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Channel Plus Da-550bid 12 Volt Compatible Cable Modem And Video Distribution Panel With I/r (da550bid) Reviews
Channel Plus Da-550bid 12 Volt Compatible Cable Modem And Video Distribution Panel With I/r (da550bid)

Channel Plus Da-550bid 12 Volt Compatible Cable Modem And Video Distribution Panel With I/r (da550bid)Added to our catalog within last 30 days

The Model DA-550BID Bi-Directional RF Distribution Amplifier with 12-volt IR is the heart of a multi-room distribution system with outputs to eight televisions with coax runs up to 150 feet. The Model DA-550BID has three inputs, one from CATV and two from ChannelPlus 5400, 5500, or SVM series modula... <more> 

Channel Plus Model: DA550BID

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Fantastic Product !!

By Bob Zilla Verified Purchaser from Myrtle Beach South Carolina on 06/30/2009


Pros:

Improves Performance, Professional Quality, Highly Compatible, Compact Design, Easy To Use

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Fcc 1st Class Licence, Electrical Engineer, Business Owner

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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

This is everything you hope it will be. I couldn't be more delighted with the performance ! On an antenna application, it gives you EXACTLY the same signal in every room with ZERO loss. Technically, a gain in signal. Reception is better than analog cable ever was. With the antenna in the attic of a 2 story home, I am able to pull in 35 channels almost perfectly ! I Canceled cable ! Typically, our stations are 10-80 miles away. I was going to put the antenna on the roof but why bother ? Also avoids the lightning concern. On a more technical note, the BID model with bi-directional backchannel for cable can be used for antenna applications with NO problem. The HHD unit seems to be more suited for city reception where signal overloading can be a problem. In an urban location, using the BID unit gives you the extra cable 2-way flexability. This point is not clearly defined in any literature. Oddly,factory customer service wasn't very clear on this either. The specs of the unit revealed this. To duplicate my sucess: I used a high gain Channel Master 4228 8-Bay UHF antenna and Channel Master 2 piece 777 high gain antenna amplifier.The 4228 gets vhf to some extent, but is a stellar performer for UHF. Antenna reception ? Who ever thought we'd see that make a comeback ? It's big time for those sharp enough to try it !


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Great product for signal distribution

By Mario the home audio/video hobbiest from Pembroke Pines, Fl on 07/23/2008


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Hobbyist

Pros:

Highly Compatible, Professional Quality, Easy To Use

Best Uses:

Complex Projects

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

i am using this product in my home to send out my direct tv output to various TVs in my house and also to send out my camera signals on different channels (using modulators connected to this unit) to the various TVS. Got it working in less than 10 minutes.


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High quality, well built unit.

By Mac Verified Purchaser from Spanish Fork, UT on 09/04/2007


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Hobbyist

Pros:

Professional Quality, Easy To Use, Improves Performance

Best Uses:

Multi Unit Distribution

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

If using without the IR units (basically as a distribution amp/lossless splitter) where cable runs will be connected directly to electronics, you need to be sure to order the 250110 DC blocking capacitors. They come in a 10 pack and are reasonably priced. Since this functions as a true lossless splitter, and if you have a strong incoming signal you may also want to purchase some fixed attenuators to prevent having too much signal at the end of the run. I found that even on longer runs I had excessive signal (which can create a herringbone pattern on the display on some channels) and ended up inserting an attenuator prior to splitting. You can also insert various strength atttenuators in individual runs to fine tune the signal for each unit. These are relatively inexpensive and commonly are available in 3, 6, 10 & 12 db levels. As in all RF applications you will want to use a DC blocking capacitor and 75 ohm terminator on any unused outlets or cable runs not connected to either an IR unit or electronic device. This prevents signal transmission and bounce back which might create ghost images or other interference on some channels. This unit was very easy to install in an existing distribution network.


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"This Channel Plus ...

By Les C Verified Reviewer from Undisclosed on 11/15/2005

This Channel Plus DA-550BID replaced an existing RF amplifier from another manufacturer. There was a very noticeable improvement in picture quality at each cable drop over the other unit. As this unit does not have any gain adjustment, please be aware that it may be necessary to use fixed attenuators if you have a high level CATV input. This is covered in the manual and on the Channel Plus website. Highly recommended!


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