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      • receives digital and analog UHF and VHF TV signals (channels 2-51)
      • fixed-gain amplifier (12dB for VHF, 11dB for UHF)
      • 13-3/8"W x 9-1/8"H x 16"D (41-1/2"H with dipoles extended)
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by Steve Kindig
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Terk's HDTVi solves the challenge of getting reliable TV reception with an indoor antenna. Most antennas are big and unwieldy and designed to be mounted outdoors or in a cramped attic. That option isn't practical if you live in an apartment or condo, or want to avoid the hassle of installing an antenna yourself.

Terk's HDTVi can pick up your local digital and analog channels, and will look great sitting next to your TV. It's tuned for optimum digital TV signal reception, with a high-gain design that utilizes log-periodic elements and dipoles for receiving both UHF and VHF broadcasts. The UHF antenna element can be positioned vertically or horizontally to aid reception.

Details:
  • receives digital and analog UHF/VHF TV signals (channels 2-69)
  • VHF/UHF band separator with 75-300 ohm matching transformer
  • pre-attached 66" coax cable
  • 13-3/8"W x 9-1/8"H x 16"D (41-1/2"H with dipoles extended)
  • warranty: 1 year
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  • Antenna base with attached 5.5' coaxial cable
  • UHF antenna
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Overview: The Terk HDTVi is optimized for both UHF and VHF HDTV reception (channels 2-69). It is tuned for optimum HDTV reception with a unique design that utilizes log-periodic elements and dipoles for receiving both UHF and VHF HDTV broadcasts, allowing you to receive more stations. Its high gain picks up distant stations and its high back-to-front ratio rejects unwanted signals. The UHF antenna element can even be mounted vertically or horizontally to aid in better reception.

Dimensions: The antenna has different dimensions when the UHF antenna element is mounted vertically or horizontally:

  • Horizontal Antenna Element: W=13.375", H=9.109" (41.5" with the VHF dipoles extended), D=16"
  • Vertical Antenna Element: W=2.636", H=15" (41.5" with the VHF dipoles extended), D=16"

Specifications

Specifications:

  • Operating Bandwidth:
    • VHF: 40 MHz - 230 MHz (Channels 2-13)
    • UHF: 470 MHz - 862 MHz (Channels 14-69)
 
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5 out of 5

Terk HDTVi

Written By mar2jeter, Las Vegas, Nevada on Saturday, November 21, 2009
 
I live in the Las Vegas area about 10 minutes from the strip and I get about 25 channels with this nice indoor antenna. I get about 6 spanish channels , CBS , ABC , NBC, CW, FOX vegas My vegas PBS , Vegas channel , home shoppers network, RTV , 2 music channels and a few other stations. Quality is in 720p , 1080i, 1080p and some in 480p depending on the channel. It was very easy to install (Took me 5 minutes) and easy to scan on my Sharp HDTV with the air tuner. I finally got fed up with my cable company with them raising my prices and getting just basic cable channels so i decided to get this antenna and save myself $65 a month anyway. Thanks Crutchfield with the nice packaging. Great Job!!!
3 out of 3 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Great, especially for the price. Free TV!

Written By Mucha, Cary, NC on Thursday, October 22, 2009
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I live near Raleigh, NC. This antenna works great with my Panasonic Viera Plasma TV. The HD looks as good as it does with my Blu-Ray player. I believe my TV's built in turner may help (no converter box needed).
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Fine HD Antenna

Written By Bruce, Sacramento, CA on Monday, June 22, 2009
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Installed the Terk HDTVi over the weekend. Excellent results. Re-scanning the TV yielded 10 of 12 local DTV stations versus the four I received before with another "Digital" antenna. Picture is clear with only rare pixelation.

I'm in a single story frame house with three walls between the antenna and the outside world. We are fortunate that all our primary station transmitters are within 5 degrees of each other and about 26 miles away. Within those parameters, this is a pretty good deal at this price.
5 out of 5 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Terk HDTVi

Written By angel, Fresno,Ca on Friday, June 19, 2009
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I thought this with a good deal I didnt know what I was getting myself into but this attenna what I tell u this I get crystal clear picture and with great reception and also helps out my converter box even more WOW what a deal of a price and so was worth the money to pay for.
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Terk HDTVi

Written By Charles, Hillsboro, OR on Friday, May 01, 2009
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Using a Sony Bravia HDTV, this gives me great reception for digital. That is all that really matters with the change coming up! Get all the stations great! Very happy with it. This is the first Digital antenna I've owned and probably the last.
5 out of 5 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Great reception, awkward design

Written By Brian, Nashua NH on Tuesday, April 28, 2009
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Reception is great. I get all the channels I expected to after looking them up on antennaweb. The only down side is that the design is unstable and a bit awkward. The cable comes out of the bottom of the antenna and doesn't stay securely in the small groove allowing the unit to easily fall over. I have it wedged next to a speaker for support. So- as for quality, does a great job on reception indoors. Design could be better, but as others have said, not a deal breaker.
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

MADE ALL THE DIFFERENCE

Written By Eric, Portland, OR - 97202 on Friday, April 17, 2009
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I had my doubts since I had read mixed reviews and I thought that this would be like any other indoor antenna.

Went from picking up a couple of HD stations to getting the entire range of what is listed on Antennaweb's site. Tried the one unit I purchase on all three TV's in the house and it worked great. Just ordered two more this morning.

For comparison, I live in a 3200 sq. ft., two-story house in SE Portland, OR near Cleveland HS. The house was built in 1914 and is lath and plaster throughout. Antennaweb states that the transmission towers are between 5 and 6 miles at a heading of 271-273 degrees of north from my house.
4 out of 4 people found this helpful
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3 out of 5

Terk HDTVi

Written By Brian, Lacey, WA on Wednesday, April 15, 2009
 
I live on the 3rd floor of a 4 floor appartment building and having this antenna does nothing for me. I made the cable longer so I could put it outside on my deck and does pick up a few channels, nothing too impressive though.
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

works great-little awkward

Written By deme38, Belen, NM on Tuesday, April 07, 2009
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I bought and connected this antena for a friend in Belen NM used with a panasonic viera TV (she does not have cable, she was using rabit ears). The antena hooked up easily, I ran the "scan digital only" from her panasonic menu and got all but one channel she wanted with no fuss. For that one channel, she needs to move the antenna.
The only down side is the antena is a bit unstable, but not to the point of it being a deal breaker.
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5 out of 5

Good performance from this antenna

Written By TED, Columbia, MO on Thursday, February 26, 2009
 
I used an inexpensive powered antenna with my "old technology" TV set, and thought a powered antenna would be needed for my new digital set. When none was readily available, I bought this Terk unit. My fears that it would not receive enough signal for good picture and sound quality were unjustified.
The manufacturer recommends the antenna be placed above the level of the television. I was forced to locate it on the entertainment center (about 30 inches in height) just behind the TV, but am getting good results nonetheless. I am no more than about 40 miles from most of the stations I receive.
Despite some criticisms I have read about this antenna having an awkward, top-heavy design, it works well on a flat, stable surface. The fins that attach to the upper part of the antenna base can be set either horizontally (wide) or vertically (tall). I found the vertical placement allows the least interference from movement near the television-probably not an issue if the antenna is elevated as the manufacturer specifies. I am very pleased with this product.
6 out of 6 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

review terk antenna

Written By Gary, vero beach fl 32962 on Tuesday, February 10, 2009
 
already had one of these and it work really good. So I am glad to get it and you had the best price.

Thanks

Gary D.
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4 out of 5

Terk HDTVi

Written By Michael, Arnold (St. Louis), MO on Thursday, January 22, 2009
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I live in a St. Louis suburb where almost all the stations are north of me. This small directional antenna works very well for me. I just point it north and all the local digital channels come in beautifully. I haven't tried it for the VHF analog channels since they will be going away soon. If you live in an area where the stations aren't all in the same general direction, then this may not be the best choice. But I'm very happy with mine.
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Terk antenna fits the bill

Written By Joe, Takoma Park, MD on Monday, January 19, 2009
 
If need be, I'll go the distance and put in the necessary time (usually my greatest expense) and money to address my own technical needs. But
whenever there is a bona fide quick fix solution to a problem, I embrace it with every fiber of my lazy being. I'm glad to report that my Terk HDTV
Antenna qualifies as one of these solutions. Our family purchased a 40" LCD TV this past fall and don't keep a a television subscription. Our TV
viewing is mainly monitor based, usually VHS and DVD. But when our occasional broadcast viewing remained routinely poor with old school rabbit ears, we checked Crutchfield for a simple solution. Sure enough, they had one in the TERK HDTV Antenna. And while we live close in to DC, we were
concerned that having only a set-top aerial wouldn't be adequate, since our television is in the basement. Surprisingly, it works perfectly. Although
the base of the unit is too narrow to balance easily when the entire array is fully extended, it can be done. We receive all DC area stations clearly, both analog (for now), and digital signals. So, we're good to go, unless subscription television one day becomes mandatory!
6 out of 6 people found this helpful
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3 out of 5

HD Antenna

Written By Len, White Plains, NY on Friday, January 16, 2009
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We've purchased other Terk antennas, so I expected great things from this one. It does work well with the new digi box we purchased for our old analog TV set. When the signal is strong, the picture is very good. But it does flicker in/out on occasion, perhaps my fault, as we have limited space for the antenna. A longer lead-in cord would be better. I agree with a previous reviewer in that this unit is very unstable. The antenna's fans (on top) are heavy, and the base is small. Plus, the lead-in cord runs through the rubber base, which is not at all a good desgn; it should go through the rear stem, not the base. So it tips over very easily.

All in all, a good, not great product.
6 out of 6 people found this helpful
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3 out of 5

Average indoor antenna

Written By Heath, Denver, CO on Thursday, December 18, 2008
 
I can get all my local channels with this antenna. Sometimes I will be watching a show, and it pixels and has sound interruption, right on an important part. Especially on channel 7 which is ABC here in Denver. I end up having to put it on a chair. It is an eyesore and takes some getting use to being on the side on and in front of the TV. I am thinking about buying a Channel Master to put on the balcony.
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Awesome Antenna!

Written By NWIndy, LaPorte, IN on Thursday, November 20, 2008
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I bought this antenna based on all the great reviews. I'm glad I did. I just got Directv and based on my location I receive Chicago local stations. I got the Terk to pick up South Bend locals too in HD. I'm located 25 miles from there and the antenna works great just sitting right next to my TV. I highly recommend it!
4 out of 4 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Terk HDTVi

Written By David, North Carolina on Saturday, November 08, 2008
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This is an impressive antenna and really brings in the signal. Once you get past the unusual look, you realize how good it works. Hooked up a new Panasonic TV right out of the box and the picture was pretty good. Hooked up the Terk antenna to the TV and the picture was stunning with weaker signals now coming in full strength. Don't know how it works, but it does.
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Great product - definitely a keeper

Written By Itay, Syracuse, NY on Saturday, September 20, 2008
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If you're looking for a clear and sharp picture - this IS the antenna for you! Had used cheep $15 rabbit ears for a couple of years and by adding a few dollars and getting the HDTVi, I've significntly improved the reception and the clarity of my 32" analog Toshiba . Waiting for my gov's coupon for the converter box and than I'll get the full benefits of HDTV. Throw on top the great and so professional customer and support service of Crutchfiled's, you can't go wrong.
5 out of 6 people found this helpful
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1 out of 5

Terk antenna

Written By patricia, Allentown, PA on Sunday, May 11, 2008
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I did not pick up any better signal than with my rabbit ears. Plus, the small base reduces stability of the unit, such that it toppled off my TV and the antenna bent leaving it less effective.

I am able to receive the following analog signals: 3, 6, 10, 12, 17, 29,35,48 57, 69
I can receive the following DTV with the digital converter: 3, 6, 10, 17, 35, 48, 51, 61, 65, 69
I was hoping to be able to pick up 12 (PBS) and 29 (FOX) with the Terk antenna, but was unable.
17 out of 25 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Good Antenna

Written By Danny, Chesterfield, VA on Tuesday, April 01, 2008
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I bought this antenna to supplement my DishNetwork HD service and it works exceptionally well most of the time. I am very pleased with the purchase and do recommend it for its small size, ease of use, and value. With the exception of the ABC affiliate, I am able to get all the over the air Digital/HDTV signals available out of the Richmond area. The difficulty I have with the ABC affiliate is probably due to a weaker signal being transmitted. At times, I do have to adjust the direction where the UHF is pointed, and the signal strength of the FOX station varies at times. I may consider purchasing the amplified version of this antenna, but Crutchfield doesn't sell it, yet.
8 out of 8 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

julian

Written By Julian, Chapel Hill, NC on Saturday, March 15, 2008
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This product is extremely effective. My HDTV gives outstanding reception
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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3 out of 5

Terk HDTVi indoor antenna not bad

Written By Dave, Montgomery, OH on Wednesday, February 20, 2008
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The Terk's unusual design configuration seemed to offer better results for our location, which has many desired TV sources in one main direction. It was not as effective in that as I had hoped, but actually succeeds fairly well in directions off that main direction, with some repositioning for some. In our case, this might be complicated by the necessity to locate it near appliances, etc. However, a neat unexpected benefit developed: since we do not need to use the rabbit ears, the design allowed positioning it behind, and to extend over the top of our 15" free-standing LCD TV ... making it easy to reposition, and, while unusual looking, not excessively visually offensive.
1 out of 2 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Great Reception

Written By Frank, Atlanta, GA on Thursday, January 31, 2008
 
I gave this Terk HDTV Antenna to friend who lives 27 miles outside of Atlanta & it brings in great reception, despite living in a valley.
8 out of 8 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Good HD reception

Written By hobbes99, Chicago on Thursday, November 29, 2007
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Most reviewers from around Chicago will tell you this Antenna is terrible, but I'm getting local HD channels just fine with only one exception. I'm not getting local channel 2, but I've heard that's nearly impossible to get anyway. I should say that I live less than 10 miles from downtown directly west of most HD towers in a house with no tall buildings (some tall trees) in the way so that might explain my better experience. Standard analog channels don't come in at all so it's digital or nothing with this antenna. From my research and experience I would say this is a good antenna IF 1) you live close to HD sources in a city (10 miles or so) and there aren't a lot of tall buildings or obstructions in your way, or 2) you live in an open rural or suburban area with towers no more than 20 or 30 miles away.
14 out of 14 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Great quality, simple setup

Written By fergusonline, Rock Hill, SC on Sunday, November 25, 2007
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I'm only 25 miles from 10+ HD broadcast towers in and around Charlotte, NC, and this little antenna picks up all the signals without a hitch. It just sits on a table behind the TV, on the bottom floor of our two-story house. There are a couple of channels that I can't pick up clearly unless I rotate the antenna slightly, a slight hassle, but not a big deal. It's not the antenna's fault anyway, I'm just too far from those towers. I think I may get even better quality (and more channels) if I move the antenna up to the attic, but I haven't yet researched what other equipment might be required for that. Still, for the money, I get more channels (in HD, no less) than I was getting for the low-quality $10/month basic cable.

The only complaint I have really has nothing to do with the antenna, but might be a helpful warning if you're thinking about the same thing. I was hoping I could use a coaxial splitter/combiner to get both the HD broadcast signals and the basic cable signals (my thinking being one is digital, one is analog...). Even though my research (and the helpful Crutchfield tech support!) showed me this wouldn't be possible (the signals are using the same frequencies, so you end up with fuzzy channels), I got the antenna anyway (just to get HD channels) and haven't been disappointed (football in HD ... I'll never go back). For the price, it was worth it. Besides, I can just run the regular cable through the VCR and get the same result I was hoping to get before. But the signal from the antenna is so clear, I'm seriously thinking of just dropping the cable altogether.
6 out of 6 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Great Choice!

Written By Rocky, Washington Boro, Pa on Sunday, November 04, 2007
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After reading specs and reviews on many indoor TV antennas, I decided to purchase the TERK HDTVi indoor antenna for my mom's new LCD digital TV. With the old "rabbit ears", we could get only one station clearly, occasionally in Digital broadcast. This TERK unit is quite compact, but it sure surprised us when we pulled in eight channels very clearly - analog and digital both, right out of the box, sitting beside the TV in the first floor family room! The station transmitters are between 9 and 32 miles away. Only 1 channel is hard to pick up, but the others are crystal clear - sharper and clearer than my satellite picture at my house! I highly recommend this antenna, as it perfoms better than we thought it would!
7 out of 7 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

MUCH better than what I had

Written By DENYS, Norfolk, VA on Thursday, September 06, 2007
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Owned the "latest and greatest" HDTV INDOOR antenna, a UFO-looking thing that was amplified. Live in a wooded (mature) area, reception also difficult because of airliners on approach to ORF ... aimed this thing at the nearby transmitters, and I have a locked-in signal -- with no further adjustments -- on all of the area's HDTV channels, plus some signals I didn't know were there. The old model, though amplified, couldn't pick-up a few local signals even if you made sacrifices to the TV gods. Definitely a good buy. Only 4 stars because I don't like saying something is perfect!
10 out of 10 people found this helpful
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1 out of 5

Little better than a stick for reception

Written By grtgrfx, West Los Angeles on Sunday, August 26, 2007
 
I attached this antenna to my DirecTV HD receiver's antenna-in port and aimed it towards the majority of our local transmitter towers, about 8 miles directly east of us. Whether I put the antenna atop the TV, on an 8' tall bookcase near the ceiling of our 2nd-story apartment or just held it in my hands, the resulting signal never got better than a grainy, wavy mess. Even the HD channels wouldn't lock in.

It was no better connecting directly to the back of our TV (a Sharp Aquos 37" LCD); despite the fact that we have no major obstructions between us and the broadcasters within miles, I could never get a signal anywhere as good as my current cable or satellite feeds.

Disappointed, I gave it away.
10 out of 19 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Excellent Picture

Written By Stephen, Upper Marlboro, MD on Monday, July 02, 2007
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This is an excellent off-air HDTV antenna and the picture produced is superb! With purchase I did not know what to expect, but was very surprised with the crisp picture and excellent sound. I have a Samsung HL-S5686w HDTV w/ a built-in tuner and upon first hooking the antenna up I was disappointed with the quality, but then performed a scan for HD channels and once the signal was locked in, I was hooked.

The picture and sound are noticeably better than I receive from the DirecTV local HD channels, most likely due to the fact that local HD signals are not compressed as they are coming from DirectTV. Antenna can also be hooked up to HD DirecTV tuner and the guide information can then be obtained on-screen without any affect on sound or picture. With local HD channels being free, its icing on the cake. Definitely, a must purchase purchase!
11 out of 11 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Surprisingly Good!

Written By Edward, Alexandria, VA (USA) on Monday, April 23, 2007
 
I finally got fed up with the local cable company, and thought I would try this antenna...Pleasantly surprised...I live on the ground floor of an apartment complex...By checking with antennaweb.org I was able to point the antenna toward the majority of towers...I receive numerous HD channels with amazing quality, and usually about 10 DT channels, but it does require turning the antenna...The rabbit ears are pretty useless where I am located...I am sure if I were on a higher floor of the complex, the reception would be even better...Of coures, you don't get any of the "pure" cable channels (CNN, ESPN, etc) but, for a one time investment of $40, it sure beats $65 bucks a month! (I was probably watching too much TV anyway!)
24 out of 25 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Terk HDTVi

Written By rbatis, Oklahoma City on Saturday, March 10, 2007
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I only live 4 to 15 miles from the local transmitters. This antenna picks up all of the local channels, and the reception is almost perfect. The picture is at least as good as the cable HD stations. My tv's digital audio-out also sends excellent 5.1 audio from the local stations to my receiver.
8 out of 11 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Very impressive antenna!

Written By Kris, Milwaukee, WI on Monday, November 20, 2006
 
I just purchase a Sony XBR2 LCD TV, but I don't even have cable or satellite TV at home. I never had luck with picking up UHF/VHF OTA signals, so I just used my old TV for DVD's and video games. But I decided to try an HDTV OTA antenna for my new TV based on the reviews I've read here and other places.

This is antenna is very impressive! I'm amazed at the quality and quantity of the stations I am receiving. Just by connecting this antenna, I have all the local HD channels and they look great! In all fairness, I didn't even bother extending or adjusting the UHF/VHF dipoles, so the reception on those channels is lousy. But this antenna picked up more UHF/VHF channels and HD channels than Antennaweb said I would.

The other nice feature that I haven't seen mentioned is that the antenna can connect to its base either horizontially (like all the pictures you see) or vertically. The manual says changing the orientation may help your signal, but I didn't notice any difference in reception. But if you wanted to mount the antenna vertically, this antenna would have a very small footprint! I'd say about only 4" wide, by 16" high, instead of about 16" wide and 10" high with the usual horizontal arrangement. I can have it sitting on the TV stand behind my flat panel and you can't even tell it's there.
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5 out of 5

Picked up 4 more channels

Written By bvar94, Farmington, CT on Thursday, November 02, 2006
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After getting tired of losing signals and poor reception with my powered hdtv antenna (with +50db boost) I decided to try something else. I came across this inexpensive indoor passive antenna, and gave it a shot. I set it up on the living room floor for now and not only do I get a better signal on the channels I used to receive, but it picked up 4 more stations. Tonight, I am going to put it up in the attic where the old antenna is and see how much better it is without having to go through 2 walls and 3 trees.


Another comment I must make:
Crutchfield service is second to none. I placed my order at 4:55pm and the item was shipped that night and set to receive 2 days later.UPS tracking said my item was delivered to my front porch. When I got home, there was no package.
After contacting Crutchfield about the situation, they filed a trace and said that I should get my credit in a couple days. I wanted the antenna before the weekend and talked to a customer service rep at Crutchfield who went above and beyond my expectations to satisfy their now loyal customer. This is the way a company should be run.
By the way, last night my neighbor comes over with a box.Turns out, the UPS delivery person left my package 3 houses down at the back door but claimed to have left it on my front porch at 2:30pm????
20 out of 20 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

This is one awesome little antenna!

Written By Porfie, Colorado Springs, Colorado on Saturday, October 28, 2006
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I bought this little antenna for my SONY KDL-46XBR3 both of which I purchased here on Crutchfield. I can not be more happier with either. This antenna allowed me to get a total of 10 HD channels (including the amazing Discovery HD, ESPNHD, CBSHD, ABCHD, NBCHD, FOXHD) and it allowed me to get all my regular cable channels (which I was getting in analog) in digital which made a huge differance from the analog signals. Another great surprise was that I was able to pick up some Satellite Music channels (about 50) through my TV which was something I did not expect. This is a great inexpensive and small little antenna that packs a huge punch for anyone looking to get some great HD channels and music channels without having to get a huge outdoor antenna!
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4 out of 5

Great reception

Written By Spaceman Spiff, Denver, CO on Saturday, September 23, 2006
 
Gives great reception for regular TV signals too. I had a powered RCA antenna before that would only pick-up 2 out of 7 channels well, but this antenna gets just about every channel on the air with great clearity, only the worst channel from before is still a little fuzzy, although entirely viewable. I haven't tried it out as an HDTV antenna yet, pending getting a new TV.

My only complaint is that the base of the antenna is about as big as the bottom of a lare coffee cup, thus it's not super stable, especially since the coax cable that comes out the back of the antenna is pretty stiff, which contributes to the instability. Otherwise the best antenna I've ever owned.
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5 out of 5

Works great with DirectTV

Written By Nick, Ricmond, VA on Thursday, August 31, 2006
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I hooked this up to my HR10-250 HD Tivo box from DirectTV and it worked flawlessly. The HD signals from all my local channels come in great without having to adjust the antenna position. I even get two extra signals with dedicated local weather information that I didn't know existed. For the price and convenience, I highly recommend this antenna.
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4 out of 5

works great for price, but bulky

Written By Dave, Philadelphia PA on Monday, July 31, 2006
 
I had a year-old off-air antenna for local HD. I moved this year and it wouldn't work no matter how I positioned it. I purchased this Terk model after reading the reviews -- figured why not try it for only $40 -- and what a deal for the price! First, you don't need to plug it into a separate power outlet; you just hook it up with the included cable. It is a bit bulky sitting on top of my 50" Sony HDTV with the rabbit ears protruding and the odd-looking front gadget attached, but once I positioned this correctly (after about 15 minutes of various testing and checking signal strength through my DirecTV box), all works well! I get all of my local HD stations, minus a few I didn't even know existed, but I don't miss those since I didn't know and didn't care they were there. This is well worth the money and a great quick fix. I highly recommend this. People need to check the signal strength and go to the recommended web site if having a problem with reception because, as many people wrote, this works.
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4 out of 5

Terk HDTVi

Written By Joseph, Lilburn, GA on Monday, March 20, 2006
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I live in Lilburn, GA, where it is less than 17 miles from local broadcast towers. All broadcast towers are located relatively in the same place from my house with compass orientation ranging from 230 to 242. Behind my house where the antenna is pointing to is a line of tall 50-foot trees. The tree line doesn't seem to bother the antenna, but the bad weather does. In a windy day, the signal drops frequently. Other than that, this antenna works quite well considering its size (does it matter?) and being an indoor antenna.

It picks up very well almost all local DTV channels from the following networks that I list in order of ease of reception: ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, WB, UPN, TBS, UNI, PBS, and TBN. With the shows aired in HD such as Good Morning America, 11Alive News (NBC), CSI Miami, American Idol, some NBA games and NCAA games..., this little antenna feeds to my HDTV (a Samsung HLR5067W) a clear and beautiful video and a clean and powerful DD audio.

This antenna is not very directional. I rotate it with a 180-degree angle but the signal strength won't change much. If you live in 30047 area, I strongly recommend this.
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5 out of 5

Terk HDTVi

Written By jeff, asheboro, nc on Saturday, March 19, 2005
 
if your looking to get free ota hdtv this antenna is a great alternative if outdoor antenna is no option.works well for appartment dwellers.
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4 out of 5

Works well

Written By Ted, Denver, CO on Saturday, March 05, 2005
 
the antenna worked very well for being as inexpensive as it was. the only hassle was that you have to turn it and point it at the strong signal area between some channels. once it has a signal, it locks on to it very well.
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