Originally Posted by L David Matheny
Interesting. Thanks. And feel free to come back and post more.
Someone figured it takes four years to pay for the CM-7400 in their case; since my cable company was ripping me off for $130/mo., I figure in my case the CM-7400's paid for in five months. Another month for the antenna.
I'm not being a shill for the thing; in fact, the average consumer won't get it to work as it should, out-of-the-box. But I swear it has a built-in amp circuit, or just doesn't need an amplified signal for whatever reason.
Its problems are fixable: Update the software and end the freeze/crashes. Keep it cool. Don't use an amplified antenna, and the box's tuner performance will equal that of the TV.
There are 10 color bars used in the CM-7400 to indicate signal strength - 3 red, 4 yellow, 3 green. So five bars is 50%; before I got the Channel Master, the TV was showing same signal strength indication in numerals with my weak VHF station.
There's real voodoo (not VuDu) involved with getting all your OTA gear to work well. I went through three antennas and two or three amps (which now I don't need) before being satisfied with the reception.
But the CM-7400: glad I took a chance, despite its 50-50 good/bad ratings. As a cable-cutter I missed coming home at any hour and catching the news - now I can, and it's the more-relevant 5 p.m. LOCAL news. National news never tells you about the escaped miscreant hiding *somewhere* in your neighborhood. Phone rings, and you can go back and see the part of the show you missed.
Learning to watch local programming re-opens your eyes: the local community college's PBS broadcasting is excellent ... local weather is far more detailed than a website ... Betty White's old people pulling pranks show's pretty funny (never watched network TV when I had cable/Dish) ... and there's always Roku with Netflix and Hulu Plus.
Good TV begins when you dump $$$ triple-digit pay TV and re-examine your habits. Ice Road Truckers? C'mon. Cable went south a long time ago.