Tivax STB-T9 DTV Converter

Tivax STB-T9

The Tivax STB-T9 DTV Converter, includes many of the features of the other DTV converters on the market. It does however include a Smart Antenna Port. This new port allows you to connect your smart Antenna to your DTV converter, this helps deliver hassle free digital TV.

Features:

  • NTIA Approved Coupon Eligible Converter Box (CECB)
  • Receives and Displays All 18 ATSC Formats
  • Composite Video Jack (Yellow RCA Plug)
  • Stereo Audio Jacks (Red & White RCA Plugs)
  • 75 ohm RF Video/Audio Jack (Coaxial Cable)
  • Remote Control
  • Closed Captioning
  • V-Chip
  • Sleep Timer
  • Channel Buttons on Box
  • Smart Antenna Port
  • Multi-language: English Spanish French

Additional Information

Manufacturer: Tivax
Model #:STB-T9

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8 Comments »

  1. tom Said,

    May 24, 2008 @ 9:39 am

    I purchased two about 1 month ago and have found them to have good reception, easy to use, and provide a very good picture.

    The receiver of the Tivax is much better than the one found in my Sharp 27″ TV. I get too many drop outs and reports of signal unavailable with the Sharp, but the Tivax the receiver has been much more reliable.

  2. Marie Said,

    October 16, 2008 @ 1:45 pm

    I purchased the Tivax STB-T9 DTV Converter one week ago. All the positive claims are true, but I am still very disappointed.

    WARNING TO ALL WHO WATCH BOTH US AND CANADIAN TELEVISION STATIONS - once installed, this converter ONLY displays channels that are currently broadcasting in HDTV. This means that, with this converter, you will loose the Canadian stations still broadcasting in Analog.

    The deadline for HDTV conversion in Canada is August 31, 2011…so most Canadian stations still broadcast only Analog. This means that without a converter with a “pass through” feature, you will not be able to view the Canadian Analog stations until August 31, 2011 - or you will have to disconnect and reconnect the converter as needed.

    The Tivax STB-T9 DTV Converter does not have a “pass through” feature…SHAME ON THEM. This requirement was not mentioned by them even after they knew I lived close to the US/Canada border.

    I’m going to try and return it to Trivax and get my money back. Hopefully I won’t have too much trouble with this.

  3. Jesse @ Tivax stb-t9 Said,

    October 23, 2008 @ 9:32 am

    The Tivax is indeed missing analog pass-through which will cause you to lose all channels that aren’t required to switch over to digital.

    I must say though that you have it all wrong… It is not HDTV that you get with this box and it is not the HDTV transition.

    It is rather a simple switch from analog to digital. HDTV is a whole different thing.

  4. Neil Said,

    October 29, 2008 @ 9:15 pm

    Hey Marie,

    Down here in Scranton, PA, I think most of the stations I watch are “low-power TV broadcasts” that are exempt, so they will not switch to digital.

    It will be interesting to see which channels disappear in February and which remain.

    I haven’t made my set-top-box purchase yet. I see this Tivax is highest-rated by Consumer Reports for its picture quality, but I’m disappointed that it doesn’t have analog pass-through.

    However, since the picture quality is all important, I’m going for the Tivax, anyway.

    Also, some set-top boxes can only program channels by performing a “Search,” which takes a few minutes. Then, if you move your rabbit-ears so a different set of stations can be received, you’d have to do a new search to program any new stations that become available. However, the new search begins by erasing the first set of stations that were programmed. It would be nice if the box would allow you to keep the original set of stations in its memory and add the additional ones to the list, but the Search function doesn’t work that way. The best it does is memorize a new list when after you move the antenna.

    The Tivax doesn’t have that problem. You can do a search and program a bunch of channels. Then, if you know there’s another channel in your neighborhood, you can “tune” to its channel, and spin your antenna while watching the signal strength meter on the box. If the antenna spinning yields a useful station, you can append it to the original list of saved stations. After that, to change stations, you might have to spin the antenna, but you don’t have to reprogram the whole channel list — causing some previously saved channels to be erased. I think that’s an important consideration for the Tivax, too.

    As for the analog pass-through, there are easy ways to handle that missing function. All it does is bypass the electronics in the box, and re-connect the antenna directly to the TV for “traditional” analog reception. If your box doesn’t have pass-through, you can accomplish the same thing by manually disconnecting the set-top box from the TV and connecting the antenna directly to the TV.

    Granted, depending on your installation, that could be very inconvenient, such as if your antenna wire is buried in the back of a wall unit behind a very heavy television.

    There are a couple of options to make this process easier. You can use “Quick-Disconnect” F-connectors, which don’t have screw-threads. Instead, they can be pulled straight off and pushed straight on, and they fit snuggly onto your antenna connector without having to screw the pesky outer ring. They would make switching the antenna wires around much easier.

    Another option is to use two A/B switches, which might make it even easier to manually bypass the set-top box. (Your homework is to figure out how 2 A/B switches can be used to switch the set-top box in and out.) Still, you’ll have to walk over to the TV to flip the switches.

    I vaguely recall that Radio Shack has an A/B switch that can be switched by remote-control, which would avoid having to get out of your seat to switch between analog and digital. However, both switches are apt to flip when you hit the remote control, which can be troublesome if one of them doesn’t respond once — then they’ll be out of synch.

    For me, I’ll get the Tivax, I’ll get good picture and convenient channel programming, and then I’ll figure out how I need to deal with the analog-digital switching.

    Consumer Reports has a list of set-top boxes and their capabilities: http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/electronics-computers/tvs-services/digital-tv-converter/ratings/dtv-converter-boxes-ratings.htm

    Their list shows which few boxes include analog pass-through. Some of them have picture quality that might be slightly worse than the Tivax, but it might be difficult to see the difference, especially on smaller televisions.

    Thanks,
    -Neil-

  5. Marsh Said,

    November 22, 2008 @ 12:34 pm

    Marie, you wroteand I quote

    “The Tivax STB-T9 DTV Converter does not have a “pass through” feature…SHAME ON THEM. This requirement was not mentioned by them even after they knew I lived close to the US/Canada border”

    Why SHOULD someone tell you ? Why don’t you do your homework and research a product BEFORE you buy it. If you had done your homework you would have found out that Tivax has the Tivax STB-T8 WHICH HAS THE ANALOG PASS THROUGH. THIS MODEL IS THE SAME AS THE T9, BUT WITH AN ANALOG PASS THROUGH. Get the T8 and everything will be great.

  6. John Wang Said,

    December 15, 2008 @ 11:45 am

    Oh you could just buy the Tivax STB-T8 which has the analog pass through…

  7. dennis Said,

    December 19, 2008 @ 7:12 pm

    “It would be nice if the box would allow you to keep the original set of stations in its memory and add the additional ones to the list”

    Actually, there is only one converter box that has that function.

    You should have bought the Channel Master cm7000. The Tivax is good, but the cm7000 is the supreme digital/analog converter.It is the only one that has an update scan option. jmsdigital.ca

    And btw folks, Tivax does not actually have a combined atsc/ntsc passthrough, it simply has the power off/analog passthrough flaw that allows the analog signal to leak through when you power down the box.

  8. lewis Said,

    December 28, 2008 @ 11:47 am

    Does this converter have an onscreen signal/reception strength indicator ??

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