Top critical review
I do recommend even though I rated only 3 stars
June 20, 2014
I deducted 1 star since it is expensive. I deducted another star because this is only marginally better than $35 middle Amazon Basic "High Performance" HDTV Antenna. (The middle "High Performance" offering of the 3 Amazon sells).
What I learned over the past couple of years with trying and testing "Leaf" type antennas is everything depends on whether or not you even get decent reception where you live. If you've tried any kind of "cheapo" or non-Leaf type HDTV antenna that you got at a local store, and you barely are getting 1 or 2 channels, then I would recommend don't bother with the 3 less expensive Leaf and Leaf type offerings. Just save yourself a lot of grief go straight to the Curve 50 despite the cost.
Here's why: the Curve 50 is the only one where I got all 4 major networks and PBS without having to move the antenna around when I changed channels. You still need to make adjustment every once in awhile, but since the Curve 50 is solid material with a sturdy stand, it's a breeze to adjust as needed. The Leaf type are very flimsy and floppy. They flap and bend and you have to mount them to a window with tape or some other adhesive material. So it is a major pain adjusting the Leaf types, because it is basically re-taping over and over again.
I started with Amazon Basic's $20 "Regular Performance." I actually got all the the major channels and this one even managed to pull in the most distant that even the Curve 50 cannot. However, the problem was it literally had to be adjusted each time I changed the channel. It's too annoying if you rely on antenna for your TV to have to adjust every time, especially with tape on a window.
So then I went to the middle Amazon basic $35 "High Performance." Oddly I didn't get as many channels as the $20 one, but I didn't have to physically adjust the antenna every time I switched channels. I still got the 4 major networks and PBS, but I only had to adjust my antenna two spots depending on which station I was watching. So there was no guesswork involved where to put the antenna, and I learned ways to make it easier to re-tape as needed. I stuck with this method a long time, because I didn't care so long as I could get the major networks reliably, and I'm not a big TV watcher. However, I had trouble pulling in ABC when I needed. Most of the time I got it, but there were times that I just couldn't get it no matter what, so I knew I was going to have to get a better antenna.
So I first tried the Mohu Leaf 50 (which basically is the equivalent of Amazon's "Extreme Performance"). It wasn't very good at all, and zero improvement over the $35 Amazon "High Performance" that I had been using for a long time.
So after trying Mohu's Leaf 50 I bought Curve 50, and since I could get all 4 networks and PBS without adjusting (most of the time); and since adjusting was so simple because of sturdy stand, I do recommend.
Oddly, if I go way back in time, the lowest offering by Amazon, the $20 "Regular Performance," pulled in the most channels, even more than the Curve 50, but you just had to adjust for every single channel, and it didn't pull in channel consistently or reliably. The Curve 50 might only pull in 5 or 6 for me, but it is the most reliable and easiest to adjust.