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Channel Master CM-4050HD CLEARtenna

Amplified indoor HDTV antenna

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by Steve Kindig
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Think of Channel Master's CM-4050HD CLEARtenna as 21st-century "rabbit ears." The compact design can be clamped onto the top of a TV or placed on a tabletop. Watch your favorite network shows in crystal-clear high definition without paying a penny in monthly subscriptions. This is an amplified antenna, and it performs very well when your location is relatively near the local TV stations you want to watch. The CM-4050HD is a great choice for connecting to a TV or a computer with a TV tuner.

Highlights:

  • recommended for metropolitan and suburban areas
  • receives digital and analog TV signals — high-band VHF (channels 7-13) and UHF (channels 14-51)
  • built-in amplifier with 15 dB gain
  • includes adjustable clamp for mounting to a TV (surface must be 1" to 2-1/2" thick); tabletop mount also included
  • 69" coaxial cable included
  • AC adapter
  • 9-3/4"W x 3-1/4"H x 1-1/4"D
  • warranty: 90 days
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
 

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  • Amplified indoor TV antenna
  • AC power adapter (w/ attached 6.5' DC cord)
  • 69" RF-coaxial cable
  • Table-top stand
  • Mounting clamp
  • Mounting screw
  • Self-adhesive pad
  • User Guide
  • "STOP" sheet

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Features

Amplified Indoor Antenna: The Channel Master CLEARtenna CM4050HD Metro Series amplified indoor TV antenna is designed to be aesthetically pleasing while providing excellent performance when relatively near your desired TV stations. This unique horizontal panel antenna is designed to pick up VHF and UHF channels. Enjoy Free HD programming with this new innovative antenna from Channel Master. Highly recommended for metropolitan and suburban areas.

VHF/UHF: The Channel Master CLEARtenna CM4050HD receives VHF/UHF digital and analog channels from 174 to 216 MHz and 470 to 700 MHz. Picks up channels 7 through 51. Best suited for use in areas of moderate to high signal strength.

Amplifier: The CM-4050HD's built-in amplifier offers a 15dB gain.

75-ohm RF Connector: The CM-4050HD antenna features a 75-ohm RF-coaxial connector and comes with a 69" RF-coaxial cable.

Mounting Options: The CM-4050HD antenna has two mountings. It can either be clamped to a surface using the included clamp, or can be placed on a table top using the supplied stand. The clamp can be used to mount to surface that are 1" to 2.5" thick.

AC Power Adapter: The CLEARtenna CM4050HD operates off of AC power using the included AC power adapter.

  • Input: 120V, 60Hz; 3W
  • Output: 6V - 100mA
 
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Channel Master CM-4050HD CLEARtenna Reviews

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1 out of 5

Channel Master CM-4050HD CLEARtenna

Written By Mark, Santa Barbara, CA on Tuesday, January 21, 2014
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Would have rated a zero if I had that option. Item was not usable and returned. The rear was assembled upside down.
Pros:
None
Cons:
Not usable. Poor assembly
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5 out of 5

Channel Master CM-4050HD

Written By TCB, Overland Park, KS on Sunday, November 17, 2013
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Cut the cable cord one month ago and thrilled with reception of local channels. Miss ESPN and other sports channels but saving over $1,000/yr in cable cost is worth it!
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4 out of 5

Channel Master CM-4050HD CLEARtenna

Written By mary a, raleigh n.c. on Sunday, October 27, 2013
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good deal for small price first experience with inside antena. antena is easy to install and use.
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5 out of 5

Good Deal for the money

Written By D.B., Central Pennsylvania on Friday, October 25, 2013
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Unobtrusive design. Gives a nice, clear signal on over-the-air broadcasts. Super easy to set up. Got all my local channels back and didn't have to have Comcast ravage my bank account to get them.
Pros:
Inexpensive. Good reception.
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4 out of 5

Great LIttle Antenna

Written By Gene, San Antonio, TX on Monday, October 14, 2013
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Great little antenna if you have a lot of local stations in close proximity, like we have in San Antonio. That being said, I still encounter a good deal of pixilation on certain digital stations and the abundance of Spanish stations is not the fault of the antenna, just a nuisance, LOL. Tried it out as the antenna for my AV receiver and the FM reception is awesome, so I will probably wind up going with a rooftop antenna at some point for the TV and just use this for FM reception. It was worth the money but I wish it had a little more range; seems to fall short of advertising, but that may also be due to location in the house and other environmental factors I'm not aware of. Overall, a good purchase.
3 out of 3 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Ernest

Written By Ernest L, San Jose, CA on Thursday, September 26, 2013
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Very good product. Highly recommend
Pros:
Very convenient to move around from room to room.
Cons:
N/A
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4 out of 5

TV antenna

Written By teege, Rio Rancho, NM on Thursday, September 19, 2013
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This antenna is replacing a set of bunny ears in an attempt to receive a local channel better. It's easy to install and looks better than the bunny ears I had, but it doesn't work that much better. The channels I already was getting good reception on look a better, however the local CBS is just slightly better.
Pros:
Price, looks.
Cons:
Works just OK.
3 out of 3 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Worth the money

Written By Anonymous, St. Croix Falls, WI on Friday, September 06, 2013
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Antenna performs well. We are over 50 miles from metro area and the antenna pulls in all the available digital and analog stations. Well worth the money.
Pros:
Looks good, hardly notice it on the TV.
Cons:
mount for the tv could be better, but it does the job.
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Decent Indoor Antenna

Written By JeffM, Houston, TX on Sunday, July 14, 2013
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This antenna is nice and small, so it is residing nicely behind my TV. For reception, I am getting four of the main channels here in Houston, and the picture quality over the air is amazing. Still, considering I live inside the 610 loop here in Houston, it is disappointing that I am not bringing the local CBS, ABC, and PBS stations. I can see going to an outdoor omnidirectional in the future.
Pros:
Small form factor, low price.
Cons:
You get what you pay for in terms of the number of channels brought in.
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Channel Master CM-4050HD CLEARtenna

Written By Anonymous, Miami, FL on Wednesday, June 26, 2013
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For the price, this is a nice product. I get the same # of over the air stations as my non amplified antennae but with a lot less interference and pixilation - even during Changes in weather . I especially like the clamp that fixes the antenna to the TV. I make far Fewer adjustments with this antenna and it is a little bit nicer looking than the flat white non amplified antennae that I was using. With the amplified antenna, I was also hoping to get another station or two - but that did not happen. I am satisfied with the better quality if the stations I do receive.
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4 out of 5

Should have done this long ago!

Written By LisaB, San Mateo, CA on Thursday, June 20, 2013
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I wasn't sure that an antenna would really work, but this one does! It was VERY simple to set up, and using one of the available channel locators on line, I found out the exact location to point it for the best signal (I lined up the antenna using my smart phone's compass app and it is perfect!). Because I have a nice 46" LED "Smart" TV, I wasn't watching my cable any more. Now, with this investment I can tell my cable company "bye-bye!" I have 65 stations (I think over half HD), including the 3 major networks in HD and public television. I don't need anything else and I am thrilled to be able to have one less bill to pay. Even if you have multiple televisions in your home, the investment to buy several would definitely be worth it.
Pros:
It works! It is inexpensive. Simple to set up. This one is very small and easily attached to the side of my set using the included bracket.
Cons:
Power cable could be a little longer. I would've preferred to "hide" the device (even though it is not unattractive), in the tv cabinet, but it doesn't pick up the signal as well.
3 out of 3 people found this helpful
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