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Terk introduces two new HD antennas

post #1 of 16
Thread Starter 
Apparently condeding that their analog FM antennas are too damn noisy for HD, Terk is "making lemonade" by turning this negative into a positive...introducing two HD Radio specific antennas. One is for outdoor use, the other for indoor. Both are for AM as well as FM.

Of course if their noise performance is really better, it should benefit analog as well as digital reception. Here's a story, but there's more in the March 1 Radio World http://www.twice.com/article/CA6404872.html
post #2 of 16
*Crickets chirping*
post #3 of 16
For stupid fun I bought one of Terk's goofy amplified indoor AM/FM antennas that look like a plastic monolith since the huge rabbit ears on my desk look kind of weird. Anyone surprised that the rabbit ears work a lot better?
post #4 of 16
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Originally Posted by scowl View Post

Anyone surprised that the rabbit ears work a lot better?

Nope. Terk antennas are um... bordering on fraudulent.
post #5 of 16
Thread Starter 
I agree with everything you guys have said. Would it surprise you to hear that I'll still (notice I didn't use caps Scowl) probably buy the damn thing(s) to experiment with?
post #6 of 16
Since your a geek with one of everything, I'd have to say... no, I'm not surprised.
post #7 of 16
Since the antenna I bought is worthless, I wonder what I'd find if I crask it open. Probably one piece of wire. My earbud headphones are a better antenna.
post #8 of 16
Terk: Proof that fluffed up marketing hype still can't change the laws of physics.
post #9 of 16
Thread Starter 
Physics has laws? NOW YOU TELL ME! I'll bet I've been breaking 'em!
post #10 of 16
Terk plans to bring its indoor HD radio antenna to market in April ($49), the outdoor model in June ($129).

http://www.audiovox.com/webapp/wcs/s...et/horizon.jsp

I've owned a couple of Terk TV and FM antennas and have not been impressed. However, like Mike Walker, I'll probably try one of the HD products.

For what it's worth, I tried my Magnum Dynalab Signal Sleuth on a couple of distant HD stations and experienced no improvement in reception. I'm willing to give Terk's low-noise amp a chance, but I'll be quick to return it if it doesn't deliver.
post #11 of 16
Lol... I'm still amazed that you people will actually buy such things. I mean, a $5 pair or rabbit ears out performs a Terk antenna, and I could buy an APS-9B and mounting hardware for $129!!!!!!
post #12 of 16
Matt,

I hear you, and I have given the same advice to many people: use unamplified rabbit ears unless you can put a high-gain antenna on your roof or in your attic. Still, one occasionally experiences pleasant surprises that seem to defy the laws of physics. That - and the fact that I live in a high-rise condo - explain why I will give the Terk HDR-i a try. But ONLY if the vendor will accept returns!

By the way, where do you buy rabbit ears for $5? My latest "budget" pair from Radio Shack cost me double that.
post #13 of 16
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Originally Posted by bradpeters View Post

For what it's worth, I tried my Magnum Dynalab Signal Sleuth on a couple of distant HD stations and experienced no improvement in reception. I'm willing to give Terk's low-noise amp a chance, but I'll be quick to return it if it doesn't deliver.

Wow! mine makes a 2-6 dB difference on the CNR reading of the Sangean HDT-1, which sometimes can be enough to "hold" a station in HD rather than dropping out.

Remember there is an 8 second delay through the tuner, so if you flip the switch from amplify to bypass (to A/B compare), it will take almost that long to loose the signal.
post #14 of 16
Maybe Terk can do for OTA HD Radio, what it has done for OTA HD TV .
post #15 of 16
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Originally Posted by kenglish View Post

Maybe Terk can do for OTA HD Radio, what it has done for OTA HD TV .

ooooh yea!!!!

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Originally Posted by bradpeters View Post

By the way, where do you buy rabbit ears for $5? My latest "budget" pair from Radio Shack cost me double that.

Goodwill. $1.99.

I thought I saw a pair of good ol' 300ohm back of the set ones for <$5 at RS, but I could be mistaken. I also have a pair of $7 75ohm ears, but have no use for them since my tuner is 300ohm, and a balun would only kill the gain.

(I'm currently putting up with it till "the big one" get installed this spring.)
post #16 of 16
Has anyone bought the outdoor version? I know that Terk has a Bose like reputation for putting marketing above performance, though I have never owned anything from either company I really cant speak about any of their products.

I live just outside the 54db contour for both NYC stations & Philly stations in Central Jersey, so anything to help yank in the HD signals would be a godsend. As it is now, I only get a handful of HD stations.
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