HD/SD Meter Revez HD-TSF Review

9/1/2014 11:25:14 AM
A ‘Proper’ digital TV signal meter is not a cheap item, but it’s essential for the fast and accurate aligning of a satellite dish or terrestrial TV antenna by professionals – or anyone intending to install a large number of antennas.

A ‘semi-professional’ meter will often do the job (identification of the transmission found is the key advantage over a simple signal level meter), but professional meters and spectrum analysers provide all the functions required for difficult cases or complex installations.

The HD-TSF, from relatively new meter manufacturer Revez, is a full professional model which not only measures the received signal level and quality, and identifies the transmission, but also provides the various bit error rates, C/N, visual displays of received spectrum and digital packets, scans for active channels and even provides the means for watching and recording the received TV – and it does all this for both SD and HD transmissions byterrestrial, satellite and cable.


The HD-TSF is a remarkably compactdevice. On the front is a 3.5in colour LCD screen, where all the unit’s measurements are displayed. Below this is an array of 28 buttons, including power, a numeric keypad, cursor control keys, dedicated command keys and coloured function keys.

Revez HD-TSF front view

Revez HD-TSF overview

At the top are two F-connectors for terrestrial (with 5V power) and satellite (13V/18V LNB power and DiSEqC commands too). At the base is the battery chargerconnection, a USB socket for connection to a memory stick or HDD for software updates and transferring saved data, and an on/off switch – for complete shutdown that avoids accidental power up (and battery wastage) while the unit’s not being used.

The HD-TSF is also supplied with a nylon case with a front window that allows the buttons to be pressed and a lid over the display, which provides protection when closed and shade when open. Also included in the package are a strap for the case, F-plug adapters, and chargers.

The unit requires 12.6V to charge its internal Li-ion battery, which is provided by the mains charger or the 12V car charger (which, it’s good to see, includes a voltage regulator).

Signal finding

The HD-TSF provides a pretty comprehensive array of signal measurement tools for both terrestrial and satellite finding (and cable too, although that was not tested here). There are also modes to reset the unit to factory default, access the USB storage, and watch TV channels tuned to it.

In terrestrial meter mode, there are four options: Search, IDE, Packet Control and Spectrum display

The Search provides a signal strength, quality and BER display (with a switchable audio indication of strength) for a selected individual transponder and finds the channels on that or searches the whole frequency range in much the same way as any TV/receiver.

When you have the antenna aligned, the IDE screen gives all the technical data on the transponder such as the strength, MER, pre- and post-error correction BER, modulation format and a constellation display.

The Spectrum and Packet Control displays gives an overview of the whole frequency range – Spectrum is a traditional display of the signal strength at each frequency (with a read-out of the strength at the cursor position) and can be saved to USB storage. The Packet Control display shows the signal strength and quality for each active transponder.

Revez HD-TSF full box

Revez HD-TSF full box

In satellite meter mode, the available choices are similar, but in the Search display, the separate ‘Explorar’ (sic) option provides a simple signal strength and quality bar graph, along with BER and C/N figures for your chosen satellite (and transponder) – ideal for both first finding and then fine tuning the dish.

The IDE screen here, rather than listing the technical details of the transmission (available from the Spectrum display), will tell you which satellite is being received, trying the reception against each satellite in its database until a match is found.

The Spectrum and Packet Control displays are broadly similar to their terrestrial signal equivalents, but include options to change the input parameters such as DiSEqC portal, 13/18V, 0/22kHz and LNB type.

The satellite mode also off ers two additional options. The DiSEqC search looks at the four ports accessible under a DiSEqC 1.0 switched system, and the 16 under DiSEqC 1.1, to determine which port is connected to which satellite’s LNB. The DiSEqC Motor screen provides a channel search with access to the commands for a DiSEqC 1.2 motor.

Outside of the terrestrial and satellite modes, the HD-TSF also has a dedicated Find key which provides quick access to the Packet Control menu and a Scan key that takes you to the terrestrial whole-range scan or to a satellite blind search. This first finds all the active transponders on the satellite and then scans them for channels – it’s reasonably fast, taking 10 minutes to find 1,600–odd channels on Hot Bird.

Revez HD-TSF front and back view

Revez HD-TSF front and back view

Additional functions

Outside of signal finding and measuring functions, the HD-TSF has plenty to offer. There’s a handy satellite look angle calculator and electronic compass, but the HD-TSF is also a complete receiver. Not only can the HD-TSF scan the terrestrial and satellite airwaves for channels, but it stores and displays them too. Just like a (FTA) receiver, you can display an onscreen channel list (terrestrial and satellite) to pick a channel and watch it, with the HD-TSF’s built-in speakers handling the sound.

With USB memory connected, you can even use the HD-TSF as a PVR! You can record two channels and watch a third from a single transponder on satellite and/or terrestrial, and even record the whole data stream from a transponder. You can also fast forward/rewind and pause playback, and pause live TV too.

In fact the HD-TSF will even play video, music and photos from the USB storage. It’s something of a repressed media centre – only an HDMI output for big screen viewing is missing. The only real criticism of the HD-TSF is the menu control system, which has poor labelling and differences between the operation of the satellite and terrestrial modes seemingly introduced for no reason but to make it more complex


·         Supports: DVB-S; DVB-S2; DVB-T; DVB-T2; DVB-C  

·         Signal strength: Pre BER; Post BER; C/N; MER measurement constellation diagram

·         Screen: 3.5in LCD

·         Packet level display: Yes

·         Transponder data display: Yes

·         Satellite ID: Yes

·         Transponder channel scan: Yes

·         Terrestrial spectrum scan: Yes

·         Satellite blind search: Yes

·         Channel reception display and PVR: With USB storage

·         USB video: Yes

·         Music photo playback: Yes

·         Battery: 2700mAH Li-ion

·         Mains and 12V charger: Yes

·         Carrying case: Nylon

·         Dimensions: 105(w) x 170(h) x 45(d)mm

·         Weight: 500g


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