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Old 09-27-2015, 10:35 PM   #1
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Television receiver quality-- is there a difference?

I have the 22" Jensen 12V TV, which I use both at home and when I travel. Well, that was the plan-- I've found that the TV has poor build quality and poor reception. I receive my TV signal over the air; I don't have cable, and one tree waving in the breeze in line-of-sight of the broadcast tower will kill the channel I'm watching.

I realize that most of this is due to the nature of digital broadcast signals; they don't degrade gracefully, but I'm wondering if better electronics in the TV would help with this, maybe by using buffering or something. So-- is there a qualitative difference in broadcast TV receivers? Does anyone have one of the RCA 12V televisions, and if so would they recommend it? I'm about ready to give up on this thing.
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I equate RCA with Really Crummy Appliance.
I think your receiver will accomplish little without a good antenna.
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We use an OTA external antenna and matching amplifier at the house. Full High def and about seventy channels, no issues. Seems most of the trailer antennas have some kind of amp as well. If hooked up to external antenna and amp system, wouldn't think the tv brand would matter.
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Yeah, I guess I should relocate and/or replace my external antenna before buying a new TV. I'll try that first.
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Good place to start for help in locating antenna on house. AntennaWeb - Home
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Thanks. My main problem is a big fat pecan tree between my antenna and the desired transmitters. I'll have to move the antenna quite a ways to avoid it. How annoying.
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Old 09-28-2015, 12:44 AM   #7
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What antenna are you using for home use? Some friends and I ended up in a little contest building our own to see which type was best. There are some differences between types. You have one tree in your line of sight! I wish I have a forest and a ridge. Despite that my commercial, non-amplified 8 bay antenna does well and I get everything that's available in this area. I use it for two TV's. Ones small and cheap compared to our "good" TV. But they both get the same amount of channels.

I use TV fool at home and on the road to target stations.

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I was so delighted with the performance of the Jack antenna on my 21 after so many crummy trailer antennas that I bought a $50 head unit (no signal lights) and have it installed at home. Works super!
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I am using an amplified Channel Master antenna; it looks like a flying saucer. I guess I could try something more conventional. I'm in a rural area and the stations I want to pick up are 40-90 miles away.

I bought the Channel Master when I lived between Washington, D.C. and Baltimore, but even in that urban environment I recall that waving tree limbs would mess it up. I assumed it was due to the nature of digital signals, but maybe it's just a crummy antenna.
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Mike,
cut down the tree and eat the pecans while watching tv...
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