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Test Report for Astrovox VSR-8080 HDCI

Astrovox VSR-8080 HDCI

Astrovox VSR-8080 HDCI Receiver is one of the best HDTV satellite receivers for the new high-resolution television format. Thanks to the latest MPEG-4 technology and improved DVB-S2 reception, the Astrovox VSR-8080 HDCI is set for the standards of the future while still serving the classical SDTV (PAL) standard. With the Astrovox VSR-8080 HDCI, you can enjoy crystal-clear pictures today and tomorrow without having to give up your favourite programmes today. The upper part of the front panel is looks very attractive. The front panel display shows the onscreen channel name. It is easily readable even from a large distance. The whole bottom part of the front panel is actually a flap under which you can find a CI connector and a card reader slot.

The rear panel also deserves full marks. It is equipped with two scart connectors, S/PDIF, Serial interface RS-232, HDMI, RCA jacks and a power button. Along with the receiver and remote control unit, you get the cables (HDMI, YPbPr and A/V) and user's manual. We got English language version. It is briefly written, – just as it should be. It is full of pictures and drawings. After plugging the receiver for the first time and pressing the MENU button, the main menu will appear on your screen. It is followed by the Installation Menu. Using right/left arrows, we can switch to other menus: Option, Channel, Advanced, Channel and Status. However, our installation is not finished yet. So, let's stay in the Installation menu. The first menu item is Antenna Setting in which we can configure our antenna system. This time, setting the motor is also possible. From that screen, you can proceed to Auto Scan. Also here, you have more options than in the simplified installation. You can choose to scan channels: TV+Radio, only TV, only Radio, Free+CAS, only Free or only CAS. If you have a PayTV subscription. Receiver scanning speed is quite acceptable. It took 7 minutes to scan 1241 TV Hotbird channels. The searched channels should be delete, sort, rename and shifted to favourite channels.

All DVB-S and DVB-S2 transponders are detected and processed. No matter QPSK or 8PSK. Of course, the receiver supports both MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 (H.264/AVC) data streams. SCPC channels starting from 1 Ms/sec are no problem. We successfully tested the receiver with 1.110 Ms/sec signal. We also checked that the VSR-8080 HDCI worked well with weak signals on the edge of the reception area. However the accuracy and completeness of transponder data for some satellites leaves something to be desired. There are total 8 groups of Favourite Sorting: Including Music; HDTV; Finance; Sport; Children; News; education and Film group. To see more programming information, the EPG button has to be used. The Electronic Programme Guide will display all related information about the onscreen channel. After pressing OK button, the channel list is presented. Except for sorting by satellite or by channel name, we can conveniently organize the channels directly from this window. Among the other features, VSR-8080 HDCI has a parental control function that enables blocking the programmes inappropriate for young audience.

This receiver contains two highly enjoyable games, which you can get the joy while relaxing. You will not lose any wonderful programme with the powerful function of Time-shift. It switches to other time periods, and showing the program you wish to access. When showing programme time, you're Unable to watch, connected as long as the VCR or USB devices to STB, then use the function of Time-shift, the channel which you want to see will be record down, don't miss the wonderful. Even when you go out, and do not want to miss the good programme, use Time-shift function will be to achieve your dreams. VSR-8080 HDCI is a very fast and family receiver.



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