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The Motorola DCP501 is an all-in-one receiver from 2003 originally retailing for $900.

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enough output volume for most small to medium sized rooms

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Dolby Digital, DTS and Dolby Pro Logic II support work great and produce clear, impressive audio

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lots of components combined into a single package

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frequently suffers from random internal failures, poor quality control

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front panel display is difficult to read even a few feet away, especially during the day

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very little info is displayed on-screen

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cable receiver misses a lot of stations and is slow to react

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The Motorola DCP501 is an all-in-one receiver from 2003 originally retailing for $900. It simplifies the hookup of everything from cable TV and satellite receivers, and unifies audio and video media playback and amplification within one device. It combines the function of a digital cable receiver, a DVD/CD/MP3 player, a 100-watts-per-channel surround receiver, and an AM/FM stereo receiver. This piece has extensive input and output ports, including front-panel audio/video hookups for a camcorder or gaming console and a Toslink optical input for a direct digital-audio hookup with an external device. A prominent feature in this piece is that  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.

  • 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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