After spending more than 20 hours attaching many antennas to multiple TVs in two testing places (one suburban and one urban), seeing way too much daytime programming, and compiling objective data from a signal strength meter, we believe the newest 35-mile-range Antennas Direct Clear Stream Eclipse is the best tv antenna using the most effective mix of attributes for most users. It matched or outperformed bigger models in pulling in TV signs, needed less (essentially zero) assembly, and was easyto hide. The omni directional antenna is double-sided (black on one side, white on the other), equipped with a detachable 12-foot coaxial cable, and designed to stick to your wall with no hardware or tape, so finding the right mounting place is more straightforward than with the other antennas we examined.
The Eclipse can pull in free UHF and VHF HDTV stations within about a 15 to 20 mile radius (and may be bought using a 20-dB active amplifier in the event that you want more reach). The 12-foot coax cable for connecting to the TV is made in (so you will not lose it) and long enough that it will likely be more than adequate to place in most rooms (particularly if you are mounting it behind or above your TV). And for those who possess the antenna out in the open, it will not look like something you hang on laundry.
The price can not be overcome, but it held its own against much more expensive antennas, although the Flatenna did not pull in as many stations as powerfully as the Eclipse.
The Channel Master Flatenna is even more affordable and performed admirably in both our test places, particularly in New York City in the event that you would like to truly save a lot more money by means of your wire cutting, or in the event the Eclipse is not accessible. It did not do quite as good as our primary pick although Channel Master Flatenna managed to pull in our goal stations pretty consistently. Additionally, the provided six-foot cable will not reach quite much way from where you expect to mount the antenna, if your TV is. And the cheap Flatenna shows that “you get everything you really pay for;” it’s really flimsy and simply creased.