Mohu Leaf 50
Amplified multi-directional indoor TV antenna
Our take on the Mohu Leaf 50 by Crutchfield's Steve Kindig
For "cord-cutters," this antenna legend lives on
Mohu Leaf 50 mounted on a window.
The Leaf® 50 is one of of Mohu's best performing super-thin TV antennas. It mounts easily to a wall, or just about anywhere, really. You can even hide it behind a picture on the wall. The Leaf 50 can receive free over-the-air HDTV broadcasts from multiple directions, so you don't have to move it to pick up signals from different TV towers.
The Leaf 50's sophisticated super-thin design is modeled after a mud flap antenna designed for the U.S. military. It can pull in stations in the UHF and high-band VHF ranges (channels 7-51). You'll generally get the best reception if you can place the antenna fairly high on a wall or close to a window, away from the TV and other components. The Leaf 50 is white on one side and black on the other, and is also paintable for even greater room décor adaptability.
Mohu's signal amplifier boosts reception range
The difference between this model and the Leaf 30 is Mohu's high-performance antenna amplifier. It uses patent-pending technology to increase reception range while filtering out the RF noise that can harm picture quality. Compared to the Leaf 30 alone, most people find that the Leaf 50's antenna/amplifier combo lets them receive more stations, while also producing a clearer picture on stations with less-than-perfect reception. The compact amplifier module connects between the Leaf antenna and your TV.
You have a couple of options for powering the amplifier. There's a mini USB port on the amplifier module, which allows you to power it off of any standard USB port on your TV — the USB-to-mini-USB cable is included. The advantage of USB power is that the amplifier will only draw power when the TV is turned on, instead of 24/7. If you don't have an available USB port on your TV, the amplifier also includes a regular AC power adapter, which you can plug into any standard wall outlet.
- receives digital and analog TV signals high-band VHF (channels 7-13) and UHF (channels 14-51)
- range is 50 miles
- paper-thin design is ideal for wall-mounting
- includes amplifier module with 15 dB gain and CleanPeak™ filtering
- mini USB jack for AC power amplifier can be powered via USB port on your TV or via standard AC wall outlet (cable included)
- 16-ft. detachable coaxial cable included
- antenna: 11-1/2"W x 10-7/8"H x 9/16"D; amplifier: 3-1/16"W x 11/16"H x 1-3/8"D
- warranty: 1 year
- Our 60-day money-back guarantee
What's in the Box:
- Indoor TV antenna
- Amplifier (w/ attached 48" USB cable and 12" coax cable)
- AC power adapter
- 16' RG59-coaxial cable
- 4 Push-pins
- 4 Velcro strips
- "Amplifier Alert" note
Works very well. Pulls 11strong channels on a 7th floor in San Juan, PR.
Antonio F, San Juan, PR
Mohu Leaf 50 Reviews
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Mud-Flap style Antenna: The Mohu Leaf 50 indoor antenna is paper thin and modeled after a discreet mud-flap style antenna designed for the US Military.
Amplifier w/ Clean Peak Filter Technology: The included digital amplifier with Clean Peak Filter Technology is designed to amplify TV stations and filter out any RF signals that can hinder picture quality. The digital amplifier allows you to pull in a clearer picture, more stations, and increase overall performance.
USB/AC Powered: The Leaf 50 antenna's digital amplifier is powered via an integrated USB cable, which allows you to power the amplifier using an open USB port on the back of your TV. The advantage of doing so is that the amplifier will only draw power when the TV is turned on, eliminating parasitic power consumption when the amplifier isn't needed. If you do not have an open USB port on the back of your TV, the Leaf 50 also includes a power cube that will enable you to power the amplifier using any standard AC wall outlet.
50 Mile Range: The Leaf 50 antenna performs best within 50 miles of TV transmission towers. Go here and enter in your zip-code to find out which free over-the-air HDTV channels are available in your area.
Multi-Directional: Because the Mohu Leaf 50 is multi-direction, there is no need to point the antenna in any particular direction.
Mounting Options: The Leaf 50 indoor antenna mounts on the wall, behind a picture, or just about anywhere to enable you to receive free over-the-air broadcasts.
Reversible & Paintable: The Leaf 50 is also reversible (black or white) and paintable to match your room's decor.
16' RF-Coax Cable: The Mohu Leaf 50 includes a 16' RG59-coaxial cable, giving you the flexibility to place the antenna much higher on a wall or close to a window for optimal reception.
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Why did you buy this?
Parent who is moving to another address asked me to buy this item and have it shipped directly. Own a Mohu Leaf 50 myself and am quite pleased with its performance, including the ease of install/set-up. [ ROBERT Aug 11, 2018 ]
Tried the Mohu Curve 30, but channels were dropping out. So, I will try the Mohu Curve 50 with amplifier. [ Gregory Jul 26, 2018 ]
Many purchasers had a good experience with this product, so I decided to give it a try. [ Edward Jul 09, 2018 ]
I bought one a few months ago and it has been great for watching local broadcasts. Easy set up, easy use. [ E May 29, 2018 ]
distance [ David May 22, 2018 ]
ratings, price, functional quality [ Luther Mar 11, 2018 ]
It was on sale, good range, (50 mile) amplifier can be powered via USB port, and it is thin. [ Mike Jan 25, 2018 ]
Recommend by Archer. [ Owen Dec 07, 2017 ]
Because I purchased a Moho antenna previously from Crutchfield and I am very satisfied with it. This is not a replacement, but a gift for a family member. [ Paul Dec 01, 2017 ]
Looking to cut the cord with cable - Mohu Leaf seems to be what will get me local channels - hoping for success. [ LANA Nov 20, 2017 ]
Want to try over the air free TV. [ Vincent St Oct 29, 2017 ]
I need an indoor antenna do to post hurricane situation. [ Magda Oct 07, 2017 ]
In crutchfield catalog [ richard Sep 23, 2017 ]
I've used the Mohu Sky 60 in a different location and it exceeded its stated capabilities. My new house is a rental and I'm closer to the stations so I hope this one perfirns as well. So far all the reviews match my experience with the Sky 60. [ JASON Aug 05, 2017 ]
I am fed up with paying for cable, don't watch 99.99% of the garbage that cable offers, and want to cut the cord. I need an HDTV antenna to do that. [ Fernando Jul 31, 2017 ]
Good results with an older amplified version of this. [ M Jun 30, 2017 ]
Good price. [ T PAUL Jun 03, 2017 ]
Tired of the high cost for CATV! [ Gary Jun 01, 2017 ]
I have the Mohu Leaf 30. It works pretty well, but it does not pick up all the local channels. I am hoping this one gets the channels the 30 can't. [ Anirudh Mar 19, 2017 ]
Tech specs, positive reviews, want to try over-the-air reception [ SERGEY Feb 16, 2017 ]
in my research it appears to be the best indoor antenna - with people who have tested various types of leaf antennas [ J Feb 06, 2017 ]
Good Reviews [ jason Jan 25, 2017 ]
Crutchfield recommendation [ THOMAS A Sep 11, 2016 ]
reviews were all great! Will have to see just how good the Mohu antenna is when I install it! [ Ronald Aug 08, 2016 ]
this antenna pulls in very clear channels from 150 miles away. [ Cary Apr 07, 2016 ]
Brought one to see if it works. Work great. Got 30 free channels plus the local ones. Just brought two more. Cutting the cable cord. [ TOM Feb 01, 2016 ]
Great brand, good range for the price. [ Vinnie Jan 18, 2016 ]
Sick of cable and features reviews for this product look good. [ Roberta Dec 30, 2015 ]
This did not work for me, I live in Central WA. Moses Lake. [ Patrick Dec 08, 2015 ]
6 questions already asked
Not sure if I can provide the correct answer as I have a Yamaha RX-A2070 receiver which has an ARC HDMI port. You can plug the Mohu into your TV's ARC port. How the Sony receiver has to be set up is probably a question for Crutchfield tech support. [ David Apr 09, 2018 ]
You must hook this antenna into something with a tuner. That's usually only on TVs. So hook it up to your Sony TV and use the audio out or HDMI ARC to your receiver. [ Brad Apr 08, 2018 ]
I think I know what is being asked, but I'm not familiar with an appropriate information source. I went to the FCC's DTV Reception Map, put in my zipcode and generated a list of high-def broadcasts for my area. [ ROBERT Oct 30, 2017 ]
Not sure what ranges but with my old antenna I got 3 stations now I am getting 19. Location 17 miles west of Utaca NY. Hunting camp. Pulling one NY city channel. Fox. [ Bryan Oct 30, 2017 ]
The TV channels are broadcast on either VHF or UHF. I recommend using the Mohu website tool that can accurately calculate what channels are within range of your location. It can predict what channels you are likely to be able to receive with each of their antennas. I have both the Leaf 50 and Leaf 65 and I think that the range claimed by Mohu are realistic. [ RANDY J Oct 30, 2017 ]
There's a government web site that will tell you. Google reception for antennas [ David Oct 30, 2017 ]
I put the antenna in our attic of or 2 story house. I ran the antenna cable adjacent to an upstairs TV and plugged the antenna booster into an electrical outlet. The other end went to a splitter that feed the TV and a splitter in the attic. From the attic splitter I then feed another TV on the 2nd floor and the main TV on the 1st floor. All works well and all TVs can be on and tuned to a different channel. [ DAVID Jan 09, 2017 ]
I purchased this product because I don't have an antenna on roof, research said that a roof antenna was the ultimate way to go, but I didn't want to get into all that, ie; buying right one/size installation..... so I opted for the Leaf. Found the sticky pads to attach to window or wall aren't very strong over long time so I use a fine nylon thread to hang from inside my curtains off rod, not heavy at all, and it came with its own splitter and that does "boost" a little bit more for rec'v signals. I rec'v over 40 channels, on the MA RI line so now I get both Fox new, Boston news weather AND Rhode Island news weather. I was thinking of buying another one for portable TV when and if power ever goes out. [ ALICE Feb 23, 2016 ]
The Leaf is an antenna so, if you already have an antenna that pulls in all your available local channels, then, no, you won't need to add the Leaf. If you have multiple tuners to connect from your single antenna, yes, a splitter/amplifier is great way to do that: http://www.crutchfield.com/p_6593414/Channel-Master-3414.html I hope that helps! My Bio: http://www.crutchfield.com/Support/Bio.aspx?bio=5 [ Ryan Feb 17, 2016 ] Staff
Cable that came with it Is quite long, but it appears to be an average cable, maybe could purchase longer similar cable, I believe could do the same, worth the try because we love ours. [ ALICE Mar 18, 2015 ]
I don't know why not it's almost just like a regular antenna [ Ritch Mar 05, 2015 ]
Thanks so much that's exactly what i was thinking of doing. [ Lainn M. Mar 05, 2015 ]
I have not done so myself, but I see no reason why you can't. As I'm sure you already know, be sure you buy a cable that has both ends already on the cable. Attaching the threaded ends yourself would not be easy. You may find as I did that you may gain and loose different stations depending on the location and position of the antenna requiring you decide on which station your willing to not receive. As I moved mine across the wall I found that just 18 inches would make a difference. Try every available position to get the most stations you can. Good luck! [ HARRY K Mar 04, 2015 ]
It has a standard coax connector to connect to the tv, so a coax splicer is all you need to extend the cable. For a really long cable run, (50'+) you may need an in-line booster, but it should work fine without one. [ Scott R. Mar 04, 2015 ]
I haven't dealt with that specific issue but in my general experiences with cables, the longer the cable the greater the potential for signal loss. I would only do as you are thinking if I had no other choice for antenna location. In addition, I purchased another brand for a second TV antenna connection and it provides better signal strength and less buffering than the Leaf 50. Check out the Winegard FL5500Y, Flat Wave Amplified HDTV Indoor antenna, it is my first choice based on reception and signal strength. [ Dwight A. Mar 04, 2015 ]
I did on mine, I actually have it going to a splitter & it picks up stations on 3 separate tvs and 2 are in the basement, while the antenna itself is mounted on first floor. The extra length coax it goes thru is probably @ 25' in length. [ Jay Mar 04, 2015 ]
My Leaf is located within 3 feet of my TV in an upstairs bedroom against an interior wall, not near a window. Reception is good (pick up about 20 broadcast channels) and picture is superb! I'm no technophile, but I would think the length of the cable would have little effect. [ Geoffrey Mar 04, 2015 ]
I suppose ireception may also be affected by how much space between the back of the TV and the wall to which the antenna is mounted. Mine is located behind, but above the TV. The back of the TV is less than 2 inches from the wall. The TV is located in an upstairs corner bedroom in a single suburban house. I receive about 20 channels. Picture clarity and resolution, in HD no less, is way better than cable. Hope this helps. [ Geoffrey Nov 25, 2014 ]
I installed it above the TV on the wall so as to place it as high as possible. However, before I "permanently" installed it with the include push pins I held it behind the TV and everything worked well. That said, my TV is on a wall mount that is flexible so the TV is about 9" away from the wall in front of a recumbent bicycle. [ Karl Nov 14, 2014 ]
We did not install it behind a TV so we can't answer the question. It did work OK when it was close to a window and up the wall about 7 feet high. [ HARRY E Nov 13, 2014 ]
Hi Wesley, I just installed the Mohu Leaf 50 on my TV. I had to try different places within the house to get the most channels. I found that placing the leaf in a south window works the best. You will have to hide the cable the best you can. I am getting 11 channels that are very clear. You will have to do a channel search to see how many you can receive. Your TV will tell you how strong the signal is for each channel. If signals are week, move your antenna. Good Luck [ MELVIN Nov 13, 2014 ]
I can not answer that question specifically, but would not suggest such installation. From my current experiences, the immediate issue would be unobstructed placement of the antenna. Any objects blocking the antenna from the broadcast station signal will cause "buffering". I have had the Leaf 30 in addition to the 50, both work best if installed in a window with no interior or external obstructions. In addition, the antenna found multiple station broadcast in my area, but only a few have signal strength strong enough to view clearly. [ Dwight A. Nov 13, 2014 ]
I tried to hold antenna behind TV, mounted on wall near TV and window glass. Reception is the best if it's on window. It does not work well if it's behind TV. [ VICTOR Nov 13, 2014 ]