Originally Posted by tyke
I've tried 2 different antennas. Both are from Radio Shack. ... But your problem is not going to be your antenna it's that TV that has problems. How long have you had it?
Try this Tzee, any morning turn your TV to Good Morning America. Watch it and see if you get loud crack noise and sometimes shuts itself off then back on during that broadcast..
Good luck to you. And one closing note, Circuit City was totally devoted to helping me and no problems whatsoever with exchanging or trading up to a different TV. They were excellent!
Lastly, I just seen the zenith silver streak you mentioned. It looks to be a HDTV only antenna. I don't think it has a preamp either. If you want to watch VHF you might get very poor reception with it.
Thank you very much for your reply Tyke.
I did try the Radio Shack antenna, indoor amplified model, and it didn't work well for me. Some channels came in great, while others had allot of noise.
So I went to Walmart (ya, the only place other than RS with antennas in stock). I got 6 different antennas ($60 ~ $20). All of them performed well, and I ended up with a Phillips Amplified ($20), with very little need to make any adjustments for any channels. I use analog basic cable for all non-HDTV stations and use the antenna switch on the remote to go to the OTA HDTV broadcasting. That is working well for me. I had heard the Zenith antenna was suppose to be the best for indoor UHF band, but I am happy with what I got now.
Now, as for the TV set performance, well here is what I have experienced so far:
Purchased at Westland Circuit City mid November.
Has worked very well for me so far, except I had a couple of problems:
1) Analog cable WGN (only one that does it) sound occasionally goes out for 2 seconds every now and then.
2) In HDTV, had lower volume than analog cable. But I switched the auto volume to off and that improved it.
As for WXYZ issue, I have not experienced that yet, but I rarely have watched that channel. I usual watch PBS. I will try and watch it more, now that you have clued me in on it.
You are correct about the channel pausing thing in HDTV mode, but it improved allot when I changed antennas and got a better signal. So I think that had allot to do with it.
But here is something I noticed over the weekend when trying each of those antennas:
Radio Shack used a mesh screen and I really didn't have to move it much to adjust the reception, except in a vertical position, that had a huge impact. But it's not practical for me.
Jensen had a fancy horizontal cone rod shape, very good reception on every channel except WXYZ, there was nothing. I mean no HDTV at all.
Philips flat panel type, terrible, just nothing at all.
Phillips ring shape, actually looks like an eye (large eye shape). It worked the best, but it took me a good 30 minutes to position it in a place and adjust the "eye" ring to position that gets every channel.
So I believe due to where I live and the fact that my TV and antenna are at the end of my house that is up against my neighbor's, the ring shape size and position is enough to pick up all the signals. I live in arms length to my neighbor and my backyard and surrounding area is thick with 40 foot maple trees, with towers 17 miles away. So I am lucky, I guess, to get what I got with the little indoor TV top antenna.
I will watch WXYZ tonight and tomorrow morning and let you know what happens. But if I had to exchange TV sets, I would be in trouble, because the slimfit was the only thing that would work for me, due to size limitations. And knowing what I do about Plasmas and LCDs, I couldn't justify the price at this time.
The one annoying thing about the Samsung that I wish I could change is that beeping when you turn the set on and off. My wife and I have different wake up and sleep times due to our work schedule, and that beeping annoys you no matter what REM state you're in ...