- Brand Name: Antennas Direct
- Model Number: DB4
- Item Display Depth: 4 inches
- Item Display Weight: 4.5 pounds
- Manufacturer Warranty Description: Lifetime
Antennas Direct DB4 Multi-Directional HDTV Antenna (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
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- Strong performance across UHF spectrum (Channels 14-69)
- Versatile high gain multi - bay antenna
- Efficient design allows tremendous gain in a compact size 137 dBi gain
- Versatile HD antenna, succeeds in difficult areas where other antennas fail
- Versatile high-gain multi-bay antenna
- Efficient design allows tremendous 137 dBi of gain in a compact size
- Versatile HD antenna that succeeds in difficult areas where other antennas fail
- Receive free local HD digital TV broadcasts
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From the Manufacturer
The DB4 from Antennas Direct has become one of the most popular models of HDTV digital antennas because it is simply one of the bests mid-range HDTV antennas on the market. With an approximate 13.7dB of gain, it is one of the strongest multidirectional antennas available and performs consistently across the entire UHF spectrum. It even works well in areas where HD transmitters are sending in signals from multiple directions. The bow tie design of the DB4 uses triangular elements instead of rods to greatly increase the bandwidth allowing it to cover the entire UHF band.
Additionally, the mesh reflector of the bowtie is more efficient than a rod reflector, is lower in weight, and provides greater wind resistance for better performance and durability. If you are looking for an antenna that is practically guaranteed to perform, the DB4 is one of your safest choices. It will pull in all UHF frequencies and most higher-level VHF frequencies with a range of about 55 miles.
Easy to Install
Weighing only 4.6 pounds, the DB4 is easy to install with the included mounting hardware. Thanks to its light weight and superior wind resistance, it's more resilient in outdoor applications than other common HDTV outdoor antennas while maintaining a strong signal.
Complete the Picture
Antennas Direct offers a complete line of mounting hardware and accessories that work with DB series antennas. Consider adding the CPA19 ClearStream Pre-Amplifier Kit for more power in remote areas, or the STM-715 Universal J-Mount for additional height when mounting on smaller building alcoves or exterior mounting. To get the complete picture, check out the range of compatible accessories from Antennas Direct.
Top Customer Reviews
I have recommended the DB4 to several friends who are also having similar success. It would be hard to screw up HD reception with a DB4, but I would not use an antenna as strong is this if you live less than 5 miles from the transmitters as you may encounter multipath interference.
Also keep in mind, even a great antenna can not make up for line of sight obstacles such as buildings and hills, and no antenna will it solve installation errors with, poor connections, splitters, long cable runs, low elevation or faulty tuners.
Here is a summary of the tips I gathered while researching antennas. The more closely you follow these steps, the better your results will be.
1) Go to [...] and click on "Choose and antenna" to determine the distance and direction of the channels you want to get.
2) If possible, mount the antenna on the roof. Attic mounting will result in 40 - 50% signal loss.
3) Orient the antenna as accurately as possible. If you have one, use a compass and the heading you got from antennaweb.org. UHF is directional, so the more accurate the direction, the better the signal.
4) Use RG-6 (Satellite) coax cable and keep the run as short as practical. The same length of RG-59 (CATV) cable will result in much more signal loss.
That said, here's what was working against me. 1) I am a fairly distant 40 miles from all of the transmitters. 2) I didn't feel like messing around on the roof, so I mounted the antenna in the attic. If interested, my antenna mount consisted of a scrap piece of conduit and a spare conduit strap. Total cost should be less than $4. On the plus side, I did aim the antenna as best as possible and I had a fairly short length (32 feet) of RG-6.
My unscientific analysis was to look at the signal strength meter function of the digital TV converter box. It is simply a scale from 0 to 100. To my surprise, the signal strength was in the 90's for all of the channels. That is better than expected.
Basically, this is a very good antenna. Just remember that the better the installation job, the better your reception will be.
If you are trying to decide between an indoor antenna and outdoor. Look no further. Outdoor is much more reliable ... when it rains or snows, this one has never failed me. Don't be fooled by amplifiers, you don't need it with the DB4 if you have outdoor access and 50-75ft of cable distance.
My location is quite bad: The house is 32 miles away from the nearest station, sitting half way on a dense wooded hillside facing the opposite direction from the stations. The negative postings did make me hesitant. Then I figured in case DB4 did not work, I could return it to Amazon for DB8, so I ordered DB4.
First I tried it in the family room next to my HDTV, it did not work. Then when I put DB4 in attic (as some folks posting here suggested), the result is beyond anything I can imagine : WITHOUT ANY FINE TUNING of DB4 direction, snap, I got 30+ DTV channels from even 40 miles away, clear and sharp! I also got analog signals from DB4 as well.
It is funny to look at the DB4 setup: attached to a shovel handle mounted to my Christmas tree stand, standing in attic, wire dangling, but the picture on my HDTV beat those in Best Buy! I will move DB4 to the roof once the outside temp is not freezing.
DB4 has a brilliant design to offer light weight, easy mount and best of all the good quality. With the price and fast shipment from Amazon, I only regret I did not try it out earlier.
Folks, ignore the negative postings and try yourself. Even factoring out the easy return and exchange at Amazon, what's the downside to try one DIY with only 40 bucks? A digital-to-analog convert box costs that much. And the one time $58 vs $60 per month cable charge? you know the value in this economy :-) (The RG6 cable costs $18, see my other posting.)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Super great for local reception within 20-30 miles (line of sight and directional alignment is key here). Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
I was receiving 63 channels when purchased on 2009, but recently lost signal for the NBC affiliate.Published 11 months ago by Chester G. Bowen
We have used this model a while now. Reception was good out of the box and has been made a little better with an amplifier (not included). It has withstood the weather very well. Read morePublished 12 months ago by MElrod