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Test Report for Truman TM 900 HD

 
Truman TM 900 HD

The latest big trend in FTA Receivers is definitely the brand new High Definition (HD) FTA Receivers being released right now. In the near future, there will be HD Receiver releases from almost every major brand of FTA Receivers on the market as well as some new competitors. The near future will show which HD FTA Receiver will be the best, but so far from FTA HD Receiver reviews it seems like Truman is taking the number 1 spot as it has introduced TM 900 HD receiver.

This HD receiver is fully compliant with the international DVB standard and thus transmits digital images, sounds, information guides and teletext directly to your TV through the satellite broadcasting.

The front panel of TM 900 HD has buttons and VFD. There is also a Common Interface slot on the right side. Hidden nicely behind a flap are two CI slots that can accept any compatible module such as Irdeto, Seca, Viaccess, Conax, Alphacrypt, etc The rear panel is equipped with two scart connectors, 12 volt output, S/PDIF, USB port, RCA jacks and a power button. PVR option is also available and it works very well with all hard drives. The included remote control sits very nicely in your hand with buttons that are efficiently arranged making it fun to play with this receiver.

TM 900 HD supports DiSEqC 1.0, 1.1, 1.2 and USALS protocol. It has the capacity to store 8000 TV and Radio channels. Thanks to the 80 GB HDD, it may store 40 hours recordings. As we have come to expect from Truman, the automatic scan was not the only scanning method: manual and other expanded scanning modes are also available whereby the latter lets you enter not only the frequency, symbolrate, polarization and modulation, but also the correct PIDs. If you have no need for PayTV despite the two CI slots, a simple push of a button in the same menu limits the scan to freely available channels.

After a channel scan of multiple satellites, the channel list of our test receiver was quite filled up despite the FTA limitation so we decided to go to work editing, sorting and rearranging. In a very logically arranged menu, the individual channels in the list can be renamed, moved, deleted or blocked from the nosy kids with a parental PIN code. The more popular channels can be moved into one of the many user-nameable Favorites lists for easy recall at a later time with the push of a button on the remote control. Once all of the initial settings have been taken care of, the user can exit the TM 900 HD main menu after which the receiver switches over to the first receivable channel. As is the norm with Truman, a very informative and easy-to-read Info Bar is blended in that includes channel information such as teletext, subtitles, language selection, DD audio, multifeed, etc. and even the title of the currently running programme (as long as this data is made available by the provider). A push of the Info button displays expanded information and a detailed description of the current programme. A push of the Guide button activates the expanded EPG and, depending on the programme provider, shows the entire programming schedule the end. This will guarantee that you won’t miss anything interesting. A push of the OK button blends in the channel list and that can then be sorted and filtered to various criteria using the colored function buttons on the remote control. In normal operation the currently running programme is recorded in the background so that it can be paused or replayed at any time. And also thanks to the clever CI operation, recorded PayTV programmes are stored decrypted when possible, and should this not be possible, a corresponding symbol appears in the recordings list and with the push of a button encrypted recordings such as these are put through a copying process that stores them in decrypted mode. In this way they are still viewable even if there would be a key change by the provider. The multipicture display will show several pictures on your TV screen. The Truman TM 900 HD is one of the first fully capable receiver and yet still offers proven technology with an operational concept that is logically thought out and clearly arranged.


 

 

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