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  1. 1. TEST REPORT Satellite PVR Receiver OPENSAT 3000CRCI PVR A Small Receiver With Big Features 04-05/2009 OPENSAT 3000CRCI PVR Fully-fledged PVR receiver with excellent build quality that is easy to use The OPENSAT 3000CRCI PVR is a small CI receiver with PVR. It has unusually small dimensions and therefore fits into any living room environment. The front panel features a four-digit segment display and – in the upper left corner – the standby button. All other buttons and slots are hidden behind a flap. 42 TELE-satellite & Broadband — 04-05/2009 —
  2. 2. If you open this flap it usual satellite IF input and menu of the OPENSAT receiver Everyday use reveals seven buttons to loop-through output, 2 scart is more or less self-explanatory This receiver is not equipped operate the receiver with- euroconnectors, 4 RCA jacks the manufacturer provides a with an installation wizard, out remote control, a CI slot for stereo audio and video, a comprehensive user’s manual which means that you have to for all standard modules like 0/12 control current, an opti- which solves any questions start out with selecting your Irdeto, Seca, Viaccess, Cryp- cal digital audio output, a UHF that still may arise. It deals preferred language for the toworks or Nagravision, a modulator output, an RS-232 with all functions and options on-screen menu. Once you Conax card reader as well as interface and a mechanical of the receiver and provides have found this menu item a USB interface. mains switch. screen shots and illustrations where necessary. the following languages are The back panel is equally The remote control that available: English, French, well designed and sports the comes with the receiver sits The overall build quality of German, Italian, Spanish, well in your hand, boasts the 3000CRCI is very good Turkish, Polish, Farsi, Slovak, a convenient design and and we had no complaints Slovenian, Czech and Hun- proper labelling. Even whatsoever with the unit we garian. though the on-screen received for testing. The main menu boasts a clear structure and is divided TELE-satellite World Download this report in other languages from the Internet: Arabic ‫ﺍﻟﻌﺮﺑﻴﺔ‬ Indonesian Indonesia Bulgarian Български 0.53 Czech German Česky Deutsch English English Spanish Español Farsi ‫ﻓﺎﺭﺳﻲ‬ French Français Greek Ελληνικά Croatian Hrvatski Italian Italiano Hungarian Magyar Mandarin 中文 Dutch Nederlands Polish Polski Portuguese Português Romanian Românesc Russian Русский Swedish Svenska Turkish Türkçe Available online starting from 27 March 2009 — 04-05/2009 — TELE-satellite & Broadband 43
  3. 3. into six categories (chan- reception system. It comes nel list, antenna settings with a pre-stored list of 44 and search, settings, tools, European satellite positions games and PVR). The first which is very up-to-date and step requires adjusting the well sorted. receiver settings to the exist- ing TV equipment. The colour-coded buttons on the remote can be used to The PAL, PAL-M, PAL-N, add new satellites in a breeze, SECAM and NTSC colour sys- to edit existing entries or to tems are supported and can delete outdated and unused be selected manually – or entries. Transponder list of NILESAT 7° West you may choose the ‘auto’ function and let the receiver The receiver also has to take care of everything. know whether it is con- nected to a motorised or a The video signals can be fixed antenna as it supports put out as RGB or CVBS, with DiSEqC protocols 1.0, 1.1, S-Video and YUV not imple- 1.2 und 1.3 (USALS). Thanks mented by the manufacturer. to DiSEqC 1.1 support multi- The UHF modulator can be focus antennas can be con- activated with a dedicated nected to the OPENSAT box menu item with channels 21 too, just as well as dishes to 69 being available for that with practical USALS motors purpose. which only require the exact location of the antenna to Like all DVB devices the find all available satellites. OPENSAT 3000CRCI is able to sync the local time with the Various LOFs are pre-set EPG time code transmitted via sat- so that C band reception is ellite. To make sure the time is an option as well apart from correct you do, however, have Ku band reception. Even cir- to define the difference of the cular signals from LNBFs can local time to GMT. While most be received and processed. other receivers require users Altogether the range of avail- to set GMT +/- x hours, this able LOFs is rather impres- box shows a number of well sive, even though it is not known cities for each time possible to enter a specific zone which makes it easier to LOF manually. identify the appropriate zone, even when you’re not 100% The 3000CRCI sports a sure how many hours offset 4000-channel memory and in you have. order to fill it with offerings from the sky you may want to A separate menu item either perform an automatic takes care of adjusting day- channel search for one or Channel list light saving time so that you never have to worry about changing the time twice a year. Some useful additional settings like OSD or channel switching options complete this menu item. Next, the receiver has to be familiarised with the existing 44 TELE-satellite & Broadband — 04-05/2009 —
  4. 4. Main menu – installation Multi-satellite search Channel list editing Info bar 46 TELE-satellite & Broadband — 04-05/2009 —
  5. 5. All this can be done with the first menu category which reveals all channel list edit- ing options. It goes without saying that not only the TV list but also the radio list can be rearranged in very much the same way. To all DXers out there: You might be pleased to learn that the complete channel list can be deleted at the touch of a button without resetting any other receiver settings at all. When you’re in edit mode either all available chan- nels are listed or – for sake of usability – only channels Multi-picture view with 9 channels from individual satellites are several satellites or a manual and found 1235 TV channels again, the colour-coded but- displayed. transponder search. For both and 456 radio stations. When tons on the remote control modes you can restrict the activating blind scan on the turn the whole process into Again, the colour-coded search to free-to-air only, TV same satellite the receiver child’s play. The only thing buttons of the remote are only, radio only or TV & radio. finished after slightly less we missed was manual PID used to add channels to one of Network search can be acti- than five minutes and found input, which this receiver several favourites list (which vated if required. 1132 TV channels and 431 does not support. can be individually named), radio stations. Both results to delete, move or PIN-lock The integrated blind scan are very satisfactory con- If we bear in mind that channels so that underage mode is a nice little treat as sidering we’re in automatic the channel memory is lim- members of the family do it allows finding and scanning mode here. ited to 4000 entries it makes not have access to unsuitable transponders that are not sense to think about adjust- material on the TV screen. (yet) on the stored list. For a manual search indi- ing the channel list accord- vidual transponders can be ing to personal preferences Listed channels can also We tried a standard search selected, edited, sorted, and – above all – to seriously be marked for skipping when on HOTBIRD 13° East and the added or deleted at the consider deleting all channels zapping up and down the list. OPENSAT took 3:20 minutes touch of a button. Here you will never ever watch. Whenever you’re in edit mode 48 TELE-satellite & Broadband — 04-05/2009 —
  6. 6. the current video is inserted s didn’t pose a problem for memory stick can be con- Software updates are also in a small window at the right the 3000CRCI. nected to this port and will possible using the USB inter- corner of the screen. be recognised by the receiver face – all you need to do is The integrated CI inter- in a matter of seconds. From download the appropriate The red button on the face worked just as smoothly that very moment all PVR file from the manufactur- remote control opens a in our test and accepted all functions become available, er’s website, copy it into a search window where you modules we threw at it. The such as recording the cur- can simply key in the desired rent event, playing back memory stick and then start built in Conax card reader channel name while to the also worked brilliantly with stored files and of course the update process on the left of the inserted keyboard our test card. time shift viewing. receiver. all matching hits are listed. The RS-232 interface can So next time you’re right in The only real drawback While this feature is a be used to update the oper- the middle of a great prime of the OPENSAT 3000CRCI godsend in itself OPENSAT ating software or to install a time movie when the phone PVR is the fact that a stor- has gone that extra mile new channel list. To this end, rings you simply press pause, age medium can only be with implementing it in an OPENSAT provides a dedi- pick up the phone and con- extremely user-friendly way. tinue from that very scene connected to the front panel cated editor for PCs which is when you have finished the of the receiver. This in turn even SatcoDX compatible and The very good overall phone call. means that the elegant flap consequently can be used to impression of this receiver is has to stay open all the time provide up-to-the-minute finished off with a zoom func- Naturally we tested all PVR and reveals the somewhat channel and transponder tion, an integrated teletext features and found nothing to less elegant inner front with data to the receiver. decoder and multi-picture complain about. Eight timer all its buttons and slots. display of nine channels. entries can be created which OPENSAT uses a tuner with PVR also allow recording daily or weekly events without fur- What we liked very much, a rather low threshold and In case you’ve been won- ther ado. however, is the ease with therefore was able to pick up dering why the OPENSAT which recordings can be and process even weak sig- 3000CRCI PVR receiver sports In addition to recording edited on the PC or burnt nals such as the ones from the PVR in its model designa- and playing back of TV and onto DVD. Thanks to porta- NILESAT 7 West or ASTRA2D tion here’s the answer: It’s radio contents the receiver ble external storage media it 28° East. all in the USB 2.0 interface on features an MP3 player and a is as easy as ABC to connect the front panel, which turns picture viewer so that you can them to the PC and therefore The SCPC reception test this OPENSAT receiver into a present your precious holiday fully-fledged PVR. never again have to worry was also passed with flying photos on the TV screen next colours and our test tran- time. Or you may use the about transferring huge files sponder on TURKSAT with a Any kind of portable receiver as a juke box for an from one device to the next. symbol rate of only 2400 KS/ hard disk, memory card or upcoming party. — 04-05/2009 — TELE-satellite & Broadband 49
  7. 7. Expert Opinion + The OPENSAT 3000CRCI PVR is a fully-fledged PVR receiver that is perfectly suitable for any living room environment and for all members of the family thanks to its ease of use. The operat- Thomas Haring ing system has a user-friendly design and worked TELE-satellite Test Center flawlessly during our test. The hardware com- Austria ponents used by OPENSAT also left nothing to be desired. Thanks to PVR, MP3 player and picture viewer the Main menu – PVR 3000CRCI is an extremely versatile receiver that will look great in any cabinet thanks to its small size. - The USB interface on the front panel is a little inconven- ient. Moving it to the back or – even better – adding a second USB interface on the back panel would be a good idea. TECHNIC DATA Manufacturer ABC Biznis, 955 01 Topol’cany, Slovakia Tel/Fax +421 38 5313508 E-Mail Website, Model OPENSAT 3000CRCI PVR Function Digital DVB-S CI-PVR receiver PVR Manager Channel memory 4000 Symbol rates 2-45 Ms/sec. SCPC compatible yes DiSEqC 1.0 / 1.1 / 1.2 / 1.3 USALS yes HDMI connector no Scart connector 2 Audio/Video output 3 x RCA S-Video output no UHF modulator yes 0/12 Volt connector yes Digital audio output yes EPG yes C/Ku-band compatible yes PVR-function yes (via external USB 2.0 storage media) MP3 Jukebox ENERGY DIAGRAM Apparent Power Active Power Mode Apparent Active Factor StandBy 10 W 5W 0.50 Reception+PVR 15 W 8W 0.53 First 15 minutes: reception with channel switching, PVR recording and play. Second 15 minutes: standby SCPC reception via TURKSAT 42° East 50 TELE-satellite & Broadband — 04-05/2009 —