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Test Report for ASTROVOX VSR-2600 FTA Plus


From Astrovox Electronics LLC, Dubai, which has introduced the new and upgraded VSR-2600 PLUS a free to air receiver. A company which in the past has given superlative performance from its line of digital receivers at a affordable prices. The Astrovox VSR-2600 Plus is a standard free to air receiver, and Astrovox claims to have been very closely involved with the design of the receiver and software to ensure the best quality and future proofing the product for software upgrades for enhanced performance.

The price of the VSR-2600 plus is , reasonable and affordable. You would suspect that this means the Astrovox has cut corners, but it does not seem to be the case, you have got memory of 5000 channels, a database of 64 satellites, many of them pre-tuned, Diseqc 1.3 controls with USALS auto location.

The VSR-2600 FTA is in golden finish with a four digit green LED display in the centre of the front panel. On the LED display, you can view the full status of the receiver and will show the current channel number being viewed. Opening the front panel you can see the buttons which can be used in emergency when the RCU is unavailable.

The back panel socketry, as described is pretty basic but nothing is missing, it includes AV connectors, modulator, loop thru tuner, TV SCART connectors and the RS-232 for downloading the latest software and editing channel listing. The company has also put all the latest version of the software on its web site at for easy access and free download to the receivers by the customers themselves, all you could ask for a free to air receiver. The remote control is usually an accessory on which budget manufacturers choose to cut corners. But in this case you get a comfortable light weight controller which is well labeled and has several useful extra function buttons.

The VSr-2600 FTA plus receiver has a very stylish and intuitive menu three system which is very helpful to first time users.

The VSR-2600 can communicate with the user in different languages. When the SCART connectors are used, the choice between PAL, NTSC and auto is available CVBS and L are also available on the SCART connectors. Satellites are activated in the installation menu. The most critical local oscillator frequencies (LOF) for the C-band and KU-band can be directly selected. Other values can be manually entered. Every signal with symbol rates starting at 2-45 ms/sec are identified and processed making the VSR-2600 SCPC compatible. The scan can be performed on a single satellite or on multiple satellites. Individual transponder scans are also possible. As is typical, scanning for FTA channels with or without network or all channels with or without network should be selected first before the scan is stored.

Switching between channels is fast. Detailed programming information is provided by the EPG. This assumes of course that the provider makes this information available. An additional source of information is the integrated TELE TEXT decoder. This service can thus be displayed on older TV sets or monitors that don’t have a TELE TEXT decoder. The VSR-2600 has an easy graphic menu interface. One may easily recall the memory of the channel last watched.

If more information is required on a particular signal, a double push of the info button will provide what is needed. In addition to all the relevant technical parameters and channels data, the channel’s signal strength and quality are displayed in a bar graph. Bonus features include video games (Bricks etc), which will amuse you when you will feel bored. It has an easy and fast software upgrade through RS 232C port.

The installation process is very user friendly and has an excellent menu structure which is a delight to use.

Embedded CAS : NA Common Interface : NA CI Housing : NA Input Frequency : 950-2150 MHz IF Connector : 1X F-Type, IEC169-24 Female LNB Control : 13.5/18.5V DC, 500mA Max Demodulator : QPSK, C/Ku-Band Symbol Rate : 2-45 Msym/s Video System : PAL, B/G/D/K, NTSC SCART Connector : CVBS, L, R output RCA Connector : Audio L/R, Video, S/PDIF IEC Connector : RF modulator (UHF) RS-232 Connector : 9-pin D-sub Type RGB Video Out : NA Composite Video Out : NA



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