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Clear TV Key HDTV Digital Indoor Antenna

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Summary of the test results
Stationary Number/Sum: 11/463
Max Number/Sum: 14/574
Rank: 8 out of 13 - with 1 having the best test results
This is a review of the Clear TV Key HDTV Digital Indoor Antenna. If you didn't already see the TV antenna side by side comparison page, I recommend you look at that page also. There you can compare the results of this antenna with many other antennas in all shapes and sizes.

This is a "As seen on TV" antenna and the commercial and pictures show it being attached directly to the back of the TV. When I tested it like that it didn't get any reception, which didn't really surprise me. I then tried it using a 3 foot cord so I could move it around a bit and I got a few channels. When I put it in my normal testing location about 10 feet higher it did an OK job. I've seen quite a few reviews saying this antenna is a ripoff so I wonder if they only tried it when it was directly hooked to the TV. I also wonder how many people (if any) get decent results when it's connected directly to the TV.

Good
  • Small
  • Lightweight
  • Inexpensive
Bad
  • Really I would have to say the marketing. It's shown being hooked directly to the TV and I have to wonder if most people will be satisfied with the performance that way. Since it doesn't come with a cable, people might immediately give up if it doesn't work well like that. That would be a shame because it isn't a bad little antenna when I used mine in the attic.
What's Included
  • The antenna
  • A 90 degree adapter which I assume is intended to be used in case the cable connector is on the bottom of your TV
Some descriptive notes from Amazon
  • Watch 100s of FREE HD & Digital TV Channels
  • Plugs into Any TV
  • Fast & Easy Setup - Just Plug it In!
  • No Contracts, Monthly Fees, or Price Hikes!
  • Crystal Clear Picture
Clear TV Key HDTV Digital Indoor Antenna
Clear TV Key HDTV Digital Indoor Antenna

About these results

1) Test method
Each antenna was tested in the same location and the results were recorded using a Winegard signal strength meter.

2) Frequencies tested
I am only able to test the frequencies in my area.

3) What the numbers mean
Stationary Number
The antenna was not rotated while the frequencies were tested. If a tested frequency showed a reading, it increased this number by 1.

Stationary Sum
The antenna was not rotated while the frequencies were tested. I added all the signal strengths together. A higher number means stronger signals are delivered to your TV.

Max Number
The antenna was rotated for each frequency to get the maximum possible signal. If a tested frequency showed a reading, it increased this number by 1.

Max Sum
The antenna was rotated for each frequency to get the maximum possible signal. I added all the signal strengths together. A higher number means stronger signals are delivered to your TV.

4) Directional/Non-directional
If the antenna is a non-directional type, only one test was needed because rotating the antenna wouldn't change the readings. This means the stationary and max numbers are the same.

5) Test timing
Because real world conditions change, if I tested an antenna again I'm sure the numbers would be slightly different. I'm also quite confident the different readings wouldn't be enough to significantly change the overall results.

If you have any question about how the tests were done feel free to contact me.