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Channel Master CM-7000PAL

Dual-tuner HD DVR records over-the-air digital TV broadcasts

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At last — a convenient way to record over-the-air high-def TV shows without paying for a satellite or cable TV subscription. Simply connect this Channel Master DVR to an antenna and start recording your favorite network shows in crystal-clear HD — to watch whenever you want. And this is a dual-tuner DVR, so you can watch one over-the-air channel while simultaneously recording another, or set it to record shows on two different channels at the same time.

The CM-7000PAL can record up to 30 hours of high-def programs, and provides great DVR conveniences like pause and forward/reverse skip using the remote control. And here's a bonus: over-the-air high-def broadcasts look as good or better than cable or satellite HD. You'll find HDMI and component video connections to ensure compatibility with virtually any HDTV. This DVR is a terrific solution for projector-based home theaters, since projectors never include a built-in tuner. Note: This DVR cannot record satellite or cable TV signals.

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Highlights:

  • built-in ATSC tuners receive free over-the-air digital TV broadcasts (antenna required)
  • dual-tuner design lets you to watch one channel while simultaneously recording another
  • records up to 30 hours of HD content or up to 130 hours of SD content to built-in 250GB hard drive
  • versatile playback modes, including pause, fast-forward/fast reverse, and forward/reverse skip
  • setup wizard with auto channel scanning
  • timer recording with on-screen program guide
  • 1 set of audio/video outputs (HDMI, component video, composite video, and RF)
  • RF input for antenna signal
  • optical digital audio output
  • remote control
  • 14-5/8"W x 3-1/8"H x 10-1/8"D
  • warranty: 1 year parts & labor
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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  • HDTV over-the-air receiver & DVR
  • IR remote control
  • 4 "AAA" batteries
  • 6' RG-59 coaxial cable
  • 8' Audio/Video cable (with a composite video/stereo RCA connectors on each end)
  • User Guide
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Technical Support contact info
  • Warranty/Registration Card

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Features

Overview: The Channel Master CM-7000PAL is an over-the-air HDTV DVR (digital video recorder). With this unit you can view and record local over-the-air digital broadcasts in your area. With the DVR you can pause, fast forward and rewind your programs, you can even use the slow motion feature to watch clips frame-by-frame. The DVR offers an electronic program guide which allows you to pre-set recording schedules so you never miss your favorite shows. Unlike many other DVR set top boxes, there are no monthly subscription fees. This unit includes an infrared remote control which operates the CM-7000PAL DVR and up to three other components.

Dual ATSC Tuners: The Channel Master CM-7000PAL is equipped with dual ATSC digital tuners which allow you to record two different local over-the-air digital broadcasts simultaneously. You can also watch a previously recorded program while recording the two simultaneous broadcasts.

Note: The CM-7000PAL does not support Cable or Satellite TV signals.

SD (Standard-Definition) and HD (High-Definition) Compatible: Using the built-in HDTV over-the-air tuner, you can view and record both standard-definition (SD) and high-definition (HD) digital programming. You can view up-converted standard-definition and native high-definition over-the-air digital broadcasts on a connected HDTV. You can also view both native SD and down-converted HD programming on a connected SDTV.

Setup Wizard: The first time you install the CM-7000PAL DVR, the Setup Wizard screen appears and guides you through the system setup process. The Setup Wizard scans for local digital over-the-air channels, and helps you set up the settings for your local area and TV display. You will need to select the resolution (480p, 720p, or 1080i) that your TV supports and its aspect ratio (4:3 or 16:9). You can also adjust the display format (Auto, Normal, Stretch, Partial Zoom, and Zoom).

Electronic Program Guide: The unit's Program Guide lets you view a listing of the current programs and programs schedule to air over the next seven days. The Program Guide provides small, medium, or large text.

Browse Banner: The Browse Banner allows you to watch a program while looking at program information on other channels. The current program's information will be displayed at the top of the TV screen. The bottom left of the Browse Banner displays information about the current program on each channel you change to.

Event Search: Event Search allows you to find programs in the Program Guide by a keyword within the title or description. Keywords can be entered using the unit's on-screen keyboard or from the remote control's keypad.

History Search: This function performs a new search of keywords or other criteria you have previously used and saved before in the Event Search menu.

Closed Caption Support: The CM-7000PAL supports digital Closed Captions. The unit offers many options for Closed Captioning (CC), including font size, colors, edge style, service, and opacity.

Parental Lock: You can restrict your family's viewing based either on program ratings or on a channel-by-channel basis. The parental lock feature is protected by a 4-digit pass-code.

Digital Video Recorder: The Channel Master CM-7000PAL allows you to record over-the-air digital broadcasts (MPEG-2 & MPEG-4) on its internal hard-drive. The unit can record up to 30 hours of high-definition (HD) video and 130 hours of standard-definition (SD) video. The CM-7000PAL provides the following recording options:

  • Record Button: You can simply press the remote's "Record" button to record a program you are currently watching.
  • Program Guide Record: You can highlight a current or future program on the unit's on-screen Program Guide to record.
  • Search Menu Record: You can highlight a current or future program from the unit's Search Menu to record.
  • Browse Banner Record: You can also highlight a current or future program for the unit's Browse Banner to record.

Note: One a program is highlighted to be recorded, you can choose to record that program Once, Daily, Weekly, or Mon.-Fri.. The will still record in standby mode.

Daily Schedule: Daily Schedule displays all the timers you have set for that day or into the future.

My Recordings: My Recordings displays all of the programs you have recorded on the CM-700PAL over-the-air DVR.

Pause Live TV: The Channel Master CM-7000PAL allows you to pause live TV for up to 1 hour. Once you have paused a program, you can use one of the following functions to access the program:

  • Play: You can begin playback from where you paused the program.
  • Skip Back: You can jump back in a program by 10 seconds.
  • Skip Forward: You can jump ahead by 30 seconds if you've paused or reversed the program.
  • Fast-forward/Reverse: You can reverse or fast-forward through a paused program at 4x, 15x, 60x, or 300x speed.
  • Slow Motion: You can watch a paused program in slow-motion (forward or reverse) at 1/4th or 1/15th normal speed.
  • Frame-by-Frame: You can move frame-by-frame (forward or reverse) through a paused program.
  • View Live: At any time you can choose to catch up to real-time in the programming.

Dolby Digital: The Channel Master CM-7000PAL DVR uses an HDMI port to output digital audio and video, or an optical digital port to output digital audio only. The HDMI or optical connection can provide two audio data types - Dolby Digital or Linear PCM.

Sound Adjustments: The CM-7000PAL DVR provides to sound settings for Dolby Digital content.

  • Standard: When you use this setting, the dynamic range is wider, which makes music and loud noises louder, but voices quieter. This setting is good if you don't mind turning the volume up louder to hear the speaking portions of programs.
  • Night: When you use this setting, the dynamic range is narrower, which makes music and loud noises quieter, but voices louder. This setting is good if you need to keep the volume lower.

Inactivity Standby: You can set up a period of time after which, if there has been no activity (such as changing channels or using the DVR buttons), the Channel Master CM-7000PAL DVR will go into standby mode.

Remote Control

Wireless Remote Control: The Channel Master CM-7000PAL comes with an IR remote control for wireless operation of the over-the-air DVR.

Multibrand: You can set up the remote to control as may as three additional devices. These devices can be your TV, VCR, or DVD player. You will need to program the remote control using the remote codes in the owner's manual, or you can scan the remote control's database of device codes.

Numeric Keypad: The supplied remote control features a numeric keypad (0-9) for direct channel entry.

Battery Type: The remote operates off of 4 "AAA" batteries.

Connections

Antenna Input/Output: The Channel Master CM-7000PAL over-the-air HDTV DVR is equipped with a threaded coaxial RF-type antenna input and output to connect between your indoor/outdoor antenna and your television. The antenna output provides both standard-definition video and mono audio to your television via channel 3 or 4.

HDMI Output: The unit's HDMI connection provides both high-definition video and stereo audio to your TV or home theater system's A/V receiver.

Component Video Output: The Channel Master CM-700PAL features one set of component video outputs to send a high-definition video signal to your TV.

Composite Video Outputs: The CM-700PAL also features a single composite video input to send a standard-definition video signal to your TV.

Digital Audio Output: The over-the-air HDTV DVR is equipped with an optical digital audio output to transfer Dolby Digital audio to your TV or home theater receiver.

Analog Audio Output: The Channel Master CM-700PAL also features analog stereo RCA outputs to transfer audio to your television or stereo receiver.

USB 2.0/Ethernet Port: It is possible to update the software of the CM-700PAL DVR using the unit's USB 2.0 port or Ethernet jack on the rear-panel. Go to www.channelmaster.com to get the latest software version.

 
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1 out of 5

crackedDVR

Written By crackedDVR, Orlando, FL on Wednesday, November 30, 2011
 
The CM7000-PAL is a great concept. I don't want to be tied to a monthly service fee like cable or TiVo. I was stoked to see that I could record two live shows while watching a recording, that's cool.

The bad news is that I'm currently holding my third CM7000-PAL in four months. The first arrived DOA out of the box. Channel Master replaced it happily, but that one died in 78 days. I tried to return it for $$$, but their return policy had expired. Channel Master again replaced my device with a new one that had NO sound! So in 120+ days I've had a working DVR for 78 days--thats a 65% uptime rate. What if your car or your cell phone only worked half the time?

At this point I'm not sure what I paid for and my one year manufactures warrantee is steadily dwindling away. All I wanted was to record live TV to watch at my convenience, but instead I got a hobby corresponding with tech-support. At this point I'd rather make my hobby building my own MythTV DVR.
Pros:
Great concept; easy to install and use; free of monthly service fees; records two live shows while watching a recording--that's cool.
Cons:
Product reliability and company customer service are poor, very poor.
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4 out of 5

Great replacement service

Written By Jeff, Northern Virginia on Wednesday, October 26, 2011
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The first unit I received was unable to keep the correct time and would lose as much as 9 minutes a day. There are some trouble-shooting fixes for that problem, but they didn't work. Crutchfield sent a replacement unit within one day and sent a pre-paid return authorization. The second unit keeps time and works as-advertised. Thank you.
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4 out of 5

Channel Master CM-7000 PAL

Written By Matt, Columbia, SC on Thursday, October 13, 2011
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Easy to set-up although unable to have the CM remote control turn on/off my LCD Westinghouse TV. The capabilities of this device are excellent!
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5 out of 5

Channel Master CM-7000PAL

Written By Bill, Jacksonville on Tuesday, October 11, 2011
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This product is easy to set up, easy to use and works flawlessly. SO well that I bought a second one.
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4 out of 5

Just about perfect

Written By Chris M., Wayne NJ on Sunday, October 09, 2011
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Pros: - Good Quality recording in HD and SD (depending on the way the program is aired) - Easy to use, intuitive menus - Excellent remote control (will also control basic functions on your TV) - Excellent TV guide downloaded over air (1 week TV schedule download) - Easy to program (includes one time event, weekly, Mon-Fri and Daily options) - Very responsive, with only ms delay between button press and DVR reaction - 30s forward skip and 10s backwards skip functions - dual tuner can record 2 shows simultaneously, while watching an already recorded show (one RF input cable is internally routed to the 2 tuners) - RF and HDMI (with sound) outputs.

Cons: - Cannot select to record HD program in SD (to save HDD space). - User Interface could be better ( a but annoyed with the way recorded programs are displayed, using only 1 quarter of the screen available; would have preferred a table format) - LAN port / USB used only for updating software; cannot connect an external USB drive, or stream through the network

Bottom Line: Solid, responsive, good quality DVR. Excellent internal tuners may actually improve picture quality (over TV tuner). All in all, I am very happy with my purchase and I would recommend this to a friend. Can't wait for the WiFi coming out later this year. (Hopefully with network streaming capability and USB connectivity.)
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

PERFECT!!

Written By RAS, Bakersfield, CA on Saturday, October 08, 2011
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There are no HD local channels here on DirecTV and, since we must have Speed Channel and local channels, we bought the CM 7000 and a $15.99 rabbit ears antenna.

When the local channels broadcast in HD the picture on the CM is perfect, absolutely perfect.

The customer service and packaging from Crutchfield was also absolutely perfect.

I am delighted!!
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5 out of 5

Channel Master CM-7000PAL

Written By Jim S, Rochester,MN on Thursday, October 06, 2011
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This is a very nice DVR for off-the-air Digital TV recording. The pause-live-video is very useful for watching sports when you need to take a break.
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5 out of 5

Channel Master CM-7000PAL

Written By Bellatrix, Simpsonville,SC on Thursday, September 29, 2011
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This dvr works great! We got rid of our cable tv and are getting tv for free using an old fashioned, roof mounted antenna. The Channel Master also gives you a channel guide and information about the tv shows. Records our favorite shows easily! Thanks Crutchfield!
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4 out of 5

Good upgrade for HD-ready TVs

Written By Tom S, Boise, ID on Sunday, September 25, 2011
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I have a 50" Sony LCD TV that does not have a off-air Digital Tuner built-in, so the Channel Master CM-7000PAL was a good way to add that functionality along with DVR functionality. I dropped my satellite subscription and have gone with OTA only. It is nice to not have to have any monthly fees like a Tivo box would have.

The DVR functionality is good, although the user interface is a little bit dated when compared to the functionality and user interface of my former DirecTV DVR. For example, when opening the Guide, the channel I am watching is no longer shown in a smaller window box like it is on several other menues. However, you can still browse the guide in overlay windows of the full screen using the right arrow key on the remote, which I prefer over the guide button anyway. I am hoping that a software update in the future will upgrade the user interface.

My only complaint is that the remote can handle most devices, including my Receiver, but cannot be programmed for my Sony Blu Ray player, which apparently requires 5-digit remote codes. The CM-7000PAL remote can only handle 3-digit remote codes.
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5 out of 5

Great product

Written By Knarto, Central Massachusetts on Friday, September 23, 2011
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Love this DVR. Get rid of monopolistic cable and join the ease and beauty of this product. Reasonably priced at the outset and NO monthly subscription fees. Really terrific.
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3 out of 5

Ok... it is what it is

Written By Tmas, USA on Tuesday, September 20, 2011
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The CM-7000pal does what it says it will do. I can record off the Air-TV, the picture quality is average not the greatest. It is easy to set up but lacks some features found in Satellite DVR's. If you are looking for a DVR that can do recording off the Air this is about your only option in a stand alone unit.

I tried the MDR515H and it is prone to problems and is harder to program, it stopped working and would not turn on, failed with in 30 days so I returned it.

I have had the CM-7000pal for about 3 weeks and it is easy to program to record your favorite programs of the air. The cost was about $70 more then the MDR515H but is still pricey. But I am saving over $85 a month over satellite prices so the high price for this unit in my mind is justified.

I only wish some of the top players Sony, Samsung,Toshiba, Pioneer, LG had some current off-air DVR products but they don't. For now the CM-7000pal is about the only decent off-air DVR out there.

So I say go for it if you have done your due diligence and can afford the $ price.

Best Regards,

T_Mas
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3 out of 5

Fee Free DVR for Broadcast channels

Written By ZTJ, Atlanta, GA on Sunday, September 18, 2011
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This is a great option if you are looking to cut the cord with cable and can't stand sitting through commercials or paying for a channel guide. I hooked this up to a small inexpensive HD antenna on my roof and get dozens of over the air channels uncompressed. Live broadcasts (HD content) look phenomenal. It has the same remote and similar menu structure to Dish Network's DVR, although with some of the features missing - it will not show picture when scrolling through the channel guide. Another quirk is the remote range/sensor: sometimes I have to stand right in front of the sensor for it to register (there are no buttons on the front to control without the remote). It would be nice if it had a larger size drive or expandability, but with over the air I will be recording less junk programming than I did with dish so it may not be an issue.
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5 out of 5

A God Send!!!!

Written By ix0ye, Disneyland, CA on Friday, September 16, 2011
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Not one to go crazy with praising a product, but this PVR really did the trick...

After ditching Dish because I got tired of paying for more commercials than regular OTA TV, my family decided to give up Pay TV for OTA, and Netflix. It was tough without our Dish DVR. Netflix On Demand is great, but we kept running into Documentaries, and Public Broadcast Programming we wanted to watch, but schedules would conflict. Bring On the CM-7000PAL! Problem Solved, and my Wife and I could not be happier to be rid of the insanely excessive commercials cable, and dish expect their customers to pay for. Now we can search for content, and record, pause, playback Live TV, and if there is 10 minutes an hour of commercials we can just skip thru them, the key is ...

WE ARE NOT PAYING DISH FOR THE CONTENT, OR THE SUPPOSED PRIVILEDGE TO DO ALL THAT EXTRA BUTTON PUSHING!!!





Thank You Channel Master for keeping this product around!!!!!!
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4 out of 5

Channel Master CM-7000PAL

Written By Thomas, Walla Walla, Washington on Wednesday, September 14, 2011
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Product itself rates a 5 star, Thought I would be able to tune anolog channels as well as digital through it. Should have researched more on what it can do. Best thing to come out for not having cable or satillite.
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5 out of 5

Channel Master CM-7000PAL

Written By Bernard, Roswell, NM on Tuesday, September 13, 2011
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Fist digital tuner out of over 20 that have lasted more than a month. Went over a year with no TV, only a DVD library. A big fat high 5 to the fed for that one; 1st forcing the industry into digital broadcasting before they were ready to do so, then lying to us by telling that ALL TV channels had to go digital by a certain date. Multiple complaints to representatives went ignored. By law they are supposed to reply but don't and until we demand differently, get used to it. Well high 5 to Channel Master for being the first to supply a solution and they did it in flying colors with this DVR. It's not perfect. Read the other reviews, they point out some of it's shortfalls. TV guide here in New Mexico rarely ever posts programming past 6+ hours. If you fill the hard drive (it's too small), it will erase saved programming without warning you when you set it to tape something. It will not hold settings you tell it to keep; you have to constantly keep resetting them every time you do anything but just watch it. These flaws could be fixed in software but from what I hear about Channel Master's level of customer care, it won't get fixed any time soon. It's the only digital tuner for older TV's. Thanks to the government, Channel Master has a monopoly on the digital tuner market right now for older TV's, so as we go from a world leader to the new third world dump, enjoy what is out there because it won't get any better than this.
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4 out of 5

Just Hooked It Up!

Written By winkdot, Richmond, Ky on Thursday, September 08, 2011
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This just came in (thanks for the quick delivery Crutchfield). I had it hooked up in moments and was watching the TV. I just cut the cord on Dishnetwork and went pure OTA, except for some Netflix streaming.

It's still early, but my out of box experience has been really good so far. I'm inpressed. I have setup some recording from the TV grid. The remote and software seems to be very close to my Dishnetwork DVRs and that's a good thing because everyone here knows the remote well. The only odd thing I've seen so far is when connecting audio outs to a receiver from the Channel Master, the sound from the receiver is slightly delayed from the HDMI sound coming from the TV. I have not tried an update to see if this issues is fixed yet. I will post more as I give this little box a work out. So far so good tho. :)
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5 out of 5

Channel Master CM-7000PAL

Written By Walter R., New Orleans on Thursday, September 08, 2011
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All I can say , GREAT !
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5 out of 5

Great Product for Antenna TV

Written By Joel S, Portland, OR on Wednesday, August 31, 2011
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I bought the PAL 7000 to do two different tasks. I needed a new HD Tuner, and I wanted an HD DVR to replace my older Tivo which I used with a Converter box. I had dropped cable service when HD TV came in (and the price went up substantially) so I wanted a unit that was optimized for antenna reception.

The PAL 7000 works great for both purposes. Since it has two tuners, it can either record two programs or watch live TV while still recording one different program.

The program search features work very well. They are not quite as quick and easy as Tivo but they don't cost $500 either. The onscreen TV guide is very handy and allows selecting programs directly to either watch or record.

The built in tuner is at least as sensitive as my (now dead) Samsung DTBH260F HDTV was.

I primarily use a Logitech remote to control all the system devices, although the Channel Master remote is a little better for some of the DVR functions. I haven't gotten it to control the surround sound or Tivo, so I mostly use the Logitech.

I like the signal strength display when I change channels, and I especially appreciate the DVR display which shows how much recording space is available. That was always an issue with the Tivo.
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5 out of 5

DVR Review

Written By Ray, Blue Grass, Ia 52726 on Saturday, August 27, 2011
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I found that the Channel Master CM-700PAL does everything that my previous Satellite DVR did. The picture quality is outstanding with just using an outside local antenna. We are very happy and satisified. My wife is able to watch her selected programming that she always did on satellite and is very happy with the ease of operation, the picture quality and the user friendly functions of the remote control.
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Perfect for time shifting HD programs

Written By AndrewF, Greensboro, NC on Friday, August 26, 2011
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I purchased this product to replace Dish Network's DTVPal DVR which is no longer sold or supported. The CM-7000PAL is the same DVR with updated software; several programing glitches have been fixed. If you are using an indoor antenna, I recommend the Terk HDTVa amplified antenna (available from Crutchfield). It outperforms others I have tried and I rarely have signal dropouts on TV stations within a 45 mile radius.
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5 out of 5

Very Happy

Written By Larry-Va, Prince George, Va on Sunday, August 21, 2011
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I was a Directv user for 16 years. The cost kept going up and up. Put up a Channel Master 3020 antenna and cut the Directv service. I had to set up 2 TV's a 50" Sony projection and a Sony 34" CRT. I am in central Virginia and pick up 15 channels from Richmond. If I had a rotor I could pick up 33 channels off of the antenna. I installed a Channel Master 7000 PAL antenna HD-DVR on each TV for recording off of the antenna. The CM 7000 PALs have worked great and the guide is a great feature. I installed a Roku also on each TV. The Roku gives me many, many things to watch from my DSL. I am very happy and neither my wife or I have missed Directv or the monthly bill for it. I stream Netflix for $7.99 a month.

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5 out of 5

LOVE IT!

Written By Happy, Avon, IN on Friday, August 12, 2011
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LOVE IT, LOVE IT, LOVE IT!!! THIS IS A WONDERFUL OPTION FOR PEOPLE WHO DON'T WANT TO PAY TO WATCH TV!! VERY EASY TO SET UP AND TO USE!!
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5 out of 5

Excellent DVR

Written By LarryC, Newark, OH on Sunday, August 07, 2011
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I recommend this to anyone out there using an antenna. I've had mine now for over a year and it's been superb. I don't even miss DIRECTV and the bills that never get cheaper. DIRECTV is a terrible service that I'd highly get rid of again and again for this DVR and a good HD antenna. I had DIRECTV for almost 10 years. NEVER AGAIN!! Thanks Crutchfiled and Channel Master for an excellent product.
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Perfect solution for free TV

Written By Ron L, Worcester MA on Monday, July 18, 2011
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This is a perfect solution for those that have decent antenna reception. I've been paying cable and Dish for years and find I pretty much only watch the main network channels 90% of the time. I did get addicted to cable DVR so I had to find a way to record OTA TV. THIS IS IT! This unit will pay for itself in just 3 months of not paying cable and the picture is better than the compressed cable picture. I get 28 channels of TV and most of those are HD. This unit works flawlessly and as others have said is similar to Dish remote and Guide. Uses TV Guide program listings with the ability to tailor the guide to the channels you are interested in. You can actually record two programs while watching a third channel using your TV tuner. I highly recommend this unit......and Crutchfield!
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4 out of 5

Nice Unit

Written By Mark K, Wilmette, Il on Saturday, July 02, 2011
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I've been waiting for a product like this for years--and now it's here! This unit performs very well. I'm quite happy with it.

Possible improvements would be a 3rd. tuner, and the ability to archive programs to different media (DVD/ BluRay or external drive).

Mark
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5 out of 5

Good stuff

Written By DW, Arizona on Friday, June 17, 2011
 
Like it alot.
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4 out of 5

Received the CM7000PAL DVR and hooked it up.

Written By Jake T, Independence, OR on Monday, June 13, 2011
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Easy to hook-up and functions are intuitive after reviewing the manual. It appears to work similar to the cable company DVR it replaces after going back to an antenna.

JT
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5 out of 5

Channel Master CM-7000PAL

Written By mtucker, Escondido, CA. on Thursday, June 09, 2011
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We were getting rid of our satellite service since most of the programs we watch are off the main networks. I wanted a dual tuner ATSC capable DVR that could record in hi-definition. The picture quality looks great on my 7ft.+ screen. The TV Guide service (TVGOS) that the CM-7000PAL uses is available in my area (north San Diego). I estimate 75% of the programs have information for them in the guide. I can search for programs by name and just tell it to record it without messing with manual channel #s and times. For the programs that aren't listed in the guide, I have to look up the channel and time and then put them in. Either method lets you choose how often to record (once, weekly, M-F). If you are browsing the guide, you can use the skip forward or back buttons to move a day forward and back so you don't have to go 1 hour at a time.

The GUI makes sense and I like that the antenna signal strength is part of the info displayed at the top of the screen along with program name and channel #. The forward and back skip (for commercial skipping) work great as well as the fast and reverse search.

At first I was concerned when I saw no lights on the DVR the day after I installed it, but later I found that this is just a standby mode that it goes into. It still records all scheduled programs. I always use my learning remote, but the included remote seems laid out well. Overall it is a great DVR and will pay for itself after a few months of no satellite fees.
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4 out of 5

I'm glad Crutchfield has good customer service

Written By ThanksCF!, Atlanta, GA on Thursday, June 09, 2011
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I bought this after a friend recommended it. I am really happy with it, but I'm on my second one. The first one stpped working after less than 2 weeks. I had it in a pretty well-ventilated cabinet, but I put the new one on top of the cabinet because of fears that the high amount of heat that the unit kicks out may have killed the first one. Crutchfield was great on the return - had a new unit to me in two days.
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4 out of 5

Good product for antenna use

Written By ReplayHarry, California on Thursday, June 09, 2011
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The product works well, just as described. But if you are used to Tivo or ReplayTV or other DVRs, you just don't have the functionality of those. No real complaints other then when you pause it and start the TV program again, there is a few seconds before the sound kicks in. I doubt that is a problem with my unit, but more of a design problem. But it has an excellent HD picture that equals what I get off the antenna direct or when I was using Dish Network. The nice thing is it costs me nothing on a monthly basis. As I told the Dish Network people when I cancelled that service, "you can't beat free".
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5 out of 5

Channel Master CM-7000PAL

Written By Bob L, Portland Oregon on Wednesday, June 08, 2011
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We're very pleased with our decision to purchase Channel Master CM-7000PAL from Crutchfield! - The price was the most competitive I found, - It arrived in just a few days, - was well packaged for shipping across the country - and it arrived undamaged and worked straight out of the box!

There is not much more I could ask from.

The product itself was easy to install and fairly straight forward to use. I like the ease of programming and play back is simple. Another NICE feature is that you can "pause" live TV if you need to step away for a moment and then catch-up when the commercials come on. The only minor issue was that my TV manufacturer was not listed in the list of codes so that I could operate my DVR and TV from the same remote with a single controller. One quick call to Channel Master Customer support and they provided me with a proceedure on how to pair my DVR remote with my TV ...... and the best part was it actually worked! The first time!!!! I was so surprised I did it a second time. All in all I have no issues recommending this product or Crutchfield to anyone.
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4 out of 5

Channel Master CM-7000PAL

Written By lydia, Los Angeles, Ca. on Monday, June 06, 2011
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The Channel Master works great and I am so glad I purchased it. It is very easy to operate and to record programs. The instruction manuel was horribly written and my friend who was helping me to install it was on the phone for at least an hour with the tech guy who helped us complete the installation. The tech guy was fantastic...he was very patient, knowledgable and knew exactly how to help us. I think that without his help I would have had to send the Channel Master back but thank goodness everything works great now.
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5 out of 5

Good Product

Written By Alex, El Paso, IL on Monday, June 06, 2011
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So far...so good for this machine. Easy to learn the system and the product is user friendly. I do think that there are some things that could be more convenient, such as the search options for planning future shows (new episodes, etc), but it is much better than what I had before. Also, I've noticed that some of my Guide options are limited, but I think that is a result of the information coming over the airwaves - not a problem with the machine. I would definitely recommend this product to someone wanting a DVR option for OTA television.
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5 out of 5

Excellent OTA DVR

Written By RichardG, Fisherville, KY on Saturday, June 04, 2011
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Well, my wife loves this unit. We have it hooked up to an HDTV in a guest bedroom, and it works great. Pretty much works exactly like our Dish DVR, except it doesn't have the ability (yet) to add an external additional storage drive. Maybe a future firmware upgrade will include this capability. I highly recommend this unit if you want to pause, skip forward/backward, and record live over-the-air TV. The customer follow-up and care from Crutchfield seems to be excellent as well.
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4 out of 5

Channel Master CM-7000PAL

Written By John, Palo Alto, CA on Monday, May 30, 2011
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Product arrived on time, in good shape. Was easy to set up and works well. It seems to get better reception than my TV tuner does on a couple slightly fringe channels. Have only had a week but seems to work well. I replaced AT&T DVR and service and so far, this works largely the same for the local channels (which was all we used from AT&T) - at no monthly cost!

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5 out of 5

Terrific machine

Written By IABoy, Cedar Rapids, IA on Tuesday, May 24, 2011
 
Googled for DVR and found the ChannelMaster. Crutchfield was easy to order, shipped immediately and arrived when promised yesterday. No hassele, all shopping websites should be this easy!!

Simple to set up and get going with built-in setup wizard. Owners manual could be better written with more detail. I just played with buttons to see what effects it had on program or DVR functions. Discovered I could record a program AND watch another channel simultaneously. While a dumb infomercial ran, the DVR allowed me to "rewind" on live channel a few minutes previous so I could see the start of program I missed, then resume right back to where the live program was (impressive)!! Already recorded a movie and a program while I slept, so can watch today.
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4 out of 5

Nice, but needs Improvements!

Written By Mark, Kansas on Sunday, May 22, 2011
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I am pleased in general with this antenna DVR, but it could use a few improvements to compete with DVR units from satellite services. I have been using satellite service for about 12 years, and DVR recording for at least 6 years. So I know what to expect from a DVR. The picture quality is excellent as is the Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound! I have difficulty with the so-called TV Guide service. Some of the major networks have filled the guide with titles, but others provide no information at all. So much for having the TV Guide built into the unit. So you must subscribe to a guide so you can program a week in advance! With satellite DVR, this was never a problem for up to 2 weeks in advance. It also tends to cut off the top and bottom of the broadcast picture totally blocking the "ticker" showing weather update information! This is important when you live in "tornado country" and need to maintain safety. I have missed several recordings that it dropped for some reason, so I make certain that they are on the list prior to leaving home for work in hopes of getting them recorded. I work rotating-shift work, so a DVR is an important part of my scheduling practice. It needs some improvements, so I give it 4 stars.
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5 out of 5

So Satisfied!

Written By LifeIsGood777, Los Angeles, CA on Wednesday, May 18, 2011
 
So I bought this DVR for me and my boyfriend's house. I like the fact that it's
quality TV for no monthly costs. I'm not a very tech savvy person, so I looked up
a few of these boxes online. Just seemed to be the best value in what you get.
Initially when I took it home, it functioned as it was supposed to and I was glad
to see my boyfriend enjoy it so much. The set up took us no time. He works a
lot and the recording features of a DVR are great. When I read other reviews
about this product, I became a little skeptical about the CM customer service. I
decided to get a box and test the waters for at least the first 30-day money back
guarantee. I thought I had a malfunction with my unit and called the tech
support team immediately, however, come to find out the customer service
really took care of me. I called on a Friday and within 45 minutes, they got back
to me. I was pleased to hear that I just had my remote on the wrong frequency
and my issue was handled in no time. Through this process I believe CM is a
company with integrity. I will recommend Channel Master and their DVR to
anyone.
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4 out of 5

works well

Written By JEB, California on Tuesday, May 17, 2011
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I have never used a cable DVR so I can't compare experiences. This product
works well with my Sony Bravia TV. I have only 2 complaints.
1. Recording HD programs really eats up the hard drive.
2. You can only record two channels at one time, or record one channel and
watch one channel. This can really cause a problem when you add a few
minutes before and after a program so that you don't miss anything.
But there are limited options when recording over-the-air programming. I see
that they now sell TIVO recorders, but they still only record two channels at a
time.

My family is really sold on the convenience of DVRs. I hope that the industry
improves the over-the-air models.
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5 out of 5

Excellent Replacement for Over-the-Air VCR

Written By AC, Orlando, FL on Monday, May 02, 2011
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Very satisfied with this unit. Easy to setup and start. Short learning curve. Being able to record two programs at the same time a real benefit. Inclusion of TV Guide a major benefit also. I like the remote control. However, the search for the correct auxiliary device codes using the "scan" process is laborious and time consuming when the published code numbers don't work. I just hope the unit is rugged enough to last a reasonable amount of time. The continuously running hard drive does concern me, though it is quiet. I miss the ability to delete channels that I am not interested in, or that are on the borderline of signal strength. A minor point is that to access the sub-channels, one must enter "0" instead of "hyphen" as in most HDTV remotes. Standardization would be helpful.
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4 out of 5

Channel Master CM-7000PAL

Written By R. Edwards, Woodbridge, VA on Monday, April 25, 2011
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This product is good. I was impressed with the ability to preview the shows I
would want to record. However, I was not sure about how well the clock works.
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1 out of 5

Problem after problem

Written By MarkP, Canton, GA on Wednesday, April 20, 2011
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I purchased this unit in order to receive and record live TV after cutting my ties with pay TV service. Initially, the unit seemed fine, but after a while we started missing scheduled recordings. Not only that, the unit would record other shows that we had not scheduled. The unit has always been connected to an active internet connection in order to receive the latest updates, so that was not the problem.

After about 4 months of ownership, the unit froze up completely and would not boot at all. After trying several troubleshooting methods and speaking with customer service, I sent the unit, at my shipping expense, to Channel Master for a warranty exchange. The exchange took almost a month from the time it was shipped to the time I received a new or refurbished unit. Customer service could not give me any timeline on unit turnaround.

Now, with the new device installed, I am getting random reboots. Sometimes, these occur as often as once every 10-15 minutes. I cringe at shipping this unit again, at my cost, and waiting another month for a replacement unit.

I consider myself very technical and have lots of experience with audio video devices. I am no stranger to proper setup and troubleshooting. Nevertheless, the CM-700PAL has given me more trouble than all other electronics that I own. I do not recommend.
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5 out of 5

Great recorder

Written By Waviator, Alexandria, VA on Wednesday, April 13, 2011
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This recorder replaces our Sony DVR that also captured over the air broadcast
TV. The system was easy to set up and receives the broadcase TV schedule
over the air waves very well. Recording was easy. The manual was not as
useful as just following the menus to set up regular recordings. The setup
was easy and the signal scale is very useful in getting good reception. We
receive a great variety of high quality signals on this unit.
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3 out of 5

Channel Master CM-7000PAL

Written By Davio, west bend wi on Wednesday, April 13, 2011
 
this unit is just what we needed since we only have air tv. itworks fine most of the time .but is aggravating when it decides not to work right. some times it won't record the show that is programmed, then if it does and you anly watch part of the show and then stop , it will erase the rest of the show even if you hit the protect button it will erase but not as often.my unit is only two tears old .for the money i would think it should have lasted longer. it still works but you just never know when it will act up
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5 out of 5

Channel Master CM-7000PAL

Written By Lynn N, Georgia on Tuesday, April 05, 2011
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This antenna HD DVR is awesome! It works great. It was a breeze to set up too. I
have already watched numerous shows. I am so happy not having to pay a certain
satellite company every month! I would recommend this product to everyone.
Please give it a try. You won't be sorry!
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4 out of 5

Works as I was hoping

Written By Ave Joe, Portland, Oregon on Saturday, April 02, 2011
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Seems to be doing what I was wanting... to be able to record HDTV from my
antenna. I don't have nor want cable or satellite TV. So far all is well and I am
satisfied. When I saw other reviews before purchasing it dawned on me it
would have been nice to have a larger drive, and I would have liked some kind
of ability to permanently burn a HD recording off onto a disc if I wanted to, but
all in all it is fine as is. Also it would have been nice to be able to get this at
about half the current cost... it is what I consider kind of expensive for what
recording devices should cost these days. I expect the cost will come down in
time and maybe other manufacturers will start making this sort of device. But
for now this is the only one of its kind so it is what it is.
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5 out of 5

I highly recommend this machine!

Written By DobiesPapa, Vancouver WA on Thursday, March 31, 2011
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First machine the remote control did not work. I called Crutchfield and was
pleasantly surprised how easy it was to get another machine. I didn't even
have to ask. She just appologized for the inconvenience and offered to ship
another machine, express, for free. I would deffinitely order from Crutchfield
again!
My CM 7000 PAL was very easy to connect to my 7.1 surround system with an
HDMI cable and is easier to program than my old VCR! Now I can go to bed
and watch my late night shows the next afternoon after work and fast forward
through the commercials.
I would highly recommend this machine and Crutchfield!
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4 out of 5

Quite Amazing!

Written By Bill G, Bloomington, Mn. on Tuesday, March 29, 2011
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The Channel Master CM-7000 PAL is an amazing machine! I purchased this
unit for my sister in Chetek, Wisconsin. I have never owned cable or satilite t.v.
but have family members that do. The "live t.v." functions are amazing and the
ease of programing is easy to understand and perform. Setting up the unit,
and the set up program was a snap. The manual was a bit daunting though,
in that trying to figure out how all of the features worked, and utilizing them.
I hope this unit will be around when my dvr wears out so I can buy this one for
myself! My only complaint is the warrenty. Square Trade does'nt opperate in
Wisconsin. If this unit fails, my sister can call in for the prepaid return mailing
label, and mail it, but when it is returned, it will be returned back to me in
Bloomington, Mn. and I will have to mail it to her or deliver it myself! I found out
this info after I had already purchased this warrenty. I would most definately
recommend the Channel Master CM-7000 PAL!!!!
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5 out of 5

Channel Master CM-7000PAL

Written By David, Hephzibah, GA on Monday, March 28, 2011
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Except for a couple of channels, I knew I would not miss paying all that money to the cable company. I did, however, know that I would miss my DVR. I don't miss it now and I can highly recommend the Channel Master CM-7000PAL. I love the onscreen schedule as well as the ability to record my favorite shows ... all while watching another channel.
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4 out of 5

Channel Master CM-7000PAL

Written By Jim B, Fairmont,MN on Tuesday, March 22, 2011
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Having the Dish Network version of this DVR for a couple of years now I wasn't afraid to buy the Channel Master 7000PAL. Both DVR's work extremely well as DVR's go,but they share the same behavior with weak signals(fail to record anything if signal is very weak and even delete daily or weekly repeat timers), Since it adds channels even when shut off,some times very distant channels show up in the guide as high numbers but can't be recieved (no signal). But for the up front cost and no monthly fees this DVR is well worth it. Also replaced 250Gb hard drive in older unit with 1Tb (now have 142 hours HD recording time. This DVR does take some learning to get full advantage out of using it,but remote is very easy to get used to.
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5 out of 5

Channel Master CM-7000PAL

Written By Larry, Austin, TX on Monday, March 21, 2011
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Had the unit a week and it has done everything I expected.
I actually looked a long time an over-the-air DTV-DVR back during the DTV
conversion. I ended up purchasing a seperate DTV converter for my Sony
VCR.
Steve's Crutchfield video review was both helpful and right on the mark.
I misread the product contents and needed a HDMI cable. I should have
placed my order via an advisor but did not however as always 1 call to
Crutchfield and problem resolved. Got the Channel Master HDMI cable within
days.
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4 out of 5

Works like a charm

Written By BigDog811, Denver, CO on Friday, March 11, 2011
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Delivery was quick and the unit arrived in perfect condition.

Setup was intuitive, and should be very easy to anyone who has ever setup and
configured mid-level consumer A/V equipment or a computer. While waiting for
delivery I downloaded and reviewed the user manual, but it wasn't necessary.

I'm fortunate to live well inside the broadcast range of my local television
stations, and this unit works perfectly with unamplified UHF/VHF rabbit ears.
The tuners receive solid signals with strength readings in the low 80s to high
90s on all stations. The picture quality of recordings of both HD from the main
channels and SD from the sub-channels is crisp, sharp, and indistinguishable
from live OTA broadcasts.

The layout of the buttons of the remote control unit is a bit clumsy and I don't
like it. I was able to overcome this by programing the remote from my TV set to
control the CM-7000PAL. Also, the only cables provided were analog, and I had
to provide my own HDMI cable. I realize this a normal practice, but HDMI
technology is sufficiently mature that proper cables should be provided with the
unit. Not a deal breaker though.

I've only been using it for a couple of weeks now, but so far this thing just works!
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4 out of 5

Very good overall

Written By Kevin W, Fitzwilliam, NH on Wednesday, March 09, 2011
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Overall like I like the unit. Setup was easy, just followed the prompts. The
guide is is adequate, but not as information as my old dish guide. The pause
and jump ahead or back functions work well. A couple of times the unit
rebooted for no obvious reason. Most annoying is when you tried to use the
browse feature the unit locks up and I have to cycle the power. I have not call
tech support yet about this issue. I would have given a 5 star rating if not for
lock up problem.
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4 out of 5

Channel Master CM-7000PAL

Written By Anonymous, SLC UT on Friday, February 25, 2011
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The channel master cm-7000pal. It is about time, thank you. I have had my dvr for about 2-3 months and love it. Excellent product but I wish I could send or backup My recordings to an external hard drive. Other wise I would give it a rating of 4.9. Why 4.9 because there is always room for improvement. Thank you channel master.
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5 out of 5

Channel Master CM-7000PAL

Written By Sharon, Icard,NC on Thursday, February 24, 2011
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Perfect!! Works just as expected ,easy to setup and operate.
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5 out of 5

Channel Master CM-7000PAL

Written By Andrew A, Melbourne Florida on Wednesday, February 23, 2011
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For over a year I procrastinated about getting rid of my $ 100 cable bill and going to over the
air TV. The one thing putting me off was that I couldn't come to terms with losing my DVR
and going back to my ancient VCR. Then I saw that Channel Master had come out with an
over the air DVR and I was sold.

Only had it a couple of days but yesterday I packed up all my cable equipment and dropped it
off at the cable company office. I am now cable free and $100 a month better off. The
Channel Master DVR is just great in fact it is basically identical to the Dish Network DVR that
my daughter has in her house.

Can not see any cons to the DVR it is all pro's.
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5 out of 5

CM-700PAL

Written By George, New Middletown, Ohio on Tuesday, February 22, 2011
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Couldn't be more pleased and am considering a second unit. It was easy to set up
and my TV worked with the remote without having to enter any codes. The only
drawback is the program guide and that has nothing to do with the unit but is what
the stations put out there which can be sometimes incomplete. Again this is a great
unit and I would recommend it.
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5 out of 5

Very happy customer

Written By brown1150, Wisconsin on Tuesday, February 22, 2011
 
Works very well and easy to set up. Been looking for something like this and found out about it through listening to a radio talk show. Ordered one right away and was pleasantly surprised. I would recommend this unit for broadcast TV users.
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5 out of 5

Fantastic

Written By RS, Antwerp, Oh on Monday, February 21, 2011
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What a great product. I have wanted a DVR for years, ever since TiVo came out, but I
didn't want to pay the service charges. I have antenna tv only so this worked out great.
Very easy to use and I didn't need any more that the quick set up card to be up and
running. Recorded the Daytona 500 and had my own instant replays when ever I
wanted. The guide is easy to use but in my area the guide usually only goes out about
24 hours. No problem though as you can program events just like the old VCR's. I will
never use my DVD recorder again. This thing is almost instantaneous which is one of
the things i hated about the DVD recorder. Anyone that doesn't want monthly expenses
should consider this. So glad Channel Master kept this product alive.
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4 out of 5

Excellent product

Written By JT, Dallas, TX on Sunday, February 20, 2011
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Based on what cable and satellite companies charge you the cost of this unit will be paid
off in a matter of just a few months. I found set-up very easy. I first installed the unit on a
standard definition TV. When I upgraded to HDTV it was just a simple unplug-the-old and
plug-in-the-new -- no need to re-install or repeat setup. Excellent HD video quality. Over
the air transmissions are not compressed and this DVR does not alter the excellent
image. Excellent sound. Two tuners allows two diferent programs at the same time. The
utilities menu allows you to remove stations you are not interested in, reverse the order of
how channels are displayed, and automatically checks for new stations. Programming to
record a program is real easy. I was dismayed how the DVR is constantly running -- you
can always hear the hard drive running. You would think there would be an idle time
hibernation mode to save energy and wear/tear. The ChannelMaster CM-7000PAL has
exceeded my expectations.
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4 out of 5

Great Machine, But....

Written By Todd M, Fairfield, CT on Friday, February 18, 2011
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This DVR is fantastic. Easy to use, Easy to set up. Great remote, Great High
Def picture and you can record 2 programs at once while watching a recorded show.

There are some problems, however. The program guide only shows details one day
in advance (definitely not a deal breaker - and hopefully will improve going
forward?) Major complaint is that the remote would stop working randomly. It
would only work if you put it 1/2 an inch away from the unit, and sometimes it
would not work at all, which would require unplugging the unit to reset it.

I called Crutchfield and they sent a new one out in 2 days, they paid the shipping
back for the old unit (fantastic customer service!!) Set the new one up and it
seems to be working better (one week later), although it has also done the same
thing a few times. Looking at other reviews on this site I noticed a few other
folks had the same problem. One thing that seems to work is to turn off the TV
set (I have a Sony 40 inch) and then turn it on again, and the DRV remote will
then work okay. Seems like the TV interferes with the DVR remote signal?

Otherwise, it is a great unit -- totally changes how we watch TV -- and we get 50
channels on Antenna in 1080 HD and no monthly cable or Tivo fees. Fantastic.

I don't usually by extended warranties, but I did purchase the 3 year deal that
Crutchfield was selling for $39 -- seemed like a reasonable deal. Once again, I
can't say enough about Crutchfield's customer service!
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2 out of 5

Poor quality picture

Written By Sparky, Minnesota on Tuesday, February 15, 2011
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The picture quality of the tuner is poor...on a par with a vcr...maybe even worse. The sound is very bad, too.

The user interface is good but I didn't keep the unit to see if it was effective at finding programs.
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5 out of 5

Dumped Cable

Written By Max, Virginia on Tuesday, February 15, 2011
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After dumping Cable,we needed a DVR.
This is perfect, great off Air Tuner.
DVR works great
No Fees
Our Family loves it
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5 out of 5

Just Right

Written By DaveJ, N.Olmsted,OH on Tuesday, February 15, 2011
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This is a recorder that I've been wanting for a long time. Broadcast TV is sufficient for me.
The machine was simple to set up and has worked perfectly in the few weeks that I've had it.
It does everything that I want it to do.
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2 out of 5

Old technology and few features for too high a price

Written By malchien, California on Tuesday, February 15, 2011
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I ordered this DVR after much research on the internet. I thought it would be
perfect for over the air recording, but the lack of some basic features made me
return it.

Pros:
- Records OTA programs in HD

Cons:
-Does not have an NTSC (analog) tuner. I only get TVGOs program information on
an analog channel and this DVR can't see it.
- No way to get program information over the internet despite having an ethernet
port.
- No way to copy programs off the HDD using the USB or ethernet ports.
- HDD is too small. Most avid users are upgrading to 1 TB drives at additional cost.
- No QAM (cable) tuner.
- Must purchase an HDMI cable separately.
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2 out of 5

Had Stability Problems

Written By Mike, Michigan on Tuesday, February 15, 2011
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Product was easy to set up, but had several stablity problems. It would reset itself.
Some recordings were split into two parts. (This might be due to resetting itself while
recording). Some programs were never recorded. The menu indicated that the
recording had been stopped, but no one stopped it. I tried to update the software, but
no update was available. I sent it back to Chrutchfield for a refund. I may try to buy
another one in the future, if some of the bugs can be worked out. Chrutchfield is a great
company. The return was easy.
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5 out of 5

Performs as advertised

Written By Techy, St Cloud, MN on Sunday, February 13, 2011
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I'm very pleased with this product so far. It does everything it claimed and is a huge step
up from recording on video tape. The initial setup was easy - never had to use the
manual. I bought it for my wife who could never record a program with our old setup, but
she has no trouble with this unit.
If there are any cons, it's the lack of a DVD burner. Occasionally it would be nice to burn
a recorded program to DVD.
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4 out of 5

Crystal Clear

Written By CM, Balto. MD on Sunday, February 13, 2011
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This recorder does what I want - record and playback video from over the air broadcasts with
the resolution of the original. No specific complaints after 2 weeks of operation. Tuners
seem to be strong. Found many channel that my Panasonic TV has not. Does not come
with HDMI cable.
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3 out of 5

Channel Master CM-7000PAL

Written By Marty S. from CT, Bolton, CT on Saturday, February 12, 2011
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Great OTA/DVR product, easy to setup and tune to channels. DVR seems to work well.
cons:
little pricey
switching channels on dead channels takes a long time to skip over.
head up display not configurable (top, bottom, size, etc). annoying large HUD at
top.
TV Guide terrible presentation
remote is not as good as Comcast - I don't think anyone can make a remote as
good as the comcast (motorola) remote. Companies just don't seem to get that.
digital clock would be nice too - again comcast dvrs have that.

Seems like company out all their work into tuning, which is great but its not as
good as a motorola box you get with comcast.
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5 out of 5

Great Product!

Written By Bob, Northwest Washington on Saturday, February 12, 2011
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I'm very happy with the DVR so far. Setup was simple and the unit is fairly easy to use. It
doesn't have all the features and options that Tivo offers but I didn't want to have to pay a
monthly fee.We only receive five or six digital OTA channels (no cable or satellite) so being
able to record whenever and then watch at our convenience has really helped. I highly
recommend the Channel Master.
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5 out of 5

Channel Master CM-7000PAL

Written By JohnE, San Jose CA on Friday, February 11, 2011
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Buy it you wont be sorry
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5 out of 5

As advertized ... or better

Written By Lex, Manassas VA on Thursday, February 10, 2011
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This product certainly works as advertized and I could not be happier with it.
Hook up and operation is as simple as stated.

Being part of the OTA crowd I thought I was out of SDTV and HDTV recording, but this
beauty lays open the avenue of delayed TV viewing again.
If the cost of the unit drops eventually I will definately become a mutilple location users.
Regardless, after only one month of ownership this unit has firmly become part of my
standard operating equipment.
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5 out of 5

Channel Master CM-7000PAL

Written By Bea, Castro Valley, CA on Wednesday, February 09, 2011
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Full feature for Broadcast TV recording. Nothing comparable for the price. Exactly what I
wanted. Considering buying a 2nd unit for another room. AAAAA+++++
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4 out of 5

My Take

Written By Chris D., Port Arthur, TX on Wednesday, February 09, 2011
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This item was very easy to install and setup. I was fortunate that I had the existing wiring
already in place since I was an Ex Dish customer. Five minute hookup and I was looking
at setup screen, followed the menu and set everything needed without the use of
manual. Very easy. TV guide was my main concern. The guide does not have the bells
and whistles that the sat receivers have but gives me the info I need. If I want to check a
listing to see if it is a rerun then I check the online TV guide site which gives you all the
details about upcoming shows. Recorded shows play well and with full HD quality. Skip
button will get you through the commercials at 30 sec skips just like the Dish remote. I
have an Harmony One remote that I programmed for the Dish receiver and it controls the
Channel Master perfectly. The only con is price. I would like to have a second unit for
bedroom but it would have to be a Hundred dollars cheaper to buy a second unit. For
those who are living with your antenna and local channels this is a perfect unit for you.
Watching prime time TV would not be possible for my wife and me without this unit. We
can watch them when we have time.
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4 out of 5

Crutchfield, SI, Channel Master Support, NO!

Written By MikeL, Christiansburg, VA on Sunday, February 06, 2011
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The first one of these I bought was a dud, it kept going back through the set up and would not function properly. No amount of rebooting, reinstalling, etc. seemed to help. Following specific instructions on the owner's manual to "call Channel Master support instead of my retailer", I was told a technician would contact me within 24 hrs. Being very anxious to use my new DVR I decided to call Crutchfield the next morning. They sent me another unit that day and a return label for the dud. I had the new unit the following day which has worked flawlessly. YAY Crutchfield!!!!

This is the only experience I have had w/ a DVR and with my limited knowledge of this technology it seems to be working great. I am very, very glad I chose to buy this from a customer oriented business like Crutchfield.

Thanks again, Crutchfield!
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5 out of 5

channel master

Written By Anonymous, victor,ny on Friday, February 04, 2011
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package arrived prompt and in perfect condition. setup was a breeze-so far unit operating
flawless. well designed product replacing 3 year old panasonic dmr-ez48 dvd-vcr recorder
which was of poor quality and not practical to repair.
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5 out of 5

Channel Master CM-7000PAL

Written By Mel, Gaines, MI on Friday, February 04, 2011
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The Channel Master CM-7000AL works great. I have a dvr recorder from direct tv.
I like the channel master the best. It allows me to record shows off my antenna
that i can not get from direct ty
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5 out of 5

Outstanding Channel Master!!!

Written By Jim A., Richardson, TX on Friday, February 04, 2011
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What a seriously cool device!

Easy to install and use, the menu system is clear and intuitive. I have split the antenna
line from the wall - one to the TV, one to the DVR. We can watch program A while
recording programs B and C. The guide works very well, two clicks on the remote is all it
takes to schedule a one-time recording. My wife's soap opera is is faithfully recorded
every day, week after week. Playback is true HD with Dolby Surround as advertised. It
would be nice if Channel Master included a HDMI cable to round out the package.


The shipping service from Crutchfield was excellent. The product box was in a larger box
and and was well-filled with peanuts. The tracking number was supplied very quickly.


We caught an excellent value, a savings of about $80 over a local purchase.
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5 out of 5

A Must Have for Your Digital / HD Home Theater!

Written By Theater Man Markus!, Blue Springs, MO on Friday, February 04, 2011
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I have spent many hours designing and building my all digital HD home theater. The
only thing that was missing was a digital / HD tuner. Some people consider me to be
cheap because I don't want another monthly bill... I don't want to pay for cable or satellite
when I get more than 25 channels with an antenna! ...And I don't want to use a typical
converter box because my system is designed for digital signals and HD, and an analog
signal just looks cheap on my 106-inch screen! When researching digital tuners, I
found a couple I could buy used that both cost just as much as this new Channel Master
CM-7000PAL! I loved the idea that if I chose this unit, I would also get a manufacturers
warrenty, plus I could return it within 30 days if there were any problems. So, I ordered it,
and am I glad I did... The second it arrived at my front door, I ran to my basement, ran a
coax antenna cable to it, and an HDMI cable from it to my receiver... Put batteries in the
remote, and... There it was... A true HD image projected onto my screen! It was
beautiful! Plus, there's no more missing my favorite shows, as I can use the DVR
feature to record up to 2 channels at the same time! ...And it's very simple to operate! I
love this thing!

Okay... Now for my only complaint... There are no buttons on the unit itself, so if you
loose the remote, you're in trouble!
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5 out of 5

7000PAL Recorder

Written By JohnG, Spring Hill, FL on Friday, February 04, 2011
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The Channel Master 7000PAL is the easiest recorder I've ever programmed or operated.
It plays back a good quality picture, but best of all, no monthly membership fee.
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4 out of 5

Only 1 minor flaw & note on pre-amp...

Written By MJ, Eagle, WI on Thursday, February 03, 2011
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Works as promised. We can now watch 3 hours of programing in about 2 hours by
eliminating commercials. No perceivable degradation in picture quality. LOVE IT!

A note to those with an antenna amplifier: The tuner on this thing is BETTER than the
tuner on my (high end???) Samsung TV. Our TVs have all needed an amp because we
live on the fringe. The PAL7000 doesn't. If you connect the 7000 to an amp, you may
lose the picture due to over amplificatiom. Experiment.

The flaw: Sometimes the unit will not respond to a "power on" command. For some
reason, turning the TV off, then depressing the power button a second or third time will
solve the problem. Even stranger, this problem seems to be curing itself over time. At
first it happened fairly often. Now ,after several weeks of use, it seldom happens! FM!
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5 out of 5

Loving It

Written By Don B, Midvale UT on Friday, January 28, 2011
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I've been using this product for 2 months and am very happy with it. It records with a
perfect picture and allows me to record 2 channels at once. When I called Crutchfield
with a question, there was no hold time and my question was answered to my
satisaction. I highly recomend this product and Crutchfield. The best part is FREE TV.
Don
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5 out of 5

channel master cm-7000pal

Written By greg, cedar creek, tx on Friday, January 28, 2011
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I love the receiver......however I have a complaint about the TV Guide (guide), it is sometimes as much as 10 minutes off, therefore I miss the start of some programs I have set to record. I know that this is not the fault of the recorder, but thought I would pass it along.
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5 out of 5

Channel Master CM-7000PAL

Written By KimBob, Fort Worth, Tx on Thursday, January 27, 2011
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Great features, picture quality and performance. It sure is wonderful for large
screen HD TVs (HD resolution).

A little pricey but have not regretted the purchase.

Not sure why the hard drive is running all the time even when it's off and not
set to record but it is very quiet.

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5 out of 5

Works Great!

Written By Bruce, North Dakota on Thursday, January 27, 2011
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Finally cut the cable and installed an over the air antenna. Only thing missing was a DVR.
The channel master DVR was a good choice. Set up was easy. The DVR actually recieves
a couple more channels than my tv's tuner. Great picture and sound with both live and
recorded TV. It was very easy to set up. The remote was easily programmed to operate
my surround sound receiver, DVD player and TV. The best part is no longer having a $75 a
month cable bill.....
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5 out of 5

Channel Master CM-7000PAL

Written By Herb_B, Acworth, GA on Wednesday, January 26, 2011
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I am very pleased with the 7000PAL. The set-up was easy using the HDMI connection.
I have found that its receiver is actually more sensitive than my Sony 40" LCD TV. I
have the antenna Coax to the TV connected through the in/out connectors on the
7000PAL. I find that the signal to the TV from the antenna input is diminshed when the
7000PAL is turned on. However the picture through the HDMI input is very crisp. While
the 7000PAL is turned off, the regular TV received signal is about the same as it was
before putting the 7000PAL in-line.
The only glitch that I have found is occasionally I have lost the audio during playback --
I stop the recorded program, rewind, and restart the playback -- the sound comes back.
Crutchfield handled all of my orders very transparently. I would highly recommend the
7000PAL and Crutchfield.
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