We've been pleased with our CM-7000. We also own a Samsung DTB-H260F for our other SDTV that has component inputs.
Control / user interface:
CM has channel up/down on the front of the unit. Sammy can only be operated with the remote.
The remote is ergonomically well designed - comfortable to hold and the buttons are well-spaced and logically arranged. We picked up a 2nd / spouse remote control
In comparison, the Sammy remote is narrow = smaller buttons that are closer together. Also, there are 12 buttons close together located at the palm end making it harder to hold and operate with only one hand.
We use our CM-7000 With our 36" Toshiba (S-video, but not component).
The CM-7000 provides 4 aspect choices:
- Letterbox: A proper 16:9 aspect ratio that doesn't fill the screen (with VBI on some channels)
- Full: A full height image with vertically elongated heads which we never use. (Like "pillar" on the Sammy.)
- Zoom 1: A proper 16:9 aspect ratio that almost fills the screen (with VBI on some channels)
- Zoom 2: A proper 16:9 aspect ratio that completely fills the screen without any loss of headroom or elongated heads - An excellent choice.
Sammy and CM tuner performance are about equal. It is hard for me to be more precise:
- One TV is upstairs and one is downstairs
- Signal strength varies.
- We've only had the CM for about 2 weeks
The signal strength meter is easily displayed with the push of the info button on the CM - very handy for rotator applications. On the Sammy this function is buried in the menus = pushing several buttons to get there. The OSG is another very handy feature.
For people who want component outputs and/or digital audio the Sammy 260 is the obvious choice. However, the S-video CM is a well designed, well thought out complete package CECB that's an excellent match to a 4:3 SDTV.
I hope you enjoy it.