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Test Report for Topfield TF6000PVR ES

 
Topfield TF6000PVR ES

When we opened the box we noticed that the TF6000PVR ES was not quite as wide as were expecting. In the center of the front panel is a very easy to read alphanumeric VFD display; next to it are three buttons for receiver control should the remote control be absent. The four buttons for volume control and channel switching were placed in the form of a silver-colored circle.

This together with the blue-glowing Standby button looks quite impressive. Behind a flap on the right side can be found two CI slots for PayTV reception. They can accept all of the typical modules such as Irdeto, Viaccess, Seca, Conax, Nagravision or Cryptoworks and work together without any problems.

As we’ve come to expect, the rear panel of the TF6000PVR ES shines with a variety of connection possibilities. In addition to the satellite IF input and looped through output of the two tuners, you will also find an HDMI output, two Scart connectors, three RCA jacks with video and stereo audio outputs, an S-Video output, an optical digital audio output, a USB 2.0 jack and last but not least an Ethernet interface.

Though not used all too much anymore these days, an RS-232 interface is nonethebox less also available for connection to a PC. The included remote control sits very nicely in your hand and is properly labeled with all the buttons within easy reach.

And, similar to the receiver itself, we also liked the craftsmanship of the remote control. The user manual, as expected from Topfield, is very clearly written, sufficiently illustrated where needed and answers any questions that could pop up while using the receiver quickly and in an uncomplicated manner.

After turning on the receiver for the first time, the new Topfield box begins by displaying the Main menu and thereby requires the user to set up the box available online starting. There is no installation assistant but in reality it really isn’t needed since the menu structure of the Topfield is very logically laid out such that even a beginner should easily be able to find his way around.

The first order of business would be to set up the OSD language in the system settings. The TF6000PVR ES comes with quite a selection to choose from: German, English, French, Spanish, Arabic, Greek, Turkish, Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, Dutch, Polish, Persian, Finnish, Czech and Bulgarian. Once the language. The TF6000PVR ES’s nicely arranged main menu has been selected, the user can move on to the individual menu entries. Just like every other satellite receiver, the TF6000PVR ES can also set the time automatically via satellite. Unlike most of the competitor models, Topfield provides a number of different setting possibilities. For example, the source of the time adjustment can be limited to encrypted channels or even individual transponders. Unfortunately, this feature is necessary considering that many providers other than the main DTH positions don’t necessarily include the correct time with their transmissions thus confronting the receiver with incorrect time information.

Even standard time and daylight savings time can be activated or deactivated with the push of one button; you no longer have to worry about the offset from GMT.

Of course, the time and date can also be set manually. The TF6000PVR ES operates with a real-time clock – it keeps the correct time even after a power outage and, unlike other receivers, will still automatically start timer recordings after a power outage. If you still want to connect the new Topfield box to your TV with the Scart outputs, you have RGB, CVBS, S-Video or YUV at your disposal. The picture display can be set to 4:3 as well as 16:9. Additional display modes are available for 4:3 content viewed on a 16:9 TV. PAL and NTSC are supported as is the automatic switching between the two so that US TV reception in Europe and vice versa is not a problem at all. Thanks to the integrated upscaler, it is also possible to adjust the size of the picture +/- 20% so that the image can be perfectly matched to whatever TV is in use.

The new Topfield comes with a preprogrammed list of 156 European, Asian and American satellites. The more popular positions in the list are quite up-to-date although an overhaul of the inactive positions would not be a bad idea.

A push of the Info button displays expanded information for the currently running programme. The Guide button displays a preview of upcoming programmes including detailed programming information for up to a week in advance.

Again, this all assumes that the provider makes this data available. There are also two display modes that the user can choose from. Especially practical is the ability to programme timer recording entries directly from the EPG. All it takes is the push of one button to mark a programme for recording.


 

 

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