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122 reviews | 3.3 out of 5
I'm running two tvs off a roof antenna with a rotor. A cable splitter is used with one cable running to each tv and its converter box. Tv1 has a relatively short cable run, Tv2 has a very long run around my house. The splitter is close to Tv1. For a certain weak channel, picture on Tv1 was good although signal was marginal (digital pictures being either good or broken up); picture on Tv2 would breakup occasionally or be unwatchable (no picture at all).
I installed the amp just downstream of the splitter-out connector to Tv2. Before installing the amp, I could not receive the weak channel in question on Tv2. Afterwards, and based upon one days viewing, I experienced no picture breakup on Tv2 with a marginal signal strength similar to that displayed on Tv1.
As I write this, Tv2 signal strength for the weak channel in question is ranging from 45 to 60% with no picture or sound breakup. Signal strength for a good quality picture should be 65% (in the green) according to my Digital Stream converter box.
The antenna rotor is directed to what seems to be an optimum direction and not changed for each channel.
Further improvement would be to add another amp just upstream of the splitter or make my cable runs shorter, as I have much excess.
I bought this amplifier when I finally decided to kick the cable company in the pants. My house is about 22 miles from most of the Television Stations that I want to watch and the house is also on a very high hill. One drawback I have is that there are some tall trees between my house and the TV stations. I have two new HDTVs, and the coax cable from the new Channelmaster 2020 antenna on the roof is about 35' long to the amplifier. From the amp, I split the signal and the cable to each TV is about 40' long. I tested my antenna without the amplifier and got about 14 digital channels. The signal strength was shown as 82% and -53db for channel 12-1 on my television. After this test, I installed the amplifier and rescanned the television channels. With the amplifier installed I now got 20 digital channels and the signal strength on channel 12-1 was now 86% and -42 db. I am now able to receive two channels that my directional antenna isn't pointed at and the stations are about 35 miles away.
This amplifier won't "create" a signal that doesn't exist, but it might help you pull in one or two fringe channels that you couldn't get without it. It's a good deal for the price.
This Amp really improved my my signal strength. I would recommend it to anybody.
I purchased one of these for my in-laws who live over 50 miles from the tv stations and with the analog converter box they were not receiving all the channels. Once we attached this box to their tv they were able to receive all the available channels and they were very pleased. I also purchased one for myself to use with our new digital tv in the hope of sharpening up some of the programs that appear to be a little fuzzy, but it did not seem to improve that area for me. I assume it is because those programs are not being broadcast in high definition yet.
We were losing local cable feeds due to long runs and multiple splitters (fuzzy channels and blocking/complete loss of some digital feeds). Installing this before long cable run and splitters to TVs and everything cleared up with absolutely no loss of digital programming.
I am about 45-55 miles from the T.V. stations. I am down in a low area and my outside antenna is about 30 foot high. I am surrounded by a pine forest. Signals were weak and dropping in a out and some were out nearly all day.
After adding the amplifier at the end of run close to T.V. I am now getting all channels with no loss.
It did the trick. Worked good and very inexpensive.
I tried putting this RCA Amp in several locations between my Antenna and TV. It made no difference in the Amount of Signal displayed at my TV.
I had read the 'reviews' of others before I ordered it. It seems to be about half and half between Customers getting good results, and those who did not see any improvement.
Guess my system is one that does not see any improvement.
I really had hoped it would work. You may one who will benefit from trying this RCA Amp.
After all, Walmart will accept your 'return' of it, if it does not work for you.
I returned the one I tried to Walmart
I was adding a tv to a cable outlet and i needed to split the signal. i tried it without this unit and the picture quality was horrible. I added this unit and both tv's show better than when i had one tv to the cable outlet. Well worth the money.
I am just using rabbit ears antennas and this really brought the local channels in much better plus adding about ten extra channels I wasn't getting before!
After we installed the $38 Channel Master 2016 DIGITAL ADVANTAGE (HDTV / VHF / UHF) Outdoor Antenna from Wal-Mart, we installed this $16.95 booster. The picture is perfect! It is better now than it was when we had satellite TV. You really should add both of these to avoid the big satellite/cable bills. Our TV stations are about 35 miles away. When we had an older antenna, we would lose reception if it was windy or stormy. But with the booster and a bigger antenna, that isn't a problem any more.
Does exactly what is advertised. It raised the signal strength by 10. I still can't recieve a picture in very cloudy weather. In other words it can't boost a signal when there is none to boost.
I live in the country and the signal was weak. It boosted the signal from 15 to 45 and sometimes 75. I run two T.V.'s from the amplifier.
easy to istall,product does what it says. I lost one station but gained 2 to 3 power bars on reception strenght on several more stations though !!! Good product !!!!
This RCA Video Amplifier works as advertised but it is extremely touchy. Do not alter any possible setting. Do not tighten more than by fingers for it may never work again.
When it is working, it works well bringing stations, clearing snow and enhancing viewing.
The antenna amplifier I ordered on-line was returned, because it was only 10 db and on the store shelf Wal-Mart carried in stock a 24db for the same price. Twice the power at the same cost, so it wasn't hard to decide which to chose.
I can't honestly tell you how the 10db I purchased on-line worked, but I can tell you that the 24db worked excellent.
Needed a better signal with digital converter at our cabin in the woods. Got no stations before, got 2 now, enough for news and weather, so guess it helped.
For digital signals that come in marginal, it boosted them well into the usable range. Made my day.
Very good amplifier. Great value and trouble free operation.
If you have long cable runs from your 75 ohm cable or antenna or have pixilation and picture drop outs on your tv, install this simple +10db amplifier. I connected it to the far end of the 20 foot cable that comes down from an attic antenna, just before the main distribution splitter.
It solved all but the worst of the pixilation problems. Plus, I got several channels that were previously too weak to watch. For the price it does the job as advertised. Note: No amplifier will amplify a signal that isn't already there. This overcomes undisirable signal losses in cables and splitters and results in an improved tv experience.
Great improvement to my TV picture and sound.