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Test Report for XCRUISER XDSR 390 HD



Satellite receivers are currently available in ever y possible price class but really good units are getting harder to find. One manufacturer that has always stood for quality, ease of-use and the latest hardware technology, the company XCRUISER just recently sent us their latest model from their HD receiver line, the XDSR 390 HD. XCRUISER XDSR 390 HD supports MPEG4/ MPEG2-HD/SD and fully DVB-S2/DVB-S Compliant. It performs intelligent Blind Scan for both SD and HDTV and multi satellite search. This receiver supports DiSEqC 1.0, 1.1, 1.2 and USALS protocol. The front panel contains an on/standby button, and the vertical set of buttons control channel and volume. These light up in red when the unit is powered up, and they're quite bright too - almost too bright when watching TV in a dark room. A crisp text display shows the name and number of the channel being received, or the clock in standby. In standby mode, the button lights are still on, joined by the matching red glow of the on/standby button. The rear panel has all the necessary connections including TV scart connector, USB port, RS-232 serial interface, S/PDIF, HDMI output and power switch.


The picture quality of HD is, as you'd expect, superb. The quality increase though between this and HD delivered via component is amazing, and makes the usual picture look quite fuzzy by comparison. So much for RGB then!

The receiver's menus are clear, simple, and logically laid out. Choice of language is very good, with many languages available. Most major European languages are covered plus Arabic and Persian, and those in Eastern Europe will be pleased to see Czech, Slovak, Slovenian and Hungarian included alongside the more usual choices.

The installation menu is the first port of call when setting up for the first time. A comprehensive list of satellites is pre-programmed into the receiver, and these can be edited, deleted or added to as required. The corresponding transponder lists appear to be equally comprehensive and up-to-date. DiSEqC 1.2 and USALS are included to give easy control of a DiSEqC motor for multi-satellite users. DiSEqC switches are also supported and all necessary LNB parameters are editable, so most setups will be easily catered for.

Channel scanning is well-thought out. All transponders can be scanned, or just a single one. Network scanning is also available which is very useful on large satellites like ASTRA and HOTBIRD. A nice addition is a PID filter function, allowing scanning of only TV or radio channels. The satellite and transponder menus work together, aiding any editing required. The transponder list menu also contains a PID editing function, invaluable for those rare but important times where PIDs need to be entered manually.

Searching an entire satellite is quite fast – an entire network scan of ASTRA 2 takes 12 minutes to scan 83 transponders. After the scan is complete, the list of found channels can be edited before they are committed to the receiver's memory. There's no blind scan function, but as this is a receiver designed to be used to watch standard TV rather than search for unusual channels, it doesn't really feel like it is missing.

XCRUISER XDSR 390 HD has the capacity to simultaneously record up to three channels and allow viewing of two other (PIP) on the same transponder. All the editing, sorting and filtering functions we need are available, and are easy and intuitive to use. Eight favourites lists can be set up, and adding to these is easy too. A second window appears next to the channel list ready for channels to be copied into it. This can then be switched to, allowing arranging and editing in the same way as the main list.

Once we have our lists set up, finally we can sit back and watch some TV, and everyday viewing is helped by some good design here too. The main channel list can be sorted or filtered alphabetically or by FTA/encryption status – and even filtered by just one encryption system if more than one is in use - perhaps useful if using more than one CAM.

The best feature relating to channel lists though is perhaps the most obvious, yet so often forgotten when receivers are designed. The receiver remembers which favourites list is in use, or what type of filter you have applied, until you decide to choose a new one.

The XDSR 390 HD's EPG is also clear and easy to use, bearing in mind the limitations of the usual now/next data transmitted. Buttons are available to scroll forward and back by 24 hours, so perhaps in some places it can find further programme information. The EPG links to the receiver's event timer, where sleep and wake-up options are available in addition to the usual function of changing to the required channel at the preset time.


At any time, you may press the Record button to start your recording instantly. When the pause button is pressed during recording, only the live video is paused but recording is continued at the selected recording device.



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