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Test Report for Star Sat SR-X2500CUCI

Star Sat SR-X2500CUCI


Star Sat SR-X2500CUCI is an easy to use receiver. If in your area the FTA is not so popular, or you just would prefer to see one of the latest movies on your local Pay-TV channel, open the flap on the right side of the front panel. If the package you're interested in uses Viaccess, Irdeto, Cryptoworks, Nagravision, Conax or Mediaguard (Seca) to encrypt its transmissions, go ahead and insert the smart card you have in the upper slot behind the flap. It's an universal smart card slot, and should properly handle the above-mentioned conditional access systems. Should the card you have belong to any other system, just get the needed CI module. With 2 CI slots of SR-X2500CUCI, you are seconds away from watching the channels you've paid for. The remote control can really be called ergonomic – it's lightweight and all buttons are located where you would intuitively expect them to be. English, German, French, Turkish and Arabic languages are available for communication, what would be your preferred audio and subtitle language, and if you would like the satellites listed in other menus to be sorted by name or position.


Pre-programmed satellites cover mainly Europe and Asia, from 55 West to 148 East . These satellites, as well as four blank positions, called “Addsat 1-4”, can be renamed or otherwise reconfigured. There are mainly two channel search modes – the expected automatic and manual search, with various sub-options. Unfortunately, the blind scan is not available yet. SR-X2500CUCI locks to both SCPC and MCPC carriers flawlessly, and its tuner sensitivity also needs to be complimented – such linearly polarized channels, as Lider TV and 2M from Eutelsat Sesat were perfectly received, while for 36 East position we used an LNB set up to receive circular polarizations. Once the channel is selected, an information bar would appear in the bottom of the screen. Selecting encrypted channels, conditional access system of which is understood by the universal smart card slot of SRX2500CUCI would also display the used encryption systems' names. However, if something more exotic, like Z-crypt is used, the receiver will just say “Scrambled Channel”, unless you have the needed CI-module and a smartcard for it. Electronic Program Guide (EPG) is fast, however, you have to get used to the way it's presented in SR-X2500CUCI. Once the EPG button on the remote control is pressed, the same channel list would appear, as after pressing “OK”, but with different options. The main disadvantage of such EPG presentation is – it's not possible to see at the same time what is being broadcasted by other channels as well – the classic grid presentation would still be more preferable. The receiver has the capacity to store 4000 TV and Radio channels.


Even though the menu of the receiver can be only displayed in 5 languages at the moment, special characters (like Russian) are correctly displayed both in the Channel List and in EPG. However, with channel names transmitted in a font different from Latin, it would not be possible to use the “FN” function to quickly locate channels in a long list. Renaming them in the “Edit” mode is also unfortunately impossible, while in the Channel List mode only Latin letters can be used.



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