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what are the top five best selling indoor HD antennas on Amazon

have in common with this more than you might think now before we get started

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every Wednesday and Friday when we're back here with another video much like

this one but for today we're talking about the top 5 I can come back to this

later the top 5 best selling HD antennas on Amazon in order one two three four

five we're gonna be going into those because frankly we've been talking a lot

about streaming services lately and these fit in very nicely if you're

looking to cut the cord an HD antenna is something that you really want in your

arsenal unless you plan on paying a bunch of money for live TV now as far as

how I rated all of these essentially I just plugged them into the same TV in

the same location by the same window at the same time of day and gave them all

the best shot at an apples-to-apples comparison I really tried to give them

all the best position in the window and all of that sort of thing so we are

trying to do as close a comparison as possible now one caveat before we get

started is that your mileage may vary the results that we got are the results

that we got about 10 miles from the nearest broadcast tower we're close to a

downtown location so we got pretty good results I think based on our situation

but yours may not be as good and may be quite a bit better hard to say anyway

with that in mind let's dive into each individual antenna and look at how it

did alright so first things first over here we have the you must have digital

HDTV antenna but this is kind of a trick because this is the exact same antenna

they nabbed both the number one and the number two spot on Amazon's list so well

done whoever owns you must have you must have great SEO practices so they got

them both on their it they work exactly the same the only difference is this one

is black on this side and white on this side this one's white on both sides that

was the only difference except I should mention when we open the box turns out

some pretty flimsy construction on the on this USB plug right here so

yeah this one broke this was this came with the black unit but the white one

worked just fine once we got them both plugged in they worked exactly the same

so at a price of 2795 we got 51 channels in really pretty good pretty great

picture quality it worked really well so I was impressed with these ones the only

the only thing I would say is flimsy construction watch out for that alright

moving on to the number three slot this is just listed as digital HDTV antenna

you can also search model v8 but you can also find it by the picture because it

is the most different looking of all these this is a tabletop unit it doesn't

go in your window it goes kind of on your windowsill you can see it's a

pretty cheap plastic construction but I do like the matte black finish it's nice

looking at least and the other thing that's different about this is that you

have a built in amplifier you can switch it between short range and long range

depending on how close you are to the broadcast antenna and a note on that is

that you might be tempted to just switch it to long range no matter where you are

because you figure I'm gonna get more signal that way but if you're really

close to the broadcast antenna you could actually distort your signal by turning

on your amplifier so play with this a little bit to make sure that you get it

just right and it works pretty well for you now that little built-in amplifier

is going to cost you a little bit extra this retails for $39.99 on Amazon so you

are gonna pay a little bit more but you get a nice unit that doesn't go up in

your window so if that fits your aesthetic a little bit better that's

great as far as what you get for that $40 it's a little more expensive than

what you're paying over here and you're getting 44 channels is what we got for

one mode 50 on another so like I said play around with the amplifier play

around with the position in the windowsill and you should find a decent

number of channels but a little bit less than what you're getting with the number

one and two option here alright moving on to number four we've got the 1x1

amplified indoor HDTV antenna so that's a mouthful this one is probably the most

disappointing so far out of these there's nothing special about it

aesthetically it's black on both sides put it up in your window just like

anything else it plugs in just like anything else it does have an amplifier

built-in just like this one does but there is no switch to switch between

short and long range that amplifier is just working all of the time so that may

cause problems for some of you for others it will be a blessing but as far

as what we got for this we paid $23 for this antenna and we got 42 channels this

is the lowest channel count that we've got so far and so you're paying a little

bit less than you were on these units but you're also getting less so if

you're worried about channel count this probably isn't the unit for you okay

moving on to number five on the list but maybe number one in my heart this is the

vance key digital HDTV antenna this one has the same price tag as what you're

getting over here on the one by one but you are getting a little bit more for

that price now again there's nothing different about this aesthetically it

looks the same as well most of the other ones so there's nothing different there

but you do get a longer coax cable about 20 feet if my estimate was correct

20 foot coax cable may be great for your living room or it might be too much more

than you want to deal with so you can decide there but what you get for this

$23 price tag is 57 channels if you keep in track that's more than all the other

four it's much much more than what you're paying $23 for here in the one by

one version so the Vance key had the best performance as far as channel count

it also had the best performance in picture quality the one by one was

really lagging there a lot of the channels were glitching quite a bit had

this one very little fuss put it up in the window got great picture quality

with whatever channel we were looking at so that's it for our top 5 Amazon

antennas but now the question is how do they stack up against a little DIY

little doohickey like this so that's what I want to talk about because it is

it was shocking to me here's what I did I gave myself 60 seconds and I grabbed

anything metal I could find within arm's reach I got a spoon an allen wrench a

headphone jack and a paperclip taped them all together and hung them in the

coax jack on the back of the TV and I got 39 channels just with this thing so

the question is is it worth it to buy these well you know they are probably

going to be a little more reliable you don't have to give up a spoon out of

your kit is that worth 20 bucks to you now 39

channels also isn't quite as many as even the lowest on here the one by one

got what was that 42 so you are gonna get a little bit better performance from

an actual antenna but if you want a little hack just to get a few channels

for free you do something like this and just to make sure that this was actually

doing something I took it out and scanned for channels with absolutely

nothing attached to the coax Jack in the back of the TV and sure enough I got

zero channels that way so it really did work how about that now we've got one

more surprise in store for you but that's gonna wait for the next video

we're gonna be taking a look at this guy right here this is the ultra pro signal

finder HD from GE this was sent to us to test and so we did we put it to the test

just like all the other ones the question is whether this flashy full of

doohickeys HD TV antenna is worth twice the price as what you would pay for the

number1 and number2 antennas this one is $60 so we're gonna test it out and find

out whether you get something for 60 bucks or if you get the little GE logo

for 60 bucks that's the question and we're gonna tackle that next week so

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