Mohu Leaf Paper-Thin Indoor HDTV Antenna – Made in USA

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  1. J_Onyx "I never let my schooling interfere wi... says:
    1,957 of 2,045 people found the following review helpful
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    Rare: Better Indoor TV Antenna!, April 21, 2011

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    I am part of a small group of friends who are gadget enthusiasts. One of us was a cable TV technician for 20 years, before that a TV repairman who installed tower TV antenna systems. We find that the best indoor antennas tend to be inexpensive, about $14 tops. There are a lot of makers and retailers of “Amazing digital” indoor antennas that prove to be garbage and cost up to $130. We have tested dozens and in the end end up still recommending $4 RCA units sold by stores like Family Dollar and Dollar General. My favorite has been a no brand flat antenna made in China, sold by Big Lots for $14. With I pick up 9 to 11 digital & HD channels.

    Every $30 plus unit I’ve found recommended by buyer comments, I’ve ended up returning as the Big Lots unit
    did better. Then, I ordered the Leaf. I did expect some improvement given the many very high buyer ratings.
    I was also thinking I may still end up returning it. 1st, I was sceptical. As one buyer here put it “it didn’t
    look like much”. Paper thin and paper light sealed in plastic like my diver license. I thought “what the heck?
    I paid $44 for this?” My first placements and tuner scanning I was unimpressed. Then, I read the sheet that
    came with it. It says best results from positioning it cable down. Since it is in clear plastic and I recalled one buyer wrote she taped it up, I grabbed a thin tall box and taped the Leaf to the top of it so the cable could be at the bottom and hang down and I could move the box to make adjustments on the top of my entertainment system, which permits me to face the Leaf out a window.

    This time when I ran scan channels I was floored. My TV tuner found 14 channels. I was seriously impressed when I actually sampled the channels. I got 19 channels and three more (two of them analog) that do not work well. I cannot wait to connect a low power in line amplifier. With that I am sure I will get 22 channels, all with an indoor antenna and I do not need to reposition it to get them all. I cannot wait to see what happens when I position the Leaf to pick up stations to the North of me. I live in Canton, Michigan, an hour from Toledo, Ohio. I would not have believed it if a neighbor told me he could get one Toledo channel with an indoor antenna. I am getting three! I am also getting Canada’s CBC 9, an analogue channel.

    NOTE. I find many times buyers blame on an antenna a fault I never see mentioned in “buyer reviews” of antennas. I am surprised neither antenna sellers or makers educated buyers about this very real possibility.
    Not all tuners are the same, not all tuners in the same TV work properly. For instance, I bought a Haier 10″ portable as a gift recently. When I tested it, the TV worked fine. I bought another one a week later as a gift.
    The second Haier has a defective tuner. It finds only 2 to 3 channels with the same antenna and same locations and positions where I tested the first Haier I bought. The first TV found 9-11 channels and play them well, except for one or two. Also, the second tuner came up with different results each time I ran scan.

    When you find your results with a high buyer rated antenna is poor, you want to make sure the problem isn’t your tuner, not your antenna or your location, your house, etc. I point this out because people mention every possibility beginning with sorry antenna and including where their home is, walls in their home, etc., but NEVER suspect the tuner.

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  2. Monsoon Mike says:
    578 of 626 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Raised Lazarus from the dead!, April 28, 2011
    Monsoon Mike (Pennsylvania) –

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    I live in the middle of nowhere. About 70 miles either way to the nearest broadcast antenna and between two mountains. Getting any over-the-air stations with an outdoor antenna is challenge enough, let alone an indoor antenna. I was frustrated that my satellite company didn’t carry those cool new sub-channels some of the stations now have, like Antenna TV, so, short of climbing on my dangerous roof to give an antenna a whirl only to be probably disappointed, I tried about 5 different amplified indoor antennas that all raved how great they were. Not a single station. Zero. Zip. I had lost all hope that signals even existed in my remote valley. Websites like “antenna web” agreed. “No signals available in my area.” That is until I read the reviews about the Mohu. It seemed too good to be true, but I am an electronics geek and like experimenting. Customer service is GREAT and the guy gave me tips for placement of the antenna upstairs near a window, etc. So the antenna comes the other day. I was expecting my usual “ZERO CHANNELS FOUND” message. I walked out of the room while it was scanning and come back in and there’s Antenna TV playing. I almost passed out cold on the floor. This little paper-thin thing managed to get the Antenna TV affiliate from 70 miles away at my house between mountains. I moved the thing to the other window and got another 2 channels from another city 70 miles in the “other” direction. If you enjoy Bible stories, you’ll appreciate this analogy: this thing can raise Lazarus from the dead! LOL I really thought no signals existed in my valley after trying antenna after antenna. How this thing works, I have no idea, but I’m looking forward to buying a cheap little amplifier and plugging it in and seeing if I get even more channels. Great product which does the unthinkable. Great customer service. And made in the USA. Now that should say something. Every other antenna I tried was of course made in China.

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  3. Wolfy says:
    114 of 121 people found the following review helpful
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    Worked..but I wouldn’t use it alone, October 20, 2011
    Wolfy (San Diego, Cali) –

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    After being burned and wasting money on cable and satellite the last couple of years I wanted to look for an alternative, especially because I don’t really watch tv all that much. I’m a apartment dweller, and often move once a year for work. I wanted to buy a strong outdoor antenna, but stringent rules on cabling and mounting of such an antenna, made it difficult. I wanted to try my luck first with a couple of indoor antennas, before shifting to the outdoor route.

    I purchased this item, due to the high ratings. I was completely disappointed when this item didn’t work for me right out of the box. I called their CS, and they were very helpful. I assumed my 7yr old Sony HDTV had a digital turner and wouldn’t need a converter, but I was wrong.

    When I finally got my digital converter box and hooked up the Leaf, I was able to detect about 22 channels, but not all that well. Most cut in and out. I also purchased a few other items to supplement this product, and after playing around a bit with placement and set up, I now get 17 channels at 100%, and there is only 12 full-pwred stations in the surrounding cities in my area. I also get quite a few channels in High Def. There is only one VHF channel in my area, but I get that one at 100% with the Amp I’m using. The picture is better than I’ve ever been able to receive with Cable or Satellite. I can’t believe I’m finally utilizing my tv’s HD capability, and I’m not paying a dime.

    I said it works But because I was able to receive almost the same amount of channels with the $8 rabbit ears I bought at the same time and I also wouldn’t suggest using this item alone. However, if I had to choose either one, I would definitely go with the Leaf. Less adjustment is needed and it gets a stronger signal overall. But I would suggest adding a amp and maybe a extra VHF antenna for the best possible signal from an indoor antenna. I’m planning to buy the PCT 2-Port Bi-Directional Amp/Splitter to eliminate the extra cabling and to boost my signal.

    Update: I was still curious about how many channels I could possibly get in the area, so when I went to Lowes I picked up the GE Outdoor/Indoor Antenna on a whim for almost $50. The box claimed the strongest signal, with its 20db built-in amp, but I only got about a third of what I got with the Leaf, even with it outside.

    Update II: I have since received the PCT 2-Port Bi-Directional Amp and now this works like a champ. I didn’t realize this amp has two outputs not inputs, so I can only connect one antenna without a additional splitter. Well, it doesn’t seem to matter, because this amp boosts the leaf enough to use alone. The signal is so strong now, there is no pixelation and everything is pretty much looks HD without any signs of noise, which the RCA Amp couldn’t do. I’m going to purchase the PCT 1-Port Bi-Directional Amp, to see if that helps even more.

    Update III: I tried both the Mini 1 Port Bi-Directional PCT Amp and the Regular Heavy duty 1Port PCT amp and out of all three Amps I tried the 1-Port Heavy Duty worked the best. The Mini 1-Port was the worst out of 4 amps I tried with this antenna. I don’t recommend wasting your time on the Mini 1-Port Amp, even though it advertises to be double the amplification. Don’t believe it. The big/heavy older vision of the PCT amps are work the best.

    Update IV: I bought a 2nd Leaf Antenna for my bedroom tv and for my mother that lives out of state. My LED tv in my bedroom doesn’t need a converter box, but unfortunately I still need the PCT amp to get great reception. It’s still a great buy and I rave to others about it whenever I can. I love not having a monthly bill.

    My Final Set-up after trying multiple equipment:

    PCT 2-Port Bi-Directional Amp (the 1-port is dinky and doesn’t amplify as well)
    Viore Digital TV Converter Box ($34 Walmart)

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