Originally Posted by alexjohnson
Not sure if this isn't a technical board question but it's NYC-specific:
I'm a recent mover so started out with a Mac mini as HTPC using EyeTV and HDHomeRun, to a Mohu Leaf.
I'm in the West Village (10014) so signal strength is not a problem, but I am south-facing first floor so multipath is. Even then, it's much better than I feared.
When I connect the Leaf to the TV's own tuner, it's pulling in everything. The HDHomeRun is pickier and crappier.
Basically I can always get 2.1, 4.1, 7.1 and 11.1. But I kind of have to choose 9.1, or 5.1 and 11.1. (I am simplfing a little). Even then, Fox is temperamental: when I get the picture it's good, but it seems harder for the tuner to grab it in the first place. I always get 5.3. But I don't want to be adjusting the antenna every time I change channel, especially as the whole point is to have timeshifted DVR capability (and I travel internationally a lot so streaming is not a good answer for me - not just the VPN issue, but the 35,000' issue too: in fact it's those long plane rides and bad hotel wifi I have in mind.)
Positioning of the Leaf also isn't quite what I'd hoped: I have to have it in the window and it gets in the way of the AC controller. Partly that's the cable length. I know they do a longer one, but it seems to be a question of rotating the things through 90 degrees, not mounting it a bit higher etc.
Now, there's two ways forward. I can be zen about it and recognize I'm lucky I can get all the networks in full quality irrespective of the weather if I just adjust the antenna from time to time. But, who am I kidding: I wouldn't be posting here if I were that guy. So, I can try amplifiers (which seems pointless but again others' experience would be useful), or a different antenna. Or a second antenna, although it;s not clear to me how that would work.
Any thoughts would be welcome.