Terk HDTVa Indoor HD Antenna
In the old days, everyone knew that antennas are better placed outdoors rather than indoors. On the roof, you get less interference from your walls and even from people walking nearby. It’s probably the same thing with an HDTV antenna which is why we hardly recommend buying an indoor HDTV antenna.
- Supports up to 1080i HDTV
- UHF and VHF elements for reception
- Great complement to streaming
- Designed and engineered in the USA
Having said that, if you’re buying the Terk HDTVa, you have to know that there’s a big chance it won’t work as well as you would’ve wanted.
But then again, some people need a good indoor antenna. Perhaps they live in an apartment. Maybe they don’t want to risk people stealing their antenna if they place it outdoors. Or perhaps they’re concerned that the antenna may interfere with the architectural aesthetics of their home. For these people, the Terk HDTVa may be their only option to cut the cord.
How Does It Perform?
Performance-wise, it’s great compared to similar equipment. The range is quite impressive, as it reaches up to 45 miles. It’s also not quite as vulnerable to interference, which can cause “ghost” images to appear on the screen.
It’s a directional antenna, so if your TV signals come from many different directions, you are going to have to fiddle with the antenna to get the best signals. That’s a problem that cable subscribers don’t have, by the way.
Now it may look somewhat appealing, if you’re concerned with how the antenna will affect the aesthetics of a room. The sweptback design has quite a few fans but the design also has a rather annoying flaw. It’s somewhat top heavy, and when you’re already annoyed because you have to fiddle around with the antenna, it adds to your frustration when the indoor HDTV antenna keeps tipping over!
Bang for Your Buck
Just in case the litany of faults isn’t enough, the Terk HDTVa is also a bit expensive. Although there are some inferior antennas which actually cost more, the $69 price for this unit is still on the high side nonetheless. So if you live in an area where the transmitters are closer to you, you don’t need the 45-mile range. Get an indoor HDTV antenna (such as the RadioShack Budget TV Antenna for $15) with less range and therefore lower price. You can also try out the Terk HDTVi, which is the unamplified version of this directional antenna.
So should you buy it? You need to know how well it works in your case—and whether you can live with the constant fiddling of the antenna, should that be necessary. It’s truly annoying to have to stand up to fiddle with the antenna every time you change the channel.
Heck, people invented the remote control because they didn’t want to get up from the comfort of their couch every time they switch channels, and by buying this indoor HDTV antenna you definitely have your work cut out for you.