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Test Report for Star-X 3131 Laser

 
Star-X 3131 Laser

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Star-X 3131 is a complete high definition receiver just arrived at out technical centre. X- 3131 Laser is an HD satellite receiver with a big difference as compared to other HD receivers present in the market. The front panel of X-3131 Laser has few buttons. There is also a USB jack on the front panel used to connect to an external USB 2.0 device. The back of the receiver comes jammed with a full range of connectors to cover just about any situation. There's HDMI and component video for high definition, S/PDIF, Rs-232 and a power button to turn on and off the receiver completely.

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There is also a USB port at the back. The remote control supplied with the box has maximum buttons for complete functions of the receiver.

After all connections have been made properly, switch on TV and make sure the receiver is connected to the main power. Press power button to switch receiver on. If you are using the receiver for the first time or restored to factory default, the main menu will appear on your TV screen. The receiver comes pre-programmed with C and Ku-band satellites and default channels, so getting a picture on-screen can be as simple as plugging in, selecting your language and the satellite your dish is pointing at.

It's best though to do things properly, and the easy to follow setup menus give plenty of options for the dish connection. Add DiSEqC options to all this and you have a very flexible system that should cater for almost everyone's needs. Scanning satellites for all the channels out there is often a tedious process, but the X-3131 Laser makes it an easy way. Once we have our list of receivable satellites set up with all their associated DiSEqC and LNB options, we can head off to scan channels for more satellites. The receiver supports DiSEqC 1.0, 1.1, 1.2 and 1.3 protocols. Press OK to select satellites and then press blue to pop the menu of scanning setting. After configuration like single satellite scan, press OK to start multi-satellite scan.

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In Blind Scan, first scan the band to get the transponders which can be locked. After gathering all transponders, scan the transponders one by one to get the programmes. Scanning can be restricted to just free channels if you aren't going to be receiving anything that is scrambled, or to just TV channels if you're not interested in listening to radio. Scanning speed is good – a full scan of Astra 2 takes just under 5 minutes to find 117 transponders. There's a quicker option for the viewer who needs to find everything … blind scan!

Once just for enthusiasts, the blind scan can now work fast enough to be a viable alternative to scanning the pre-programmed list of transponders. In any mode you can select one or more satellites which are then scanned for TV, radio, FTA or encrypted channels. We tested the box for a complete search on HOTBIRD 13° East, which only took slightly more than five minutes for a total of 1288 TV channels and 426 radio channels. The EPG is clear and easy to use. The EPG for satellite channels is as always limited to the now and next shows, but for terrestrial a full seven days can be seen. From here future shows can be added into the timer for viewing or recording. After selection here they are available in the event timer screen, accessible from the EPG. The Star X-3131 Laser has some more useful features including YouTube. Menu language choices are good.

The receiver switches to the first channel on the list. Pressing the OK button calls up the comprehensive channel list which – next to the channel name – also displays EPG information if supplied by the provider. This way you can check instantly which events are transmitted on the individual channels, without having to zap through all cannels.


 

 

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