Having spent a bundle acquiring a Sony LCD HDTV and upgrading our Dish
service to include its limited set of HDTV channels, we were anxious to
see what an Over-the-Air Antenna might add.
In all, we tested 5,
including the highly rated Zenith log periodic (about $40 at Sears), an
amplified Samsung (about $99 at Best Buy), an outdoor Terk 32 (about $80
at Circuit City), our old roof mounted VHF/UHF antenna (circa 1985),
and the amplified Terk HDTVa (about $50 at Radio Shack). The Terk HDTVa
won hands down; no contest, blowing away the much touted Zenith.
live in the sparsely populated, low hill countryside of Western
Massachuetts. The THDTVa effortlessly brings in between 20 and 30
analogue and digital (incl hdtv) channels broadcast most from 12 to 45
miles away, and some as far as 65+ miles away in Connecticut. Some
digital OTA channels actually come in more sharply than some of the
(Dish) satellite digital channels.
This is definitely a keeper: a
great value, gem of an antenna. So good, in fact, we are debating
giving up our $50/month Dish service, putting $15 of that to Netflix to
replace HBO, and banking the remaining $35
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