Channel Master DVR+ TV Antenna DVR Photo Profile

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Channel Master DVR+ TV Antenna DVR Photos

Channel Master DVR+ TV Antenna DVR Package
Photo of the Channel Master DVR+ TV Antenna DVR Package Contents. Photo © Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

To start out this look at the Channel Master DVR+ TV Antenna DVR (Model Number: CM-7500GB16) is a photo of everything that comes in the package.

Shown standing up in the back of the photo is the Quick Start Guide.

Laying on top of the DVR+ (the large square flat unit) are is the "Read This First!" notice that provides information on how to perform firmware updates, as well as instructions on product return procedures, should that be necessary.

Also shown is the included wireless remote control and external AC Adapter.

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Channel Master DVR+ TV Antenna DVR - Front and Rear Views

Channel Master DVR+ TV Antenna DVR - Front and Rear Views
Photo of the Channel Master DVR+ TV Antenna DVR Front and Rear Views. Photo © Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

Here is a dual view of the Channel Master DVR+ unit showing both the front and rear panels. The front panel is essentially devoid of controls except for an IR sensor in the center, and an LED status light and Power Button on the far right.

The rear panel of the Channel Master HD-DVR contains all of the input and output connections. For a closer look, and explanation of the rear panel connections, proceed to the next photo.

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Channel Master DVR+ TV Antenna DVR Connections

Channel Master DVR+ TV Antenna DVR Connections
Photo of the Channel Master DVR+ TV Antenna DVR Connections. Photo © Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

Here is a close-up look of the connections provided on the Channel Master DVR+.

Starting on the left is the RF Antenna input connection. This is where you connect your Antenna TV signal. It is important to note that the Channel Master is not compatible with Cable or Satellite TV signals. You must connect a TV antenna.

Moving right, next is a Digital Optical (mini connection required audio output connection (mini-Digital Optical connector required - compare prices).

Next is the HDMI connection. HDMI allows you to access the 720p, 1080i, and 1080p resolutions. Also, the HDMI connection passes both Audio and Video. This means on TVs with HDMI connections, you only need one cable to pass both audio and video to the television, or through an HDMI receiver with both HDMI video and audio accessibility. If your TV has a DVI-HDCP input instead of HDMI, you can use an HDMI to DVI Adapter cable to connect the Channel Master DVR+ to the DVI-equipped HDTV, however, DVI only passes video, a second connection for audio is needed. This is where the inclusion of the digital optical output connection may come in handy as it can be connected to an external audio system in such cases.

Continuing to the right is the Ethernet (LAN) port. This where you plug in an Ethernet cable so that the DVR+ be connected to your home network router and access the internet.

Moving past the ethernet port are two USB 2.0 ports. These ports to connect one hard drive and the optional wireless USB Wifi Adapter, should you prefer that option for connecting the DVR+ to your router rather than the Ethernet connection.

NOTE: You cannot use both USB ports to connect to external hard drives at the same time - the DVR+ can only recognize one external hard drive at a time. However, either USB port can be used to connect the USB Wifi Adapter or USB hard drive.

Just to the right of the ethernet port is a receptacle for the external AC power adapter that is provided with the DVR+.

Finally, on the far right is an IR out connection. This allows efficient integration with a central IR-based remote control system.

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Channel Master DVR+ TV Antenna DVR - Remote Control

Channel Master DVR+ TV Antenna DVR - Remote Control
Photo of the Channel Master DVR+ TV Antenna DVR Remote Control. Photo © Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

Here is a look at the remote control provided with the Channel Master DVR+ TV Antenna DVR.

First off, it is important to note that the remote can be programmed to operate some of the functions on your TV - if you decide to take advantage of that option.

Starting ​at the very top of the remote control the TV and DVR Power buttons, as well as the TV input select buttons.

Moving down is the numeric keypad. These buttons enable to type in channel number and access it directly - being able to type in your favorite channel is faster than scrolling through the channel list to get to it. The keypad also includes a period "." button so that channels that include .1, .2, etc... can be typed in.

Also, just to the right of the "0" keypad button is a Zoom button - this allows you to change the aspect ratio of the image coming from the DVR+.

Moving to the center area of the remote are the Mute, DVR, and Menu access and navigation buttons. The DVR button displays a list of programs you have recorded, while the rest of the buttons in this group are used to access all of DVR+ setup options, as well as to view the included on-screen program guide.

Just below the Menu access and navigation buttons is a row that includes a Red, Green, Yellow, and Blue buttons. These are special buttons whose functions can vary depending on what operational feature is being accessed.

For example, when navigating through the program guide listings, the designations for these buttons are as follows: (Red) -2.5 hours, (Green) -Search, (Yellow) -One Day, and (Blue) +1 Day. >[? On the other hand, if you are managing your recorded programs, the designation for these buttons change to the following: (Red) Search, (Green) Delete, (Yellow) -Sort A-Z or by Date/Time, (Blue) Schedule / History / Recordings.

Continuing below the "color" buttons are the Volume Control, Page Navigation, and Channel Scan buttons.

Finally, on the bottom of the remote control are the playback and recording transport buttons.

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Channel Master DVR+ TV Antenna DVR - USB WiFi Adapter

Channel Master DVR+ TV Antenna DVR - USB WiFi Adapter
Photo of the Channel Master DVR+ TV USB WiFi Adapter. Photo © Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

On this page is a photo of the optional USB WiFi Adapter, which can be purchased directly from Channel Master (Check Price).

For a look at the some of the onscreen menus provided by the DVR+, proceed through the next series of photos.

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Channel Master DVR+ TV Antenna DVR Menu System - Main Menu

Channel Master DVR+ TV Antenna DVR Menu System - Main Menu
Photo of the Channel Master DVR+ TV Antenna DVR Main Menu. Photo © Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

Here is a look at the Channel Master DVR+ Main Menu. The selection categories are Search, DVR, Guide, and Settings.

For a further look within each category proceed to the next photo.

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Channel Master DVR+ TV Antenna DVR Menu System - Settings Menu

Channel Master DVR+ TV Antenna DVR Menu System - Settings Menu
Photo of the Channel Master DVR+ TV Antenna DVR Settings Menu. Photo © Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

The first menu category page I want to show you is the Settings Category.

The settings menu is where you can set all of your user preference, including video and audio output settings.

Languages: Sets the language to be displayed for menu navigation.

TV and Audio Setup: This is where you find setting options for output resolution and digital audio output format.

Parental Control: Allows you to set content access based on channels or ratings - password controlled.

User Preference: Allows you to set the degree of menu transparency over the display TV image.

Network Setup: Provides manual setting options for network connectivity, allows provides settings to properly configure the optional USB WiFi adapter.

Power Options: Allows you to set how long you want the DVR+ to stay on during inactivity periods before going into Standby mode.

Technical Info: Provides model, serial number, and software version information of your specific DVR+ unit - good information to have if contacting customer support.

Tuning: This is where you go to scan for over-the-air TV channels - also provides a listing of accessible channels after ​the scan is complete.

Time and Date: Allows you to set the DVR+ to automatically detect the correct time and date after you have entered your Zip Code, Time Zone, and Country. You also have the option of using the automatic Daylight Savings Time feature.

Factory Reset: Resets all settings to factory defaults. It is important to note that using the Reset function will erase all manual settings to any of the above categories previously made.

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Channel Master DVR+ TV Antenna DVR Menu System - TV Display Menu

Channel Master DVR+ TV Antenna DVR Menu System - TV Display Menu
Photo of the Channel Master DVR+ TV Antenna TV Display Menu. Photo © Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

Here is a closer look at the Display Setup submenu within the TV and Audio Setup Option menu, which, in turn, is part of the Settings Category:

As you can see this menu allows the setting of the DVR+'s video output resolution. Your choices are 480p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p, and Best Available (automatically detects the TV's native resolution via HDMI-HDCP communication).

My suggestion is that if you know the native resolution of your TV, set the output accordingly. All live or recorded content will be upscaled or downscaled by the DVR+ accordingly.

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Channel Master DVR+ TV Antenna DVR Menu System - Digital Audio Output Settings

Channel Master DVR+ TV Antenna DVR Menu System - Digital Audio Output Settings
Photo of the Channel Master DVR+ TV Antenna DVR Digital Audio Output Settings. Photo © Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

Here is a look at the Digital Audio Setup submenu with the TV and Audio Setup Option Menu which, in turn, is part of the Settings Category:

HDMI: The choices are Stereo (which is PCM) or Auto/Surround (automatically switches between PCM and Dolby Digital Bitstream - depending the capabilities of the TV or audio system).

Optical: Stereo (PCM) or Multichannel (Dolby Digital Bitstream).

Midnight Mode: Compresses the dynamic range of the audio output for better listening at lower volumes.

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Channel Master DVR+ TV Antenna DVR Menu System - Channel Guide

Channel Master DVR+ TV Antenna DVR Menu System - Channel Guide
Photo of the Channel Master DVR+ TV Antenna DVR Channel Guide. Photo © Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

Here is a look at the channel guide listings located in the Guide Menu Category after channels have been scanned in.

As you can see, the station logo, channel number, program titles, and times are listed. You can scroll through the channel guide up to at least two weeks in advance.

Also, notice the Hell's Kitchen is highlighted and checked - this means that I tagged this program for recording onto the DVR+ unit's hard drive. Although you​ set up your recordings manually, all you really need to do is just highlight the program and use a pop-up menu to either watch it or record it.

Also note that in addition to the over-the-air accessible channels, that the Channel Master DVR+ also provides access (provided the DVR+ is connected to the internet) to the Vudu streaming service, which provides pay-per-view access to a library of films and TV shows. At the time this review was written, Vudu is only online streaming service provided by Channel Master for DVR+, but they have indicated that more can, and will, be added.

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Channel Master DVR+ TV Antenna DVR Menu System - Scheduled Recordings Menu

Channel Master DVR+ TV Antenna DVR Menu System - Scheduled Recordings Menu
Photo of the Channel Master DVR+ TV Antenna DVR Scheduled Recordings Menu. Photo © Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

Here is a look at the DVR Menu Category which provides you with a listing of all scheduled recordings you have set up.

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Channel Master DVR+ TV Antenna DVR Menu System - Search Menu

Channel Master DVR+ TV Antenna DVR Menu System - Search Menu
Photo of the Channel Master DVR+ TV Antenna DVR Search Menu. Photo © Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

Having trouble finding your program? The Search Menu Category provides a virtual keyboard that enables you with a way to type in the title or other keywords, that will enable you ​to find the program within the channel guide menu.

This concludes my photo look at the Channel Master DVR+ TV Antenna DVR.

The Channel Master DVR+ is priced at $249.99 and can be ordered directly from Channel Master - Official Product Page.

For additional explanation and perspective, including a complete specification and set-up rundown, as well as what I thought were the pros and cons of the unit , also read my  Full Review.