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Test Report for Edision 2100FTA

Edision 2100FTA

Edison is sleek but elegant in the silver-colored cabinet. There is only one button to be seen on the front panel. The remaining seven buttons are hidden behind the front panel flap. But there aren’t any CI slots or card reader slots here; this is a simple FTA receiver. On the rear panel you will find the IF input looped through output, as well as an RF modulator, two Scart connectors, three RCA jacks for video and stereo audio, an RS-232 serial interface, an optical digital audio output, a programmable 0/12-volt output and a main power switch. The included remote control sits nicely in your hand although some of the buttons are a little on the small side. The whole workmanship and features of this receiver left us with a very positive impression.

Edison 2100FTA receiver comes with 193 preprogrammed channels from the Astra, Hotbird and Turksat satellites. The user can communicate with the receiver in English, German, Italian, Spanish, French, Turkish, Arabic, Greek, Portuguese and Dutch. The selection of language depends on the choice of user. Both the PAL and NTSC standards are supported, as is the automatic switching between the two. The video signal is provided in RGB or CVBS; YUV or S-video outputs for owners of flat screen TV’s or projection systems are unfortunately missing.

The 2100FTA supports DiSEqC 1.2 for control of a motorized antenna. The more-comfortable DiSEqC 1.3 (USALS) protocol is missing. If you happen to be the owner of a multifeed antenna, you’ll be happy to know that this box comes with a programmable 0/12-volt output. There is also an array of European and Asian satellites preprogrammed although they are not all that up-to-date.

In addition to universal LOF values, the 2100FTA also supports the C-band. If necessary the LOF can be set manually, even for the S-band. Once all of the necessary LNB setting have been taken care of, the next step would be the channel scan. Along with an automatic channel scan, a network search as well as a search for free or all channels, there’s also a manual transponder scan available. Manual PID entry is also possible. On the other hand, the receiver has room for 4000 channels and for an FTA box that is quite sufficient. If you need to bring some organization to the channel list, this can be done via the channel manager. Here channels can be deleted, renamed or moved. Other channels that are watched more frequently can be moved into one of the eight favourites lists while channels that are inappropriate for the kids can be locked out with a PIN code.

Pressing the OK button of the remote control will display the channel list on your screen. It is very clear and concise although seemed to be rather large. Individual channels can be sorted by satellite, Favourites, alphabetically or by FTA/CAS. Unfortunately, the channel list does not automatically disappear after switching to another channel. Only after a double-push of the OK button does it vanish. The info bar that momentarily appears is missing EPG information, yet it does show the time, satellite, frequency and channel name. Overall, the EPG is the problem child for the 2100FTA. Channel surfing would be a chore.

The Edision-designed tuner is not all that sensitive. In contrast to this though, this box has absolutely no difficulties handling signals with low symbolrates.

If the TV in use does not have a teletext decoder, the 2100FTA comes with its own integrated decoder. To help prevent you from missing your favourite programs while you are not at home, the Edision 2100FTA comes with a 10-event timer, although it unfortunately cannot be programmed directly from the EPG.

The RS-232 interface can be used to upload new software into the receiver using a null modem cable as well as transfer the channel list to a PC for editing. A simple satellite software update feature is not available. Model : FTA2100

Function : Digital (FTA) Set Top Box Channel Memory : 4000 Satellites : 144 Symbolrates : 1~45Ms/s DiSEqC : 1.0/1.2 USALS : No Programmable 0/12V : Yes Scart Connectors : 2 S-VHS : No Modulator : UHF Color System : PAL+NTSC C/Ku-band Compatible : Yes SCPC Compatible : Yes



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