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Test Report for Fortec Star FS-4000

Fortec Star FS-4000

Fortec Star Satellite Receivers are becoming more and more popular these days. The latest in line is FS-4000. The entire satellite receiver is black in colour. The front panel window display is situated in the middle of the box, showing the onscreen channel number in a four digit green display. There are also eight buttons on the front panel. These buttons let you completely operate the receiver should the remote control go missing.

The rear panel is also very nicely equipped. It is equipped with all necessary connections. The remote control sits nicely in your hand and, contrary to the buttons on the receiver, these buttons are not recessed and can easily be pushed by fingers of any size. The user manual is written very comprehensive.

With the correct language selected, the receiver goes right into channel reception mode. Since there are no channels as yet saved in memory, there was nothing to view.

This simply means that we have to go and find the channels we want to watch. You can do this by pressing the Menu button on the remote to access the Main Menu in the receiver. The Main Menu is divided up into four categories, namely channel, satellite, system and tools.

The FS-4000 is DiSEqC 1.2 compatible allowing you to connect its two tuner inputs to almost any possible antenna configuration from a single antenna to a motorized system.

Next we chose a transponder from the preprogrammed list for this satellite. The left/right arrow keys on the remote can be used to select an active transponder or you can press the OK button to view a list of all the transponders stored for the selected satellite.

With the transponder list displayed, you can select the desired transponder by high-lighting it and then pressing the OK button or, if necessary, you can add, edit or delete transponders right from this screen by once again using the colored function buttons on the remote control.

Simply refer to the bottom of the on-screen display to find out what function is assigned to each colored button.

For this test we opted for a single satellite scan. It zipped through both polarizations and completed the task in a mere 4 min 38 sec.

So, now we have all these new channels in the channel list. Pushing the OK button while watching one of those channels will display the channel list. As you look through the channel list you will undoubtedly notice that some organization of the list will be necessary. For example, the list may include both FTA and encrypted channels.

Switching between channels on the same transponder required almost one second. Going from one channel to another on different transponders needed roughly 1.5 seconds before the picture appeared. These times are something you can live with but it does take some of the fun out of channel surfing.

Of course, there may also be channels that you’ll never watch or need to be renamed. In that case you simply go to the Channel Edit screen. The Time Setting screen lets you adjust all of the clock settings. The time can be set manually or automatically, daylight savings time can be turned on or off, etc. And then of course there are those channels that you don’t want your kids to see. The Parental Control screen lets you block out any inappropriate programming. This screen also allows you to put restrictions on receiver access, menu access and encrypted channel access.

Pressing the EPG button on the remote control offers an over FS-4000 view of upcoming programs on the selected channel. The EPG layout is very easy to use and we believe FS-4000 did a very good job with the overall EPG menu.

The FS-4000 delivers the video signal as CVBS, RGB or YUV in PAL and NTSC and a dedicated menu can be used to define daylight saving time.

The receiver also comes with a number of other useful features such as picture-in-picture (PIP). FS-4000 has the capacity to store 2000 TV and Radio channels.



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