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Motorola DCP501 All-In-One Home Theater Receiver (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
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- Space saving, all-in-one system houses a DVD/CD/MP3 player, audio/video surround receiver with 100 watts x 5, and cable reception
- Interactive cable receiver for analog and digital (where available) cable
- Dolby Digital, DTS, and Dolby Pro Logic II 5.1-channel processing for immersive surround sound from any source
- AM/FM Stereo receiver, large VF display for easy reading
- NTSC decoder with digital adaptive comb filter upconverts all composite-video signals to S-video
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For cable reception, the DCP501's 50 to 860 MHz tuner supports clear analog, 64 and 256 QAM clear and encrypted digital cable services. Where available, the tuner is also compatible with Motorola-enabled digital cable services in both two-way and telephone-return cable systems. (It also supports Motorola DCT2000 digital cable applications.) The receiver's high-performance, Tripath Class-T audio amplifiers deliver 100 watts to all five main channels (left, center, right, and left/right surround), while built-in preamplifier outputs let you use the device as a preamplifier with a more powerful stereo or multichannel power amplifier.
Extensive inputs and outputs include front-panel audio/video hookups for a camcorder or gaming console, including a Toslink optical input for a direct digital-audio hookup with an external device. Two additional digital-audio inputs are found on the back panel (one each optical and coaxial), and an onboard NTSC decoder uses a digital adaptive comb filter to upconvert all composite-video signals to S-video for use with higher-resolution S-VHS VCRs and compatible TVs.
Crucially, any video input source can be converted and/or channeled to any of the three video outputs for maximum convenience when using the DCP501 with a VCR, DVR (digital video recorder), or other device.
What's in the Box
DCP501 cable-ready home theater system, a universal remote control, remote batteries, a self-install kit, FM/AM antennas, six-foot composite-video/analog audio interconnect, six-foot S-video cable, six-foot coaxial video cable, and a user's manual.
Top Customer Reviews
1) Audio section - a) Subwoofer worked, but not satellite speakers b) "Overload" becomes too sensitive
2) Digital cable subsystem failures - a) Constantly losing the digital programming b) or just complete failure
3) Premature DVD Read problems - I say "premature" because the oldest unit is less than 2 years old.
4) Front panel lockout.
While we are a "lodge", this is a private residence club whose members tend to take good care of the appliances in each unit. So abuse is not a major cause of problems. Also, the manufacturing dates range over several months.
A failure of 10% or less would have been acceptable, but close to 40% is just ridiculous. These units were professionally installed and we have worked closely with the local cable company to try and find an outside cause, without success. The surround speaker system used with the DCP501 is a high end Yamaha setup, while brand new Panasonic flat-screen TV's were connected using S-Video.
We do have other Motorola Digital cable boxes in use here, and none of them have displayed any of these issues. So we were very surprised to experience all these problems. It's too bad, because now we will have to look for a multi-component type of setup that we really don't have the room for.
That said, the only issue I have had is when i turned the powerbar off while the unit was still on. When restarted sound only came out of one speaker and not all five. I got through right away to Motorola and they were very helpful and gave me a short set of instructions to go about resetting the unit- it now works good as new... below are those instructions for anyone who needs them:
1. put the unit in DVD mode.
2. power off using the button on the front of the unit (do not use the remote)
3. Hold down the setup button and the 'down' button at the same time
4. While holding those buttons, press the power button on the unit
5. Release all three buttons at the same time
Unit should power up in the FM mode and be reset. Motorla says if it doesn't come up in the FM mode, try again.
Happy listening and watching...
Avoid this product at all costs!!!