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Terk FM Edge

Indoor amplified FM antenna

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The FM Edge utilizes Terk's Dual Drive Amplifier circuitry, which minimizes noise in the FM signal with a 2-stage filter/amplifier. The amplification range is 0 to +36 dB, adjustable with a handy thumb wheel.

Reception sensitivity is enhanced with the newly developed Advanced Capture Circuitry, which helps lock onto signals in crowded areas, and also to improve reception for lower-powered signals.

The FM Edge's sleek good looks make it a stylish alternative to the clunky T-wire dipole antennas included with most receivers.

Details:

  • power-on/amplifier strength LED
  • thumb wheel amplifier adjustment
  • 75-ohm "F"-type to 75-ohm bare wire adapter
  • 75-ohm to 300-ohm adapter
  • AC adapter
  • 2-15/16"W x 7-9/16"H x 3-3/4"D
  • warranty: 1 year
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  • Amplified FM antenna (with attached 6' FM antenna cable terminating in a push-on "F" jack
  • AC adapter with attached 6' cord (12VDC/200mA)
  • 75 ohm F type-to-75 ohm bare wire adapter; Owner's manual
  • Terk Antennas/Accessories brochure
  • Addendum note

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Features

Overview: This antenna is a convenient, stylish replacement for a normal FM dipole antenna supplied with most receivers. As with any indoor antenna, it will not function as well as and is not recommended for use as an outdoor FM antenna.

Dual-Drive Amplifier (DDA) Circuitry: Captures radio signals and minimizes noise in an FM signal with a two-stage amplifier before boosting broadcast frequencies for less noise.

Advanced Capture Circuitry (ACC): Enhances reception sensitivity which helps lock onto signals in crowded areas. It also helps improve reception of lower powered signals.

Controls: The only control is a black thumb wheel that is used to adjust FM amplification (from 0 to +29dB amplification).  There is a red LED on the bottom front portion of the unit which glows more brightly as amplification is increased.

Connections

  • "F"-Type: The antenna is fitted with an attached 6' antenna cable terminated by a push-on "F"-type connector.
  • Bare Wire Adapter: The antenna also comes with a 75-ohm "F"-type to 75-ohm bare-wire adapter,
  • AC Power: The AC adapter can either be left plugged in (constant power will not hurt the unit and there is little electrical consumption), or it can be powered to a receiver's switched AC output, if available.

Specifications

  • Frequency Range: FM 88-108MHz
  • Reception Pattern: Omni-directional, 360°
  • FM Amplifier Gain Range: 0 to +29 dB
  • FM Output Impedance: 75-ohms (adaptable to 300 ohms with included adapter).
 
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3 out of 5

Works well

Written By Brian, Clark,NJ on Thursday, June 12, 2014
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WE are usung the antenna in a basement where the receiver is located in the middle of the room. I was hoping that it would just be a plug and play event, however it did not. Placed in the middle of the basement helped some but most stations that I could tune still had a lot of static. I had to run a cable in the drop ceiling to an outside window and place it in the window facing out. It did improve the reception while in the window and now getting most stations with no interferance or static. I guess it can say that it works as well as can be expected without jumping up to an outside mounted antenna.
Pros:
Once you get the right location it works pretty well and easy to connect.
Cons:
Needs power source and I hate the power cord running down the wall to the socket.
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5 out of 5

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Written By Harry R, Lancaster PA on Saturday, May 10, 2014
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The Terk antenna works great.
Pros:
Better than the ones from local shops.
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5 out of 5

Terk Edge

Written By Anonymous, SAV on Monday, May 05, 2014
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Great product for those hard to reach stations near 25 miles away
Pros:
Easy setup and gain control is the best
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5 out of 5

terk fm 4000

Written By alfred h., maugansville md on Thursday, April 17, 2014
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it pulls in weak station I am very happy thank
Pros:
none
Cons:
none
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3 out of 5

Replacement for the old Di-pole wire

Written By il Dottore, Dallas, TX on Monday, March 03, 2014
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I have a tuner-amolifier and bookshelf speakers connected to my bedroom 60" flat screen TV. There are two FM stations that we listen to regularly - classical music and NPR. When the TV was mounted the dipole antenna was tucked in behind it. This gave mediocre reception of FM 101 and variable reception of FM 90 - especially as we moved around the room. The TERK has completely stabilized FM 101 and 'mostly' stabilized FM 90.
Pros:
It works!
Cons:
More wires and another thing on the cabinet top.
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5 out of 5

Terk FM Edge

Written By Anonymous, Salisbury MD on Monday, February 17, 2014
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worked as specified by manufacture info, adjustable gain is great for weak stations that fade out in the evening but are strong enough during the day. I did not need to place by a window which would have been on my desk, so it is out of the way and works fine. I'm happy with the purchase and would recommend.
Pros:
adjustable gain, compact upright design
Cons:
none so far
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5 out of 5

Trek fm edge gives you the edge

Written By Cliff B. Z., New City NY on Tuesday, January 21, 2014
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Recently purchased a new AV receiver using the supplied fm antenna. The net result was I could not receive any local or nearby stations. After some research and communicating with a very reliable source from crutchfield, I purchased the Terk edge even though there were a few customers who were not overly complimentary about this item. After easily setting up the Edge into my new receiver I was pleasantly surprised to find that I could now receive all the music stations I had been denied with the cheap antenna that was available with the AVReceiver. The Terk Edge is unobtrusive , somewhat attractive and it definitely is quite capable of picking up distant and local FM stations that the stock antenna simply could not do. For the price it is well worth the purchase and it really does work well.
Pros:
Inexpensive. Really does work well. Unobtrusive. Easy to install
Cons:
There are truly none to comment on . But I am sure there are some customers who find fault in anything.
5 out of 5 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Terk FM Edge

Written By Wayde M, Excelsior, MN on Thursday, January 09, 2014
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Works great. I have it buried in the basement laundry room and it still gives me great reception.
Pros:
Adjustable power strength
Cons:
None
3 out of 3 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Trek FM Edge

Written By ScottC, Summerville, SC on Monday, December 30, 2013
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Saw the positive and negative reviews. We live in the country and this antenna worked well at increasing my reception of stations 40 to 50 miles away. It even worked inside my MESCO metal building. I would recommend it for troublesome reception areas.
Pros:
Small size and easy to hook up
Cons:
None so far...
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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1 out of 5

No confidence in this product

Written By Jim, Near Chattanooga, TN on Saturday, December 28, 2013
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I bought this antenna hoping it would improve my Tivoli Audio Model One radio's FM reception significantly. Without a doubt, it did not perform well at all.

Some stations came in worse with it attached to the radio. It did not improve any stations at all. The simple, wire external antenna that came with the radio performed much better.

The Terk FM Edge antenna is colored purple on the back and black on the front. I didn't care for the color scheme, but if it had performed well that wouldn't have mattered that much. I immediately returned it to Crutchfield.

Don't waste your time on this antenna because you will have to return it.
Pros:
None
Cons:
Doesn't perform well at all
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1 out of 5

Not that helpful

Written By -e, Sacramento, CA on Friday, September 13, 2013
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Took 80% of static off one station and gave zero signal for 7 other stations. I am 37 miles driving distance from most towers, much closer as the radio wave goes. The instructions said it only improves signal "if there is a signal". I listen to 8 stations much better than with this thing, i returned it. Maybe if i put it on the root, but my old wire antenna does better.
Pros:
some lightly static stations have less static, but not perfect.
Cons:
lightly static stations come in blank
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5 out of 5

Does the job

Written By Dave, Roseville, CA on Monday, August 12, 2013
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Before I purchased the Terk FM Edge I was only able to pull in 2 local FM stations. The Terk FM Edge worked great once I got it away from the magnetic field caused by my audio / Video equipment. I extended the antenna cable by 15 feet (in my case) and placed the Terk RM Edge on an End Table that sat next to my window; I was able to pull in another 12 local FM stations.
Pros:
Simple to set up, works great if placed close to a window for better reception.
Cons:
Very good possibility one will need to purchase an extension cable and add it to the antenna cable that is built into the Terk FM Edge which is only about 5 or 6 feet long.
4 out of 5 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

very good upgrade

Written By David, S.E.Conn. on Saturday, August 03, 2013
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Terk FM Edge Brought in FM sta. that were very fuzzy with T wire ant. in kitchen on ONKYO TX-8050 But in the den on NAD tuner c426 only a slight upgrade, so I use on ONKYO and will try the next long range TERK on the NAD
Pros:
I can listen to fm that I want to not what just comes in with standard ant.
Cons:
none its a upgrade, Location is important.
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4 out of 5

Terk FM Edge

Written By Tom K., Winfield, IL on Wednesday, May 01, 2013
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I'm about 40 miles west of Chicago and still get some static on some FM stations. Others are crystal clear.
Pros:
Small footprint and easy to hook up.
Cons:
I guess it's better then a pair of wires (dipole).
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4 out of 5

terk FM Edge

Written By Anonymous, Rancho Cucamonga on Monday, February 18, 2013
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definetly improved my FM reception. Worth the money.
6 out of 6 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Works Well

Written By Lane T, Cibolo, TX on Monday, January 28, 2013
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We live 20 miles outside San Antonio, and the reception on our Onkyo surround system. By adding Terk FM Edge, we are now able to receive our favorite stations with very good reception. I would have given it 5 stars if the cable to the receiver was longer. As advertised, the Terk should not be placed near speakers or TV. I was hoping that I could put it on a bookcase 8 feet from the receiver. I had to place it closer to the main speakers, which does affect the sound. I wish the cord was longer. The power cord has plenty of length. It performs like advertised, but wish it came with longer cables for more placement options. I would recommend it to anyone who needs better reception.
Pros:
Sylish, small footprint, and the ablility to adjust the reception from weaker reception.
Cons:
Limited for placement option due to the length of the cable.
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4 out of 5

Terk FM Edge works reasonably well

Written By AndyD, Lebanon, NH on Saturday, January 26, 2013
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This powered FM amplifier does a pretty good job of picking up the NH Public Radio station that cannot be received with any of the passive antennae I've tried. I still have to adjust the positioning of the power and output cables to fine tune the reception--and this changes from day to day. I suspect better shielding on one or the other line would alleviate this. But I am overall satisfied and can listen to NHPR now!
Pros:
Works much better than rabbit ears or T-dipole passive schemes. Compact size. Easy to install.
Cons:
Only the power-output interaction mentioned above.
6 out of 7 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Terk FM Edge

Written By Anonymous, Delray Beach FL on Saturday, January 12, 2013
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Easy to hook up. Seems to perform well.My receiver couldn't pick uop my favorite PBS station on its general search mode, but when i tuned it in directly, it b brought the station in quite clearly.
4 out of 4 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Small and Works Well

Written By Eddie B., Joppa, Maryland on Thursday, January 10, 2013
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I bought the Terk FM Antenna for my Bose Wave radio. It actually pulled in stations that the Bose couldn't locate without an antenna. I like the slim design and it fits great ion our kitchen island.
Pros:
Very nice design and sensitivity. It does locate radio stations in poor reception areas.
Cons:
Does not work well on my Marantz receiver. Our reception area requires an outside antenna.
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5 out of 5

Excellent product

Written By TN, Surprise, AZ on Thursday, October 25, 2012
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This antenna works quite well and receives many FM stations clearly even fairly distant ones. The directions are clearly written and very helpful. The cable could be a few feet longer and an accessory for wall mounting could be helpful. Other wise an excellent product provided one understands the limitations of any indoor antenna which can not possible function as effectively as a roof mounted unit.
8 out of 8 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Trek Edge FM antenna

Written By wilson1234, Pittsburgh,Pa on Monday, June 18, 2012
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Just installed works great. I am 20 minutes from downtown Pittsburgh but FM signal was weak due to hills and trees this instantly fixed my problem unlimited stations up from just two poor ones!!
Pros:
works GREAT and smaller than I pictured
Cons:
none
7 out of 7 people found this helpful
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3 out of 5

Got Slightly Less than Expected

Written By vacadoug, Luquillo, PR on Monday, February 13, 2012
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I was using an old Carver Receiver here with a 750ohm FM connection and was spoiled by its excellent reception; unfortunately it finally stopped working. My Sony DH510 (from Crutchfield) has a great variety of Home Theater solutions, but it's tiny antenna wasn't 'cutting it' in a 25 story steel and concrete building sandwiched between PR highest mountains and a barrage of microwave towers near the Atlantic -- was getting two or three stations but none with my favorite bachata and merengue. The 'Terk Edge' is just that --it will bring in some of the distant or weaker stations that were previously fuzzy or on the "edge". I was expecting bandsful and got 'poco' -- fortunately I did get the stations I wanted after experimenting with different positions and angles. For that reason I rated it 3-star rather than 2.
2 out of 3 people found this helpful
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1 out of 5

Ineffectual antenna

Written By Eliot L., Englewood, NJ on Thursday, February 02, 2012
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This antenna is terrible for FM. A simple rabbit ears antenna does much better!
Pros:
None
Cons:
Waste of money.
5 out of 12 people found this helpful
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3 out of 5

Terk FM Edge

Written By Anonymous, Waukon, iowa on Sunday, January 29, 2012
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Did not help much, if any.
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4 out of 5

Terk FM Edge

Written By ChuckB, Bentonville, VA on Tuesday, July 05, 2011
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This antenna boosted signal of distant FM stations that were staticky much of the time. My problem is fixed and the NPR station we like is now clear and reliable. Item is good-looking and easy to adjust.
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2 out of 5

Not Quite What I Expected

Written By John G., Whiting, NJ on Saturday, May 21, 2011
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The Terk FM Edge is reasonably priced. Its performance leaves a little to be desired. It will improve current stations received, but it is of little help for distant stations. Stations that you receive that are weak, the Terk Edge will certainly improve. If you are going for a station that you do not receive, which is 35 or more miles away, don't expect to receive it. If you do happen to receive a distant station with the Terk Edge, it won't be clear or static free. Of course, if you live on a mountain or high hilly area, it will do a better job for you.

I recommend you buy this antenna only if you want to clear up the reception of a station you currently receive that is weak. Otherwise, you will need an FM attic or outdoor antenna.
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2 out of 5

Not worth the money

Written By Mike, Afton, VA on Friday, March 26, 2010
 
Unit did not perform like I hoped, based on other customer reviews I purchased this model and am not satisfied. The antenna did not pull in other weak signals and barely improved existing signal quality. I had better luck with older, non-amplified, analog rabbit ear model. I moved this antenna all over my house with no luck, planning on returning this and possibly replacing with an outdoor antenna. If your rural like me you need to get an outdoor antenna, you cant improve signal quality inside the house, amplified or not. My only positive is ease of set up and use, if not for that I would have given this an overall "1" rating. Bottom line save your time and money and do your homework first!
6 out of 8 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Finicky but Effective

Written By Ted, West Chester, PA on Saturday, February 07, 2009
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I live on a farm a bit far away from the Philadelphia radio stations I like. I'd struggled with the dipole wire antenna that came with my receiver and was tired of the hiss, not to mention the unattractive appearance of those wires draped over and around my TV and furniture as I sought positions that worked best.

I hoped the Terk would solve all of those issues. And in the end, it did, but I had to spend a full day moving it to different positions, experimenting with laying the power cord and its own cord in different places, etc. I finally found a place that works well, and am overall pleased with how it pulls in my two favorite stations.

Would have been much happier if it had been easier to get my stations to come in... like right away when I set it up!
13 out of 13 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Terk FM Edge

Written By Glen, Cincinnati on Monday, January 26, 2009
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I have two of these and they are working as promised. I have to work the gain adjustment to "dial" in the right setting.

Easy to set up.

Wish there was a version for a single telescoping antennae style receiver.

Would rcommend this product


5 out of 5 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

FM Antenna for Stereo Receiver

Written By Randy, Williamsburg, Va on Tuesday, February 05, 2008
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The Terk FM Antenna was purchased to increase signal strength for several local FM stations. While the local FM stations (in town) did not improve in signal clarity, the antenna helped to pull in other stations that were not previously secured due to low signal strength. The antenna did a great job on improving station clarity for ones about 50-60 miles away. One of our favorite PBS stations, about 50 miles away, now sounds much clearer than before. This FM antenna would be recommended for receiver units that come with only the single wire as the unit antenna. You may have to configure this antenna to turn off when your receiver is shut off, as it is powered by electric and would always be in the on position. That is the only suggestion. Overall, this is a good product for the price.
24 out of 25 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Great Product !

Written By Dave, Annapolis, MD on Friday, December 14, 2007
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Just took delivery of this antenna yesterday and hooked it into my Bose lifestyle system. The number of stations I was able to receive just about doubled - the system is in the center of our home and not near any windows. Not only that, but the stations that were fuzzy before now come in crystal clear. This is a terrific product, well worth the minimal cost !
30 out of 30 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

works great

Written By chris, Burlington, NJ on Monday, August 13, 2007
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I bought a new sony reciever for my back yard shed, I was only getting about 3 radio stations with the standard wire antenna. Know with the Terk FM Edge installed I recieve a lot of stations that were only fuzz before. It works great!
35 out of 35 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Happily Surprised

Written By Mel, Oriental, NC on Sunday, April 15, 2007
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I have a second home on the sound in North Carolina. I do not have cable and did not feel the need to go with a dish as we are only here 4 or 5 weeks a year. With the typical T type wire antenna I was able to get a couple of strong signals and a lot of static. With the Terk FM Edge I am able to pull in 10 to 15 strong stations. That gives me a good selection to choose from. I am very pleased with product. It was a plug in addition to the receiver. Thanks Mel
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