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Openbox f-500

The range of Openbox® F-300FTA, X-800/810 / 820CI receivers has already earned great popularity among consumers. Distinctive features of these receivers are maximum simplicity, convenience, high technical parameters and reasonable price.

In 2008, SAT SYSTEMS introduced a newcomer to the market - Openbox® F-500 FTA, which we think will become the leader in the class of FTA receivers. For the first time, the model was presented at the EEBC '2007 exhibition, and sales were scheduled to begin at the end of 2007.

The receiver comes in a stylish dark green package. Inside the package is the device itself, a remote control with AAA batteries, a 3RCA cord, as well as a user manual in Russian with a warranty card.

Distinctive features of the Openbox® F-500 receiver:
  • Receive channel quality indicator on the front panel of the receiver
  • 7-segment 5-bit indicator of the number of the received channel
  • The permissible channel flow rate has been expanded from 1000 to 45000
  • Sharp's New Blind Search Entrance Block
  • Faster searching and switching channels with low flow rate
  • Quality audio / video switch from Sony
  • New premium remote control
  • Three SCART connectors (TV, VCR, DVD)
  • Rich functionality and powerful technical support

The Openbox® F-500 FTA receiver is in a new package. The front panel design was developed by our company, and has no analogues. Its black color in combination with the silver metallic case, the stylish POWER button with internal two-color illumination, a moderately bright 7-segment 5-digit green indicator - all this will fit perfectly into the interior of your room.

The main difference between this receiver and all the others that were previously supplied by our company to the market is that this model was FULLY developed by our company - the appearance design, constructive, schematic, wiring and layout of printed circuit boards, not to mention software - which is always was the highlight of TM® Openbox receivers !!!

Another distinguishing feature of the new model is a 10-segment indicator of the quality level of the received channel (now there is no need to stretch once again behind the remote control to check the signal quality level when there are rashes or worsening weather conditions - everything is said to be "obvious").
Also on the front panel there are 7 control buttons for the main operating modes of the receiver, which almost completely duplicate the main buttons of the remote control, a 5-segment 7-digit indicator of the number of the received channel (with the possibility of indicating loading modes - downloading data from the receiver and software, indication of modes bootloader, etc.)

The back of the receiver resembles previous models:
  • RF tuner input “IF IN” and loop output “IF OUT”
  • The input and output of the modulator "ANT IN" and "TV OUT", respectively
  • Analog RCA audio output "AUDIO R / L"
  • Composite RCA video output "VIDEO"
  • RCA output for 0 / 12V switch
  • 2 x SCART connectors (TV and VCR)
  • RS232 port for connecting to a computer
  • Optical digital audio output "S / PDIF"

But the presence of three black oblong SCART connectors (TV, VCR, DVD) - from the category of innovations ...

The remote control combined silver-black is made of high-quality "warm" plastic. The design and construct of the remote control is also fully developed by our company. Therefore, the location of the buttons, their sizes and the necessary pressing force are selected almost perfectly. Thanks to the protrusion of the battery compartment, the remote control is very comfortable in the hand and does not slip out. Even some receivers of the highest complexity category cannot boast the presence of a remote control of this class ...

What is hidden behind a silver metal cover ??? The receiver is designed on 3 printed circuit boards, each of which carries its own functional purpose - the motherboard, power supply and printed circuit board information panel.
The power supply unit (in the photo below) is designed taking into account many years of experience in the repair and maintenance of receivers, its reliability and correct circuitry is confirmed by many years of stable operation of the Openbox® F-300FTA, X-800 / 820CI receivers. Electrolytic capacitors in BP are used only with a limiting operating temperature of 105 °.

The changes occurred on the main board (green), which is built on the processor STi5518. The STi5518 chip itself (covered by a square radiator) can hardly be called super new, but this is just a “tool” that, in the capable hands of our programmer, can “sound” like the famous Stradivarius violin.

At the top of the main board is a long silver box. This is the new Sharp BS2F7VZ7395 input unit, which is based on the STV0288 chip manufactured by STMicroelectronics

The main feature of the BS2F7VZ7395 input unit is that the STV0288 chip has a blind search function without significantly degrading the received signal level !! Those. The sensitivity of the Openbox® F-500 FTA receiver is not inferior to the old line of Openbox® F-300 - X-8XX. All DX-rs dream of such a receiver, since combining good sensitivity with blind search is a very difficult task. Now there really is no need to know the parameters of the transponders, the Openbox® F-500 FTA receiver can find the existing transponders and save them to the list, you just need to fine tune the antenna to any of the satellites received in your area!

Currently, you will not surprise anyone with plasma or LCD screens with a solid diagonal screen size. These screens allow you to "see more", and therefore require a source with the highest possible signal quality.

The Openbox® F-500 FTA receiver implements a solution that is used by a number of companies in PVR-class receivers - using Sony's A / V switch! What gives the use of this video switch ??? The owners of the Openbox® X-810 receivers know this very well, namely, a high-quality and realistic picture on the screen of your TV with the ability to adjust the output signal level in RGB mode. These quality indicators, combined with the ability to reformat video from 4/3 to 16/9 and vice versa, give the Openbox® F-500 FTA a huge advantage when compared to FTA class receivers ...

It should be noted that the highest quality image can be obtained on the screen only when using a cable of the SCART type (RGB or PbPrY signals). So if you recently purchased a TV with a large diagonal, then think about purchasing the appropriate cable.

The use of the Sony CXA2161R switch in a budget-level receiver once again confirms the desire of our company to always offer high-quality products to the market at affordable prices that give maximum opportunities to their owners. In addition, the use of the third DVD Scart connector will significantly expand the switching capabilities of the Openbox® F-500 FTA receiver (someone will probably recall the old Nokia 9200-9600 receivers with their super-high-quality picture and three scarts) ...