VU+solo SE Review/hands on.


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Jan 14, 2013
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Received my new VU+SOLO SE today and have been playing with it for a few hours.I paid £173.00 for the box and £11.00 shipping via DHL from Germany.
As you can see i opted for a white box that comes with a standard vu+ white remote the same one we are all used too.
It ships with the usual HDMI lead the remote control and a PSU and leads and an external infra-red sensor with a cable about a meter long allow users to hide the box away behind the TV or somewhere out of site and still allowing users to control the box.
Its really quite small and very light its the smallest satellite box i have ever owned,you can see how small it is in comparison to a standard sky box...
You have the choice of what plug and play tuner you want (DVB-S2, DVB-C/T, DVB-C/T/T2) and i have noticed some UK sellers charging extra for boxes shipped with DVB-C/T, DVB-C/T/T2
There is not much i can say about it at the moment as im only running vu+ factory image that allows you to do nothing.!!
One massive good point is the is way faster than the solo 2 and reboots literately in the blink of an eye..
I have noticed the box gets quite hot and having no fan i guess this is normal as the heat sink will be doing the work and there is no changes in the box operation still fast and still working fine..
So to finish off its main points are its speed the size of the box and the plug and play tuner options and its ability to be hidden away.
Flashing is off put USB in back..turn on box and light indicates dim when flashing..when complete the box light flashes bright.turn off box remove USB and power on and off you go.

How does it compare to the solo2? Been thinking about getting one as getting abit tired of messing around with the clone to keep it working?

Everything about it is totally different to the solo2 mate...There is only one comparison and that's the speed...its fast..
its a single tuner,no display,alot smaller,no internal hard drive,no cooling fan.

full specs
Vu+ Solo SE Features:
Transcoding function
Opera Browser
HDMI 1.4 connection
Plug & Play Tuner
External 12 V power supply
Vu+ Solo SE Technical Highlights:
1300 MHz Dual Core Mips processor
Plug & Play Tuner (DVB-S2, DVB-C / T, DVB-C/T/T2) 1X DVB-S/S2 INCLUDED
256MB Flash
1 x DVB Common Interface slot
1 x Smartcard-Reader (Xcrypt)
2 x USB
10/100 Mbit Ethernet Interface
SPDIF audio output optical (digital)
1 x HDMI 1.4 video / audio output (digital)
1 x RCA video output
2 x Audio output (L / R) RCA (analog)
unlimited channel lists for TV / Radio
EPG (electronic program guide) support
Support of Bouquet lists
OSD in many languages ​​and skin-support
automatic / manual channel search
DiSEqC 1.0/1.1/1.2, USALS
External 12V power supply
power switch

Vu+ Solo SE Specifications:
DVB-S2 tuner
Input Frequency Range 950 .. 2150 MHz
Input Level - 65 dBm ... - 25 dBm
Tuner Input Connector F-Type female
Input Impedance 75 Ohm
AFC capture range + / - 3.5 MHz
Demodulation QPSK and 8PSK
FEC Viterbi and Reed-Solomon
Viterbiraten 1/4, 1/3, 2/5, 1/2, 3/5, 2/3, 3/4, 4/5, 5/6, 8/9
Roll-off Factor 35%

Common Interface:
Common-Interface Power Consumption max. 0.35 A/5V

Video decoding:
Video Compression MPEG-2 / H.264 and MPEG-1 compatible
Video Standard PAL G / 25 Hz, NTSC
4:3 / 16:9
Letterbox for 4:3 TV-Device

Output Digital:
Output Level 0,5 Vss on 75 Ohm
Sampling frequencies of 32 kHz, 44.1 kHz, 48 kHz
S / PDIF-Output optical, coaxial (AC3)

Audio coding:
MPEG-1 audio compression and MPEG-2 Layer I and II, MP3
Audio Mode Dual (main / sub), Stereo
Sampling frequencies of 32 kHz, 44.1 kHz, 48 kHz, 16 kHz, 22.05 kHz, 24 kHz

Analog output:

Output Level L / R 0,5 Vss on 600 Ohm
THD> 60 dB (1 kHz)
Crosstalk <-65 dB

Video parameter:

Input Level FBAS 1 Vss + / - 0.25 dB on 75 Ohm


100/10 MBit compatible interface


USB 2.0 port (2x)
LNB power supply DVB-S2 Tuner:

LNB Current 400mA max. , Short-circuit proof
LNB Voltage horizontal "no load 19.5V" 17,6 V at 400mA
LNB Voltage vertical "no load 14.5V" 11,8 V at 400mA
LNB is switched off in standby mode

Control of the satellite position:

DiSEqC 1.0/1.1/1.2 and USALS - Rotor Control

Power consumption:

<13W (in operation, with LNB)
<12W (in operation, without LNB)
<0.5 W (Deep-Standby-Mode)

External power supply:

110-240V AC / 50-60Hz / 1,0 A
12V = / 3,5 A

Ambient temperature +15 ° C. .. +35 ° C
Humidity <80%
Dimensions (W x D x H): 211 mm x 185 mm x 40 mm

Some VU Solo SE pictures. It is a really nice and fast unit. I am interested if there will be possible to fit dual DVB-S2 tuner.


Downloads: A new file has been added by AJT:

Vu+ SoloSE Review

Review written by Ev0, BlackHole Team.​


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