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Test Report for Premium X 8500SF Digital Satellite Receiver

Premium X 8500SF Digital Satellite Receiver

Sometimes just watching TV is not enough. As we grow up, our demands for watching more and more satellite channels are increasing day by day. Premium X 8500 SF will let you know as many details of channels as possible. At first glance, the Premium X 8500SF diminutive size and pretty face might encourage you to take it less than seriously. But that would be a mistake. It delivers 128 channels to each 8 favourite list. So it will be great to be an “early adopter of this new box.

The front panel of the receiver is designed well. It is equipped with three buttons for the receiver operation. The front panel display is situated in the middle of the receiver, showing the current channel number and time in a stand by mode. The rear panel is equipped with a TV scart connector, RS-232 serial interface for uploading new software, IF out put, programmable 0/12 volt out put and RCA connectors. An infrared remote control is provided with the Premium X that permits full control of the receiver. In addition to the normal MPEG-2 remote buttons, this remote provides a Guide button that accesses the TV guide information (if available), a Favorite list button. It is an ergonomic design, and the layout is well thought-out and functional.

After connecting the receiver to the TV and dish antenna and turning on it for the first time, the receiver will ask you for the language selection. The user can communicate with the receiver in an English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, Russian, Arabic, Persian, Greek and Turkish. All the local oscillator frequencies (LOF) for C-band and Ku-band are preprogrammed. The receiver comes preprogrammed with 64 update satellites from all over the world and 4000 TV and radio channels. The receiver supports Diseqc 1.0 and 1.2 protocols, so it will be helpful for owners of motorized antenna. The TV scart connector delivers the signals in CVBS and RGB formats.

The Premium X has fast scanning. An interesting feature is the ability to select whether the unit can search FTA-only signals. 523 TV channels were found in 2 minutes and 38 seconds. After the complete scanning, the receiver first saves the channels and then turns on the first channel found. These channels can be edit, delete, rename and moved in to one of the 8 favourite list for easier recall at later time. The video output standard of the receiver may be switched between PAL and NTSC and the automatic switching occurs between these two color norms easily. The Premium X 8500SF receives both SCPS and MCPC with out any delay. The Electronic Programme Guide (EPG) display channel numbers and information’s, which is available by the manufacturer. A separate Favorite TV Channels list is also available for quick access to the most used services. Pressing the info button will display the channel and satellite informations for few moments.

Pressing the OK button will display the channel list on your screen. You will have to press the exit button to get rid of the channel list. Beside an automatic channel scanning, manual scan of channels is also possible. Channels not suitable for kids may easily be locked with parental control functions. You will found it an easy to select between previous and current services. Switching between channels is an easy job. The receiver has elegant graphic 256-color user interface and standard high quality audio and video. Symbol rates starting at the rate of 2.45ms/sec were found easily during the tests. If you are feeling bore, the integrated video games will be your good friend. Premium X 8500SF is a solid FTA receiver. The menus are easy to use. The manual is clear and concise. It was nice to see the programmable 0/12 volt output.

Model: Premium X 8500SF Function: FTA Receiver Channel Memory: 4000 Satellites: 64 Symbolrates: 2.45ms/sec DiSEQC: 1.0. 1.2 Programmable 0/12V: Yes Scart Connector: 1 EPG: Yes Modulator: UHF Color System: PAL/NTSC C/Ku-band: Yes SCPC/MCPC Compatible: Yes



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