Televés DAT-75 UHF HDTV Antenna
The Short Form
|$200 / 72 x 22 x 28 IN / 10 LBS / antennavoodoo.com / 206-323-8845|
|•Compact size for high-gain antenna •Looks cool •Excellent performance for fringe areas|
|•75-element, 17-dB high-gain antenna •Optional MRD 5050 booster module •Aluminum with orange or black plastic|
I tried out the Televés DAT-75 at my rural New Jersey home, where I've been getting HD via a giant multi-element antenna in my attic pointed at Philadelphia, about 50 miles away. Swapping in the DAT-75 took a half-hour of assembly and installation before tweaking its orientation and horizontal angle using the onscreen meter of my digital TV tuner.
I enjoyed a modest improvement with the 6-foot long DAT-75 over my old 9-foot antenna. It pulled in the same eight digital stations at about the same signal strength. But in one case - a Jersey PBS station that was off the direct line of sight to Philly - reception improved from marginal to excellent. Frequent image pixelization was eliminated, and for the first time I was able to consistently pick up the station's dedicated high-def channel.
BOTTOM LINE The Televés DAT-75 HDTV antenna impressed me with its performance, design details, and appearance. It's pricey, but if you live in a fringe area or want something on your chimney with a little panache, it's worth the investment.