I'll try and add detailed photos of this box at a later time. I have them but just need to get up to speed on adding photos to a post.
Selectable output resolutions-480i-1080i (no native passthru of resolution). Resolution is changed from button labeled "switch" on remote.
Outputs-HDMI(no audio though, must use another output port for audio if using HDMI), Optical audio, Component, S-video, Composite and L&R audio. NO RF out.
Inputs-RF, 12v DC negative ground(1200 ma xformer is 120-240v ac input)
Reception-ATSC, and even though the manual says NO it IS QAM compatible. I verified this at a neighbors who has cable, I'm OTA only. In the setup their is the option for AIR, STD cable, HRC cable, and IRC cable. Selecting STD or IRC I was able to get many digital SD channels as well as our local HD channels. I find the whole QAM thing odd since even the RF port on the back of the unit says ASTC in and all throughout the manual they reference ANTENNA be hooked to RF in. Well it DOES get QAM. Note no analog what so ever with this box. It's ATSC/QAM only.
First I'll say the manual, while somewhat understandable, at times seems to be referring to a different box. Features it say it has, it does not. Others it says it does not, it does
this is part of the reason it's taken me so long to review this box. It's very odd, to say the least. Note it is the correct manual and box, things just aren't always like they should be.
No audio via HDMI. The manual says it does this but it also shows a diagram showing both HDMI and optical audio should be hooked up to your TV. Well my TV and I'm sure most DON'T have a optical audio input. I suppose you could use the analog RCA audio out if your TV has RCA audio that goes with the HDMI input, but in my case I'm using a 4x1 HDMI switcher since my TV only has one HDMI input. Using the switch I cannot use separate audio.
Can't add channels, only total rescan which wipes out previous scan. Note the manual says you can, but that option is NOT on my box.
Weaker reception, not nearly as good as my Zenith CECB. It could not get one channel that is 66%(2/3 bar) on my Zenith. Same channel is 30% on my older Panny LCD and 60% on my Panny EZ-28 DVDR. Other strong channels were OK on the Tivax, but it's no DX'er thats for sure.
Can't enter in a channel not found on channel scan, also cannot enter in real channel number of channel, only virtual number.
No signal strength meter, even though manual says it should. Option missing on my box.
Slow to scan channels, although faster than my Panasonic DVDR w/digital tuner, but nowhere as fast as my TV or Zenith CECB. Their is also a annoying audio lag when changing channels. It can take 2-4 seconds for the sound to come on when changing channels. I've never had this problem with any box I've used.
When box is set to output 720p and 1080i their is NO output to composite and S-video outputs. When box is setup for 480i/p their is output to all ports. This means you cannot watch HD and at the same time record SD to a DVDR.
Analog outputs overscan a fair amount of picture on all sides. I think it's probably within the guidelines but I prefer 0% overscan and have my TV setup for this. I don't like cropping of the image, which is not possible with this box. Note if your TV overscans and then you use this box you'll be missing lots of information, even worst than the Digital Stream 9900 box I tried.
NOT 4:3 friendly. Only menu options are 16:9 and auto. No zoom option(even though manual says it should have this option and their is a button on the remote that says aspect. That button actually brings up the guide
Guide does not give descriptions, only listing of programs which goes out about 10 hours. PCIP header description usually has Chinese characters on it
Many times the guide also has times switched and will say the current program is one that was 1 or 2 hours ago
The guide on this thing is really wacky. Like nothing I've ever seen before(or hope to see again).
Button on remote called FREEZE, which does nothing. Manual says it's "undefined".
The remote says STB-1 on it(Tivaxs NON HD box) as well as the inside box photos show the STB-T1, but the box is defiantly a LX1000.
At times the units display does not correspond to the OSD's channel number. The OSD is correct, the units display sometimes just gets confused. I think it sometimes shows the actual channel number along with sub channel. Example OTA channel 2.2 in my area (real channel 34) will show on the display as 34.3. A channel up/down usually gets the correct number on the display.
Unit turns itself OFF after 4 1/2 hrs. Their is no options to change this, unlike CECBs. This box would not work for unattended DVDR recordings.
No way to not stretch 4:3 SD content. 4:3 HD is not stretched though.
No initial EZ setup (auto run) function. You just have to jump into the setup yourself.
Lockups, the box locked up tight on 2 occasions. Once while accessing the guide the other while changing channels. The box had to be unplugged to clear it.
No modulated RF output. Personally I don't really care about this since I don't use modulated CH3/4 output but I would have liked a RF passthru port to hook up to say a DVDR or my TV to be able to get the analog channels.
Very good PQ, similar to Sammy 260.
$100 price + shipping. More that $70 less than a new Sammy.
Unit has a display (that is usually accurate)
QAM even though not a advertised feature.
This box, unlike Sammy does output OSD's to all outputs.
Metal case that runs cool, like Zenith CECB.
Front of unit has many controls, CH up/down, Volume, Menu, power, etc. The unit is mostly operational even without remote.
Unit has a blue light when "outputting" SD and turns to RED when outputting HD.
CONCLUSION: IMO this box is not quite ready for primetime. It might have the goods I was looking for but it's just to unfinished and has several "deal breakers" AFAIK
. No audio via HDMI is a killer, as is the boxes insistence on turning off every 4 1/2 hrs, if not used.
I'm awaiting a RMA. No one got back to me on Friday
P.S. sorry for the disorganized post. I wanted to do a nice job on it, but lack of time killed me and I wanted to get this information out ASAP since several people were asking about the box. Again as time warrants I'll try and update this post with detailed photos.
According to the importer Tivax this box is very new. They are the only source for not. They can be contacted at 1-888-33T-IVAX or Support@TIVAX.COM
. They also sell the year old SD converter STB-T1 as well as newer CECB STB-T9. Both have threads here on AVS.