I wish they had given it a less marketing sounding name though.
I don't get invited to those types of meetings. If I did, I'd probably get tossed out for rolling my eyes inappropriately. Besides, both the names "Jolt" and "Boost XT" were already taken.
Originally Posted by uhfyagi
The juice is the same preamp as direct antenna cpa19, I've used this amp before not impressed with its performance it would overload on my locals I'm about 10 miles from the esb Is not better than winegard ap269, which I still use, this juice I is just of lot of hype for average performer. Don't buy into this hype
Hmmm... Sorry the CPA19 didn't work out for you, but its use that close to the ESB with a high-gain antenna will assuredly overload the tuner, not the amp itself, as Calaveras correctly surmised. It can handle hotter signals than can an HDP-269 at the same IM level but, since the HDP-269 has about half the gain (and more than 2X the NF) as the CPA19, the HDP-269 didn't overload your tuner. The HDP also has half of an FM filter, so that might also help with preventing tuner overload. You'd have likely done just fine with a CPA19, a 10 dB attenuator at the output of the power inserter, and perhaps, an FM filter at the amp's input. This, of course, is assuming that you actually need a preamp in Queens which may be debatable.
No, it's isn't the "same" as the CPA19. In addition to the change in filtering described in the quoted post above, we switched the MAAMSS0060 (which was also used in the CPA19) from the 20 dB mode to the 17 dB (see spec sheet linked to above) thus giving it a 6 dB boost in top end dynamic range.
Hype? Overrated? Well, to paraphrase Cardinals Hall of Famer Dizzy Dean*, "It isn't hype if you can prove it". I've offered the lab test data above (and in the prviously quoted text from DHC) which substantiates our marketing claims.
Want some "overrated" "hype"? Here's a few for the aforementioned Jolt and Boost XT that cannot be substantiated in the lab in my tests:
Jolt** - Gain figure is way off, actually measures 18-22 dB, not the 15 dB printed on their packages. The newest version has only a sub-band filter (below 50 MHz), there is no other filtering, much less anything that would deserve to be called "Clean Peak". Their original version had an FM filter and what might have been a half-hearted attempt for one up around 930 MHz.
Boost XT*** - Ludicrous claims of signal handling capability (2 million micro-volts???), mis-stated noise figure (it's substantially higher than stated with very noticeable filter rolling in the expected pass band..
* St Louis Cardinal's pitcher Dizzy Dean was a member of the famous Gashouse Gang back in the 1930s. He was quoted as saying "It ain't bragging if ya can back it up". He won 30 games in the 1934 season, including two in the '34 World Series. The regular season was shorter and there weren't any division or league playoffs.
** The Jolt is on what appears to be it's third version. I found the first to be a respectably capable amplifier. Then, they got into Walmart and had to get the selling price of the Leaf and amplifier to 2/3rd of what is was before. The newest version of the amp is, in my opinion, a waste of materials. You can pick up an indoor amp from RCA from a nearby peg hook in the same 4' section in that aisle for about $17 that will run circles around the newest Jolt.
*** Not to be confused with the indoor-only Boost (LNA-100) which, like the original Jolt, is a respectably capable amplifier. Its 1 dB NF claim is correct, but it 1s a single-channel amplifier with no filtering to muck up the noise figure.