Good Antennae for picking up free HD Broadcasting OTA ?

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by sk8ordie, Sep 7, 2011.

  1. sk8ordie macrumors regular


    Nov 16, 2007
    Hello, after 15 years I'm rebuilding my home theater from scratch. So far, I have a 46" LED LCD streaming Netflix and want to pick up the free HD broadcasting. I looked at radio shack and they had a few amplified antennae boxes ranging from $20 - $60. I live in a house so I also have the option of putting a bigger one on the roof or somewhere outside (I'd only go this route if it was SIGNIFICANTLY better quality/signal than a simple amplified box). Let me know what you have and if you like it.

  2. BigDukeSix macrumors 6502a


    Sep 22, 2010
    34.6700N 118.1590W
  3. Irishman macrumors 68030

    Nov 2, 2006
    Sounds like you already have a handle on it.

    Get a good amplified antenna and plug it in.

    Be prepared to play around with positioning and the gain setting.
  4. ReggaeFire macrumors 6502

    Mar 19, 2003
    I found two things mattered more than the antenna type.

    First, the placement of the antenna. I struggled with a few different types until one day I had the idea to stick an antenna on the top shelf of a closet (much higher than it could get in my living room).

    Second, I found that getting an external tuner improved reception immensely over the one built into my TV. Probably my TV just had a crappy tuner, but worth keeping in mind.
  5. PNutts macrumors 601


    Jul 24, 2008
    Pacific Northwest, US
  6. OptyCT macrumors 6502

    Nov 9, 2008
    I have this one and really like it. I use it indoors in a corner near a window. It will seriously outperform any of the Radio Shack offerings.

    Antennas Direct DB2

    I pick up all of the major networks with 90+ signal strength. FYI...per AntennaWeb, all of the major network broadcast towers are located within 20 miles of my house. I have many trees around my house, many of which are 50+ feet tall.
  7. blueroom macrumors 603


    Feb 15, 2009
    Toronto, Canada
    Better than the DB2 is the new Clearstream C2
  8. Dokk macrumors regular

    Jun 20, 2010
    IA, TX ... I never know
  9. McGiord macrumors 601


    Oct 5, 2003
    Dark Castle
    I have one from Radio Shack down in the basement (indoor) just beside the TV, and a couple of channels loose the signal when someone walks around, and one channel I have no signal at all. All the other channels are tuned perfectly.
    So the Radio Shack indoor antennas are pretty good if you keep them above the ground. To play it safe it is better to have an external antenna with the amplifier.
    Check the website mentioned above to identify the local antennas near your home, and define a good location/orientation for the antenna to have a better tuning of the channels.
  10. OptyCT macrumors 6502

    Nov 9, 2008
    Yeah, looks like the Clearstream is more multi-directional than the DB2. In my situation, most of the HD transmission towers are located on the same mountain, so directionality is less of an issue.
  11. macrabbit macrumors member

    Sep 3, 2008

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