TEST REPORT                  Satellite Receiver

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  1. 1. TEST REPORT Satellite Receiver Venus New Millennium II-EP Motor control made easy These days Asia takes much of the lead in satellite receiver technology, with a constant stream of receivers The Venus motor mounted appearing from such places on the Venus dish as China and Korea. Here TELE-satellite presented though, our Asian voyage of in previous issue. The discovery takes a different satellite receiver Venus New turn to meet only the second Millennium II-EP is optimized receiver we’ve tested from to control this motor Indonesia. Clearly made with the Asian market in mind, it is a basic free-to-air receiver with a built-in traditional 36V positioner. It comes from the Venus brand, which will already be familiar to regular readers for their innovative segmented dish that we tested in issue 08/2008 and this receiver is especially designed to work with the Venus motor, which we will present in a next issue. The receiver is housed in a full-sized black case, measuring 300x200mm and 60mm high. Basic controls are available on the front panel, where there is a red LED display of the current channel’s number, which gives an almost retro look. The grey remote control does all it needs to, but it would be 0.57 nicer perhaps if it matched the antenna input along with present, and the back panel is when the New Millennium is colour scheme of the receiver spring terminals to connect a completed with a 4-pin RS232 sold in other countries, it will itself. 36V motor. There are no Scart connector. have a manual in the required or digital outputs – just a pair languages. But a good test of a Rear connections are limited of composite video outputs and Our test receiver was sup- receiver’s ease of use is to find to the most frugal require- the usual UHF antenna loop. plied with a manual in Indo- out if it can be used without a ments. There’s a single Stereo audio outputs are also nesian only. No doubt if and manual. The menu entry “Pen- 52 TELE-satellite & Broadband — 10-1 1/2008 — www.TELE-satellite.com
  2. 2. TELE-satellite World www.TELE-satellite.com/... Download this report in other languages from the Internet: Arabic ‫ﺍﻟﻌﺮﺑﻴﺔ‬ www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-0811/ara/venus.pdf Indonesian Indonesia www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-0811/bid/venus.pdf Bulgarian Български www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-0811/bul/venus.pdf Czech Česky www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-0811/ces/venus.pdf gaturan Sistem” led me to the have been set up, finally it’s German Deutsch www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-0811/deu/venus.pdf receiver’s setting screen where time to get scanning for chan- English English www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-0811/eng/venus.pdf Spanish Español www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-0811/esp/venus.pdf the menu language (“Bahasa”) nels. 18 satellites covering the Farsi ‫ﻓﺎﺭﺳﻲ‬ www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-0811/far/venus.pdf can be changed between Indo- Asian area are already pro- French Français www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-0811/fra/venus.pdf Greek Ελληνικά www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-0811/hel/venus.pdf nesian and English. The menus grammed into the receiver, Croatian Hrvatski www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-0811/hrv/venus.pdf Italian Italiano www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-0811/ita/venus.pdf themselves are basic, and the so if these are receivable it’s Hungarian Magyar www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-0811/mag/venus.pdf text somewhat blocky, rein- a simple matter of assigning Mandarin 中文 www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-0811/man/venus.pdf Dutch Nederlands www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-0811/ned/venus.pdf forcing the retro feel some the correct positioner number Polish Polski www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-0811/pol/venus.pdf more. to them. New satellites can Portuguese Português www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-0811/por/venus.pdf Romanian Românesc www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-0811/rom/venus.pdf be added as needed, with Russian Русский www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-0811/rus/venus.pdf Initial Setup their names being editable. Swedish Svenska www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-0811/sve/venus.pdf Turkish Türkçe www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-0811/tur/venus.pdf The usual up/down buttons The internal positioner works are used to scroll through the Available online starting from 26 September 2008 very much like the stand-alone alphabet to set each letter of positioners many of us may the name, but don’t go too fast have used in the past. 60 posi- as both the up and down but- tions are available to be stored, tons go upwards! which can then be assigned to one or more satellites Adding new channels is when scanning for new chan- again simplified to the bare nels. Each satellite position minimum. If like me, you don’t is referred to just by number enjoy the confusion sometimes with the satellite’s name being caused by network scans and set later when channels are transponder lists, you’re in scanned. Therefore keeping luck – there’s none of this. a careful note of where each Channels can only be added number points is necessary to to the receiver by blind scan avoid later confusion! or manual entry of frequency data. There’s no automatic setup by using satellites at each Blind scanning shows up one side of the viewable arc, and omission from the receiver’s nor is there any provision for software. Whilst it can drive setting east and west limits in a universal LNB perfectly well Main menu the receiver. This means the with full user control of the user would need to ensure the local oscillator frequency and After this, we then need to they appear correctly when limits on the dish motor have 22kHz tone, there’s no facility change the local frequency to selected. been set correctly to avoid any to scan the high and low bands 10600, turn the 22kHz tone accidents. DiSEqC is included in a single sweep. To cover the on, and scan again to get the The blind scan is not very fast for switching between up to full Ku band we have to make remainder of the channels. even when using the quick scan four LNBs. two scans. The first, with the The receiver remembers the option. The two scans required local frequency set to 9750, will LNB setting for each channel, to find everything from HOT- After the satellite positions scan up to around 11.500GHz. so once committed to memory BIRD took a total time of 56 minutes, but with most Asian satellites transmitting on less transponders this is not really a matter. Pressing any button on the remote aborts the scan, 10-11/2008 VENUS NEW MILLENNIUM II-EP Easy to use receiver for big motorized dishes at an economic price www.TELE-satellite.com — 10-1 1/2008 — TELE-satellite & Broadband 53
  3. 3. saving any channels already symbol when scrolling through found. Duplicate channels are the unsortable main list. The not added at the end of the list, P+ and P- buttons are used to unless their parameters have. navigate between the chan- As with many blind scan receiv- nels marked as favourites. ers the discovered symbol rate Radio channels are added and is slightly inaccurate, most edited in the same way as TV, often in the region of 30 above but from a separate list and reality. Adding individual chan- menu entry. nels is best done manually, so being forearmed with a SatcoDX chart is useful. Fre- Everyday use quency, polarity and symbol When it’s finally time to rate are all needed. This time watch some TV, pressing the all channels found are added OK button gives us the list of Blind scan in progress cal search commonly seen on Picture quality is OK, bearing many modern receivers would in mind that we have only UHF be a helpful addition here. or composite video outputs When a channel is selected for to choose from. Widescreen viewing from this list, the pic- transmissions are catered for, ture zooms out from its small up to a point. The receiver window to fill the full screen, always assumes a 4:3 TV is which is a nice little touch. being used, and black bars are Blind scan options to the end of the list, whether all stored channels. This list they are duplicates or not. can be reduced to each indi- vidual satellite by using the Organising channels once MENU button. The P+ and P- they have been scanned and buttons allow selection of the stored is kept to basic level. next or previous satellite. Each entry in the channel list can be moved up and down This list always defaults the list, marked for deletion, to showing all satellites, so or added to a single favour- remembering channel num- ites list. The favourites list bers or using the favourites can’t be viewed or edited on function might be preferred its own – favourites can only over lots of repetitive scrolling be located by finding the heart and searching. The alphabeti- Channel list 54 TELE-satellite & Broadband — 10-1 1/2008 — www.TELE-satellite.com
  4. 4. used at the top and bottom the rest are freeze-frames. Expert Opinion of the screen if a 16:9 trans- Teletext is unavailable. + mission is detected. Everyday Uncomplicated channel data storage and edit- viewing, once we have the channels and satellites set up Summary ing Easy handling of a 36 V motor as we need them, is simple and After the initial setup, for Blindscan makes it usable for satellite DXers easy enough. Zapping between everyday TV viewing and chan- channels is fairly fast, and the nel-surfing the New Millennium - Andy Middleton TELE-satellite Test Center EXIT button is used to switch II-EP does the job well if not No Scart or digital outputs UK to the previously viewed chan- too much further editing and nel. sorting is needed. The receiver is best when it comes to handle TECHNIC Audio channels and PIDs can the Venus motor which he does DATA be quickly edited if needed, rather superbly. Despite a few Manufacturer PT. Subur Semesta, Jln. Kamal Raya No. 8, which is a bonus when a chan- places where the menus could RT. 0014/RW. 09 Tegal Alur, Jakarta Barat 11820 Tel +62 21 5559733 Fax +62 21 5559805 / 5555009 Email subur@dnet.net.id Model Venus New Millennium II-EP Satellites 60 SCPC compatible yes USALS No DiSEqC 1.2 Scart connectors 0 Symbol rates 2-45 Ms/sec Audio/Video outputs 4 (two video + left/right audio) UHF output Yes, channels 21-69 0/12 volt output No Digital audio output No EPG No C/Ku-band compatible Yes Power supply 100-240 VAC, 50-60Hz ENERGY DIAGRAM Channel info & blue bars nel changes PIDs – we don’t be made tidier or easier to nav- have to fear going back to blind igate, its basic design meant scanning or manual frequency that I had little problem finding Apparent Power entry just to change this small my way around the receiver detail. The INFO button gives without having to try to consult a helpful screen detailing the the Indonesian manual, so that channel’s name and param- test is won easily. Active Power eters, plus allowing quick fine- tuning of the dish position. The nature of the receiver Mode Apparent Active Factor would opening up the spectrum StandBy 18 W 10.5 W 0.58 Reception 21 W 12 W 0.57 The EPG button on the of multi-satellite reception to remote instead gives us a “PIP” people who may usually be put display of 9 channels. As usual, off by the cost of a receiver only one of these is live and with a built-in positioner. www.TELE-satellite.com — 10-1 1/2008 — TELE-satellite & Broadband 55