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Channel Master 3414

4-output RF distribution amplifier

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Channel Master 3414

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Channel Master's 3414 is a compact, versatile RF distribution amplifier designed for indoor use with coaxial cables. It lets you distribute amplified antenna or cable TV signals to as many as four TVs without the signal degradation caused by splitters.

Channel Master's 3414 is a compact, versatile RF distribution amplifier designed for indoor use with coaxial cables. It lets you distribute amplified antenna or cable TV signals to as many as four TVs without the signal degradation caused by splitters.

The 3414 can improve reception whether the problem is weak signal strength at your antenna, or loss of signal quality due to a long cable run. Unlike the inexpensive boosters you find in hardware stores, the 3414 is a "bi-directional" design that provides a return signal path for use with a cable box or cable modem (return signal is not amplified). The included AC power supply connects to the 3414 via a short length of coax cable, which is also included.

Looks and feels like a quality product. Very well Engineered and should pass the Test of Time.

Larry, Auburn ME

What's in the Box:

  • RF amplifier (+8dB/1 input-4 outputs)
  • AC/DC adapter (DC Output: 15V/250mA)
  • 6' Coaxial cable
  • Installation Instructions

Product Highlights:

  • compatible with antenna and cable TV signals
  • cable company approved for digital cable, HDTV, and high-speed Internet
  • bi-directional for digital services
  • amplifier gain: 8 dB
  • operating frequency range: 54-1002 MHz
  • return path frequency range: 5-42 MHz (for cable modem applications)
  • 75-ohm impedance
  • noise: 2.7 dB
  • six F-type coaxial connectors (1 input, 4 output, 1 power)
  • included AC power supply provides power to amplifier via coaxial cable connection (cable included)
  • 6000-volt surge protection
  • weather-sealed housing resists corrosion
  • 4-7/16"W x 1-1/4"H x 4-5/16"D
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
  • RG-6 cable is recommended
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Channel Master 3414 Reviews

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32 Reviews

Worked like a charm!

Gregg from Leominster, MA on 8/23/2016

Before I bought the Channel Master I was getting poor reception from 2-3 of our local stations including NBC which carried the Olympic Games . A soon as I powered it up all my OTA channels came in solid as a rock and I became a happy Olympics watcher! I even started to pull in channels from Providence RI which were not there before. Excellent product! Would buy another.

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Channel Master 3414

Anonymous from Greeneville Tn. on 8/15/2016

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Preforms poorly. I have a cheap signal booster that way out preforms it and cost 75% less. Does Help To Clean Up the signal some.

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HDTV Signal Amplifier

John B from Columbus, OH on 5/30/2016

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The signal strength supplied by my cable provider has degraded. I started experiencing more and more errors when viewing QAM channels. Using the signal diagnostic of my TV, I noticed the signal strength had dropped. Rather than paying a monthly fee for an interface available from my provider to fix their issue, I decided to install this amplifier. It raised my signal strength as promised. And I have not had any errors since. It was easy to install.

Pros: Fits in the same circuit as a normal splitter.

Cons: None

Antenna Amplifier

Larry from Auburn ME on 5/6/2016

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Looks and feels like a quality product. Very well Engineered and should pass the Test of Time.

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Strengthens over-the-air HDTV signals

Levi from Colorado on 1/11/2016

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This product has improved the picture quality of all the over-the-air HDTV channels I receive. It makes a big difference especially when the weather is raining or snowing. Before I hooked up this product, some HDTV channel only had 60% signal strength according the the menu on my HDTV. Now the same channels have improved to 100% signal strength. However, the signal quality percentage (a different measurement) for a few channels did not improve very much. But the important thing is that I noticed a good improvement in overall picture quality for all channels. I am using this product inside my home behind my TV stand. The coaxial cable from my antenna comes through the wall behind my HDTV stand. My over-the-air antenna mast is in the attic of my house. Another advantage to using this product is that it has 4 RF outputs for the 1 over-the-air antenna input. I have hooked up one output directly to my HDTV, another output to my Channel Master DVR (digital video recorder), and another output to my older DVD recorder/VCR which has a built-in digital tuner. Now ALL 3 of my video components with tuners have excellent signal quality for both watching TV or recording TV shows. Finally, this product has excellent build quality with a metal case/housing. (not plastic).

Pros: Improved HDTV picture quality and signal strength for all channels. Also, the flexibility to send the amplified HDTV signals to 4 different components or TVs in different rooms of the house. Solid build quality.

Cons: The only negative I can think of is that the power plug has a transformer block on it--so it takes up more space at the outlet where you plug it in. At least the 2 prongs on the plug/transformer box are both the same width so you can plug it into the outlet facing one of 2 different ways (at a 180 degree angle from each other).

Problem solver

Anonymous from Illinois on 1/11/2016

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I installed outdoor antenna and hooked up 3 televisions. All was good until I hooked up the 4th. Some stations froze their picture and I lost audio. I knew I had good reception at the antenna. I purchased and hooked up the Channel Master 3414 amplifier at the point the signal came into the home from the antenna and all my problems were solved. I now receive clear strong video and audio from all channels and even in heavy rain I have no loss of signal. I am very pleased with the performance of this amplifier.

Pros: The amplifier arrived from Crutchfield ahead of the anticipated date. Instructions for installation and hookup were excellent and installation was very easy. I spent less than a half hour removing cables from old non-amplified 4 channel connector to the Channel Master 4 channel output amplifier.

Cons: None that I am aware of.

signal splitter

Billy from Tennessee on 12/1/2015

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Just what I been looking for

Pros: Excellent

Cons: None

Didn't solve problem

BobM from Texas on 9/18/2015

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I have four TVs fed by one antenna. Three work fine, but the fourth, the oldest and farthest, has trouble with a few channels, including one of our favorites. I tried an amplifier at the TV end, which didn't give much better reception. So I installed the Channel Master in place of the splitter. It installed neatly, and added about thirty mote channels after scanning. Unfortunately, it didn't improve the troublesome channels at all. I'm disappointed. Alternatives now are expensive.

Pros: Compact and solid.

Cons: If mounted outside, providing power is complicated.

Channel Master

Andy from Michigan on 8/5/2015

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This is a very nice quality built product, works Great!

Pros: Helps pull in tv stations that are week

Cons: non yet

Channel Master

Chad from Centreville, MD on 3/30/2015

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After installing my Mohu antenna and testing on a single TV I was pleased with picking up 61 channels in my location. Using the channel master disto amplifier I now have those 61 channels on 4 separate TV's. Time to cut the cable back to just Internet.

Pros: Easy install. Rated for indoor and outdoor (installed in crawl space)

Cons: None at this point.

Seems to work fine

SylviaS from Fayetteville, NC on 3/12/2015

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set up channel master antenna with rotor, amp, preamp & dvr...get 40 channels on chimney mount, 1 story house...old neighborhood with many large trees obstructing signal. Pixelation during bad weather & hard to zero in northern stations due to curvature of the earth, southern stations are more clear. Can zero in stations with the remote that goes with the rotor box. DVR has all the features of a cable/satellite dvr, could have an extra tuner that only watches channels but does not record. If you record 2 shows at the same time you can't watch a third, 1tb storage & can connect external drives only if not recording.

Pros: stronger signal

Cons: pixelation in bad weather

Amp Splitter

JoeE from Henderson, CO on 11/30/2014

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Great product. I've had this amp for about a month now and what a difference. I had 1 station that was continuously dropping out and thanks to this product, that issue is a thing of the past. I've been able to eliminate all my splitters, ended up with twice the free over the air channels and the signal is perfect.

Pros: Quick & easy to install Heavy duty construction

Cons: None

Signal splitter

Rockjock from Cordova, TN on 11/16/2014

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Product works great boosting signal, easy to hookup.

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Channel Master

cwiz from Charlottesville, VA on 11/6/2014

Works as advertised. The signal on cable that's been split amplified to where it was clear as a bell. Signal was static prone prior to installation.

Pros: works great

Cons: Can interfere with cable box dvr if placed on port 1.

Channel Master 3414

Channel Master 3414 distribution amplifier from Youngstown Oh on 11/3/2014

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I have used Channel Master products in the past because of their quality and it's refreshing to see that they have not changed. The installation was very easy and the amplifier works perfect. I know there are many distribution amps on the market today but you won't go wrong with Channel Master.

Pros: Easy installation, comes with everything needed for quick set up, solid construction

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Excellent

Mike from ga on 8/22/2014

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Plug and play product assuming you have an outlet nearby.

Pros: Works as advertised!

Cons: None yet

Works Great

Brian from Pittsburgh, PA on 7/14/2014

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Works like a charm! I went from zero channels, at 60 feet away from antenna, to 40 channels on all of my televisions. Beautiful picture, much better than cable.

Pros: easy to install

Cons: none so far

did the job

steve from rochester mn. on 6/29/2014

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good quality product .clear signal ,did the job

Pros: as advertised

Cons: none

Channel Master Distribution Amp

GoldDog from Marion, IL on 4/5/2014

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Works great, supplies the signal from an antenna about 50 ft away to 4 TVs throughout my house.

Pros: Works as advertised

Cons: None

as advertised

CSW from Frisco, TX on 2/26/2014

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Placed it in the "home run" box in my game room so I could split my antenna signal to several rooms (most importantly my garage) because in did not want to pay extra for another box to go in the garage. All connected tv's added 15-20 channels over using standard splitter. LOVE the fact that power is run through coax so you can choose any length you need. Thinking seriously about adding another (non-splitter type) right at the antenna because Im sure that would improve the signal much more since it amplifies a stronger signal. The fact that you can run power through existing coax cables is genius because I can simply plug another up in the same place and use this coax to run power up to the antenna. Great product. Far cheaper than the ripoff of cable....

Pros: Ease of use smart power supply

Cons: Doesn't make dinner

Channel Master 3414

Anonymous from Orlando FL on 1/23/2014

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This product works as advertised.

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This Product is well worth the money!

JohnW from Fayetteville, NC on 9/4/2013

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All's I can say is I went from 11 in and out channels to 34 clear and constant channels . I will never pay another cable again.

Pros: I already said it, and installation was a breeze, took all but five minutes.

Cons: None.

Channel master 3414

Anonymous from Essington, PA on 8/3/2013

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Works as advertised

Pros: Actually works

Cons: None

The jury is still out

KMinWhiteLake from White Lake, MI on 7/13/2013

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I purchased this distribution amp to resolve a problem with intermittent drop-outs. The improvement was very slight if at all. With a directional, high-gain antenna, a rotor, a pre-amplifier and this distribution amplifier, drop-outs should be non-existant. I don't know if I've got another problem or this distribution amp is not functioning correctly. An email to Channel Master support went unanswered.

Pros: Looks pretty.

Cons: Doesn't seem to do much.

Crutchfield response on July 15, 2013 We forwarded this review to our Technical Support team for follow-up. Lifetime tech support comes with every Crutchfield purchase.

Good Product

Anonymous from Mobile, AL on 5/31/2013

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Have this connected in my attic with a Channel Master 3010. Connected all the previous owner's direct tv cables to the signal amplifier and now I have free HDTV in multiple locations throughout the house. All without a cable/satellite bill.

Pros: None

Cons: Didn't come with an electrician to run a outlet in my attic. :) JK...I knew I would have to get this done when I bought it.

Channel Master 3414

EricP from Berkeley Springs, WV on 1/30/2013

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Excellent product! We have some long cable tv runs resulting in some irritating snow. This amplified splitter is just what we were looking for and cleared our tv pictures beautifully! Easy hook-up and instant success! Also, kudos to Crutchfield for excellent service! The product was out-of-stock for some time. The Crutchfield team let me know as soon as it was available, I ordered it and it arrived in about 3 days, well packaged and in perfect condition. Worth waiting for! Highly recommend! Thank you!?

Pros: Quality, well made product. Easy installation. Works very well for us!

Cons: None

Channel Master 3414 4 output RF distribution amplifier

Don from Knightdale, NC on 3/9/2012

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I needed an amplifier to feed my antenna to 4 different receivers. This was the answer and it worked with no signal over loading or any kind of enterference.

Pros: Great amplifier with four outputs eliminating the need for a splitter. It gives a signal boost needed for longer cable runs.

Cons: None

Simple, works great

Scott from Cleveland, OH on 1/22/2012

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This is a very simple, well constructed device. If you use it for its intended purpose, the amp functions perfectly. It eliminated the noise, visible lines, and distortion of other low quality amps in my four TV home setup. This is a perfect amp for home or small business use. My setup was analog only, so I can't comment on digital signals, pass-through, etc.

Pros: Small, solid build, clean and quiet power

Cons: None

Channel Master 3414

MichaelD from Little River, TX on 8/14/2011

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I have a two channel unit like this one. It has been super on boosting signal from 50 miles away. We needed to add two more tvs so we purchased a 4 output unit. Great amplifier.

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Works like a champ!

Joel from NC on 7/26/2011

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installed at distribution box to boost signal from Channel Master 4228 antennae. Replaced passive splitter with this, increased the number of channels visible from 23 to 43, with very strong signal from stations 40 miles away... It was easier to amplify at my distribution box than at the antennae which is why I bought this rather than other amplifiers.

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Channel Master 3414

TomB from Austin, Tx on 4/14/2011

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This was just what I needed to allow me to increase the output to all four of my TVs. I was unable to get a signal to three of my TVs before I put this unit in. Thank you Crutchfield for all your help. Your price and fast shiping was great.

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Antenna Signal Amplifier A+ Again

David from Cedarville, NJ on 3/26/2011

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Upgrading from the channel master 3410 to the channel master 3414 was another great choice. We now have two HDTV's plus our older TV. I still get great reception. Plus we added a few more stations. Now we have a total of 33 channels. We can view different channels on all the TV's, at the same time and not lose any signal strength. Thanks Again Crutchfield for a great product.

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Features

Overview: The Channel Master by PCT Model 3414 RF amplifier has a single input and four outputs. Unlike most conventional amplifiers, it has a passive return path which allows it to be used with a cable modem. The +8dB gain gives you a strong and balanced signal. The unit is powered using the included AC/DC adapter. The unit features weather-sealed housings for superior corrosion performance.

Bandwidth: The 3414 has an operating frequency of 54 to 1002 MHz with a passive return path bandwidth of 5 to 42 MHz. The amplifier supports both analog and digital broadcast signals, as well as HDTV and CATV distribution.

Inputs and Outputs:

  • DC 15V/250mA Input: threaded coax input for use with supplied AC/DC power supply
  • Cable Input: threaded coax input, used to connect your cable or antenna lead
  • Outputs: 4 threaded coax outputs, each with a +8dB gain

Dimensions: Width=4.433", Height=4.308", Depth=1.237"

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Brand name [ Charles  Jul 30, 2016 ]
I purchased this item earlier months ago. The CM-3414 is still performing perfectly. Very happy with Channel Master's design & performance. Now, I want to purchase another one to give as a birthday gift to my brother. He needs to replace his simple 3 way splitter with this 4 output 8db DA. [ Dorothy  Jun 26, 2016 ]
Reviews identified the product works as described for the specific application I required. [ JAMES  Apr 30, 2016 ]
customer reviews and tech help [ LARRY  Apr 27, 2016 ]
Recommended by support person. [ Stanley  Apr 16, 2016 ]
I had hoped that the Channel Master 3414 would reduce or eliminate over the air digital TV signal drop out. It helps just a bit, not much. [ Robert  Mar 31, 2016 ]
I needed a distribution amplifier and this one had good reviews. [ Evan  Mar 03, 2016 ]
because other people emailed me with answers to questions and confirmed this would enable me to get rid of cable tv [ Carol  Feb 20, 2016 ]
Your support person helped with my choice [ Larry  Feb 12, 2016 ]
on-line reviews and Channel Masters reputation [ Stephen M.  Jan 22, 2016 ]

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From what I understand, yes you can hookup the CM splitter to tvs, using the outdoor antenna. Then on the cable splitter you should only have one wire in and one wire out. This is to feed the internet. If this is true, you can eliminate the cable splitter and put a "barrel connector" in line to join the cable. This will also eliminate any signal loss through the cable splitter. Hope this helps. [ ROBERT B  Feb 16, 2016 ]
I have my internet and antenna cables run separately. I do not have a signal amp. on the internet. The 3414 has a input and 1 output two directional ports if you use it as a cable TV and internet amp. You should not need to amplify the internet in your application. So use the 3414 amp. on the antenna cable so you do not get signal drop if adding more TVs. If you have DTV ready TVs you do not need the converters boxes. If you have analog TVs you will need to hook the boxes back in because, the cable company was converting it for you. Hope that helps. [ DOREEN  Feb 15, 2016 ]
This amplifier is intended for antenna signals. It works for over-the-air broadcast signals but I cannot make a recommendation for cable use. Channel Master's website states: Channel Master distribution amplifiers can be used in HDTV, CATV, off-air, analog and digital RF distribution applications where high performance and reliability are required. The CM 3414 is a high quality miniature four output digital TV amplifier with passive return, which means the distribution amplifier does not have any amplification for signals in the return path frequency range (5-42 MHz). This frequency range is used in cable telecommunications networks to allow cable modems and set top boxes to communicate back through the cable network. Passive return amplifiers are the most commonly used in-house distribution amplifiers by cable operators. Hope this helps. [ KEVIN  Feb 11, 2014 ]
I use the 3414 to boost my incoming over-air Antenna signal. It works great for that. I have a longer run and needed to install another one to reach that distance. Seems about every 100ft with an over air antenna. This should boost any signal but I'm not familiar with how the phone works with the cable system. Hope this helps in some way. [ Mark  Feb 10, 2014 ]
I just recently installed this at my place. We are running cable internet only but our signal coming in from the street was weaker than it should have been. The cable company tried to help boost the signal, but they stated because we weren't subscribed to cable TV also, they can only make the signal so strong (uh huh? yea right). So, I installed this and now we get a very strong internet signal, and we can get all the basic TV channels coming through the cable. An we have a few splitters too. In a nut shell, it worked really well on our weak signal, and the internet hasn't dropped since. Plus, it's only $40 bucks. that's not much of a risk. [ STEVE  Feb 10, 2014 ]
I am not familiar with cable service. My application for the distribution amplifier is to feed the signal from a regular off the air TV antenna to 4 TVs in the house. It definitely made a big difference compared to using just a regular splitter. [ Esteban  Feb 10, 2014 ]
I used 2way splitter to drive phone modem, then remaining tap directly to the Channel Master amp. Each output of the Amp goes to a separate TV, some 60' or more from the TV amp. Results are excellent. I have marginal signal strength coming into the house. [ Charles  Feb 10, 2014 ]
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