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Test Report for Topfield TF7700 HDPVR

Topfield TF7700 HDPVR

This receiver is produced and developed by the South Korean company Topfield. This manufacturer somehow always manages to implement the latest technology as well as an easy-to-use concept in their receivers.

On the front side of the black and silver cabinet an easy-to-read VFD display is located in the center. Below the display can be found a set of five buttons that let you operate the receiver if no remote control is at hand.

Hidden nicely behind a flap are two CI slots that Topfield integrated in the TF7700 HDPVR. They can accept any compatible module such as Irdeto, Seca, Viaccess, Conax, Alphacrypt, etc. Directly alongside these slots can also be found a USB 2.0 interface that can be used to link the receiver with external devices such as USB sticks, hard drives as well as digital cameras and MP3 players.

The rear panel of this new Topfield receiver is also very nicely appointed: in addition to the two IF inputs with corresponding looped-through outputs, there is also an HDMI connection, six RCA jacks for composite video, stereo audio and YUV video, an S-Video jack, two Scart connectors, an RS-232 serial interface and optical digital audio output as well as a LAN connection.

The included remote control sits very nicely in your hand with buttons that are efficiently arranged making it fun to play with this receiver.

The TF77000 HDPVR is a receiver that was designed for the international market; there is an extensive selection of OSD languages avail-able: in addition to German, English, French, Italian, Spanish, Turkish, Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, Dutch and Polish, Finnish and Hungarian are also available. The System Settings screen also lets the user select the proper color standard for the Scart connectors as well as the desired picture format.

Once the initial settings have been taken care of and the receiver is matched up with the TV, the next step takes you directly into the Installation menu so that all the external connections can be set up in the receiver. The Topfield operates with two tuners that can receive channels in both This box was essentially designed to be used with two independent satellite signals but, if this should not be avail-able, a single signal source would work also. The input of the second tuner would simply be fed with the looped-through output of the first tuner.

The receiver must be told this via the Installation menu since only then can the recording functions – that now can't be used to their fullest extent - be controlled. We were quite surprised with the speed of the automatic channel scan: only about five minutes was needed to scan our test satellite with 80 transponders. If you have no need for PayTV despite the two CI slots, a simple push of a button in the same menu limits the scan to freely available channels. If you decide to use this box to receive multiple satellites, you may want to consider this since there's only room for 5000 channels in the receiver's memory.

Once all of the initial set-tings have been taken care of, the user can exit the TF7700 HDPVR's main menu after which the receiver switches over to the first receivable channel. As is the norm with Topfield, a very informative and easy-to-read Info Bar is blended in that includes channel information such as teletext, subtitles, language selection, DD audio, multi-feed, etc. and even the title of the currently running program (as long as this data is made available by the provider). A push of the Guide button activates the expanded EPG and, depending on the pro-gram provider, shows the entire programming schedule for the next two to seven days in an easy-to-understand format. Since we are dealing with a hard drive receiver in the TF7700 HDPVR, Topfield naturally saw to it that recordings could be programmed directly from the EPG; a quick push of the Record button is all that is needed. Especially practical is the ability with the push of another button to alter the recording settings to, for example, add extra recording time at the beginning or the end. This will guarantee that you won't miss anything interesting.



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