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Test Report for Open Star GS-1690 Plus

Open Star GS-1690 Plus

Open Star GS-1690 Plus is an elegant receiver generates the most powerful performance, contains a flourish user friendly menu, powerful functions in a great varieties, with the exclusive fashion design and sharp size become one of the most hottest popular receivers.

The Open Star GS-1690 Plus silver case with a central back front panel window gives it an elegant view. There are three buttons on the front panel of the receiver. You will even found a power and menu buttons on the front panel. The display window takes up a good portion of the center. The four digit green display shows the current channel number and time. As this is a free to air receiver, you will find no slot on the front panel. The rear panel of the box is simply laid out. You will find a TV and VCR scart connector, serial interface RS-232 for uploading new receiver software, S/PDIF, three RCA jacks, IF out put and a main power switch for turning on and off the receiver. The remote control is nicely shaped and sits easily in your hand. The GS-1690 Plus will leave nothing to say behind. The user manual supplied with the receiver is written in English.

The initial installation of GS-1690 Plus is very simple, because all the colorful menus will guide you at every step. The Open Star does not show a welcome screen to ask the user to select the proper language, but starts with the main menu. The available languages for communication are English, Deutsch, French, Russian, Denmark, Spanish, Arabic, Persian and Turkey. For a new user, the main menu is very simple. This makes the GS-1690 Plus a very special receiver for the satellite hunters.

The Open Star GS-1690 Plus comes preprogrammed with 4000 TV and Radio channels. 95 updates satellites from worldwide are present in the receiver. The receiver support DiSEqC 1.2 protocol. The RF output can be set to PAL 1, G and K variants. The receiver supports TV format in 4:3 and 16:9. All the local oscillator frequencies for C and Ku-band are preprogrammed. Now that the satellite is selected fro scanning, its time to go on for channels search. The receiver work with X-Crypt module (Al-Jazeera sports module).

Scanning of channels with GS-1690 Plus will not disappoint you. 888 TV and 440 Radio channels were found in 6 minutes. After the complete scanning, the receiver first saves the channels. The channel list that is brought with the push of a OK button is very outstanding. The scanned channels can be rename, sort, edit and the most viewed channels can be moved in to the favourite list for easier recall later time. If you want to keep your kids away from adult channels, then there is no worry; you may activate the parental control function.

Switching from one channel to another is fast. If the selected channel is encrypted, a message confirming this appears that also includes information about the encryption system in use. Pressing the Recall button on the remote control will display the last viewed channel. The picture quality of the Open Star GS-1690 Plus is very good. If you want to see 9 channels at the screen at one time, just press the F5 button on the remote control and watch it. When the 9 channels become complete, the first found channel will go on start. While pressing the Zoom button will give a closer picture of your favourite player. The receiver manages the symbolrates starting at the rate of 1.45ms/sec. If some one disturbs you during watching your favourite movie, just press the pause button and receive him, then again watch the movie from where you left it.

The Electronic Programme Guide ( EPG) shows the event information on the current transponder channel by time zone. EPG is divided into weekly mode, daily mode and extend mode. If you are getting bore from the long commercial breaks, there are video games to serve you better here.

GS-1690 Plus is a special receiver for every day use at home. It has fast channel scanning. The picture quality is worth mentioning.



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