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Test Report for Signal Geno-1

Signal Geno-1

We here at Dish Channels test plenty of receivers daily in our test centre. Every receiver has different features and characteristics. However, most of us who use the satellite receivers are not totally aware of the features of the box. The new model of Signal named Geno-1, which arrived here at the end of August, was put on test to know its features. It is important to mention here that the new box is free to air.

The front panel Signal Geno-1 is very attractive. The window display is situated in the middle of the receiver. It shows the current channel number through a four digit green display. There are total seven buttons on the front panel of this beautiful box. These buttons have different functions. On the rear panel of the receiver, the IF signal from the LNB is looped through so that a second receiver can be connected. There are two scart connectors as well as three RCA jacks that deliver video and audio outputs. At the moment, the serial interface can be used to upload new software via a PC or to transfer satellite and transponder data from one receiver to another. A built-in modulator is also included. It operates across the entire UHF range and would be perfect to use on older TV sets that don't have scart or RCA video/audio inputs. The remote control has large buttons having enough gaps among them. The remote control is easy in use.

After connecting the receiver for the first time, the language selection menu will not welcome you. The main menu will appear for the first time on your screen. The main menu is designed simply. Even a new user will not be in puzzle from it. When you want to have reached the required item menu, press the OK button to confirm your selection. The receiver supports DiSEqC 1.2 and USALS protocols. The receiver delivers video signals in CVBS and RGB format. All the local oscillator frequencies for C and Ku-band are preprogrammed.

The receiver comes preprogrammed with 4000 TV and Radio channels. 65 satellites are available with update transponder data from worldwide. The video norms can be set to PAL or NTSC. Whether it is a fixed single antenna or multifeed antenna, it is not a problem for Signal Geno-1. Manual PID entry is also possible.

At 3 minutes and 40 seconds, 780 TV and 315 Radio channels were found. Of course one should select before scanning to scan FTA or All channels. After the complete scan, the receiver then turns on to save the channels first. These channels can be sort, delete, rename and the most viewed channels can be moved to one of seven favourite lists for easy recall later time. Pressing the OK button will show the channel list on your screen.

Quite surprising is the ability to handle SCPC and MCPC signals. The manufacturer claim that symbolrates starting at the rate of 2.45ms/sec can be processed easily and it proved right during our tests. Even though in some channels, low symbolrates were handled. Many satellite receivers create problems for MCPC signals, but this is not a problem for Signal Geno-1. In nearly every menu, the video of the current channel is displayed in a window.

Switching between channels will not disappoint you. A push of the info button displays the channel's specific data and all other its technical parameters. The Electronic Programme Guide (EPG) shows more detailed programme information. The included video games will help you to pass the boring moment.

Small size and attractive design, enough channel memory, SCPC compatible and fast switching will gain much importance for Signal Geno-1.



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