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Test Report for Fortec Star FSCO-5600 11

Fortec Star FSCO-5600 11

Finding a best satellite receiver is not a difficult job these days. The digital satellite market is full of new and latest receiver and each and every receiver is finding its ways to enter the market. Like the past, huge and ugly receivers are gone. New designs of receivers are emerging. The new model of FSCO-560011 has arrived in the market to show its full glimpses.

The front panel of FSCO-5600 11 is very nicely designed. The front panel window display has taken most part of the receiver. There are total five buttons on the front panel for various functions. There is also a smart card slot on the right corner of this box. The four digit green display on the front panel shows the channel number. The rear panel is equipped with serial interface RS-232 for uploading a new receiver software, two scart connectors, RCA jacks, IF out put, SPDIF and programmable 12 volt output. The remote control is flat in shape and is not so much attractive. It will be better if the manufacturer to give attractive shape to the remote control. The user manual supplied with the receiver is written in multi languages.

After turning on the receiver for the first time or after the box is reset to its default settings, the main menu will appear on your screen. The main menu is designed keeping in mind the beginners. Then the language is selected for communication. The user can communicate with the receiver in Ten languages, including Arabic, English, French, German, Greek, Italian, Persian, Russian, Spanish and Turkish.

FSCO-5600 11 has the capacity to store 5000 TV and Radio channels. It comes preprogrammed with 100 updated satellites from worldwide. This receiver has an option to tune satellite without knowing the DiSEqC position. The receiver automaticlly detect on which DiSEqC point is availabe. 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 video signals can be supplied in CVBS and RGB and also in 4:3 and 16:9 formats. The receiver has no problem handling PAL and NTSC signals. Before you watch channels, you will need to select the desired satellite in the installation menu.

There are four types of channel search option. Automatic Search, TP Search, PID Search and SMATV Search. One must decide either to search for FTA, CAS or all channels before the scanning. 791TV and 308 Radio channels of Hotbird satellite were found in 5 minutes and 30 seconds through automatic search function. After the complete scanning, the receiver first save the channels and then goes on the first channel found. The scanned channels can be moved to five of the favourite list for easy recall later time. Each favourite list can store 100 channels. The lock is also available to these favourite channels. These channels can be rename, sort and edit. 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.

Manual PID insertion is also possible. Symbolrates starting at the rate of 2.45ms/sec were processed easily during our tests. While watching TV, if you want to see some parts of screen to magnify more, press the Zoom key. Switching between channels is fast. Parental control function is used to keep away kids from adult channels.

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 FSCO-5600 11 can be found where they would normally be expected. If you are feeling bore and there is nothing to watch, you can entertain yourself by video games. The receivers also provides a calendar and Biorhythm.



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