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Works very well, small usability issue (for specific mounting)
on February 10, 2014
Location specifics: I live within 10 miles of all of the local transmitters. However, being in a city, there is no clear line of sight to any one of them from my condo and I knew that I would have to pick up the signals via other buildings' signal reflections. That is one of the reasons why I opted for an amplified antenna. As an EE, I am always very "conservative" when it comes to signal integrity, and I would rather go for higher signal to noise ratio than to under-power the reception, knowing that I can always turn off the amplifier circuit if needed.
The build quality of this antenna is solid and the reception was very good upon connection to the TV and the antenna powered up. The channel scan on both a Sony and a Vizio HDTV went smoothly and both picked up all the expected stations clearly. One of the neighbors (facing the same direction, on the same level) has a non-amplified "flat" antenna, and there were clear artifacts; and with the Philips antenna, the signal was strong (via the TV's internal signal meters) and the noise level was non-existence. I have placed the antenna right up to the edge of the windows, and it "looks" directly outside. The amplifier works well, based on the signal meters. Both reported solid gain and it is adjustable. The (non-scientific) meter showed a maximum gain of about 10 dB, compared to the amplifier being completely off.
The only issue with it has nothing to do with the quality of the product, but the specific need I have for the mounting. I also knew this from the get-go and I would rig something together soon. The issue is that there isn't an easy way to "mount" this antenna onto a glass/smooth surface. Wall-mounting is easy. Stand mounting is also easy. But for my application (mounting it right on the window facing "out") has proved to be unintuitive. That said, it's nothing that a small design project cannot solve. For now, the blinds are holding it up nicely.
All-in-all, this is great value for money and the antenna (and the amplifier) works as it was intended. If you live very far away from the transmitters, though, it would not be the right choice. You should go to AntennaWeb and check your location, then choose the right outdoor antenna with amplifications for your purpose. This will NOT work well, and it is not the fault of the product.