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Philips High Performance Amplified Indoor Uhf/Vhf/Fm/HDTV Antenna (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

by Philips
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  • Adjustable gain with LED signal level monitor
  • Unique designed UHF panel array for superior analog and DTV reception
  • Swivels and tilts for best signal alignment
  • A/B switch, heavy chrome plated 44¿ dipoles
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Philips
  • Model: MANT510

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 8.7 x 12.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B000ES8EG0
  • Item model number: MANT510
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (210 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #94,302 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: September 14, 2004

Product Description

PHILIPS US2-MANT510 HDTV AMPLIFIED INDOOR ANTENNA

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Customer Reviews

Changing channels meant moving the antenna around.
Robert D. Vaughn
I tried this one last year when I purchased HDTV, the reception was so bad, even My old RCA antenna works better.
Sunny
Even in unamplified mode, the signal quality was pretty poor.
Andrew H. Billmann

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

549 of 568 people found the following review helpful By YSC on June 12, 2007
I'm a first timer at getting OTA HDTV. This has been an experiment in progress for the past 5 weeks. I have gone through four antennas (they are all here as I write this) before finding something that's satisfactory (rather than tolerable).

I live around 25 miles from Manhattan, where the towers of most TV stations are located. I am also aware of the directional information from [...], and have experimented accordingly with its effects on reception. My apartment's windows all face north, while the signals all comes from southwest. I cannot get signals from where it comes from, and thus needed to get signals from deflections perhaps off nearby buildings and trees. It's a very poor circumstance for over-the-air reception, maybe just slightly better than being underground. Signals are weak, and are affected by weather. Stormy and windy days have shown effects at disrupting signal reception.

With this said, and without going into much detail, let's talk about the antennas. Now all these antenna have been tested with the same equipment, setup, directional adjustments, location, etc. etc. and have been tested through good an foul weather, day and night, to observe differences.

1.Terk HDTVa Terk HDTVa Indoor Amplified High-Definition Antenna for Off-Air HDTV Reception- After reading some rave reviews and high ratings at [...], log periodic types (looks like a fishbone) seems to be the way to go. I got the Terk HDTVa first, thinking that the amplification and VHF antenna should nail my reception problems at the start. However, after more than two weeks of fidgeting around ad nauseam (directions, locations, amplifications, different devices, etc.
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70 of 71 people found the following review helpful By Diego Banducci on July 7, 2007
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At $500 per year for basic cable, the financial argument for buying an antenna is compelling if you're not a cable junkie. So the issue is which one to buy.

We live in a reception hollow about 15 miles from most of the local station antennas. This antenna improved reception for all of the stations in the area when compared with our old PHD TV3, especially major network affiliates, but was weak on independent stations. (Prior to that, we had a Terk, which was the worst of the bunch).

Philips seems to be oblivious to the fact that a lot of people who buy indoor antennas place them in the attic or some other enclosed space. The instructions for this antenna tell you to set the rabbit ears straight vertical for channels 2 - 6, and horizontal for VHF channels above 6. The latter is difficult, if not impossible, in an enclosed space.

So we just set them straight up, which worked fine for all VHF channels except 7, a marked improvement over the PHD TV3.

UHF reception, on the other hand, is somewhat worse. But we don't watch much UHF.

The gain control is useless. On every other antenna I've tried, the gain control has improved reception, but not this one.

I found the other reviews on this page (especially Y. Chang's) very helpful, and recommend reading them.

Update: Several years ago I read an amazon review that described the Winegard SS-3000 as being far and away the best indoor antenna. I couldn't remember the name, but recently tracked it down and bought one. It really is the Gold Standard of indoor TV antennas. Unlike most others, it is compact, has no rabbit ears, and incorporates modern technology in its design. I was able to buy one from Affordable HDTV in Rancho Palos Verdes, CA.
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41 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Thomas on August 24, 2008
If you are looking to buy an HDTV antenna, you really should be aware that the performance of any given one completely depends on your location, your building, etc, and that these reviews will not reflect your own experiences.

For me, in San Diego in an apartment complex, this antenna has been absolutely terrible. I previously used the cheaper Philips model, (when it was Zenith), and that one worked pretty well, I received all the major channels. This antenna has absolutely sucked, and even after positioning it every which way possible, I can barely pick up anything. Horrible performance is an understatement. Powered, unpowered, facing everywhere, mounted, against the window, etc, it sucks no matter what. Sometimes I can pick up NBC if I get lucky but then it dies.

Bottom line, don't rely on these Amazon reviews. If you can, make sure you can easily return your antenna if it doesn't work well for you. Many people had great experiences with this, but look at where they live, it probably is not the same as you. And likewise, other people (like me) have had terrible experiences with this. So in the end, it will depend on your specific area.
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By C. J. Roebuck on February 6, 2007
I have tried the Terk, the Winguard straightshooter (horizontal one) and the DB4 antenna. I'm in NW Suburb of chicago and no matter where i put those antennas in my apt i only got fox and nbc. No other channels would work at all.

I bought this on a spur from Walmart with no expectations, i just liked how it looked. Plugged it in and connected it to Vista Media Center and bam all channels worked except the stupid low signal CBS WBBM. Not many people in NW Chicago can get HD CBS its a known issue. I was shocked, i did no adjusting no aiming it just brought it all signals. I was going to give it a 4 but i cant think of any real reason besides it doesnt auto-rotate or adjust. So I'm getting ABC, Fox, PBS, UPN, NBC and my50 i didnt try any others. If i was to guess my antenna is pointing SouthEast towards Navy Pier.

The front plate actually tilts backwards so it looks horizontal to the dipoles. You can do this to fine tune a stutteror you could just turn the base as well. In the instructions it suggests positioning the dipoles out (v shaped) and backwards then tilting the front. I have mine like that and get my channels. Thee are arrows on the front that you press to turn up and down the amplifier, mine is on the third light.

Like i said before, antenna will vary from location to location some works and some dont. I'm glad i finally found one that does for me.
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