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Test Report for TopField TF7700HSCI

TopField TF7700HSCI

Topfield has developed their new model TF7700HSCI: a single-tuner HDTV DVB-S2 receiver. The rear panel comes with a USB host connector to be used with an external hard drive or USB memory stick. Record you favorites television programmes into an external hard disk drive via the USB port. The TF7700HSCI is a visually appealing receiver. It comes delivered in a flat and black-colored 43cm wide chassis that fits perfectly in almost every TV rack.

An extremely easy-to-read VFD display sits prominently in the centre of the front panel that shows the current channel number and, while in standby mode, displays the current time. Five buttons let you operate the receiver without the remote control and two CI slots hidden behind a flap are compatible with every possible module (Irdeto, Seca, Conax, Viaccess, Cryptoworks, Nagravision, etc). The rear panel is equipped with HDMI connection that you would expect to find on an HDTV receiver, there are also two Scart jacks as well as six RCA jacks for stereo audio, video and YUV outputs, an optical digital audio output, an RS-232 interface, a USB 2.0 host connection and, of course, an IF input with looped-through output. Topfield also included a small switch on the rear panel that lets you select if the output of the video signal is sent to the HDMI, YUV or Scart connectors and thus matches the settings in the main menu. The included remote control sits nicely in your hand and is clearly labeled. When turning on the receiver for the first time, the main menu is displayed that cannot be closed until all of the basic settings have been taken care of and a channel scan has been completed. The included satellite list encompasses 143 European, Asian and American satellites. The manufacturer finally listened to the endless criticism they received for the old satellite and transponder list and performed an overhaul such that now nearly every HD channel can be found on all of the known satellite positions. Communicating with the receiver can be done in German, English, French, Italian, Spanish, Arabic, Greek, Turkish, Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, Dutch, Russian, Polish, Hungarian, Bulgarian, Persian, Finnish, Czech, Thai, and Slovakian.

TF7700HSCI supports the DiSEqC 1.0, 1.1, 1.2 and 1.3 (USALS) protocols and can therefore be used as well with the simplest multifeed combination, a DiSEqC motor motorized system or up to a 16 LNB WaveFrontier antenna. A wide assortment of local oscillator frequencies (LOFs) for the C-band and Ku-band are already preprogrammed into the receiver. If you intend to use an S-band antenna with the TF7700HSCI, it would be no problem thanks to manual entry. Once the receiver has been matched to your specific antenna, the next step is a channel scan. In typical Topfield fashion, just about four minutes was needed to scan and load all the channels on a 110 transponder satellite. If desired, a network scan can also be activated; in this way you can be sure that the receiver will find every possible channel even if the programming providers had decided to alter the arrangement of channels on the various transponders.

The automatic signal switching performed exactly as it should during our tests; the receiver immediately recognized the high-quality HD signal from ORF1 HD and the correct resolution of 720p was selected. When the receiver was switched to an SD channel, the TF7700HSCI instantly activated 576p. The TF7700HSCI quickly builds a complete overview of all the programming and by pressing the OK button timer settings can be handled directly from the EPG while the current programme is visible in a small window (even with HD channels). A push of the OK button displays the channel list that with the help of the colored function buttons on the remote can be sorted or limited to specific satellites. The time to switch between two HD channels is just under two seconds; the channel switching time is faster between SD channels. Because of the automatic adjustment of the picture resolution, the time to switch between HDTV and SDTV channels can be as high as three or four seconds depending on the TV. If this is too long for you, simply turn off the automatic resolution function and change the resolution manually as needed with the remote.



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