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Test Report for Astrovox VSR-160 FTA Super

Astrovox VSR-160 FTA Super

The VSR-160 FTA Super receiver is designed for free to air signals. It will enable you to tune in on the hundreds of digital television and radio channels broadcasting to your region with the highest video and audio. The receiver performs numerous functions to provide you with a variety of services. The receiver is designed to connect directly to existing audio and video systems. There are seven buttons on the front panel of this box for various functions.

VSR-160 FTA Super has enough space to store 5000 TV and Radio channels. The four digit green display shows the current channel number. The rear panel is equipped with one scart connector, serial interface RS-232 for uploading a new receiver software, RF output, programmable 12 volt output RCA jacks, IF loop through output from digital tuner and a main power switch for turning on and off the box completely. The remote control is simply designed. It is light and easy to use.

After turning on the receiver for the first time, a set up menu will first appear on your screen. You should set the appropriate parameter values with which you can search channels here. After you finish the set up procedure, you can start watching TV or listening Radio channels. During the basic settings, the short information is displayed at the bottom of the menu screen. For less experienced users, it will be good to make language selection before doing any thing else. Every use will find an easy language for communication. The receiver supports DiSEqC 1.0, 1.2 and USALAS protocol. All the local oscillator frequencies for C and Ku-band are preprogrammed. Reception of SCPC signals will really keep you surprise.

The next set up is system setup. Here you will have to choose the TV type, Scart RGB, positioner, LNB reference and time. The receiver supports the TV picture in 4:3 and 16:9 format. It switches automatically between PAL and NTSC. The next step would be the satellites you want to receive. After the satellite selection, the channel scanning process will take place. The automatic channel scan can be set to search only for FTA or all channels. VSR-160 FTA Super provides three ways to search channels: Satellite Scan, Multi Sat Scan and TP Scan. After pressing Red Key, you can find three function keys as described here. Satellite Scan search channels for one satellite, which has been selected from the satellite list. Multi Sat Scan search channels for multi satellite. First press yellow key to enter the Multi Sat Scan window and select the satellites you want to search channels by using the arrow keys. TP Scan search channel in one TP, which has been selected from the TP list. 911 TV and 470 Radio channels were found in 3 minutes and 36 seconds. This is not a bad scanning for a free to air receiver. After the complete scanning, the receiver first save the all channels and then turns on the first channel found.

The receiver switches fast between channels. At least with this receiver, you can have some fun channel surfing. All the new channels will be needed to form of organization , so that finding a specific channel will be much easier. This work is handled by channel manager. Channels that you watch often can be moved in to one of the four favourite lists so that they are easier to keep in touch. There is also a parental control function that will fortunately keep your kids away from adult channels.

VSR-160 FTA Super can handle symbolrates starting at the rate of 2.45ms/sec. A push of the info button on the remote control shows the channel name, channel number, encryption status, satellite name and current time on the bottom of the screen. You may get the same informations while changing from one channel to another. These informations will be displayed for a while on your screen. Pressing the OK button will display a channel list on your screen with the current channel in the right side window. The Electronic Programme Guide (EPG) can be accessed with the push of a button.

VSR-160 FTA Super is a highly cost effective FTA digital satellite receiver. The receiver is definitely one of the best choice to deliver your digital life.



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