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Test Report for SMART MAXIMUS M


SMART paves the way with innovative solutions in the area of new technology. Upon taking a look at the MAXIMUS for the first time, it makes a very harmless impression. On the front side of the receiver are all of the control buttons for operation and programming of the receiver. The front panel shows the current channel number or the current mode. There is also a four digit display.

Even the rear panel looks quite normal at first glance. It is fully complaint with MPEG-2 and DVB stand arts. Two scart connectors provides the link to a TV and VCR. Video and audio is available on two scart connectors. A digital audio output is also provided.

Communicating with this receiver should not be a problem. The available OSD languages are German, English, Russian, Arabic, French, Italian, Spanish, Turkish, Hungarian, Greek, Dutch and Farsi. And if this is still not good enough, additional languages can be added to this list. It comes with the 4000 preprogrammed radio and TV channels. The RS 232 can be used to upload new receiver software or upload transponder data. All known values for the C-band and Ku-band are directly selectable DiSEqC 1.2 and USALS permit the use of this receiver with a motorized system. There are two methods of channel searching. Auto and manually. MCPC and SCPC signals are automatically recognized and displayed. Channels can be deleted, moved or given a new name. Popular channels can be moved into one of the five favourite lists, so that they can be recalled easily at any time. A simple push of a button is all that is needed to access a desired channel. An OSD feature also provides informations on channel number, time, channel name and shows a signal strength bar graph. Additional channels information is provided by the EPG. It saves the data on the hard drive so that all of the information from every satellite is available at any time upto seven days in advance as long as the provider makes this data available. Switching between channels is quite fast making channel surfing fun. The teletext decoder is also additional source of informations. The most important functions can be directly accessed via the remote control. This makes browsing through the menus to find what you want unnecessary.

With the help of parental lock functions, kids may be keep away from adult channels. The event timer and sleep timer are the standard features today, but not necessary the zoom function. It can take a section of the image and enlarge it. In radio mode the stereo audio can be displayed on the screen. Copy from box to box is the extraordinary character of Maximus M. unfortunately, CI-Slots are missing. Channels can be sorted by Alpha and numeric ways. There is no Dolby Digital output and No S-VHs. Symbol rates starting at 2.45Ms/sec were identified.

The Maximus M is an elegant receiver in a slim design. The menus are easy to follow. Teletext with sleeptimer and event timer is available. There are five lists of favourite channels. All these features keeps the Maximus M free to air receiver at the top. Model : Maximus M Function : Free to Air Digital Satellite Receiver Channel Memory : 4000 Symbol Rates : 2-45Ms/sec SCPC Compatible : Yes Ku / C Band : Yes Scart Connectors : 2 S – VHS Output : No DiSEqC : 1.2 EPG : Yes OTA : Yes Teletext : VBI / STB Insert Power Supply : 260 V Weight : 2.0 KG



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