Olin digital set top box review

The countdown to digital only continues. A set top box is an easy way to convert.

Been bailed up by relatives and asked to explain ‘this new-fangled digital TV thing’ as the family’s ‘technical person’? Our advice: Stick with the simple stuff. Analogue TV will be switched off between 2010 and 2013 and set top boxes provide a quick and easy way to go digital.

The Olin HVBT-3200 high definition set top box retails for $149 and combines simplicity with enough connectors to keep most satisfied — optical digital out, HDMI out, Composite out (RCA) and Component Out. It also has an antenna in and loop out connection as well as a serial RS-232 should you need to update the firmware.

Setup takes minutes and the remote is clear and easy to use, if a little slow on the uptake when it comes to switching channels. It’s also nice see a user manual with real-world screenshots; the likes of Naomi Robson and Huey’s Cooking Adventures add localisation to the instructions. The device supports OSD teletext (DVB Compliant) subtitles and 4:3 and 16:9 aspect ratios. It also has a handy parental control.

Set top boxes can be pretty power-hungry, which is why, since 2008, they have had to comply with Minimum Energy Performance Standards (MEPS) Regulations in passive standby, active standby and on mode power use. The HVBT-3200 complied across all these categories.

Pros:

  • Easy to use

Cons:

  • Switching between channels can be slow

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12 Comments

richard

1

looking for a remote control unit for an olin high definition set box

Jacky

2

Hi, Richard
You can call Westwell Australia's customer support line 1800656630.

peter hutchinson

3

haveing a set top box is the only way i can record from a
vcr thanks. will this still happened arfter 1013 from peter
hutchinson sydney australia.

c

4

watch this how to clip.
Setting up your Olin settopbox to a vcr or other recording device.

http://olinlivenow.com.au/support/product-support-information.aspx?PartNo=OL-DVBT10A

Ray Skeen

5

I have had an OLIN settopbox for some time now and have had no trouble until I tried a new search so I can receive ABC News radio.

The search says it is now in the box but when I click on it, there is abolutely nothing to be seen.

Is there some trouble with the channel or the box? All other channels work like a charm.

james

6

My set top box worked for a week and now every two mins it goes into stand by mode

Vas Wiesner

7

How much will a new remote for olin hvbt-1-1800 cost or will it be cheaper to buy a new set top box.

Mark Doolan

8

bought a Olin DVBT 10 set top box on ebay but have no instruction manual on how to set it up .
Does anybody know where I can source one of these instruction manuals from

sheridan

9

JAMES!!! have you figured out how to get it from going into standby every 2 minutes? mine has just done the same :(

ian

10

i can't get abc or channel 9 ant ideas

jewels

11

my set top box is locked does anyone know how to unlock it...

jo

12

i don't know how to set up so i can record digital channels?? can anyone help?

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