Join Date: May 2010
Location: Lake in the Hills, IL
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I just picked up one of these CM7000s on ebay...and boy, does it cook. I wanted it because I have an MT2 dual-tuner OTA module in my DN box, but it's dropout happy and produces "screens of death" in both rooms...not good. The living room is no problem because I can use the TV's tuner or my HTPC, but I needed a box for the old 20" Samsung in the bedroom.
The tuner sensitivity is fantastic. Right away, it found a low-power that I had never seen before today because of a strong co-channel. Several stations with way-below-zero noise margins that the MT2 has problems with were rock-steady. I also have 2 stations on RF41, an analog and a digital, opposite each other. The CM grabs the digital easily with a bi-directional antenna, whereas all of my other tuners take about 10 seconds to produce video, and have blocking errors from the analog signal. The CM signal meter flops around wildly on this station, but the picture and sound stay smooth and steady.
The S-Video output is a nice bonus, and makes this the best PQ I've ever seen on this old CRT. The unit runs a lot cooler than the MicroGEM boxes I use in my kid's rooms, and the remote is a lot nicer to use than most CECBs. My only gripe- it can't handle duplicate virtual channel numbers, which is a problem in my area as there are conflicts at 23, 24, & 57. It will lose the old one if a scan finds a new one.
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