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Old 07-13-2013, 01:25 AM   #1
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Jensen DVD/CD/MP3 player

During our first trip out in our new to us 2011 Pinnacle LKTS, I was not impressed with the quality of the DVD playback from the Jensen AWM975 AM/FM DVD/CD/MP3 player.

When I pulled the TV away from the wall I noticed a common three wire RCA cable connection from the player to the TV; red and white audio and yellow video plugs. The AWM975 has one HDMI port but was unused since RCA cables provide a cheap connection. A new HDMI cable brought immediate improvement and 1080i (or 1080p?) quality to the HDTV screen.

The attached pictures shows our set up with the player located just above the TV. The RCA cable plugs were wrapped in poor quality electricians tape (a gooy mess!) to make them more secure. One picture shows a noise suppressor found inline with the two audio cables. The last picture shows the new HDMI cable and the capped RCA cables at the back of the player after the longer RCA cable and suppressor were removed.

If your player and TV are HDMI compatible this is a nice upgrade. I hope someone finds this helpful.
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Thanks for the info and the pics. I was going to pull out our unit to check on the antenna cable. For some reason reception with the radio has gotten worse. I will check the HDMI connection while I'm at it. I know our tv has one so can't figure out why Jayco never connected the two. Thanks again.
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While we are talking about the Jensen, my daughter put a DVD in mine last week to play a video for the grandchildren. It played fine, but will not eject the DVD. This was the first time the Jensen had ever had a DVD in it.

Any ideas how to get it to eject? This sucks.
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I have the same Jensen and the picture quality is poor. I never looked at the back of it and guessed the reason they used the out of date RCA cable was the Jensen didn't have an HDMI plug. Great to hear it does. I'll double check mine and then pick up a short cable.
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I have the same Jensen and the picture quality is poor. I never looked at the back of it and guessed the reason they used the out of date RCA cable was the Jensen didn't have an HDMI plug. Great to hear it does. I'll double check mine and then pick up a short cable.
Paul,

I hope you have success improving your picture quality to HD when playing HD DVD's. If you do have the Jensen AWM975, it will say HDMI at the bottom of the player just right of the Jensen logo as the picture of my player shows.

Let us know what how things turn out.
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During our first trip out in our new to us 2011 Pinnacle LKTS, I was not impressed with the quality of the DVD playback from the Jensen AWM975 AM/FM DVD/CD/MP3 player.

When I pulled the TV away from the wall I noticed a common three wire RCA cable connection from the player to the TV; red and white audio and yellow video plugs. The AWM975 has one HDMI port but was unused since RCA cables provide a cheap connection. A new HDMI cable brought immediate improvement and 1080i (or 1080p?) quality to the HDTV screen.

The attached pictures shows our set up with the player located just above the TV. The RCA cable plugs were wrapped in poor quality electricians tape (a gooy mess!) to make them more secure. One picture shows a noise suppressor found inline with the two audio cables. The last picture shows the new HDMI cable and the capped RCA cables at the back of the player after the longer RCA cable and suppressor were removed.

If your player and TV are HDMI compatible this is a nice upgrade. I hope someone finds this helpful.
When you changed the wires, did you have to change any settings?
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Nice pictures and write up

We typically do not use the park cable, we normally watch TV off the Satellite Dish, we have the Dish Receivers HDMI output connected directly to the TVs HDMI input so we get great HD picture and the Satellite Reclevers Left and Right Audio output connected directly to the Jensen Audio input which gives us a big improvement in sound quality.

Also we bought the Jensen 12 Volt Sub Woofer mounted it behind the fireplace and connected it to the Jensen system, it made a dramatic improvement in the overall sound quality.

I connected the Sub Woofer to Channel "C" (which is the outside speakers) and put a A/B switch on Channel "C" so I can switch between the Sub Woofer and the Outside Speakers.

We watch DVDs on our Jensen unit all the time, with the Sub Woofer addition sounds and works great.
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Hi Gibby,

No changes were necessary, just removed the RCA cables and replaced with the HDMI.
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Hi Robert,

I like your sub woofer idea and the A/B switch on channel C, thanks for that info.

Do you have a Jensen model number for the sub woofer or should I just do a google search? Also, since it's a 12v component, how or where did you make the power connection. I'm also considering going with a satellite system so any further input on that topic would be welcomed. I like the idea of a roof mounted dish, mostly for security reasons (less likely to walk away), but a portable dish would provide better flexibility to have a clear sky. A neighboring MH RV we are parked near has a pole lashed to his rear ladder with the satellite dish at the top. It appears to be a standard dish.

Thanks again for the sub woofer idea.
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This is the one we have was bought off EBay, it was a display model that had never been used.
Got it for $75, works great.
It is powered by the same 12 VDC that powers the rest of the Audio equipment.
The neat thing about it is the Jensen DVD / Amp turns the Sub Woofer on and off, you supply it 12 VDC power then there is a control wire that connects to the DVD / Amp so the Sub Woofer is only on when the Amp is on.

We use a Tripod Dish with a 75 Ft cable, if it was roof mounted it would be blocked at most sites we stay at.

I have a good Satellite Meter (Accutek III) and use the Dish Pointer App on my I Phone, setup time only takes about 5 minutes.

http://www.jensenrvdirect.com/jensen...subwoofer.html
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