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Rabbit Ears vs. Philips sdv2940 antenna
on November 2, 2009
I compared the Philips sdv2940 antenna to a standard "rabbit ears" antenna (made by RCA purchased at Walmart, $10).
I live on the bottom of a hill on the wrong side from the TV towers. I have very sketchy TV signals which are very sensitive to the orientation of the antenna.
The reception with the this antenna was NOT noticably better than using rabbit ears. I tested the signal strength through a TV tuner card in my computer. Most of the channels had very similar signal strength. The rabbit ears picked up a couple channels that the Philips antenna didn't and vica versa. There was no clear winner between the two as far as reception goes. Also the Philips antenna has to use the included powered amplifier or you get no signal at all. That said there are some compelling reasons to use the Philips antenna.
- compact design; not gangly like rabbit ears
- can be mounted on a variety of surfaces, such on the wall or in a window frame or a pole, using the included mounting hardware
- can be mounted outside
- no better reception than rabbit ears
- costs 3x as much as rabbit ears
- Must use the included inline amplifier to get any signal which requires power. This can be installed right before your TV so it isn't too much of a hassle.
Don't expect improved reception, but it is a much more compact, aesthetic and versatile way to get the same signal you can from rabbit ears.