Novastar TB50, a powerful multimedia player. This device seamlessly combines cutting-edge technology with user experience-centric features.

Have you used the Novastar TB50? If not, you are in for a treat.

1. Novastar TB50 and Taurus Series Introduction

1.1 Novastar TB50

Novastar TB50 is a multimedia player designed by NovaStar for LED displays.

TB50 uses a powerful quad-core ARM A55 processor running at 1.8 GHz. It supports 4K video decoding at 60Hz for stunning visuals.

With a load capacity of up to 1.3 million pixels and a maximum resolution of 4096 pixels (width and height), TB50 can easily handle large and complex displays. It has two Gigabit Ethernet ports, WiFi, and optional 4G connectivity, providing flexible network connection options.

Perfect performance and versatility make TB50 the first choice for professionals.

1.2 Novastar Taurus Multimedia Player

The Novastar Taurus series is the second generation of multimedia players developed by Novastar Technology, designed for small and medium-sized full-color LED displays.

Models in the Taurus series: TB1-4G, TB2-4G, TB30, TB40, TB50 and TB60, seamlessly replace the discontinued TB3, TB6 and TB8.

These players are widely used in commercial displays because they do not require computer control.

The compact design of the Taurus series includes an integrated sending function, providing a more stable and intelligent alternative to traditional computer control.

The Taurus series can operate normally under high load conditions (-40℃ to 75℃).

Even if multiple Taurus devices are used together, display synchronization is very precise with almost zero latency.

The Taurus series supports multiple network modes, including wired network, dual WiFi connection and 4G, and can automatically connect to the best signal for continuous, uninterrupted operation.

2. Novastar TB50 Price

The price of Novastar Taurus TB50 is about $316, and the specific price depends on your needs.

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3. Appearance

3.1 Front Panel

SWITCH button toggles between synchronous and asynchronous modes.

LED indicator showing the current mode.

SIM CARD slot is designed to prevent incorrect insertion.

RESET button allows for factory resets by holding it for five seconds. USB (Type B) port for connecting to a control computer for content publishing and screen control.

LED OUT is Gigabit Ethernet outputs for high-speed data transfer.

3.2 Rear Panel

SENSOR connectors allow connection to brightness or temperature and humidity sensors.

HDMI 1.4 connectors include an output for HDMI loop and an input for synchronous mode video input with full-screen scaling capabilities.

WiFi antenna connector supports switching between WiFi AP and WiFi Sta modes.

Gigabit Ethernet port facilitates connections to a control computer, LAN, or public network.

The rear panel also includes COM 2 and COM 1 connectors for GPS, RF, and 4G antennas, a USB 3.0 (Type A) port for USB playback and firmware upgrades, an AUDIO OUT connector, a power input connector (100-240V, 50/60Hz, 0.6A), and an ON/OFF power switch.

4. Features

4.1 Output

With a loading capacity of up to 1,300,000 pixels, the TB50 supports a maximum width and height of 4096 pixels.

It includes two Gigabit Ethernet ports that default to primary status. But users can reconfigure it, so one acts as primary and the other as a backup.

The device has a stereo audio connector, with internal audio fixed at 48 kHz and external sources supporting 32 kHz, 44.1 kHz, or 48 kHz. The audio output of the NovaStar multifunction card requires a 48 kHz sampling rate.

The TB50 also comes equipped with an HDMI 1.4 connector, capable of a maximum output of 1080p at 60Hz and supporting HDMI loop.

4.2 Input

TB50 includes an HDMI 1.4 connector. In sync mode, this connector automatically scales the video input to fit the entire screen, allowing content to be displayed perfectly without manual adjustments.

TB50 is also equipped with two sensor connectors: brightness sensor and temperature and humidity sensor.

The brightness sensor allows the display to remain clearly visible in various lighting conditions.

The temperature and humidity sensor provides real-time environmental data. It can maintain the TB50 in optimal operating conditions and prevent potential problems related to overheating or humidity.

4.3 Control

USB 3.0 (Type A) Port: Users can play multimedia content directly from USB devices and easily perform firmware upgrades. This keeps the TB50 system up to date.

USB (Type B) Port: Through this port, the TB50 can be connected to a control computer for direct content publishing and screen control.

Gigabit Ethernet Port: This port allows the TB50 to be securely connected to a control computer, a local area network (LAN), or a public network.

4.4 Indicators

Novastar Taurus TB50 has a clear indicator light system.

The power indicator (PWR) is red and stays on when the power supply is working properly.

The system indicator (SYS) flashes green every two seconds, indicating that the operating system is working properly; if it is always on or off, it indicates a fault.

The cloud indicator (CLOUD) has multiple states: a always-on green light indicates that the TB50 is connected to the Internet; a green light flashes every two seconds, indicating that it is connected to VNNOX. If the light flashes once a second, it means that the TB50 is upgrading its operating system, and flashes every half a second to copy the upgrade package.

The run indicator (RUN) indicates different FPGA states in green: flashing once a second means no video source, flashing every half a second means that the FPGA is working properly, and always on or off means that the FPGA is loading abnormally.

4.5 Performance

The Taurus TB50 is equipped with a quad-core ARM A55 processor running at 1.8 GHz. This powerful device supports H.264 and H.265 video decoding at 4K resolution and 60Hz, guaranteeing smooth and high-quality playback.

It is equipped with 1 GB of RAM and 16 GB of internal storage, providing ample space for multitasking and storing important data.

In addition to these, the TB50 stands out for its playback capabilities. It can handle up to 2 4K videos, 6 1080p videos, 10 720p videos, or 20 360p videos simultaneously.

5. Novastar Taurus TB50 Functions

5.1 All-Round Control Plans

Users can control the screen and publish content anytime and anywhere in a more convenient way, such as: computer, mobile phone or tablet, with flexible and diverse connection methods.

And they can adjust the brightness and turn off the screen in a unified manner to achieve twice the result with half the effort.

When users need to splice multiple screens, configuration is free. HDMI cascade can reach up to 8 units.

5.2 Super Decoding

The core of this multimedia player is its ability to decode 4K video sources at 60Hz. Whether it is a single complex program or a multi-screen multi-window setup, TB50 can handle it easily. The high refresh rate of 60Hz reduces blur and makes fast-paced visuals look clear and delicate.

In addition to this, TB50 is able to decode multiple videos at the same time. This feature is particularly valuable in environments where different content needs to be displayed on various screens or windows. For example, in a control room environment, TB50 can manage multiple sources from different sources and display them on a single large screen or multiple monitors.

5.3 Switching between Wi-Fi AP and Wi-Fi STA

WiFi AP Mode: Direct Connection

In WiFi AP (Access Point) mode, the TB50 itself creates a Wi-Fi hotspot. Users connect their terminals directly to this hotspot, simplifying setup and get a stable connection. The default SSID for this mode is “AP” followed by the last 8 digits of the TB50’s serial number, and the default password is “12345678”.

WiFi STA Mode: Network Integration

WiFi STA (Station) mode allows the TB50 and user terminals to connect to an external Wi-Fi network, such as a router’s hotspot.

5.4 Dual Working Modes

Synchronous Mode:

TB50 uses an external video source connected via the HDMI input. This mode ensures that the video content is synchronized with other display components, maintaining a consistent and seamless visual experience across multiple screens or complex display setups.

For example, in a dynamic digital signage network at a sports stadium, multiple screens need to display the same content simultaneously. This mode supports full-screen scaling within specific parameters, allowing content to automatically adjust to fit the screen without manual adjustments.

Asynchronous Mode:

TB50 relies on its internal video source. This mode allows users to independently play pre-loaded content without the need for a constant connection to an external video source.

This mode is particularly useful in retail environments, where individual displays may showcase different promotional videos or information content tailored to specific products.

5.5 Synchronous Playback Across Multiple Screens

Three modes, accurate time synchronization.

  • NTP time synchronization
  • GPS time synchronization (users need to install a specified 4G module)
  • RF time synchronization (users need to install a specified RF module)

5.6 Support for 5G Modules

TB50 is equipped with an optional 5G module to access the 5G network, which is 10 times faster than 4G.

TB50 can easily handle the processing and playback of large videos and large pictures, so users no longer need to worry about what to do if the video is large. After rigorous testing, a 100MB video can be published in just 5 seconds, and there is no delay in playback.

5.7 Advantages of USB

Direct connection debugging: TB50 is plug-and-connect, which improves screen configuration efficiency.

3.0 interface: TB50 transfers files quickly and has low local playback latency.

6. Applications

LED display uses intelligent high-definition LED light pole screen, which can be used for road guidance, information release, advertising promotion, etc.

The light pole screen can be deployed on a large scale and the number is unlimited. Its display content can be controlled individually or in batches through cluster management.

Users can centrally manage the light pole screen through Taurus TB50 bridge access or direct access to VNNOX in the Internet.
TB50 can connect to the Internet through wired, WiFi and 4G networks.

7. The Specs of the TB50 NovaStar

Electrical Parameters Input power 100-240V~, 50/60Hz, 0.6A
Maximum power consumption 18 W
Storage Capacity RAM 1 GB
Internal storage 16 GB
Operating Environment Temperature -20ºC to +60ºC
Humidity 0% RH to 80% RH, non-condensing
Storage Environment Temperature -40°C to +80°C
Humidity 0% RH to 80% RH, non-condensing
Physical Specifications Dimensions 274.3 mm×139.0 mm×40.0 mm
Net weight 1234.0 g
Gross weight 1653.6g
Packing Information Dimensions 385.0 mm×280.0 mm×75.0 mm
Accessories l 1×Wi-Fi omnidirectional antenna l 1×AC power cord l 1×Quick Start Guide l 1×Packing list
IP Rating IP20 Please prevent the product from water intrusion and do not wet or wash the product.
System Software Android 11.0 operating system software Android terminal application software FPGA program Note: Third-party applications are not supported.

8. NovaStar Taurus Series Comparison

8.1 Similarities

All models have the same CPU, storage, decode ability, and operating system.

Remote control power requires a multifunction card for all models.

All models support 1000 Mbps LAN, 2.4G switchable AP&STA WiFi, and optional 4G.

All models feature a metal case and AC 100-240V power input.

8.2 Differences

Loading Capacity:

TB30: 0.65 million pixels

TB50: 1.3 million pixels

TB60: 2.3 million pixels

LED Output Ports (RJ45):

TB30: 1 Main, 1 Backup

TB50: 2 Main

TB60: 4 Main

Dual Mode Switch:

TB30: Not supported

TB50: Supported

TB60: Supported

In summary, while the TB30, TB50, and TB60 share basic features such as 4K video decoding and multiple connectivity options, they differ in terms of processing power, load capacity, video output capabilities, and additional features. The TB30 is suitable for smaller, less complex applications, the TB50 offers a balanced combination of performance and versatility, and the TB60 provides top-level performance for the most demanding display requirements.


10. F&Q About Novastar Taurus TB50

10.1 Can the TB50 Novastar Operate in Both Synchronous and Asynchronous Modes?

Yes, the TB50 can switch between synchronous and asynchronous modes using the SWITCH button on the front panel.

10.2 How do I Reset the TB50 to Its Factory Settings?

To reset the TB50 to its factory settings, press and hold the RESET button on the front panel for 5 seconds.

10.3 What Types of Connectivity does the TB50 Offer?

The TB50 features Gigabit Ethernet ports, WiFi, and optional 4G connectivity for flexible network communication.

10.4 How to Upgrade the Terminal of Novastar TB50?

1. Check the terminal information

Check the terminal information version to see the current terminal system and software version

2. Software upgrade

a. Open the viplex Express software and enter the terminal upgrade main interface

b. Click terminal upgrade to enter the terminal upgrade interface

  • Select the terminal upgrade type, terminal system and terminal software.
  • Select the file path and find the corresponding upgrade program location to open.
  • Select the terminal to be upgraded, check or select all, and click the “Upgrade” button.
  • After the upgrade is completed, refresh to confirm whether the current version is the updated corresponding version.

10.5 How to Connect Novastar TB50 to Video LED Display?

a. Link via network cable or line via WiFi

b. Establish the link successfully

c. Bind the play box and play the show

d. Open Novastar link software

e. Create a new playback window

f. Select your file

g. Select Novastar play box and send the file