PDIF for digital audio, LNB input and output. The remote control is designed more logically as compared to other remote controls. It sits nicely in your hands and have access to all the critical functions of the receiver. The receiver overall appearance leave a positive impression on us.

After installing your dish system and receiver with appropriate connectors, plug in the AC main power and turn on the receiver. As soon as you will on the receiver for the first time, the main men will appear on your screen. The first thing to do is the proper language selection. Horizon can communicate with an international selection of languages including English, German, French, Russian, Spanish, Italian, Arabic, Persian and Turkish. It is preprogrammed with 4000 TV and radio channels with 50 preprogrammed and updated satellites from all over the world. Selecting the local oscillator frequency (LOF) for C and Ku-band satellites is not a problem for Horizon. This receiver supports DiSEqC 1.0 and 1.2 protocol, so it can be used easily with multifeed antenna. Unfortunately, the most user-friendly DiSEqC 1.3 is missing. The receiver does not come with a programmable 0/12-volt output nor it is DiSEqC 1.1 compatible.

When you will first move to the installation, you will have to put the password, which was 0000 during our tests. There is two kinds of channel searching option in Horizon. Automatic channel search and manual channel search. We found 499 TV and 380 radio channels in 3 minutes through automatic channel search. The automatic channel scan functions very reliably. After the complete scanning and saving data, press the Exit button three times, then you will be able to watch the first channel found. You can update the transponder list preprogrammed for a satellite by adding a new transponder to it or modifying the information of the existing transponder. If you are interested to search channel for a specified transponder offered from the satellite, then manual channel search will be move convenient and easy for you. If also searches all channels broadcasted over a specific transponder using its predefined information. You can add a new transponder if you can not find it on the predefined transponder list. If you are not able to find the desired transponder list, you can add it by inputting appropriate parameter values for a new transponder using the “F1” key.

Channels can be delete, renamed, sorted and moved into one of the favourite list for easier recall when you are free. Automatic switching between NTSC and PAL was a child play. Symbolrates starting at the rate of 1.45ms/sec were processed easily, however it can easily processes symbolrates of lower signals. Quite surprising is the compatibility of SCPC and MCPC signals. The fast booting is also important character of the receiver. The Electornic Programme Guide (EPG) delivers informations on the on screen channels as well as upcoming programmes. The receiver delivers video signals through TV scart connector in CVBS and RGB formate. Channels not suitable for kids can be blocked through parental control function. It is fully MPEG-2 and DVB compliant.

An-event timer is provided so that you never miss your favourite programme. The info button displays standard data including provider, satellite and brief information on the current programme. The integrated teletext decoder allows this service to be displayed even on monitors and older TV sets that don’t have a decoder of their own. If you will end up bored even with all of these features, you can entertain yourself with the built in video games.

The receiver has sufficient channel memory, SCPC and MCPC compatibility, fast booting and auto scan is much more for Horizon. Model : HF 1000 Function : FTA Digital Satellite Receiver Channel Memory : 4000 Satellites : 50 Symbolrates : 1.45ms/sec RS-232 : Yes Scart Connectors : 2 DiSEqC : 1.0, 1.2 Color System : PAL / NTSC C/Ku-band : Yes SCPC / MCPC : Yes EPG : Yes Teletext : Yes Modulator : RF USALS : Yes



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