I tried a cheaper antenna first, and it was able to receive TWO channels. Granted, both channels were digital quality, but it was obvious after a few minutes that it didn't have a very good range. So I brought it back, got a refund, and ordered this one instead...
I am *SO* glad that I did! This thing is easy to put together and set up, it took about 10 minutes, and that's just because I was being extra gentle (so as not to strip the screws or break anything) and taking my time.
After assembly, I literally hooked it up to the TV, plopped it down on the entertainment console, selected "Auto Program" from the TV's setup menu, and BAM! No adjustments, no moving it around the room, just instant, crystal-clear digital signal. I am very happy.
We live in a remote area of East Texas, and all of the TV towers (with one or two lone exceptions) are 30 miles or more away. I am guessing that the two channels that the cheap antenna was receiving were the ones that were closer... but THIS antenna gives me 15 channels!! I think 15 channels is SUPERB for an area like mine, and I would highly recommend this antenna to anyone who wants superior quality reception, without the hassle of a complicated setup, or mounting requirements.
One last little treat for you guys and gals out there: This antenna is NOT amplified. You heard me correctly! It's just the antenna and the reflector. I can't wait to go out and buy an amplifier for it, to see what other channels I can pull in. The box says that the range with the reflector is 35 miles, but mentions that there is no amplifier on it. I wonder what the amplified range will be?
In summary, stop wasting your time. This is the one to buy. If you want something you can use indoors and still get good reception, this is the way to go, hands down. It's worth every penny.
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