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Test Report for Astrovox VSR-295 FTA

Astrovox VSR-295 FTA

Astrovox is a leading company in the satellite receivers business. During the long experience in this industry, the company has established a large customers network and introduced new receivers to the market. Astrovox VSR-295 FTA is the new receiver and is very pleasing to the eyes. The front panel has been designed in outstanding way. The seven buttons on the front panel permit channel selection directly on the unit and also the power button. The easy to read four digit display shows the channel number and the current time in a standby mode. There is no place for CI slots on the front panel, so it is a complete free to air digital satellite receiver.

The rear panel of Astrovox VSR-295 FTA is equipped with a TV scart connector, serial interface RS-232, 0/12V, RCA Jacks and a main power switch. The RS-232 interface serves to upload new receiver software. The remote control has a number of different colored buttons for critical functions and is logically designed. With just the push of a button, the FTA or CAS channels list can be displayed. No doubt, the receiver is very eye catching. After connecting the Astrovox VSR-295 FTA to all of the external connections and then plugging it in, it greets you with the main menu. There are different available languages for communication. Multi-language OSD include English, German, Italian, Spanish, French,Turkish, Arabic, Persian, Greek, Portuguese. Russian, Czech, Romanian and Polish languages.

The receiver comes preprogrammed with updated satellites from around the world. Additional satellites can be added if needed. The Astrovox VSR-295 FTA has the capacity to store 5000 TV and Radio channels. There is no problem when selecting the local oscillator frequency (LOF). All of the standard values for C-band and Ku-band are provided.

Select your desired satellite. Pressing the OK key will also display a list of satellites. You can see the information of the selected satellite on the right side. 1115 TV and 410 Radio channels were searched in 4 minutes. After the complete scanning, the receiver turns on the first channel found. These channels can be moved into one of the favourite list for easy recall later time and can be moved, locked, renamed, delete and sorted. Channels not suitable for kids can be blocked through parental control function. Channels surfing is very fast with Astrovox VSR-295 FTA receiver. A push of the info button provides data on the channels' provider, satellite, frequency, PID's encryption mode, EPG and parental lock on screen display. Pressing the OK button on live picture displays the channel number on your screen.

This receiver supports DiSEqC 1.2. The user is clearly guided through all the menus with manual receiver PID settings available to the more experienced users. The Electronic Programme Guide (EPG) delivers informations in advance with the push of a button. Switching between PAL and NTSC channels is an easy Job. You may have an option of All or FTA channels for scanning. Pushing the recall button of remote control will display your last viewed channel. The video output is in RGB and CVBS formate. SCPC and MCPC signals was not a problem during our test. Symbol rates starting at the rate of 2.45ms/sec were processed easily. Channel manager consists of TV and radio channels. Since the usage of radio channel is the same as that of the TV channel, so it will not create problem for users. When you move the cursor from one channel to another, the PID will change accordingly. You can adjust the real time as well as you can programme the timer in various ways. It will never let you to miss your favourite programme.

Zoom function enable you to enlarge the onscreen picture. While with PIP function, the receiver offers you 9, 12 or 16 pictures. This receiver contains enjoyable video 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 programme you wish to access. Astrovox VSR-295 is a very fast and family receiver.



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