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4.0 out of 5 stars Works pretty nicely, January 10, 2007
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This review is from: Zenith ZHDTV1 HDTV-UHF Digital Indoor Antenna (Silver and Black) (Discontinued by Manufacturer) (Electronics)
I live about 20 miles away from our local towers, which is probably pushing it for a small indoor antenna like this. I still get occasional short dropouts/pixellization, and it took some patience to figure out the best placement in the room. But this antenna sure beats the non-reception I had before. Despite the distance, I'm able to get between 75-90% on the local stations, which is enough for stable viewing.

I did, however, deduct one star (if I could give this 4.5 stars, I would). My reception was actually still kind of so-so until I purchased an inexpensive inline signal amplifier and added that to my setup. That seems to be the extra "kick" that my equipment needed to lock on to the digital signals.

I also found that different components have vastly different abilities to handle marginal signals. I first this antenna connected directly to my Sony tube TV. However, I was still getting all kinds of dropouts and "no signal", even with the amplifier connected. I was starting to get pretty discouraged, but then I tried hooking the ZHDTV up to my satellite box's antenna input jack instead. Surprise! The same channels that had been giving my TV fits were rock solid on the box. In other words, there's a lot of factors in OTA HD reception, and this antenna (or any antenna) is only part of the puzzle.
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