C. Crane FM Reflect Antenna
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- Quick and easy way to improve FM reception
- Works well with HD Radios
- 8-foot feed line
- Indoor Use
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Since this antenna has received mixed reviews from other users I decided to be as "scientific," as my skills and equipment would allow. I used my training as an FCC licensed broadcast engineer to compare it to the standard twin-lead dipole antenna that was included free with my tuner. I had already oriented my existing dipole antenna for optimum reception, using my tuner's signal-strength indicators. I then used my tuner's scan mode to see how many stations it could find and I carefully wrote down the frequency and signal strength for each of the many stations that I can receive. Since I live about halfway between New York City and Philadelphia, my FM dial is crowded with stations.
After establishing a base-line of performance with my ordinary dipole antenna, I replaced it with the C. Crane FM Reflect Antenna and experimented with dozens of antenna positions to obtain best reception. Remarkably, mounting the C. Crane FM Reflect Antenna in the exact same position and location, that my twin-lead dipole antenna had been installed, gave me the best performance. After this optimum positioning, I once again used my tuner's scan mode to see how many stations it could find.Read more ›
Based on the reviews on Amazon, I bought antenna with skepticism. Worst case scenario, I would return it. I live in Orange County, California, which is about 25 miles away from all the major broadcasters in Los Angeles. There is a lot of opportunity for interference between here and LA. I tried the fancy power antennas, and they pulled in far fewer stations than the simple, $1.99 dipole antenna from the local electronics shop. Don't waste your money on the powered antennas--you'll only frustrate yourself.
I tried several thin, copper dipole antennas, and they all seemed to work pretty well. I had to try several because the cat kept chewing through them no matter how well I hid them.
The C. Craine FM Reflect dipole antenna does pull in more HD stations than the cheaper dipole antennas. Trying different placement options, I found that I could pull in almost all of the HD stations available in the area. I was not able to pull my favorite station, KCRW, in as HD--but this is not a failure of the C. Craine antenna--the station's HD broadcast just isn't strong enough to reach my radio.
This antenna has two distinct advantages over other dipole antenna: (1) with careful placement, it does pull in HD stations that other antennas do not; (2) it's thick, durable construction is impervious to cats.
The $30 price tag is a bit steep for a dipole antenna, but all things considered, it's still cheaper than paying the vet bill because the cat swallowed copper wire.
As long as you understand that this antenna does not work miracles, you won't be disappointed with the C. Craine FM Reflect.
Bottom line: The reception is not perfect; there are still some weak stations. But across the FM band it is undoubtedly significantly improved. Now I receive a majority of the Detroit area stations with no to minimum static; I can actually use the tuner portion of the receiver which was previously not the case. Some tweaking of the position of the antenna and its two limbs is definitely necessary on initial installation. All things considered I can confidently recommend the product.
P.S. This is probably obvious to many of you but for the newbies remember that reception of a particular station may be improved by switching from stereo to mono mode - higher level receiver/tuners may even remember that mode for each specific station preset; for FM radio level of audio fidelity this doesn't make too much difference in listening enjoyment, especially if the alternative is NOT listening to that favorite station because of static.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very disappointed. Has no better reception than a cheap wire antenna. Sadly, it doesn't live up to its advertising as being the best indoor FM antenna. Read morePublished 4 months ago by PrintsJim
I live about 15 minutes drive north of Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN, I struggle to get stations with this antenna that I easily pick up in my car just outside the house. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Lee J
It didn't work out for me. The FM antenna that came with my Bose worked just as well, if not better. However, I live out of town, so reception can be iffy here.Published 9 months ago by laverne
This antenna made a big difference in the volume of distant radio stations. The radio was able to isolate them at low volume, the antenna enabled us to listen atuch higher volume.Published 12 months ago by Mike Jordan
I'm in a poor reception area. This antenna did no better than the single wire that came with my receiver. Maybe I can find somebody else to give it to.Published 13 months ago by Richard C. Porter
Doesn't do much at all to boost the signal. I should have tested before I built it into the wall because now I can't replace it with something better.Published 14 months ago by Scott Redfern
Works great! For Inside a apartment its the next best thing to a outside antenna. Very flexible.Published 15 months ago by Alan D