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Test Report for Open Star GS-1990

Open Star GS-1990

Open Star was founded on the philosophy of appreciation, understanding and open communication with its customers. This approach has allowed OpenStar to be proactive in meeting customer needs, and at the same time, to be at the forefront of technological innovations in the consumer satellite industry. The company continues to grow and expand their global business. Open Star has recently launched their latest receiver called GS-1990, which is totally a Free to Air Receiver.

The front panel of the receiver is simply designed. Its small size will find any place for it in a TV wall unit. There are three buttons on the front panel of the receiver. It is used for different functions of the receiver. As it is a FTA receiver, so you will not find any CI slots on the front panel. The large window display on the front panel shows the current channel number and time in a standby mode. The rear panel is equipped with TV scart connector, serial interface RS-232 for uploading new receiver software, S/PDIF video out put, RCA jacks, IF out put and a main power switch for turning on and off the receiver The design of the box is simple yet elegant. The remote control needs a new set of batteries, as it was not responding quickly to all the commands during our test. It will be better if the manufacturer improves it.

After turning on the receiver for the first time or after the box is reset to its default settings, the main menu will first appear in English. The installation is already highlighted. For less experienced users it might have made more sense to make the menu language selection the first step before doing anything else. The user can communicate with the Open Star in English, Deutsch, French, Russian, Denmark, Spanish, Arabic and Turkey languages.

In the installation you must first choose the satellite. In satellite mode a list of all the preprogrammed satellite positions is displayed on the left side of the screen. The receiver comes preprogrammed and updated 95 C and Ku-band satellites from world wide and 4000 TV and Radio channels. The receiver supports DiSEqC1.0 and DiSEqC 1.2 protocol. It can be easily used with a multifeed antenna. All the local oscillator frequencies for C and Ku-band is preprogrammed. Reception of SCPC/MCPC signals from C/Ku-Band satellites with really surprise you.

The Open Star has four different methods for scanning including Auto scan, Network scan, Transponder scan and Advanced scan. We choose the Automatic scanning and found 374 TV and 262 Radio channels in 3 minutes and 20 seconds. After the complete scanning, the receiver first save the channels and then goes on the first channel found. These channels can be rename, sort, edit and moved in to the favourite list for easier recall later time. Channels not suitable for kids may be easily blocked with a parental control function. The Info bar that appears for a number of seconds when switching to another channel or when the Info button is pushed on the remote, displays the channel number and satellite name with transponder and frequency.

Open Star suggests that its channel switching time is extremely fast. In practice, nearly a full second was needed from the time a new channel is selected to the point where it actually appears on the screen. Within the same transponder this time is somewhat faster and when switching over to an encrypted channel you actually need to wait a little longer. Symbolrates starting at the rate of 2.45ms/sec were processed easily during our tests. Pressing the Zoom button will bring the picture closed to your eyes. To View 9 different channels just press the Blue Key in remote control (F5). and to View the next 9 channels press (P+ or P-).

The menus are clearly laid out and permit quick and easy navigation to the individual submenus. The overall design, with its background colors and outlines, is a very pleasant experience and all of the functions in the GS-1990 can be found where they would normally be expected. The Electronic Programme Guide ( EPG) shows the event information on the current transponder channel by time zone. EPG is divided into weekly mode, daily mode and extend mode. The EPG is designed with clarity and loads the data reasonably fast and then reliably displays this information. If you are feeling bore and there is nothing to watch, you can entertain yourself by video games.

Model : GS-1990 Function : Digital FTA Receiver Channel memory: 4000 Satellites: 95 Symbol rate: 2. 45 Ms/sec DiSEqC: 1.0 / 1.2 Programmable 0/12 V: No Digital Audio Output S/PDIF: Yes Scart connector: 1 Colour system: PAL, NTSC S-VHS Output: No Modulator: Yes SCPC compatible: Yes EPG: Yes



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