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Test Report for Delsat DSR 5500

Delsat DSR 5500

There are a number of channels that are available via MPEG-2 FTA receivers that have indicated that they plan to remain in the clear or are believed to intending to stay clear. Similarly, if you are asking us what the best FTA receiver to purchase these days, we world say the Delsat DSR 5500. The DSR 5500 is definitely the market leader with the best features available on any FTA receiver.

The front panel of DSR 5500 is very positively designed. Seven buttons are located there for multiple purposes of this attractive box. The front panel window display is minimized and is situated in a curved shape on the right side of DSR 5500. The four digit green display shows the current channel number and time in a stand by mode. The receiver is so handy that it may placed anywhere in your TV room. The whole workmanship of this receiver left a very positive impression on us during our whole testing method.

The rear panel of DSR 5500 is simply designed. Three RCA jacks, programmable 12 volt output, serial interface RS-232 for uploading a new receiver software and LNB input. The remote control supplied with this box has nothing to say behind.

The DSR 5500 has enough capacity to store 5000 TV and Radio channels. It comes preprogrammed with 63 updated satellites from worldwide. The receiver supports DiSEqC 1.2. All the local oscillator frequencies for C and Ku-band are preprogrammed.

The initial installation of the DSR 5500 does not pose any problems. Contrary to many competitors' receivers, the DSR 5500 does not show a welcome screen asking you to select your preferred language before anything else, but starts with the main menu. The installation menu may look confusing when you are using the receiver for the first time. There are three methods of channels searching in DSR 5500. Search Channel, Manual Search and Blind Search. The Search Channel function is a convenient tool to search multi-satellite in one time. When pressed the OK button, the satellite will be chosen.

This receiver allows choosing and scanning several satellites one time, in one page operation. After all wanted satellites have been chosen, simply press Blue key to scan all chosen satellites one by one. The scanning process was up to our expectations. 1003 TV and 476 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 channel list is one of the most interesting features of the DSR 5500. 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. 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 zoom function.

The DSR 5500 design coupled with reliable software and a wide range of functions is specially designed for keeping in mind the beginning users. DSR 5500 also offers 2, 4, 6, 9, 12 or 16 pictures in picture functions. User can easily view what other channels doing in same time.



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