ZvBox 180

1080 resolution at a breakthrough price in our most popular easy to deploy chassis

VGA and HD video distribution over easy to use coax

The ZvBox® 180 is the newest member of ZeeVee’s line of HD encoder / modulators. With an upgraded video processor, you can now have 1080 performance at a very affordable price, front-panel configuration and easy rack or shelftop deployment Tough-to-reproduce video like sporting events and scrolling text look remarkably smooth and clean.
ZvBox® 180 
Combo HD MPEG2 Encoder
QAM Modulator
1080p / 1080i / 720p / 480p / 480i

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Ideal Applications

  • Distribute HD channels in sports bars, corporate offices, stadiums and arenas, MDUs, assisted living facilities, college dormitories, houses of worship, retail, and other commercial spaces, over existing coax
  • Distribute one digital signage player to unlimited displays. Just tune it in - no boxes required at each TV
  • Share HD video sources in a residential setting without pulling miles of cables or cutting into walls

Key Features

  • up to 1080p output for maximum HD performance at a remarkably low price
  • Simple front panel controls mean setup takes minutes
  • Durable chassis, fan cooled and rack-mountable for worry-free installation
  • Closed Caption capability with the optional ZvCC module


A/V Capture
  • Rapid configuration via easy-to-use front panel
  • Two separate video input paths, VGA and Component
  • Input selection via IR, USB or front panel
  • 1080p, 1080i 720p, 480p and 480i on Component input
  • EDID feedback to computer or signage player to help eliminate overscan cropping
  • Digital audio inputs
HD MPEG2 Encoding
  • 35Mbps sustained average encoding rate
  • Encoding of PCM audio inputs, pass-through of encoded audio input
  • Digital and Visual Watermarking for content theft prevention
  • User-settable program information
RF Modulation / Channel Upconversion
  • Well-formed QAM 256 or QAM 64 6Mhz channel, inserted onto any blank channel
  • Frequency agile from 50 to 864Mhz (Channels 2-135)
  • Built-in spectrum analyzer for scanning the entire cable spectrum for other channels
  • Supports STD, HRC or IRC cable standards


Video Input
Component Video (Y, Pr, Pb) RCA connectors, 75 Ohm 0 to 0.7v

Resolutions Supported:

  • 1080p, 1080i, 720p, 480p, 480i 59.94 frames/fields per second
Computer VGA (Analog) HD-15 connector, 75 Ohm RGB 0 to 0.7V, Separate H and V sync

VGA Resolutions Supported:

  • 640x480, 720x480, 800x600, 1024x768, 1152x864, 1176x664, 1280x720, 1280x768, 1280x800, 1280x960, 1280x1024, 1360x768, 1440x900 at 60 70, 72, 75, 85 Hz.
    1680x1050 and 1920x1080 at 60 Hz

    VGA resolutions are broadcast centered in the best vertical fit into 1920x1080p30 or 1280x720p60.
Audio Input
SPDIF Digital Audio Physical Connections
  • TOSLINK optical
  • RCA 75 ohm
  • USB as PCM audio device
  • 48k, 44.1k, 32k bit PCM
  • AC-3 Pass-through
Assignment Audio inputs can be assigned to either video input
Video Encoder
Encoder Video Profile MPEG2 HD Profile 2: ISO13818-2 MP@HL (1920x1080 or 1280x720)
Traffic Shaping Variable Bit Rate
Video Transport Bit Rate 38.78 Mbps in QAM 256, 26.97 Mbps in QAM 64
Video Encoding Data Rates Variable, 7 Mbs - 38 Mbs
Average Encoding Data Rate 35 Mbps
Encoding Latency Programmable 100 msec to 400 msec
Color Profile 4:2:0
GOP Size 24
Intra DC Precision 8 to11 bit, programmable
Video, Audio PID Programmable
Program Information Programmable
Content Watermarking Digital and Visual
Audio Encoder
Encoder Audio Profile ATSC A/52
Digital Pass-through Dolby Digital© (AC-3) 1 to 5.1 channels
RF Spectrum Analysis
Built-in spectrum scanning and reporting across all channels Reports Analog, Digital or Open channels
STD/HRC/IRC cable plan detection
Modulation Types QAM 256, QAM 64 (ITU-T J83 Annex B) Interleaving modes: (64,2) only
Cable Standard HRC, IRC or STD
Frequency Range 50 - 850 MHz (channels 2-135)
  • 2 kHz resolution
  • +/- 30 ppm accuracy
  • +/- 35 ppm stability
Output Power +25 dBmV typical
Output Level Adjust 5 - 25 dBmV in 1dBmV steps
MER 36 dB typical
I/Q Amplitude Imbalance < 1% typical
Amplitude Flatness +/- 1dB over 6 MHz typical
Configuration and Control
Front Panel Configuration Parameters saved in NV storage
PC software
GUI or Command Line
Parameters saved in NV storage
Input Switching Front Panel, IR, or USB
Power 100VAC to 240VAC, 50/60 Hz, 25 Watts
Cooling Internal fan, side/back flow
Mounting Optional rack-mounting ears (included)
Rubber feet for counter or shelf
Enclosure Type Metal
Enclosure Dimensions 1.7" H x 14.8" W x 4.9" D
4.32 cm H x 37.6 cm W x 12.45 cm D
Carton Dimensions 5.125" H x 18"W x 9.75" D
13.0 cm H x 45.7 cm W x 24.77cm D
Shipping Weight 5.07 lbs (2.3 kg)
Temperature/Humidity Operating +32F to +113F (0C to +45C) / 10% to 80%, non-condensing
Vibration NSTA 1A in carton
MTBF 30,000 hours
Compliance Safety UL60065
FCC Class B
Part number ZP180-NA
Model name ZvBox 180
Warranty 1 year


ZvBox180 and ZvBox170 feature an easy to use front panel for configuration.  Everything you really need to do is available there.  See our ZvBox front panel configuration page to learn more.

If you want to get creative, ZvBox allows you to set channel names, customize idle screens with the customer's logos, and even change the 'heartbeat' watermark in the lower right corner with an image of your choosing.  These settings, as well as those available through the front panel are done by a software application running on your PC called ZvConfig. Your ZvBox is connected to your PC via USB. See the ZvConfig page to learn more.