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Rosewell, GA: which amp

post #1 of 12
Thread Starter 
i think this is the right OTA forum to place this in, if not - MOD's please feel free to relocate it.

MA-1015-4A $24.99
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005P12QME/

PCT-MA2-4P $32.60
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001EKCGT8/

SPECS (pdf page 3,4)
http://pctcorporate.com/images/stori..._20101027a.pdf

setup:
CM 2016 antenna
25' RG6 coax
4 port splitter
2x 6' RG6 to HDhomerun
1x 6' RG6 to Vizio 32"
1x 30' - 50' RG59/RG6* to Sony 42" rear projection (cable in wall, not 100% sure of full run / path)

HDhomerun drops PBS (30.1), sound drop-outs on FOX (5.1)
Sony drops PBS (30.1); FOX (5.1), very intermittent, 3-5 times an hour
channels that have no drop-outs have 80% signal on HDhomerun info
there are some channels i dont get b/c there are too many drop-outs (8,1, 28.1, 32.1, maybe more that i dont pickup, but know exist in the Atlanta OTA market)

is the slightly better GAIN specs 7 vs 8 worth the price difference between the MA-1015-4A and PCT-MA2-4P, is it worth the $7.60 or is it a moot point?

thanks,
post #2 of 12
Moot point.

Before deciding you need a distribution amp, remove the 4-way splitter, insert a straight-through connector (F-81) and test each receiver individually. If you have failures in this mode, a distribution amp is not going to help.

We can better evaluate your circumstances if you include a TVFool plot. From it, we can determine if you have the right antenna and if an amp is recommended.
post #3 of 12
A link to the TVFool results for your address would help in evaluating your situation. Your address will not display on the results page.
post #4 of 12
Thread Starter 
I have previously...
http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=1295816

Thanks for your input
post #5 of 12
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Originally Posted by freonchill View Post

I have previously...
http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=1295816

Thanks for your input

Seriously, just post your link in ***THIS*** thread...
post #6 of 12
Thread Starter 
I posted that thread so that you would see the entire history, the choices made so far and where I am so far

http://www.tvfool.com/?option=com_wr...73edbded3f8124
post #7 of 12
An amp may or may not solve your problems. Dropouts may be from multipath or RF interference. An amp can make multipath and other interference problems worse sometimes.

What are the signal strengths on the problem channels? Are the signal levels consistent or do they fluctuate?
post #8 of 12
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Originally Posted by ProjectSHO89 View Post

Seriously, just post your link in ***THIS*** thread...

And, please remember to put your location in the thread title in ANY thread for which location is important. You lose a lot of help from members who skip over "generic" threads who might actually live down the street from you.
post #9 of 12
Quote:
Originally Posted by freonchill View Post

I posted that thread so that you would see the entire history, the choices made so far and where I am so far

http://www.tvfool.com/?option=com_wr...73edbded3f8124

Sigh...

Forum tip:

Keep everything in a single place/thread. Scattering things about makes it a PITA for anyone inclined to offer help and they usually just move without participating instead of going on an Easter egg hunt ....
post #10 of 12
Thread Starter 
Looks like we all got off on the wrong foot. I knew my configuration, and process up to this point, and didn't think that my simple question of whether the performance between 2 products was worth the price difference. I didn't realize that my question would require reopening the old thread, that's why I started a new one, sorry.

But to answer your advice of removing the splitter, I only get dropouts on the downstairs TV... But primarily only when a car drives by, which is often, several times an hour at peak traffic times (5-10 pm). From what others tell me, this is probably a combination of multipath and that the cable in the wall is probably rg59 rather than rg6.

That being said, was your previous comment of "moot point" that the difference between the amps was negligible, or that, in you're opinion, the use of the amp could be useless prior to testing receivers without the splitter?
post #11 of 12
Thread Starter 
re-stating my question to avoid confusion

is PCT-MA2-4P's performance (gain+1) over MA-1015-4A's performance worth the $7.61 price difference? Is one device, based on its specs, appear to perform better for OTA applications (e.g. is one device better suited to an individual home verses a more commercial application, as some of their amps appear to be marketed towards - for apartment buildings with shared catv)?

thanks for the advice.
post #12 of 12
Thread Starter 
Bump

Can someone advise me about the performance of the two devices for ota?

Thanks
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