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post #241 of 1483
Does the CM-7000 allow you to turn off the 4-hour default Auto Sleep Function? I noticed in the owner's manual that there is a selection called "Auto Power Down" in the Set Up menu.
post #242 of 1483
I haven't seen any CECBs yet that don't allow you to turn that off. I believe it is a requirement in the CECB specs to allow that, but most of them default to that feature being turned on (4 hour turn off) - also a requirement.
post #243 of 1483
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Originally Posted by bdfox18doe View Post

That's funny.. the sticker on mine says "Made in Bulgaria".. (as noted by leo888 and DJ earlier in this thread)

Ooops. Well that's alright. My point about Higher fuel costs pressuring companies to move back "home" to the Americas still stands.
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Originally Posted by blue_z View Post

..they're building their new factory in So. Carolina! There was a front page article in yesterday's Los Angeles Times.

Well there you go. It's probably cheaper to build these things close to market, rather than ship them halfway around the world.
post #244 of 1483
HDTVexpert has a new review May 9, 2008
RCA DTA800 and Channel Master CM7000 Digital TV Converters
post #245 of 1483
I tried searching this thread but couldn't find a clear answer...

How does the volume control on this box work? Does it control the TVs volume, or does it control the actual unit's line out? If the latter, is there a display bar that shows the volume level?

Also, where should I buy this box if I want to use my coupon? In other words, who has it for a good price and accepts coupons?
post #246 of 1483
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Originally Posted by Rogee View Post

I tried searching this thread but couldn't find a clear answer...

How does the volume control on this box work? Does it control the TVs volume, or does it control the actual unit's line out? If the latter, is there a display bar that shows the volume level?

Also, where should I buy this box if I want to use my coupon? In other words, who has it for a good price and accepts coupons?

SUMMIT SOURCE.COM
OR MOSQUITO'S WEB SITE
http://www.freedtvshop.com/fdtv/

BY THE WAY, SUMMIT CHARGED MY CREDIT CARD BUT HASN'T SHIPPED THE BOX, STILL ON BACKORDER UNTIL THE 19TH. IT CAME ON THIS MONTHS CREDIT CARD STATEMENT
post #247 of 1483
Quote:
Originally Posted by Rogee View Post

How does the volume control on this box work? Does it control the TVs volume, or does it control the actual unit's line out? If the latter, is there a display bar that shows the volume level?

The remote controls the box's volume, and yes, there is a display.
post #248 of 1483
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Originally Posted by csgamer View Post

I need help deciding between the cm7000 and the digital stream.

Would you owners re-purchase the cm7000 now that you have tried it out?

NO WAY! I hate this thing. my video is jerky ALL THE TIME.

I am going to start paying DirecTV for local channels next year... It's that bad. at least it was cheap.
post #249 of 1483
Quote:
Originally Posted by csgamer View Post

I need help deciding between the cm7000 and the digital stream.

Would you owners re-purchase the cm7000 now that you have tried it out?

I would rebuy... I am happy with it.

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Originally Posted by bromleyc View Post

NO WAY! I hate this thing. my video is jerky ALL THE TIME.

I am going to start paying DirecTV for local channels next year... It's that bad. at least it was cheap.

I have not had that problem at all. Did you check your signal strength? If it is marginal reception a better antenna is needed and the jerky video has nothing to do with the converter box you are using.
post #250 of 1483
Concur - without adequate reception ANY box will have the jerky video problem.
post #251 of 1483
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Originally Posted by n4yqt View Post

Bromleyc: It sounds like you have an antenna system issue.

I've said this before and I'll say it again!

The MOST important part of a Television Reception System is a PROPERLY INSTALLED and TUNED Antenna System!

(url's deleted since this is only my third post and it choked...)

Regarding the CM-7000, I'm planning to place an order for two of them by the end of this month, which is when my coupons expire.

I had a similar video quality issue with the Channel Master. I know the antenna is good because the Insignia and Digital Stream and Mitsubishi all worked OK in comparison, at least until the Insignia suddenly started acting strangely, but that may have been due to other problems...

By 'jerky video'... well actually what I experienced with the Channel Master was not the stuttering of signal dropout that bromleyc seems to have, but rather highly annoying gross blocky pixellation on instantaneous radical scene changes, jagged object boundaries with subtle movement, and motion blur. I have heard it is a function of the broadcaster rather than the box but my recollection is that for the brief time I owned the Channel Master, it performed substantially worse than the Mitsubishi I had here briefly and also worse than the Insignia and Digital Stream that I bought later on.

Could you do us all a favor and post an update of the comparative performance after you get yours working? I am particularly interested in how you rank the Channel Master vs the Digital Stream and Insignia/Zenith. I tried all three, and in terms of picture quality I ranked them in this order: Zenith, Digital Stream, Channel Master... which is curious, since given the features and price I would have expected them to fall out in opposite ranking order!

The problem I have here is that I cannot test them all side-by-side since there are limitations on the return policy and the Channel Master is already gone. That makes objective comparison of the picture quality more difficult because the testing environment is not exactly parallel... but I am curious!
post #252 of 1483
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Originally Posted by Malouff View Post

HDTVexpert has a new review May 9, 2008
RCA DTA800 and Channel Master CM7000 Digital TV Converters

Hi Malouff,

I'm not familiar with HDTVexpert. Is HDTVexpert considered the leading HDTV equipment reviewer? How impartial is HDTVexpert? Do they test samples provided by the manufacturer or do they purchase the units they test? Do they accept advertising?

Thanks
post #253 of 1483
I am not familiar with HDTVexpert but do like their reviews of these CECB's better than CNET.
They have reviewed the Zenith, GE, Digital Stream, RCA, and Channel Master.
post #254 of 1483
CNET Reviews user promise

CNET has not yet reviewed the CM-7000. However, they are commenting on it in other CECB reviews
(Insignia NS-DXA1, RCA DTA800, Zenith DTT900):
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Lastly, there are a few DTV boxes--such as the Channel Master CM-7000--that feature an S-Video output, which can provide better video quality than that composite video. This should only matter if you currently have a TV that has an S-Video input.
post #255 of 1483
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Lastly, there are a few DTV boxes--such as the Channel Master CM-7000--that feature an S-Video output, which can provide better video quality than that composite video. This should only matter if you currently have a TV that has an S-Video input.

Back in the old days, I had a CRT monitor....with only composite input. I found taking S-Video to the monitor and then using a converter plug on the monitor resulted in a sharper picture than running composite throughout.

The Dreamer.
post #256 of 1483
To all who have purchased the CM-7000:
Are you satisfied with the following:
  1. Sensitivity
  2. Reception quality
  3. Picture quality with S-video output
  4. Picture quality with composite video output
  5. Analog audio quality
  6. Ease of use
  7. Would you buy another / recommend one to a friend?
If you wish, a 5-point scale can be used to rate these 7 questions where:
  • 5 = Very satisfied / yes
  • 1 = Not satisfied / no
  • ? = Unknown (For example, if you haven't tried one of the video outputs.)

Please indicate type of antenna and the size & type of TV/monitor.

Thanks!
post #257 of 1483
sorry mine will not be here until next month
post #258 of 1483
my email to channel master
Will the Channel Master CM-7000 make use of the TV guides program screen shown in the link below ? If not can it be upgraded to do so through some kind of firmware upgrade ?
responce,
The CM-7000 does not incorporate this guide and probably never will. It has our own version of a 12 hour guide.
Regards,
Technical Analyst
post #259 of 1483
Quote:
Originally Posted by ota.dt.man View Post

To all who have purchased the CM-7000:
Are you satisfied with the following:
  1. Sensitivity
  2. Reception quality
  3. Picture quality with S-video output
  4. Picture quality with composite video output
  5. Analog audio quality
  6. Ease of use
  7. Would you buy another / recommend one to a friend?
If you wish, a 5-point scale can be used to rate these 7 questions where:
  • 5 = Very satisfied / yes
  • 1 = Not satisfied / no
  • ? = Unknown (For example, if you haven't tried one of the video outputs.)

Please indicate type of antenna and the size & type of TV/monitor.

Thanks!

1. 5
2. 5
3. 5
4. 3.5
5. 4.9
6. 3.5
7. 5

I have a Toshiba 32" flat screen CRT tv with an antenna in the attic.

RE question 1 &2
I have no problems at all with reception, but I had very good analog reception so it is not much of a challenge for a converter box .

RE Quesiton 3&4
For my setup S-video is better, but it not night and day better.
(see comments here = http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...1#post13776001)


RE question 5
rated 4.9 because I would really like digital audio (which no box is allowed to offer) ... other then that no problems!

RE question 6
Not hard to use but could be easier. There is no startup guide when you first turn it on for the first time (not a problem for me but would be nice for some people) clicking through the menus is a bit odd (pressing "back" and "enter" rather then the left arrow and right arrow to navigate) and to exit out of the guide you have to press the guide button again (should be able to press channel up or down and just have it go away) Once you get used to it it is not a problem though

RE Question 7

I would only consider another box if it had S-video and as there are no others at this time, this is the one for me!
post #260 of 1483
Quote:
Originally Posted by northbear View Post

1. 5
2. 5
3. 5
4. 3.5
5. 4.9
6. 3.5
7. 5

I have a Toshiba 32" flat screen CRT tv with an antenna in the attic.

RE question 1 &2
I have no problems at all with reception, but I had very good analog reception so it is not much of a challenge for a converter box .

RE Quesiton 3&4
For my setup S-video is better, but it not night a day better.
(see comments here = http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...1#post13776001)


RE question 5
rated 4.9 because I would really like digital audio (which no box is allowed to offer) ... other then that no problems!

RE question 6
Not hard to use but could be easier. There is no startup guide when you first turn it on for the first time (not a problem for me but would be nice for some people) clicking through the menus is a bit odd (pressing "back" and "enter" rather then the left arrow and right arrow to navigate) and to exit out of the guide you have to press the guide button again (should be able to press channel up or down and just have it go away) Once you get used to it it is not a problem though

RE Question 7

I would only consider another box if it had S-video and as there are no others at this time, this is the one for me!

Northbear,

I appreciate your detailed reply about the performance of the CM-7000, especially since we also have Toshiba CRTs (27 & 36") with S-video in and an attic antenna.

Since our area is more fringe ~40 miles, it would be good to read how other people with similar locations evaluate the CM=7000's fringe performance.

Thanks!
post #261 of 1483
*still patiently waiting for summitsource to ship mine*

Been almost a month now from order.
post #262 of 1483
Summitsource charged me about a month ago and it has yet to ship. They said May 19th, right? Did the boat from Bulgaria sink?
post #263 of 1483
Why are so many people in this forum buying these boxes online? I was at Fry's today here in San Diego and there are shelves and shelves of CM-7000 for $80 plus tax, before coupon. The lowest I found online was $70 plus shipping, before coupon. Am I missing something?
post #264 of 1483
I could be wrong, but I think I read that Fry's does not participate in the coupon program. That's why.
post #265 of 1483
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Originally Posted by abward View Post

I could be wrong, but I think I read that Fry's does not participate in the coupon program. That's why.

You could be wrong but you are not. Fry's does not take CECB coupons.
post #266 of 1483
Not feeling the love for Summitsource.

Not sure, if the CM box had been delivered in a reasonable amount of time, that I would have ordered from them in the future. But, with this wait, I'm sure I won't order from Summitsource again.
post #267 of 1483
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Originally Posted by johnpost View Post

You could be wrong but you are not. Fry's does not take CECB coupons.

I thought I was wrong once before, but I was wrong.
post #268 of 1483
Well, I hope they put a "boatload" of CM-7000's on that boat from Bulgaria, because I'm waiting on Summit Source, too. Gretchen says it will be shipped Friday (5/23). We'll see...
post #269 of 1483
Quote:
Originally Posted by Mesickstan View Post

Well, I hope they put a "boatload" of CM-7000's on that boat from Bulgaria, because I'm waiting on Summit Source, too. Gretchen says it will be shipped Friday (5/23). We'll see...

I hope this 5/23 date sticks. Man if i wanted to wait this long, i would have ordered the maxmedia vaporware.
post #270 of 1483
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Originally Posted by csgamer View Post

I hope this 5/23 date sticks. Man if i wanted to wait this long, i would have ordered the maxmedia vaporware.

It's not just Summit Source - I've checked a few other vendors and basically, if they take the coupon, they're on backorder. Seems the only place with CM-7000's right now is Fry's

And it's not just Channel Master either - I waited five weeks on a lowly Philco because I needed the analog pass-thru. It seems if you need any special features (except, for some reason, a smart antenna interface) and you actually expect to use your coupon, you're going to be waiting
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