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Test Report for Eurostar EB-555 IR

Eurostar EB-555 IR

The first thing to catch your attention is the large front panel display of the receiver. It shows the current channel number and time through four digit green display. There are also three buttons on the front panel used for different purposes. There is also a slot on the front panel, which is used to get access to scrambled channels by official Irdeto card. The rear panel is equipped with a TV scart connector, serial interface RS-232 for uploading a new receiver software, programmable 0/12 V output, RCA jacks and IF output. The remote control is small in size with attractive round buttons, which get an easy access to all functions. I was mostly attracted by the receiver workmanship. The receiver is a authorized as official Irdeto Embedded by DVB-S.

The Eurostar has enough capacity to store 3200 channels. It comes preprogrammed with updated satellites from worldwide. The receiver supports DiSEqC 1.0. All the local oscillator frequencies for C and Ku-band are setup.

The initial installation of the EB-555 IR does not pose any problems. Contrary to many competitors' receivers, the Eurostar does not show a welcome screen asking you to select your preferred language before anything else, but starts with the main menu. But once this initial obstacle is overcome, the box offers a whole universe of setting and configuration options, keeping up with Eurostar 's image in that respect.

The installation menu may look confusing when you are using the receiver for the first time. But after setting all parameters and configuration, you will get everything as a child play. This makes the EB-555IR a receiver that is perfectly suited for less experienced users as well.

The majority of our readers will of course want to dig deeper here, and the Eurostar EB-555IR will not disappoint them. While even the pre-programmed con-figurations are sure to meet most demands, the receiver nonetheless allows manually setting or adding almost anything you like. The options range from the list of pre-stored satellites, which can be extended or edited, to the transponder list with manual editing features and all the way to PID values that can be changed or added. It is also important to remember here that EB 555-IR is a DVT approved product.

The scanning process was up to our expectations. 780 TV and 395 Radio channels were found in 5 minutes. Before the channels search, you may decide to find FTA or only scrambled channels. After successful completion of channel searching, move to TV channels or Radio channels on main menu to select currently received channels. Then you should select here to watch the channel you want. The receiver also offers the Multi search function. If the receiver is not going to find channels which cannot be searched by TP search, add channels by PID.

The channel list is one of the most interesting features of the EB-555 IR. The channel list doest not disappear automatically, you will have to press the Exit button. The channels may be arrange, delete, sort and moved to the favourite list, containing the channels you want to watch frequently. You may put your favourite satellites in a separate list. The EPG has a smart design and loads the required information reasonably fast. Children may be keep away from adult channels through parental control function. The receiver switches automatically between PAL and NTSC. When PAL channel is viewed on NTSC TV, small deletion on up and down sides of the screen may occur and it is normal. The receiver also supports Teletext services.

During our tests we did not come across any problems regarding symbolrates starting at the rate of 2.45ms/sec. Very especially after excessive use is the fast channel switching. The receiver also offers multipicture display. The EB-555 IR design coupled with reliable software and a wide range of functions is specially designed for keeping in mind the beginning users.



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