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TELE-audiovision International — The World‘s Leading Digital TV Industry Publication

— 03-04/2015


Triple-Tuner HD-Receiver

The Race Car

among Receivers

What happens when we

have a company that bears

the name Formuler and

launches a receiver that it la-

bels F1? Well, right – we wake

up and smell the coffee, and

we expect one characteristic

from such a product: speed.

We at TELE-audiovision love

bold moves, and we’ve wit-

nessed quite a number of

them in recent years. But in

the end, it boils down to the

big question: Can the For-

muler F1 actually deliver on

its promise?

Its outward appearance

does not give away much with

its unobtrusive black design.

It’s only the fully glassed

front panel that seems to

provide a clue of what is to

follow. It features a perfectly

readable VFD display as well

and encourages active use

thanks to the convenient

pressure point of its buttons,

providing exactly the level of

feedback that is needed.

Up until very recently, al-

most all receivers came as a

permanently-married union

of hardware and software.

These days, however, we can

observe a new trend that

allows users to either use

a manufacturer’s in-house

software solution as operat-

ing system, or chose a third-

party installation instead, if

preferred. The Formuler F1

takes this development one

step further and is shipped

without a manufacturer-

specific operating system at

all. Instead, a total of three

different Enigma 2 distribu-

tions are available for use,

namely OpenPLI, OpenATV

und HDMU. By default, For-

muler uses the OpenPLI vari-

ant, which is why we only

deal with this distribution in

the current test report. Us-

ers that want to look at or

try out the two other options

can download those from the

Internet and install them on

their F1 (see link in info box).

When you turn on the For-

muler F1 for the very first

time an installation assistant

will greet you and guide you

through all required basic

Formuler F1

Superfast receiver for those

who hate to wait.

as a flap that hides a CI slot,

two built-in card readers, a

USB port and an SD card slot.

Looking at the back panel of

the F1 – which is shipped as a

twin DVB-S2 receiver by de-

fault – we discover a slot for

inserting a third tuner, which

can either receive DVB-S2 or

DVB-T2/C signals, depending

on the tuner type selected.

So out goes the twin tuner

and in comes the triple tuner,

complete with full PVR func-

tionality. In principle, adding

a third tuner is not rocket sci-

ence, and all you have to do

is open the case by unscrew-

ing a total of five screws.

We noticed that – contrary

to conventional PC design –

the third tuner is not attached

to a robust socket base, but

only to rather thin pins. This

tells us that Formuler appar-

ently does not want us to ex-

change the third tuner on a

regular basis.

Apart from that, the back

panel sports a classic design

with all the connection op-

tions you could reasonably

require. In addition to the

two standard DVB-S2 tuners

there are six RCA jacks for

stereo audio, composite vid-

eo and YUV, an HDMI output,

S/PDIF output, e-SATA port,

RS-232 interface, USB port,

RF-45 socket and – last but

not least – a socket to con-

nect the external power sup-

ply unit.

The remote control that is

shipped with the F1 receiver

sits in your hand very nicely