I was contemplating cutting the cord and trying to see if I could get any local HD TV signals over the air. I see that no matter what antenna, there are both good and bad reviews out there. No matter how you look at it, every one will get different results based on their location, placement of TV, antenna, wiring used, topography of the area and where and how far the broadcast is coming from. After reading many reviews of the antennas and various factors that will affect reception, I decided to try out the ClearStream 2Max.
To my surprise, I received quite a few stations/sub-stations in my area. Of course many are foreign language based but I got about 35 just plugging it in and playing around with the direction just sitting next to the TV. I then proceeded to move the antenna up into the attic and after moving it around in different spots, the channel count increased to over 50.
After living with this antenna for about 2 weeks, I do notice some stations go in and out based on different factors that cannot be easily determined but some days good some days not so good on those specific channels.
Here are the relevant details:
* Antenna placed as high as possible short of going outside on the roof with cable kept to under 25 feet from antenna to distribution box area in bedroom closet.
* No signal booster used and using high performance signal splitter to 2 TVs downstream each about another 25 feet from splitter. If connected directly to only one TV, the signal is better on those weaker channels, so perhaps a signal booster might help when splitting the signal to more than one TV.
* Several broadcast stations about 40 miles away in a few different directions.
* We are located in the SF East Bay area (Dublin/Pleasanton) in a valley area with hills towards the direction of the main broadcast towers.
* The antenna itself I think is fine and will work. There are a lot of contributing factors that will affect if you get 5 channels or 50 and unfortunately, everyone's experience will be different.
* Based on the number of channels I got and because many are not ones I would really watch, and if you cannot live with only having a few just strictly local channels, you probably cannot rely solely only on an OTA antenna.
* However, it might be a good way to supplement a bare bones streaming service that don't offer any local channels so that you can still have a way to watch your local news. That way, you could probably get your monthly bills to lower than having traditional cable service.
Hope this experience helps...