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  1. 1. TEST REPORT Multimedia HD Receiver Topfield TMS SRP-2100 High-end All-rounder 24 TELE-satellite & Broadband — 06-07/2009 —
  2. 2. Each receiver box we buy prominently features a brand name on its front. In actual fact, however, no manufacturer develops and produces all components in-house, but rather sources individual parts from various suppliers and then assembles the receiver. One of the decisive components always is the main chipset, as it determines how well incoming audio and video data are processed. A good quality receiver must feature a good quality chipset to guarantee brilliant sound and pictures, a wide range of applications and operational stability. 06-07/2009 TOPFIELD TMS SRP-2100 Future-proof receiver combining satellite television and Internet in a single device 0.56 — 06-07/2009 — TELE-satellite & Broadband 25
  3. 3. Slightly over a year ago pation into their new TMS we witnessed the large-scale receiver and therefore made transition from SDTV to HDTV sure it does not only come using DVB-S2/H.264. This of with two DVB-S2 compatible course required a totally new tuners, but also with a fully chipset to make sure high- functional network interface definition signals can be pro- as one of its key features. cessed next to conventional standard definition offerings. Topfield decided that new Main menu technology on the inside also We all know that new tech- requires a new appearance on nology often brings with it new the outside. Forever gone are problems and new bugs that more or less hidden buttons take some time to be resolved. on the front panel – the future The first DVB-S2/H.264 chip- lies in a touch-sensitive control sets were no different and panel which does away with more or less any manufac- obtrusive buttons altogether. turer of HDTV receivers expe- The TMS (which, incidentally, rienced some kind of teething stands for Total Media Solu- problems. The more features a tions) is some three centime- brand tried to pack into their tres higher than comparable innovative HD boxes, the more satellite receivers, but thanks prone to glitches they actually to its stylish front panel design LNB settings were. this does not make it look bold at all. After all, there is only In the meantime, however, one single button positioned chip manufacturers have had right above the perfectly read- some time to look at the prob- able VFD display: the one to lems and figure out how to turn the box on and off. solve them, so that the Top- field TMS SRP-2100 now is one All other control segments of the first receivers using the are located next to it in a per- latest and improved DVB-S2/ fect circle, and they are acti- H.264 chipset. vated simply by touching the front panel, which is a very Topfield of South Korea calls smart concept. When the itself the “Leader of Multime- receiver is switched on these dia Home”, and it is exactly segments are surrounded by Video Output Options that claim which the company a shiny blue LED ring, which wants to prove right with its we found a tick too bright in new product. Many months a dark viewing environment. ago, a team of Topfield engi- Being able to dim or de-acti- neers went about design- vate this LED would be greatly ing this next-generation HD appreciated. receiver. What was clear right from the very start was that A flap on the right side of the the Internet would be playing front panel hides two CI slots a significant role next to con- which can take in any standard ventional satellite TV recep- conditional access module tion. Speaking of which, it is for pay TV reception (such no coincidence that TELE-sat- as Viaccess, Cryptoworks, ellite opted to add “broad- Nagravision, Alphacrypt etc.), SCPC Search band” to its title, because we as well as two USB ports for too expect that in future it will connecting external hard disks make no difference to con- or other storage media such as sumers where TV and radio digital cameras and the like. content comes from. Satel- lite, cable, terrestrial and The back panel proves its broadband Internet will all be worth as well, as it comes with equally purposeful sources of the mandatory HDMI socket, multimedia content and one two scart euroconnectors, six day we will not even bother to RCA sockets for YUV, CVBS think about where TV content and stereo audio, a USB port, comes from. an E-SATA slot, a network interface, a coax and a digi- The engineers at Topfield tal audio output and of course also streamlined this antici- the two DVB-S2 compatible SCPC Reception 26 TELE-satellite & Broadband — 06-07/2009 —
  4. 4. tuners complete with loop- On a friendlier note, we loved manual – something we have date list of 150 European and through outputs. To broaden the fact that you can also con- come to expect and appreci- Asian satellite positions for KU our smile even further, Top- trol your TV, DVD player and ate from Topfield in the past. and C band transmissions. The field also added a mechani- amplifier with the very same It provides detailed informa- transponder database turned cal mains switch on the back remote. The user’s manual tion on all features of the out to be just as current. panel. includes a comprehensive list receiver, has a brilliant layout of codes for various manu- and included illustrations and As far as antenna settings Contrary to most Topfield facturer so that the remote pictures where required. are concerned the TMS seems receivers in the past the new can be configured to work to be happy with anything that TMS comes with a small fan with your existing living room Everyday use is thrown at it. All DiSEqC pro- to provide cooling for the hard equipment. When tested by tocols (1.0, 1.1, 1.2 and 1.3) When Topfield advised us disk and the power unit. In the us, this feature worked truly some weeks ago that the new are supported which means pilot receiver we had available flawlessly. TMS would be sent to us for that a simple single antenna for testing the fan produced testing, we could hardly wait is just as fine as a multi-focus a rather disturbing high-pitch In addition, Topfield decided for the day it would arrive at antenna with up to 16 LNBs noise. Topfield has assured us, to ship a fully-fledged wireless our test lab. When that day or an antenna with a DiSEqC however, that a more silent fan keyboard with its TMS, even had finally come, we were motor. A number of generally and an improved power unit though it currently can only even quicker than usual to set used LOFs are pre-set and in will be used for serial produc- be used for the integrated up the receiver to our recep- case you own a more exotic tion. The remote control that Battle Tank video game. Plans tion system and to connect it LNB you may even set the is shipped with the TMS sits are in the pipeline, though, to to our plasma TV in the test required LOF manually. nicely in your hand and sports add an Internet browser to the lab. When switched on for the an easy-to-use layout design. receiver’s operating system in first time the receiver wants to In order to make full use of All keys are clearly labelled future, for which the keyboard know the preferred language twin tuner PVR both tuners and provide enough feedback will be extremely handy. for the OSD, with the following should be fed with a separate when pressed. If the wireless keyboard is options being available: Eng- line from the antenna so that used a small dongle has to be lish, French, German, Dutch, two recordings (even from If only the quality of the TMS attached to one of the avail- Italian and Spanish. two different satellites) can remote would equal that of the able USB ports of the receiver be made simultaneously while TF7700HDPVR we’d feel like so that signals can actually Even though the receiver playing back a third event. we were in heaven. As this, be transmitted from the key- came with a comprehensive unfortunately, is not the case board to the box. channel list that was obviously In case there is only one we have to say that while the geared towards the German- line available the loop-through remote is good enough to use, This impressive list of fea- speaking market, the next output of tuner 1 can be con- it does not equal the top-notch tures is rounded off with an step in the initial setup pro- nected to the input of tuner 2, design and feel of the receiver included HDMI cable and cess was a channel search. which means that not all chan- it is meant to control. an extremely useful user’s The TMS comes with an up-to- nels are available on tuner 2. 28 TELE-satellite & Broadband — 06-07/2009 —
  5. 5. TELE-satellite World Download this report in other languages from the Internet: Arabic ‫ﺍﻟﻌﺮﺑﻴﺔ‬ Indonesian Indonesia A channel search was per- tion quality of the tuner was Bulgarian Български Czech Česky formed quite swiftly and only confirmed. A C/N value of a German Deutsch English English took about eight minutes for little over 4 dB was enough for Spanish Español Farsi ‫ﻓﺎﺭﺳﻲ‬ HOTBIRD 13° East with its a stable and error-free picture French Français more than 100 transponders. on our plasma TV. Greek Ελληνικά Croatian Hrvatski But then again, we would have Italian Italiano Hungarian Magyar expected nothing less from It’s the same old story when- Mandarin 中文 Dutch Nederlands Topfield. Naturally, any search ever a new satellite receiver Polish Polski can be restricted to FTA or arrives at home: Hundreds or Portuguese Português Romanian Românesc encrypted channels only, and even thousands of channels are Russian Русский Swedish Svenska channels that are not pre- found with the channel search, Turkish Türkçe stored on the transponder list and then the gruesome job Available online starting from 29 May 2009 can easily be found using the starts of bringing some order network search mode. into this huge mess. In our way you can build up genre- limiting this feature to certain case, far more than 2000 TV related personal lists, create pre-defined transponders or For professionals among channels and countless radio a dedicated HDTV list or each channels, which may even be you Topfield has even thought stations filled the overall list, member of your family can encrypted channels. This is a of implementing manual PID but thankfully Topfield has a use a customised list all for very handsome feature that input. The only feature genu- reputation of taking the horror him/herself. we have been waiting for for- ine DXers will miss is blind out of channel list editing and ever and a day. scan, which is not available the TMS is no exception. Before we exit the main with the TMS. menu – which, incidentally, is Via HDMI the TMS can pro- Its channel memory accepts conveniently divided into five vide either 576i, 576p, 720p, The TMS’s tuner had a pleas- up to 7000 TV channels and up categories – it makes sense to or 1080i, or you may choose ant surprise in store for us: to 3000 radio stations and can have a look at system settings the automatic mode which Not only did he lock SCPC sig- be edited to your heart’s con- and to adjust same param- selects the most suitable res- nals from TURKSAT 42° East tent. Apart from an automatic eters, if need be. Like other olution based on the received effortlessly, it also left a great basic structuring it allows digital satellite receivers, the signal. We particularly liked impression when we tried to manually moving, deleting, TMS can be set to automati- the Video Format key on the receive signals from transpon- renaming or PIN-locking indi- cally sync local time via satel- remote control to quickly ders that only come in very vidual entries. lite. What sounds like a great change resolutions. weakly at our location (such idea also has its drawback, as the ones from NILESAT Just as easily, you can move as some channels transmit The scart euroconnector 7° West or ASTRA2D 28.2° channels you watch on a regu- erroneous time signals and delivers CVBS, S-Video or RGB East, for example). When we lar basis to a favourites list, cause a wrong time to be set signals, and users can pre- repeated the test under lab which itself can be sub-divided in the receiver. To counter define how 4:3 material will conditions the excellent recep- into up to 30 categories. This this problem, the TMS allows be presented on a 16:9 screen — 06-07/2009 — TELE-satellite & Broadband 29
  6. 6. (Pan & Scan or original format also a fully-fledged network with black bars to both sides). interface which can be set up Even though hardly anyone in a dedicated menu area. It will use it these days, it is even allows users to assign an IP possible to set signal output at address manually or automati- 4:3 for older TV sets. cally by a DHCP server that is integrated in the network. In As the name suggests case automatic assignment is the recording and playback available the TMS will receive Manual channel search settings allow defining the all required parameters auto- receiver’s behaviour during matically and will be ready to recording and playing back. go within seconds. The time shift buffer has been extended to cover up to 300 A web server and an FTP minutes now, up from the 120 server are also integrated in minutes that had been avail- the receiver and both of them able in the past. In addition can be activated or deacti- you can have the receiver add vated individually. Obviously, a pre-set number of minutes the TMS offers access protec- before and after each timer tion through user ID and pass- recording to make sure not to word. miss a thing in case a channel does not stick precisely to its Once the initial configura- EPG mode 1 schedule. tion is finished all you have to do is press the Exit key on the If external storage media are remote to prompt the receiver connected through the USB to exit the main menu. It or E-SATA ports they can be immediately switches to the nominated as the default stor- first available channel on the age medium. So if you would list and inserts a small info bar like to use a USB disk rather on the bottom of the screen. than the internal 500 GB hard It includes information on the disk you can easily set up the currently showing event, a box to address this external progress bar to show how far disk. into the event you are, as well as details regarding the active Another first is that it is pos- tuner, satellite and transpon- sible to continue playback from der. Extended EPG information where it was stopped before. Up until now a separate TAP Additional icons provide (in-house plug-in from Top- information on available ser- field) had been required to use vices such as teletext, sub- this feature. Also, various fast titles, additional audio tracks, forward and rewind speeds are or whether you are currently available and users can define watching an encrypted or mul- how the receiver is to deal with tifeed channel. encrypted recordings. Either they are decrypted right away All this is rounded off with by creating a copy or the user two bars indicating signal activates this procedure man- strength and signal quality. ually. Beware of these values, how- ever, as we have found that Various OSD settings The front display of the they might not be 100% accu- TMS can be customised in a rate, especially when it comes number of ways, for instance to weak signals. using different display modes or adjusting display brightness If you press the Info key the for standby and on. We would receiver will display additional be even happier if the same content information on the was true for the blue LED ring current event, if provided by on the front panel as well. the channel. If you intend to connect the The EPG pops up by press- receiver to the outside world ing the Guide key and Topfield the Topfield TMS does not has yet again managed to only have the USB and E-SATA develop a very user-friendly ports at your disposal, but layout. Information for up to 150 pre-stored satellite positions are available 30 TELE-satellite & Broadband — 06-07/2009 —
  7. 7. seven days in advance can be It could not be easier to lect a lot of recorded events. avenues. TV and radio con- accessed, provided this infor- create a timer entry – yet of To help you keep track of what tent will still be provided via mation is transmitted by the course there is always the you have recorded it is possi- satellite, cable, or terrestrial channel. option left to create a manual ble to freely create folders into broadcasting, but will be com- entry as well if you do not want which you can move recorded plemented to a considerable Two display modes are avail- to be restricted to scheduled- events. Each recording comes extent by the Internet. able: The first shows a grid with defined begin and end times. complete with a preview pic- seven channels at a time for a ture and detailed informa- This is why the network inter- time period of approximately Set entries can be repeated tion on length and size of the face of the TMS has received three hours, the second mode daily, weekly, each workday or recording. In case you’re won- special attention right from also consists of a grid layout, each weekend, so you’re really dering: 500 GB of hard disk the start. Not only does it allow but this time featuring five left with all imaginable auto- are good for roughly 250 hours controlling the receiver via the channels with a time period of matic recording options. of viewing. Internet or a local network approximately four hours. thanks to the integrated web In our test the receiver also The files system used by server, you can also access While you’re using the EPG reliably identified and advised Topfield is JFS, even though a the receiver’s hard disk from the Info key brings up detailed of any timer conflicts involving number of other formats (such anywhere in the world with the information on the selected overlapping recordings, even as FAT32, NTFS or EXT2/3, help of FTP. event, which can be marked if they overlapped a couple of for example) can be read was to create a timer entry for a minutes only. well. Only JFS and EXT2/3 can Data are transmitted in high recording or reminder. be written, however, which speed so that nice theory can In good Topfield tradition the you should keep in mind when be put into impressive prac- OK button calls up the channel trying to edit recordings on tice, and a whole new world list, which sports a convenient your PC. of using a satellite receiver is design and offers a whole opened up. Just imagine – a range of sorting options. If The perfect overall impres- new movie premieres on TV desired the receiver can even sion of the TMS is rounded off while you’re on holiday and display provider details for by flawless selection of audio with all the helter-skelter right each channel, and the touch tracks, perfect insertion of before departure you forget to of a button brings you right to subtitles, NVOD support and set the timer for a recording. favourite list view. integrated teletext decoder. If you belong to the impatient Not a problem: If you have We particularly liked the kind and prefer to watch other access to the Internet at your channel search feature which channels during commercial holiday destination you can shows all channels whose breaks you will probably love remotely create a timer entry, name starts with a given char- PiP (picture-in-picture), which check if all existing entries are acter (press once: all channels even works with two HD chan- correct and verify whether starting with A; press twice: nels! recordings have actually been all channels starting with B; made. And as if that’s not and so on). We should not forget to enough, you may even use FTP mention a feature called auto- to transmit TV or radio content With potentially thousands matic system restore which from your home right to your of channels on the list this fea- works like that: With the touch holiday destination. ture brings you to what you’re of a button you can save the looking for really fast. current receiver status, which The ‘Entertainment’ menu can be restored at any later item is a first step by Top- Zapping is fun with the TMS, stage, if something goes ber- field towards blurring borders it doesn’t take longer than serk with your settings. The between receiver, network one second to switch between restore file can be saved both and Internet. For instance, you SDTV channels, and approxi- in the internal memory and on may use the TMS to look for mately two seconds before a external storage media, so you videos on YouTube and watch HDTV channel appears on the are always on the safe side. them on your flat screen in TV. the living room. Naturally we Topfield never stops improv- gave this feature a try and as When testing a receiver we ing its products, and that is it turned out it worked flaw- often zap up and down the list why new software is made lessly. like there is no tomorrow, yet available for download from the TMS did never answer with time to time. Updates can be The TMS is just as versatile any major video or audio faults. made via satellite, network or as the YouTube web portal and In general, we truly loved the via a USB memory stick. even displays a list of most video and audio quality pro- watched or top rated videos. vided by this receiver, which Network Alternatively you may watch was excellent for both SD and photos on Flickr or share them HD signals. Interface with friends, and if you want to As mentioned above Topfield find out the weather for the day Thanks to the built-in 500 believes the future will see a the TMS features a dedicated GB hard disk you will soon col- merging of different reception menu item for that as well, 32 TELE-satellite & Broadband — 06-07/2009 —
  8. 8. Network settings provided via DHCP Weather forecast YouTube video search Battle Tank video game providing a forecast for almost TMS the manufacturer has any location worldwide. stated that the interface per se hardly changed so that it In addition, the TMS can will be not too difficult to re- of course be used as an MP3 jukebox or a picture viewer compile existing TAP applica- with individual or slide show tions so that they will become viewing. If you have down- compatible with the TMS loaded DivX movies from the within a short period of time. Internet you may even watch these with the Topfield TMS. With its TMS Topfield is among the first receiver man- The Battle Tank video game Most watched YouTube videos ufacturers to enter uncharted adds icing to the multimedia cake and can be played alone territory by making the Inter- at home, or with friends on the net an integral part of its network. product. Naturally, the qual- ity of many YouTube videos TAPs is way below that of satellite Topfield was the first man- transmissions, but change ufacturer to create a plat- happens and YouTube is form for resourceful hobby investing heavily in new com- developers to implement new features in the receiver’s pression technology so that a software. The name of the number of videos are already game is TAP and stands for available in high-definition. Topfield Application Protocol. DivX playback Users may use TAP applica- The impression we had tions to customise their boxes of these was very good and even further and to add new functions. sooner or later the end user will no longer think about Topfield began to integrate where TV content comes TAP many years ago and so it from, as long as it arrives on comes as no surprise that TAP the screen in good quality. is a defining feature of the TMS software as well. While TAP applications written for One thing is for sure: Top- older Topfield receivers cur- field will be at the forefront of rently will not work on the this new development! MP3 jukebox — 06-07/2009 — TELE-satellite & Broadband 33
  9. 9. Life’s really hard for a TELE- satellite test lab editor: Thomas in Vienna playing the Battle Tank network video game included with the TMS for this test report with TELE-satellite‘s Graphic Editor Barna in Budapest (big picture) 34 TELE-satellite & Broadband — 06-07/2009 —
  10. 10. Expert opinion + The Topfield TMS SRP-2100 is truly a next- generation receiver. For the first time it merges satellite television and Internet access and thus creates a totally new viewing experience with hith- Thomas Haring erto unknown features. The operating concept is TELE-satellite Test Center smart and the OSD sports a very user-friendly Austria interface. Two simultaneous recordings can be made while watching a recorded event. All this makes the TMS the ideal companion for the whole family as well as newbies or Topfield TMS channel list even experienced DXers. - The cooling fan of our pilot receiver was rather noisy, but the manufacturer meanwhile assured that a more silent fan and an improved power unit will be used for serial produc- tion. The quality of the remote control could be higher. TECHNIC DATA Manufacturer Topfield, Seongnam/Korea Fax +82-31-7082607 E-Mail Channel list editing Model TMS SRP-2100 Function Digital HDTV DVB-S2 Receiver with Various Multimedia Features Channel Memory 10000 Symbolrate 1-45 Ms/sec. SCPC Compatible yes (> 2000 Ms/s) DiSEqC 1.0 / 1.1 / 1.2 / 1.3 USALS yes HDMI Output yes Scart Connector 2 Audio/Video Outputs 6x RCA Component Video Output yes S-Video Output yes UHF Modulator no 0/12 Volt Connector no Digital Audio Output yes Channel list options EPG yes C/Ku-Band compatible yes PVR-Function yes USB 2.0 Connector yes Ethernet yes E-SATA yes Max. hdd size 1TB Dimensions 340/82/258mm Weight 3.8kg ENERGY DIAGRAM Mode Apparent Active Factor Apparent Power StandBy 16 W 8W 0.50 Reception 58 W 33 W 0.56 Info bar PVR 60 W 35 W 0.58 Active Power First 15 minutes: In the first minute the receiver is powered up, followed by 14 minutes of active operation with channel switching, recording, playing back, etc. Second 15 minutes: Standby Extended info bar 36 TELE-satellite & Broadband — 06-07/2009 —