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  1. 1. TEST REPORT HDTV Satellite Receiver Topfield TF7700HSCI Elegant HDTV PVR Receiver with Extras In the last several issues of TELE-satellite we had already Topfield heard all of these receiver. The rear panel comes introduced HD compatible receivers from the high-end manufac- wishes and developed their with a USB host connector to turer Topfield, in particular the top model TF7700HDPVR with twin new model TF7700HSCI: a be used with an external hard tuners, PVR function and integrated hard drive (issue 03/2008). single-tuner HDTV DVB-S2 drive or USB memory stick. 0.48 Otherwise the TF7700HSCI is a CI receiver that can handle DVB-S, DVB-S2-QPSK and DVB-S2-8PSK. The TF7700HSCI is a visu- ally appealing receiver. It comes delivered in a flat and black-colored 43cm wide chas- The manufacturer quickly sis that fits perfectly in almost recognized that there are every TV rack. An extremely many consumers who are not easy-to-read VFD display sits TV coach potatoes and don’t prominently in the center of necessarily need to have two the front panel that shows the tuners. That number could go current channel number and, even higher if the recorded while in standby mode, dis- programs with the aid of an plays the current time. external hard drive could be played back in different loca- Five buttons let you oper- tions such as a second receiver ate the receiver without the in the bedroom, in the week- remote control and two CI end cabin, on vacation, while slots hidden behind a flap are camping, etc. You could even Record you compatible with every pos- use more than one external favorites sible module (Irdeto, Seca, hard drive in order to build television Conax, Viaccess, Cryptoworks, up a small video archive or programmes into Nagravision, etc.). put some organization in your an external hard existing video archive. disk drive via the Even looking at the rear USB port panel will put a smile on your 28 TELE-satellite & Broadband — 10-1 1/2008 —
  2. 2. face: in addition to the HDMI lites. The manufacturer finally as match it to the TV they are connection that you would listened to the endless criti- using. The wide variety of set- expect to find on an HDTV cism they received for the old tings possibilities starts with receiver, there are also two satellite and transponder list the automatic update of the Scart jacks as well as six RCA and performed an overhaul clock and, contrary to receiv- jacks for stereo audio, video such that now nearly every ers from many other manu- and YUV outputs, an optical HD channel can be found on facturers, daylight savings digital audio output, an RS- all of the known satellite posi- time and standard time can be 232 interface, a USB 2.0 host tions. Let’s not forget that new turned on or off with the push connection and, of course, an HD channels appear at differ- of a button. IF input with looped-through ent positions every week that output. understandably have not yet Communicating with the been programmed into the receiver can be done in Topfield also included a small receiver. We can’t really blame German, English, French, Ital- switch on the rear panel that the manufacturer for that. ian, Spanish, Arabic, Greek, lets you select if the output of Turkish, Swedish, Danish, Nor- the video signal is sent to the Fortunately, it is actually wegian, Dutch, Russian, Polish, 10-11/2008 TOPFIELD TF7700HSCI A solidly built SDTV and HDTV receiver that includes a variety of very practical features. HDMI, YUV or Scart connectors quite easy to add new satel- Persian, Finnish, Czech, Thai, and thus matches the settings lite and transponder data; it Hungarian, Bulgarian and Slo- in the main menu. is also just as simple to edit vakian. the existing data. As with all The included remote con- the other Topfield receivers, Additional settings include a trol sits nicely in your hand the TF7700HSCI supports minutes was needed to scan variety of OSD settings options and is clearly labeled. Our test the DiSEqC 1.0, 1.1, 1.2 and and load all the channels on a as well as options for the A/V receiver also came with a very 1.3 (USALS) protocols and 110 transponder satellite. output signal. detailed user manual written in can therefore be used as well English; naturally, for each of with the simplest multifeed Of course, in addition to If the DIP switches on the the different country versions, combination, a DiSEqC motor- the automatic channel scan, rear panel set the video output a translation is provided. ized system or up to a 16 LNB there’s also a manual scan as to HDMI and/or YUV, the Scart WaveFrontier antenna. well as the ability to manually output will only have S-Video or Everyday Use A wide assortment of local enter PIDs for those more sea- soned users. CVBS. If these switches are set to Scart, then RGB will also be When turning on the receiver oscillator frequencies (LOFs) available at the Scart output. for the first time, the main for the C-band and Ku-band If desired, a network scan menu is displayed that cannot are already preprogrammed can also be activated; in this Even though more and more be closed until all of the basic into the receiver. If you intend way you can be sure that the programming providers are settings have been taken care to use an S-band antenna with receiver will find every possible making their content available of and a channel scan has been the TF7700HSCI, it would be channel even if the program- in 16:9 format, there are still completed. A preprogrammed no problem thanks to manual ming providers had decided to plenty of broadcasters that channel list that would have LOF entry. alter the arrangement of chan- still use the older 4:3 format. somewhat simplified the initial nels on the various transpon- The TF7700HSCI lets the user installation was not available. Once the receiver has been ders. choose whether to view these matched to your specific channels in zoomed mode to The included satellite list antenna, the next step is a In the System Settings, the fill the entire TV screen or with encompasses 143 European, channel scan. In typical Top- user can adapt the receiver black bands to the left and Asian and American satel- field fashion, just about four to their requirements as well right of the video image. — 10-1 1/2008 — TELE-satellite & Broadband 29
  3. 3. Update the firmware delete, move or rename chan- As we have come to expect from a USB memory nels or lock them out with a from Topfield, a very informa- stick PIN code. Channels that are tive Info bar appears that pro- watched more often can be vides EPG information on the quickly moved into one of the current program, the time, freely selectable Favorites lists information on the channel In case the TV Despite the fact that the and can then be accessed with (teletext, encryption, subtitles, does not support 16:9 manual selection between the the push of a single button. The multifeed, etc.) as well as tran- signals, the receiver can PAL and NTSC color standards is System Restore function is an sponder data. A second push deliver the output signal in no longer possible, the receiver extremely practical feature. of the Info button provides Letterbox format or simply cen- can display both of these sig- The user can take a complete more detailed information on tered on the screen. But it should be fairly safe to assume that no user will use this receiver on a standard 4:3 TV. In the Video Format menu, the user can select the resolu- tion of the HDMI output signal (1080i, 720p, 576i or 576p) or the choice can be left up to the receiver itself based on the incoming signal by choosing Auto for this menu selection. This function is actually quite practical since a standard SD signal, that would otherwise be given an improved 1080i resolution through the use of a scaler, would appear foggy and washed out and thus choosing 576i or 576p would be the right choice. Main Menu The automatic signal switch- ing performed exactly as it nals without any problems. For snapshot of all the settings, the current program assum- should during our tests; the DXer’s this is great news: they the Channel and Favorites lists, ing of course that this data is receiver immediately rec- won’t have any trouble receiv- satellite data, etc. and save made available by the provider. ognized the high-quality HD ing feeds from the US. this information as often as Information on upcoming pro- signal from ORF1 HD and the needed. Should there ever be gramming is delivered by the correct resolution of 720p was As with most of the other Top- a problem or if something went Guide button. selected. When the receiver field receivers, the TF7700HSCI wrong with a setting, the origi- was switched to an SD channel, can also store only 5000 TV nal configuration can quickly The TF7700HSCI quickly the TF7700HSCI instantly acti- and radio channels; for a CI be restored. The receiver builds a complete overview vated 576p. receiver with DiSEqC 1.3, this would then be back to its origi- of all the programming and is clearly not enough. nal state with all of the correct by pressing the OK button Even the 1080i resolution on settings in place. timer settings can be handled the HD channels of a German Because of the limited chan- directly from the EPG while the PayTV provider were effortlessly nel memory capacity, effi- Once all of the initial settings current program is visible in recognized and matched by the ciently editing the channel have been taken care of, the a small window (even with HD receiver. The video format can list is even more critical. It Exit button will take you out of channels). conveniently by changed by would seem that Topfield put the Main Menu and the receiver pushing a single button on the a lot of work into editing the will then switch to the first A push of the OK button dis- remote control. channel list – users can easily channel in the list. plays the channel list that with 30 TELE-satellite & Broadband — 10-1 1/2008 —
  4. 4. TELE-satellite World Download this report in other languages from the Internet: Arabic ‫ﺍﻟﻌﺮﺑﻴﺔ‬ Indonesian Indonesia Bulgarian Български Czech Česky German Deutsch the help of the colored function Up to this point, the English English Spanish Español buttons on the remote can be TF7700HSCI was similar in Farsi ‫ﻓﺎﺭﺳﻲ‬ sorted or limited to specific sat- function to other HD receivers, French Français Greek Ελληνικά ellites. but this is where the similarities Croatian Hrvatski come to an end: the integrated Italian Italiano Hungarian Magyar The time to switch between USB 2.0 host connection. Mandarin 中文 two HD channels is just under Dutch Nederlands Polish Polski two seconds; the channel For our tests we connected Portuguese Português switching time is faster between a Seagate FreeAgent Pro hard Romanian Românesc Russian Русский SD channels. drive and a 4GB USB memory Swedish Svenska Turkish Türkçe stick. As soon as each device Because of the automatic was connected, and this can Available online starting from 26 September 2008 adjustment of the picture even be done while the receiver resolution, the time to switch is operating, the TF7700HSCI put on the receiver, we could stick can also be played back between HDTV and SDTV chan- immediately recognized the not detect any interference or on a PC without any problems nels can be as high as three new storage medium and, just other hiccups during recording or with the proper tools can or four seconds depending on like that, multiple PVR func- and playback. be burned to a DVD. Even HD the TV. If this is too long for tions such as Record and Play recorded programs did not you, simply turn off the auto- instantly became available. In general, we could not give our computer any difficul- matic resolution function and detect any difference in per- ties. change the resolution manu- While one channel is being formance compared to receiv- ally as needed with the remote recorded (even an HD channel), ers with built-in hard drives; Topfield is constantly at control. all the other channels on the this lets the user take full work improving their products. same transponder (again, even advantage of an external stor- New software updates can The Topfield manufactured HD channels) are available to age device and gives them be uploaded into the receiver tuner left us with a very good be viewed live. It is also pos- the flexibility to swap external either via satellite, through the impression; it can easily handle sible to record one channel and devices or bring them with you USB stick or through the serial weaker signals such as can be watch a previously recorded to another location. interface. This makes it very found on BADR 26° east, NILE- channel at the same time. easy for the user to keep the SAT 7° west or ASTRA 2D 28.2° The recorded programs on software in the receiver up to east. Despite the extreme load we the external hard drive or USB date. Unfortunately, we could not find any technical data on the tuner in the user manual so we had to conduct our SCPC test without any range data from the manufacturer to compare to. Our tests revealed that reception is possible only with symbolrates starting at roughly 2.0 Ms/sec. We were especially pleased with the HDTV reception test; it performed perfectly and without any erratic video or crashes. We looked at various HDTV channels at different sat- ellite positions and, regardless if it was FTA or encrypted, the TF7700HSCI did not have any problems with any of the chan- nels. Channel Scan Menu — 10-1 1/2008 — TELE-satellite & Broadband 31
  5. 5. Expert Opinion + The TF7700HSCI is a solidly built SDTV and HDTV receiver that includes a variety of very prac- tical features. Add to that the logically laid out and easy to understand OSD and you have a perfect everyday satellite receiver for the entire family. Thomas Haring The HDTV reception in DVB-S2 mode based TELE-satellite Test Center on the H.264 standard functioned properly and Austria Info Bar thanks to the HDMI output, these super-clear sig- nals can easily be connected to a plasma or LCD TV. With the help of the USB 2.0 interface and an external hard drive or USB memory stick, the TF7700HSCI becomes a full-powered PVR machine whose recordings can easily be taken anywhere and just as easily be played back directly on a PC. - The channel memory only has room for 5000 channels and a main power switch on the rear panel would also be practi- cal. TECHNIC DATA Manufacturer Topfield, Seongnam/Korea Expanded EPG Fax +82-31-7082607 E-Mail Model TF7700HSCI Function Digital Satellite Receiver for SDTV/HDTV in DVBS and DVBS2 (QPSK/8PSK) MPEG2 and MPEG4 Channel Memory 5000 Symbolrate 2-45 Ms/sec. SCPC Compatible yes DiSEqC 1.0 / 1.1 / 1.2 / 1.3 USALS yes HDMI Connection yes Scart Connectors 2 Audio/Video Output 3 x RCA Component Output 3x RCA S-Video Output no Channel List with Options Menu UHF Modulator no Programmable 0/12 Volt no Digital Audio Output yes EPG yes C/Ku-Band Compatible yes PVR Function yes (via external USB 2.0 storage medium) Power Supply 90-250 VAC, 50/60 Hz Dimensions 43/26.5/6cm Weight 2.9kg ENERGY DIAGRAM Mode Apparent Active Factor StandBy 22 W 7W 0.31 Recording of HD Programs Reception 39 W 19 W 0.48 Apparent Power Active Power First 15 Minutes: Active Operation with Channel Switching, Recording, Play- back, etc. Second 15 Minutes: Standby Overview of Previously Recorded Programs 32 TELE-satellite & Broadband — 10-1 1/2008 —