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Test Report for Star Track 1005 CU

Star Track 1005 CU

Star Track is the most trusted name in satellite electronics. The company has produced many digital satellite receivers that enable you to receiver a multitude of free television and pay TV channels. All digital satellite receivers feature a variety of easy-to-use menus and programme guides. These on-screen guides differ in how they look and how they work. One of such received produced by Star Track is 1005 CU receiver.

The front panel of Star Track 1005 CU is simple. There are only five buttons on the front panel of the receiver. These buttons are used for various functions of the receiver. The four-digit green display in the middle of the box shows the current channel number and time in a stand by mode. The rear panel of the box is equipped with a TV scart connector, serial interface RS-232 for uploading new receiver software, S/PDIF output, RCA jacks, programmable 12 volt output and a main power switch for turning on and off the box. The remote control supplied with the box is easy in use and will come suitable in your hand. The manual supplied with the box is written in English.

After turning on the Star Track 1005 CU for the first time or after the factory default, the main menu will greet you. There are foreign languages for your choice. Choose the one you prefer, then press the Menu on the remote control to get started. After making a factory default, the set up wizard menu for language selection will appear on your screen. The 1005 CU receiver can communicate with the user in English, Arabic, German, French, Persian, Turkish, Italian, Greek, Spanish and Russian. The receiver has enough capacity for 5000 TV and Radio channels. This is quite enough for a free to air receiver. The receiver comes preprogrammed with 100 updated satellites from worldwide. The receiver supports DiSEqC 1.0 and 1.2 protocol. Local oscillator frequencies for C and Ku-band are preprogrammed.

After antenna setting and organization of other parameters, the next step is off channel search. You may search for all or only FTA channels. Star Track this box will not disappoint you in channel search. The receiver performs quite fast scanning. We find 1307 TV and 402 Radio channels in just a one minute and 30 seconds. After the complete scanning the receiver goes on the first channel found and saves all the channels. These channels can be sort, delete, rename and moved to the favourite group list. The channel list does not disappear automatically. You will have to press the exit button to get rid of it. Channels may be lock in order to keep away the kids from adult channels.

1005 CU receiver supports TV-screen format 16:9 and 4:3. The receiver switches automatically between PAL and NTSC. The Electronic Programme Guide (EPG) delivers informations about the onscreen channel in advance. The receiver is fully MPEG-2 having outstanding video and sound. The receiver also performs a network scan. Symbolrates starting at the rate of 1.45ms/sec were processed easily during our tests. The receiver has fast channel change function.

After a channel change, an info bar appears providing information on the current channel having satellite name, channel information, programme name, scrambled and audio status. The multi event timer will let you to programme the receiver according to your timings and it will let you know when your favourite programme is on air. If you want to see closer your favourite actor picture, just press the zoom button on the remote control and the picture will come closer to you. The receiver also supports the teletext for those channels having teletext services. As an FTA receiver, the 1005 CU is a good receiver.

Star Track 1005 CU also performs Multi-satellite scan. Press the OK button to select the satellite that you want to scan and your receiver can be installed up to 4 satellites through a separated DiSEqC switch component.



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