I've been reading this forum for the last few days to try to figure out what type of antenna I need for my upcoming HDTV setup. I live in Kingwood, a heavily wooded suburb of Houston, about 35 miles from the towers according to antennaweb. Any specific suggestions for antennas are welcome, but that's not my primary question for this post.
I'm trying to maximize the performance of the system in any way I can from the beginning; the whole "weakest link" concept.
My question is: What kind of coax cable do you guys have good experiences with? I know from personal experience the vast difference good cables can make in a HT, and would think that a good coax will do the same for my sat/OTA signal. The problem in my eyes is price. A good solid bare-copper core coax from Belden is easily $1+ per foot, quickly making the cable more expensive than the antenna, especially when running one for the sat and one for the antenna. The copper clad steel stuff they sell at Lowe's is at the bottom of the list quality-wise, and really not that great a deal, anyway. Are there any other options?
Should I just buy cheap stuff and get a bigger antenna instead? I don't like buying cheap cable on principle, I'll always wonder if my PQ could be better...
Or an amplifier maybe? I'm still not completely sure of the difference in practice of an amp and a pre-amp.
Any responses are helpful, thanks.