We have talked about OTA tv before and along with that the need for an external antenna to improve reception. Over the past few weeks I have been using the RCA (ANT1450B) flat antenna and I have to say it works perfectly. It picks up almost every channel possible, weighs practically nothing, and works great with the Elgato EveTV.
This product is unique in the sense that it uses a flat-bed design. I’m sure you can picture rabbit ear antennas but according to RCA this new design picks up more channels than the old design. This antenna support all digital and analog frequencies (VHF and UHF) giving you the best chance to find a station that you like. It also uses extremely low noise circuitry to preserve the purity of your feed.
The 1450b, rated between excellent and superior by RCA, includes a removable amplifier as well. But what does this amplifier do and is it necessary? To being, the included amplifier “enhances performance of passive antennas and optimizes signal for the best possible reception.” In essence, it enhances the antenna to get the best possible content for the viewer. Now the short answer is no you don’t need the amplifier. If you live in a densely populated area you should be fine receiving all the ota content you want. If you live in a more suburban area the amplifier will allow you to view more stations and experiences better quality on the stations you do receive. In my opinion though, just screw on the amplifier and forget about it.
With the amplifier attached and the antenna placed without obstructions, I was able to pick up around 36 channels [including several in HD]. I was lucky to have a feed from all the major networks, in HD, allowing me to record any programs, with the elgato, I wasn’t able to watch live. Of course some channels looked better than others but for basically no money I’m able to watch any program I want.
In conclusion the 1450b antenna is leaps and bounds ahead of the competition. With it’s unique design and included amplifier you are not going to get better results from any other indoor antenna. Of course if you don’t have any signals coming your way this device will be useless so use antennaweb to check the OTA content available to you. For under $50 I can guarantee you won’t be disappointed with this product and recommend it to anyone in the market for an indoor antenna.