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Antennas Direct DB2 Multi Directional HDTV Antenna (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
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- Range of 1-30 miles and high gain of up to 11.4 dBi
- Multi-directional (pulls in signals from many directions)
- Great for indoor, outdoor, and attic use
- Functions well in areas where a low profile antenna is required
- Bowtie design provides strong gain across the entire UHF spectrum
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Get the best possible digital and HD picture quality--the DB2 from Antennas Direct is the perfect way to boost your HDTV signal, with up to 11.4dB of gain, multi-directional reception, and a range of up to 30 miles. It's small enough to work as an indoor/outdoor antenna, with a profile to fit whatever space you have available.
Although the DB2 was originally designed for outdoor use, it has quickly become one of our most popular indoor antennas due to its small size and extraordinary gain. Weighing just 2.8 pounds and with dimensions of 12 x 19 x 4 inches (H x W x D), it's great for indoor, outdoor, or attic use. The bowtie design provides strong gain across the entire UHF spectrum and it functions incredibly well in areas where a low profile antenna is required. In fact the DB2 was recently named "The highest performing indoor antenna" from HDTV Primer.
High-Gain HDTV Reception
Today, local digital TV (DTV)--including HDTV--is available over the air. Over-the-air signals are not compressed like cable or satellite transmissions, not to mention they're free. The DB2 offers a range of 1-30 miles, with multi-directional reception and high gain (up to 11.4 dBi). After local signals are received by your antenna, the digital signals must be decoded, so your television can display a digital picture.
To watch true HDTV, you'll need:
- Programming originating (produced) and broadcast in HDTV (Not all programming from your local station or cable or satellite channels is broadcast in HD--consult your local programming guide)
- An HDTV tuner (receiver)
- An HDTV monitor (display)
Note: While your new antenna will allow you to receive local over-the-air (OTA) digital TV stations, it will not provide cable or satellite channels.
What's in the Box
DB2 Antenna, Set of Reflectors, Set of 2 Elements With Transformer and Weather Boot, 2 Sets of 4-Inch Bolts With Aluminum Sleeves, Mast Clamp, User Manual, Installation Instructions
Top Customer Reviews
We first plugged in this antenna in our ground floor bedroom and kept it right behind our right: obstructed view. We did a search and found 17 HDTV channels and another 20 clear regular channels.
When we then placed the antenna on the roof (used an old DirecTV cabling on the roof) we solidly got 20+ channels in HDTV and another 34 regular channels. Some aren"t prefect but most are as good as old 'regular' tv quality.
We will probably upgrade in the near future to the DB4 now that we know this works for us. This thing is no hoax but we do think you have to be within about 30 or max 40 miles to get any type of reception.
drop the useless expensive cable or satellite and take a 15$ per month Netflix membership to beat / defeat all the showtime or HBO stuff and add this antenna for the local news stuff. Saves us at LEAST 60$ a month.
With this DB2 antenna, i have ALL of the free "over the air" HDTV channels, with at least 90% reception, WITHOUT an amplifier!
It works for me in Orange County, CA!! GREAT HDTV ANTENNA! I will buy another!
While researching how to get the station, I discovered two things: 1) Many people are having trouble receiving it, and we'd probably have to put an even larger antenna than the DB2 on the roof to get it. 2) In February, 2009, they aren't even going to be broadcasting their digital signal on UHF anymore, and neither is the local ABC affiliate. They will both be broadcasting digitally on VHF channels. This DB2 antenna is for UHF only. So as of next February, it will be useless for two major channels we want to watch. And there isn't much sense in trying VHF antennas yet, because we can't really test them out til the digital VHF broadcasting begins. In this case, it seems like procrastinating might have been the best course of action!
FYI, the antenna doesn't include the coaxial cable you need to run between the antenna and either your converter box or digital tv.
Living in Rockland County, N.Y., about 50 miles from New York, the signals are weak enough that a good antenna is required to get digital signals. I bought the two best-ranked on Amazon, hooked them up to a DigitalStream converter box (of the 3 boxes I have, I like DigitalStream best for its remote which will learn your TV's power on/off signal, and also has its own volume control). I carefully adjusted each antenna for maximum reception (takes time because signal strength fluctuates.)
The results of my mini-experiment: the Antennas Direct DB2 performed better than the Terk HDTVa. This, both from looking at "signal strength" readings, as well as a judgement made after living for about 2 weeks with it set up each way -- the Antennas Direct DB2 was the definite winner.
As to the negatives of the two items:
The Terk HDTVa requires you to plug it in to an electric outlet, and basically keep it plugged in. This means it is plugged in 24/7 and using electricity all the while. Who knows how much that'll cost in electric bills, wasted electricity, etc!
The Postive and Negative of the Antennas Direct DB2 model, is that it really is designed to be hung on a wall -- but if you really want to maximize reception, you must aim it carefully, through a trial-and-error process (same as the Terk, which you must aim). So, the final position that is best for you, might not end up being parallel to a wall! So in the end you'll have to stand this thing up on a flat surface anyway.Read more ›
Recently, I removed the DB2 antenna though and put up a Philips Mant900 Antenna. The reason is many of my local channels that are broadcasting on UHF are going to broadcast on the VHF band after Feb 2009. The DB2 is a UHF only, while the Philips covers both UHF/VHF. The Philips was definitely an improvement in terms of signal strength as well.
Go to antennaweb(dot)org to see if your channels are changing bands in Feb 2009, as you will probably need a dual band tuner.
This is a great antenna if you only plan on using the UHF band.
Edit 10/09/2008: I would also like to mention that there isn't any such thing as a HDTV antenna. As long as you have a HDTV with a HD tuner, you're all set. I'd definitely lean toward a dual band (UHF/VHF) antenna though, simply because both bands are in use and the prices aren't all that different.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It points directly at Mt Wilson. I get about 125 channels for free and virtually no tiling. I have been using it since 2009. Read morePublished 2 months ago by California Native
This antenna is one of the best products that I've bought. It's supposed to be used outdoor, but I put it indoor next to a window and running a 40-foot cable to my TV (no external... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Hugh Lee
I have been using it over a year. It works very good. As I watch TV for news and sports, this is good enough. Movie/Drama can be seen on internet.Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is fantastic! No more cable bills, no cable boxes. I get every channel I was getting on basic cable...for free! Read morePublished 8 months ago by MysticSpinner
Smaller than I thought it would be. Hooked it up directly to the TV and sometime will get it in the attic. Pointed it where I thought it should go and got a ton of free channels. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Trent J
Works well and the price was right. The reception was good enough that we put the antenna in a drawer in the TV cabinet and it picks up perfect HDTV from there.Published 11 months ago by PBota