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Test Report for ECHOSTAR DSB-900 FTA


Star Vision LLC is the sole distributor of Echostar satellite products. Soon after it was formed, it became one of the largest distributors of the satellite receiving equipment, being the distributors of the leading global brand, Echostar for over a decade in several countries and has enhanced its position over the years. The company, recently launch DSB-900 FTA in order to fulfill the requirements of their customers.

DSB-900 is a free to air digital satellite receiver. The front panel of the DSB-900 only comes with three buttons. These buttons are not only for operation of this receiver but also for its programming. With the DSB-900 FTA, Echostar has proven that even with an extremely small receiver, you can still have almost everything you want. This is often the argument when there are some features missing on the rear connector panel.

Considering the small size of the DSB-900 FTA, the rear connector panel is very nicely equipped. The IF signal is looped through so that a second receiver can be connected. Video RGB/CVBS and analogue stereo audio outputs are available on two scart connectors and three RCA jacks. A fourth RCA Jack delivers the programmable 0/12 volts necessary for the control of an external switch. If you are the owner of Dolby Digital Home Cinema System, you will find the correct output in the Form of an optical digital audio output. The RS-232 interface serves the upload new receiver software. The remote control has a number of different colored buttons for critical functions and is logically designed. With just the push of a button the FTA or CAS channels list can be displayed.

Communication is not a problem with this receiver. The available menu languages are German, French, Polish, Russian, English, Arabic, Persian and Turkish. This receiver comes with 5000 channels capacity considering the availability of the channels in the region. It is very easy to select the local oscillator frequency (LoF). The channels can be are sorted either alphabetically and / or by the satellites. Channels can be moved into one of the five favorite lists, where every list has the capacity to store 200 channels. Here the channels can be sorted, renamed, deleted or blocked via the integrated parental control.

Channel sorting is quite fast. A push of the info button provides data on the channel’s provider, satellite, frequency, PID’s encryption mode. The Electronic Program Guide (EPG) delivers advanced information up to seven days. This receiver supports DiSEqC 1.2. With a proper motor, the search for new satellites is made all the more easier with the signal level display that happens to be in the form of a spectrum analyzer or an oscilloscope. The user is clearly guided trough all the menus with manual receiver PID settings available to even the un-experienced users. The current channel selected will be displayed in PIP (Picture in Picture). If the description for a program is too long, the text slowly scrolls through from beginning to end.

From its design and function, the DSB-900 FTA is a very successful receiver. The installation and operation for a common end user is very easy and simple. The 5000 channels capacity is worth to all. Model : Echostar DSB-900 FTA Function : Digital FTA Receiver Channels : 5000 DiSEqC : 1.2 EPG : Yes RS 232 : Yes



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