Receive HD programming with this Antennas Direct ClearStream Eclipse ESGXG-1 indoor antenna, which features a 20dB in-line preamplifier system that provides reliable amplification. Sure Grip technology lets you attach the antenna to most flat surfaces.
Very simple antenna with amazing results
Posted by: rays1175 from: on
I was very surprised at how well this worked for me. All I did was hang it up on the wall and did the channel scan and got 15 channels that came in perfect here in central Maine. ...usually indoor antennas don't work here in Maine, but this one was just like a outdoor antenna I use to own. I highly recommend this antenna :)
40 out of 40 found this review helpful.
Average 50 Mile Range Directional HD Antenna
Posted by: mccabedoug from: on
This is a directional antenna with an average range of 50 miles. It works best from a window pointed toward your nearby city's broadcast antennas. It also works best the higher up it is placed from ground level, as I am in a second floor apartment and if I move it slightly down from the top of the window I lose some channels. Do not rely on the self adhesive to stick to the window or to a wall, but try to feed it through a venetian blind or over a curtain rod for support. Yes, you do need to have the TV near a window and also an additional AC plug to use the AC adapter for additional power, which does work. If you do not have clear line of sight to the broadcast antennas, you are going to get marginal reception, again depending on how much you are pushing that 50 mile range limitation.
2 out of 2 found this review helpful.
Easy to use antenna gets all channels in HD
Posted by: Orange12 from: on
This antenna is very easy to set up and install. My favorite part about it is the sure grip technology that attaches the antenna to a window or wall. It was very easy to place and stays exactly where you want it with a secure grip. I get all the channels from Providence to Boston in 1080HD. It looks great on my 60 inch tv. I'm extremely happy with this purchase.
7 out of 7 found this review helpful.
The best one I tried
Posted by: JRMachine from: San Dimas, CA on
this antenna didn't work as well as I wanted it to but I think I had unrealistic expectations for it. I've discovered that we live in a generally poor reception area and after trying multiple antennas this one did work the best but still wasn't good enough for me. I had flash backs to the old bunny ears days, yelling at the dogs and kids to hold still when the picture was clear.
3 out of 3 found this review helpful.
Posted by: TXhog from: on
I've been using this for about a month now, and it's been great. I live in Austin, about 10 miles south of the broadcasting hub. The antenna is on a window that faces north (toward the signal). My neighborhood has a lot of trees (including several large trees right in front of the antenna). And oddly enough for Austin, we've had a good amount of rain since I bough the antenna.
With all of that, the picture is extremely crisp. No lag between audio and video. I pick up all of the major networks, PBS, and a few other broadcast channels. Even during rain, the signal is strong.
At first the signal seemed very weak, but I soon realized why. After setting up your antenna, you need to have your TV scan through all the channels ("auto program"). After doing this, my signal was much stronger and very reliable. I can also use the "guide" button to see what's on, just like you would with cable or satellite.
2 out of 2 found this review helpful.
Very good value for the price
Posted by: Riverguy from: on
I "cut the cable" 5 years ago, in a different city, and never looked back. If you are looking at OTA antennas you are contemplating the same.
After having an outdoor antenna for 4 years I waited several months to buy this unit, in my new city, because I was dubious of the reception of an indoor antenna because ALL the antennas are 18-30 miles to the southeast of me, with a densely populated city and many structures in between. (The previous antenna was a larger, ($$) Clearstream antenna made for roof or attic placement.)
I've only had this indoor unit 2 days, but trial and error has resulted in between 42 & 57 channels, depending on the exact location. (It is interesting how moving it only 2 feet left or right, then rescanning, can result in as many as 8 additional or different channels.) Considering the limitations of my current location, I am very pleased with both the number of channels and the quality of reception.
As a second OTA antenna, I've learned a few things about OTA antenna usage:
- Every time you move it, you must rescan the TV to see the effects of the move.
- try a window first....any window. Even though it has a multi-directional feature, I first placed in on a wall "facing" the direction of most antennas in my area (southeast). I got roughly 40 channels. "Not bad" I thought. Then I placed it on a window facing directly west and rescanned. I got 52 channels. So try a window first.
- Reception quality of some channels will change depending on time of day. Some channels that are choppy/lagging during the day come in very clear, with no chop/lag, in the evening. I found that on my first antenna as well.
- In general, higher is better. But don't assume any pattern holds. Meaning just because you moved it 2 feet west and got 5 fewer channels, that 2 more feet west will result in more loss of channels. It doesn't seem to work that way. At least, it didn't for me.
- After a rescan, when you cycle through the list of channels, some channels will need a few seconds to hone in on the signal. Both this antenna and the previous one had some channels that were choppy at first, then over 15-30 seconds became clear with no chop. Patience.
Give this unit, or any other OTA antenna a try. You may be surprised what TV viewing is available outside of cable or satellite..not to mention free streaming online.
17 out of 17 found this review helpful.
Just at the borderline of great reception...
Posted by: veritsca from: on
I had a lot of hope that this would be a great antenna. It's not at all bad...it's not excellent, though! I'm 36 miles from the towers, but the antenna seems to have me just at the border--probably because I live in an urban area (Los Angeles), where there's a lot of interference. Admittedly, I know not of antennas, so I only go by what I read in terms of what's supposed to work great. This works on the border of great with some problems occasionally with network channels. For the most part, we have had no big problems...I wish the cable was about 5 feet longer so it would not be elevated off the ground and that the price was lower for the reception quality. I do love that it's small and blends into the wall color. Overall, really good antenna, but not the best!! I would recommend to a friend if they knew they had a clearer path to the reception towers or lived about 25 miles away.
2 out of 2 found this review helpful.
Posted by: Kathy from: on
I am so excited about this! As a 20-something struggling with quality vs. quantity vs. my budget, this ended up working out really well for me! I don't have much space, so I'm a HUGE fan of the small size. After testing out a few different locations to get the most/best signals, I am SO excited to be watching my shows for FREE!! Budget-wise, a monthly cable bill was just not an option for me, so I am more than happy to pay the one-off price for a really good antenna. From my experience so far, I've had a really reliable signal. If I have to experiment again with positions or something, this antenna makes it so easy so I'm not worried.
I do have Netflix, but for keeping up with my shows and live TV, this is a life-saver!
5 out of 5 found this review helpful.
Not What Was Expected
Posted by: RayCCP from: on
I'm in Clifton Park on the second story of a wood structure facing north, about 15 - 20 miles from ALL the TV/HDTV broadcast towers for metropolitan Albany area. When it works and I receive a picture, it is OK... BUT the picture lasts for 15 seconds then pixelation... then GONE... Then pixelation... then back on for 15 seconds... starting this cycle again and again. I bought 50' of R6 cable too so I can place this antennae ANYWHERE... still nothing. I'm rethinking cable... AND I DO NOT WANT TO! :-(
Unfortunately I cannot place an outdoor antennae or I would.
0 out of 0 found this review helpful.
Great reception, but not too sticky
Posted by: Trojanfan from: on
I'm temporarily in an upstairs apartment and didn't want to fuss with cable or sat. This antenna did the trick, once I found the right location to put it. Now I get channels I don't really want.
However, the sure stick stuff that is on the back of this, doesn't work. After about an hour, the whole thing fell off the wall. I remedied the issue with some 3m Command strips.
Other than that, it works, was simple to setup and provides great reception.