Today we're talking about HD TV antennas.
This is something that we've talked about before on our channel.
We've brought them up, but people seem a little bit confused about what they are and how theywork and so that's what we're going to dive in today.
Let's get started.
First up, on our top five, HD antennas, is the Clearstream Eclipse.
This one that I'm holding in my hand right now.
The Clearstream Eclipse is the most different aesthetically of all of the top five thatwe're going to be reviewing.
The other four are all rectangular things that you put up in your window.
This one also goes up in your window, but you can see the shape is a little bit different.
It is a circle with a hole cut out of it.
Is it a big difference?No, it's not, however when you're putting something up in your living room window, it'snice to know this is going to let in just a little bit more light; be a little bit lessdisruptive in your living room.
So it's the little things that count.
But as for the big things, when it came to performance, the Eclipse outperformed allthe others that we tested.
When we set this thing up, we were able to get a whopping 74 channels, not all of thoseare maybe ones that you're going to want to watch, but 74 channels is nevertheless, agreat count for something that you picked up for 40 bucks on Amazon or Best Buy or whereveryou bought it.
The other thing that we love about the Eclipse is the detachable cable.
When it comes to all of these systems, they attach via coax cable.
So this one being detachable is a big plus because your living room configuration maybe a little bit different.
Having the detachable cable means that you can swap it out for a shorter one or longerone, depending on your needs.
Now this one comes with a detachable cable.
So does the Mohu Leaf, which we'll get to in just a moment.
The other ones that we'll talk about all have attached cables.
Number two is Vansky.
Vansky is sort of the budget option on our list here.
It performed almost as well as the Eclipse.
Actually where the Eclipse got 74 channels, the Vansky got 73.
Not bad at all.
The Vansky, it does not have a detachable cable, however it does include an amplifier.
And we'll get to amplifiers in just a moment.
But I called a budget option because it's literally half the price of the Eclipse.
Half the price, the performance is for all intensive purposes, just as good, and youget an amplifier included as well.
The Mohu Leaf is probably the most recognizable name on our list.
It's the one that kind of set the standard for what an indoor HD antenna looks like,feels like, smells like, acts like.
The Mohu Leaf is the standard.
So if you're looking for something that's a really proven name and you know is goingto look good in your living room, the Mohu Leaf is a great option.
Much like the Eclipse that I was holding up earlier, it has a reversible black and white,so depending on your décor, whichever one you think would go better in your living room,you can put that up in your window.
Again, not a big deal maybe, but it's those little things that count.
As far as the performance on the Mohu Leaf, it ended up getting 66 channels, a littlebit down from the 74 that we got from the Eclipse but still a great channel count.
Rounding out the top five, number four is the Besthing HD antenna.
Number five is the 1byone.
Now there's not a huge difference between these two.
Honestly, there's not a huge difference between all of them, like I mentioned up top.
But I will mention that the number four, the Besthing, does have one thing going for itand that's that in the packaging you have a stand for that device.
Now all of these are meant to be stuck up in your window, but the Besthing comes witha stand.
You can get a stand for the others, but you're going to pay a little bit extra.
Five bucks, ten bucks, for a stand that will fit those.
The Besthing comes standard, with a stand, so if for some reason you don't want to putthis up in your window, that may be one that you want to look at.
Now when it comes to performance, number four, the Besthing came out with 61 channels andthe 1byone, our number five option, came to 58 channels.
Now it is less than what we were getting with the Eclipse and the Vansky and the Mohu Leaf,but all five of these really performed pretty well.
If you're missing out on channels, there a good chance that what you're missing out onis a lot of infomercials and that sort of thing.
But, if you are looking for that, then you definitely want that higher channel count.
Now I promised I would say a word about amplifiers and I will mention that here.
When it comes to amplifiers, the Vansky, the Besthing and the 1byone, all include amplifiersin the packaging.
It comes with it.
Now, that's nice but I will say, if you do not need an amplifier for your system, don'tuse it.
You would only use an amplifier if you need to boost the ability of your antenna to receivea signal.
So if you're living far away or if there are some obstructions.
If you live behind a mountain and the tower is on the other side, but you may need anamplifier to pick up that signal better.
But if you don't need it and you plug in that amplifier and turn that on, it's going toput a lot of signal noise in your system and so your picture will come through a littlebit fuzzier.
You don't want that.
So if you don't need it, don't use it.
But be aware that a few of those systems do come with it.
All right, guys.
Thanks for watching.
I will also just mention that this is all based on our tests and we're broadcastingfrom Salt Lake City and so based on whatever market your in, and based on the geographyof your location, you may get different results.
So what I suggest is, whatever you decide to buy, keep your receipt.
Give it a test run for a day or two.
See what sort of signal you're getting and if for some reason you're not quite satisfiedwith it, go ahead and swap it out for one of the other ones.
See if you get better performance.
Anyway, if you have any questions or comments, go hit up the comments below and like andsubscribe and thanks for watching everybody.
We'll see yeah next time.