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Channel Master CM-7001

HDTV tuner for over-the-air digital TV broadcasts

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by Steve Kindig
Channel Master

Over-the-air HDTV: Clean, clear and free

If you have a projector or other display that lacks a built-in tuner, Channel Master's CM-7001 is a great affordable solution. To receive crystal-clear free over-the-air HD broadcasts from your local stations, simply connect the CM-7001 to an indoor or outdoor antenna. Watch your favorite network programs without paying any monthly subscription or service fees.

Made to work with any TV

The compact CM-7001 has the right connections for your TV whether it's new or old. You'll find HDMI and component video to deliver high-definition pictures, plus S-video and composite connectors for older TVs. There's even an RF output for real old-school TVs. An on-screen wizard steps you through the initial setup quickly — you'll be ready to enjoy HD in no time.

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Highlights:

  • built-in ATSC tuner receive free over-the-air digital TV broadcasts (antenna required)
  • QAM cable TV tuner receives unscrambled programs without a set-top box (cable service required)
  • setup wizard with auto channel scanning
  • selectable resolution (480i, 720p, 1080i) — 1080i performs best for most HDTVs
  • 1 set of audio/video outputs (HDMI, component video, S-video, composite video and RF)
  • RF input for antenna signal
  • optical digital audio output
  • stereo RCA audio outputs
  • learning remote control
  • 11-1/16"W x 1-11/16"H x 7-7/16"D
  • warranty: 90 days parts and labor
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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  • ATSC/QAM tuner
  • Remote control
  • 2 "AAA" batteries
  • 6' Composite video/stereo RCA cable
  • User Manual
  • Warranty/Product Registration Card

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Feature

Antenna Tuner: Watch digital TV and HDTV with the CM-7001 Antenna Tuner by Channel Master. This HD digital set-top box tunes ATSC (Antenna) or Clear QAM (Unencrypted Cable) signals for televisions, displays, and projectors that do not have built-in HDTV tuners. Easy to setup and use, this antenna compatible digital HDTV converter box carries no monthly subscription or service fees. Pick up free digital TV and HDTV broadcasts with this Channel Master antenna tuner. HDMI and optical audio outputs allow for Dolby Digital quality audio while you watch your favorite programs for free.

  • ATSC Tuner: The Channel Master CM-7001 is equipped with an ATSC digital tuner which allows you to watch over-the-air digital broadcasts.  Over-the-air broadcasts provide the highest quality of HD available without any video compression or compromised video quality. All cable and Satellite providers use video compression techniques which degrades picture quality. You will notice a difference between their picture quality and what is available over-the-air with Channel Master TV. Over-the-air broadcast stations include major networks; such as ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, and PBS. Tunes channels 2-13 (VHF) and channels 14-69 (UHF). The CM-7001 is not equipped with an NTSC tuner.
  • Clear QAM Tuner: The Channel Master CM-7001 also features a Clear QAM digital cable TV tuner that can receive unscrambled programs without a set-top box (cable service still required). Clear QAM support varies city by city; check your cable provider for compatibility. Tunes cable channels 2-135 (unscrambled only). The Channel Master CM-7001 is not compatible with premium subscription cable services, so you will not get content that is only available on a premium cable service such as HBO, Showtime, ESPN, Disney, etc.. The CM-7001 does not support Satellite TV signals.

Note: In order to receive live over-the-air broadcasts, you will need an outdoor or indoor antenna (sold separately); depending on your location.

Antenna Input/Output: The Channel Master CM-7001 over-the-air HDTV tuner is equipped with a threaded coaxial RF-type cable/antenna input and TV 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.

Video Outputs: The Channel Master CM-7001 Antenna Tuner is fitted with both high definition (HDMI/component) and standard definition (composite) video outputs.

  • HDMI Output: The unit's HDMI connection provides both high-definition video (up to 1080p) and digital audio (up to 5.1ch) to your TV or home theater system's A/V receiver.
  • Component Video Output: The Channel Master CM-7001 features one set of component video outputs to send a high-definition video signal (up to 1080i) to your TV.
  • Composite Video Output: The CM-7001 also features a single composite video input to send a standard-definition video signal (480i only) to your TV.
  • S-Video Output: In addition, the CM-7001 features a S-video input to send a standard-definition video signal (480i only) to your TV.

Audio Outputs: The Channel Master CM-7001 is equipped with both digital (optical) and analog (RCA) audio outputs.

  • Digital Audio Output: The over-the-air HDTV tuner is equipped with an optical (toslink) digital audio output to transfer Dolby Digital or PCM audio to your home theater receiver.
  • Analog Audio Output: The CM-7001 also features analog stereo RCA outputs to transfer audio directly to your television or stereo receiver.

OSD (On-Screen Display): The Channel Master CM-7001 features an on-screen display which supports English, Spanish, or French text.

TV Screen Settings: You can set your TV's screen aspect ratio (16:9 or 4:3) and screen format (Letter, Center, or Full).

Closed Caption Support: The CM-7001 supports digital Closed Captions. The unit offers many options for Closed Captioning (CC), including font size, colors, edge style, service, and opacity.

Parental Controls: 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.

Remote Control: The Channel Master CM-7001 comes with an IR remote control for wireless operation of the over-the-air ATSC/QAM tuner. The supplied remote control features a numeric keypad (0-9) for direct channel entry. You can program the remote to operate your TV's Power, Volume Up/Down, and Channel Up/Down functions.

Auto Power Off: The over-the-air TV tuner can be set to automatically turn off after 15, 30, 60, 120, or 240 minutes of no signal or inactivity.

 
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4 out of 5

It Works

Written By KellyR, Wylie, TX on Tuesday, February 25, 2014
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Purchased this to watch the Superbowl outside connected to a projector, but then got rained out so I haven't used it on the projector yet. I was able to set it up inside very quickly and it received all of my local channels. I haven't figured out how to remove the channels that I don't want because it is somewhat slow in changing channels, but hopefully I will get that figured out. Picture quality was excellent through my HDMI cable.
Pros:
Ease of set-up, picture quality
Cons:
Can't figure out how to remove the channels I don't want.
6 out of 6 people found this helpful
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3 out of 5

Channel Master CM-7001

Written By DonD, Holiday Island, Ar. on Saturday, January 11, 2014
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I gave this product 3 stars because it does work, and probably works better in other locations. I haven't been able to use it on my TV as I had anticipated. Hope some time with someone in house to hook it up so it works with TV and movie theater speakers.
Pros:
It does pick up most of the signals in my viewing area.
Cons:
It is super slow changing the channels, which to me is very, very agitating!
5 out of 6 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

HD Tuner

Written By BobB, Green Bay, WI on Tuesday, December 24, 2013
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Very nice box. Easy to hook up. The only thing I would like to see added is an optical audio output, otherwise it fills the need I had.
Pros:
Easy hook up and set up.
Cons:
Would like an optical audio output.
4 out of 5 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Good DTV tuner

Written By KCM, Lexington, KY on Friday, September 27, 2013
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This Channel Master HDTV tuner is an excellent addition to anyone's video equipment. If you're like me, you need a tuner like this one to record broadcast television programs. This one does the trick and is inexpensive. It has several outputs for your set-up.
Pros:
It outputs closed-captioning and you can rescan for channels and still keep your original scan channels.
Cons:
None I can think of!
11 out of 12 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Better than the built in tuner

Written By Tom, Buffalo, NY on Saturday, July 20, 2013
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Seems the built in OTA tuners in the newer TVs are less than great. This tuner is a big improvement over the tuner in my Vizo because it picks up a lot of stations the built in doesn't.
10 out of 11 people found this helpful
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3 out of 5

Good and Bad

Written By Greg, Seattle on Tuesday, June 25, 2013
 
When it works the unit is a worthwhile investment. The warranty for this unit is 90 days, and it stopped functioning after 9 months.
Pros:
Enables over the air TV reception
Cons:
Short warranty period of 90 days Software seems to get stuck in "standby mode"
8 out of 9 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Does the job well!!

Written By GaryC, Toddville, MD on Saturday, May 18, 2013
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Bought this as a replacement for one that quit. Seems this particular "chassis" is repacked case-wise and sold under several different brand names. Doesn't really matter because the thing works great! The auto channel scan picked up several dozen OTA digital stations and that's in a very rural area. Now granted, the antenna is on a 45 foot tower, but the rotor no longer works while the basic preamp does. Easy to set-up, works great, nice remote; my only complaints (why it got 4 stars instead of 5) (1) Is that when it's off there is a green standby LED lit. (confusing for the elderly family member who uses this) and (2) the channel display on the front of the unit is very, very dim. You can see it at night OK, but during the day it is nearly impossible to see from across the room. Please note that this seems to be a design problem for all of this same basic circuit board. The one this replaced (different brand) was exactly the same.
Pros:
Easy set-up, lots of channels, great picture quality, handy remote
Cons:
Confusing standby LED, front panel channel display very dim, hard to see in daytime room light
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3 out of 5

Channel Master CM-7001

Written By Anonymous, salem al on Saturday, April 20, 2013
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picks up digital channels well but blocks basic channels if you have cable
Pros:
very good picture quality for digital
Cons:
needs a bypass button for basic cable channels
6 out of 9 people found this helpful
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2 questions already asked

Can I use this to get both cable and over the air digital at the same time? Or is one or the other? If the latter, can a manual toggle switch be used to select a/b input? [ Dd222  Mar 03, 2014 ]
3 answers
  • Hi Dan, The Channel Master CM-7001 is for antenna TV only. As I understand it if you have cable TV or some other form of TV reception you should receive an external tuner from your TV signal provider to receive the TV signal sent by your provider. This tuner is probably specific to your provider's signal transmission system and can only be acquired from your provider. Any other external tuner available for purchase probably would not work. Therefore, you do not need an additional tuner. If you wish to have both antenna and cable capabilities in the event of a transmission outage you can purchase a switch locally that allows you to switch between the two forms of reception. Ken S. [ KENNETH   Mar 05, 2014 ]
  • This device is only capable of receiving over the air antenna signals. It cannot be used for cable especially now with the discontinuation by cable companies for QAM tuners. [ Jan   Mar 04, 2014 ]
  • Please, do not buy this receiver. It is junk. I have spoken to at least 25 people who had the same problems as I. After the initial warranty is up, it stopped working completely and no one would do anything about it. [ JAMES S   Mar 04, 2014 ]
will this unit work with time warner cable? [ Dale  Jan 30, 2014 ]
1 answer
  • Clear QAM Tuner: The Channel Master CM-7001 also features a Clear QAM digital cable TV tuner that can receive unscrambled programs without a set-top box (cable service still required). Clear QAM support varies city by city; check your cable provider for compatibility. Tunes cable channels 2-135 (unscrambled only). The Channel Master CM-7001 is not compatible with premium subscription cable services, so you will not get content that is only available on a premium cable service such as HBO, Showtime, ESPN, Disney, etc.. The CM-7001 does not support Satellite TV signals. [ Jeff Staff  Jan 30, 2014 ]

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