Review of the best according to the editors. About the selection criteria. The the material is subjective, is not advertising and is not serves as a guide to the purchase. Before purchase is needed consultation with a specialist.
Not always the antenna perfectly copes with stable receiving a television signal. What to do in this case? Buy a new, more powerful antenna? Perhaps this is a good option, but very expensive. That is why we decided to talk about amplifiers for antennas. They allow you to take even the weakest signal when the television tower is at a distance of many kilometers from your place of residence. At the same time we will briefly talk about how to approach the choice of such a device.
- How to choose an antenna amplifier?
- Rating of the best amplifiers for antennas
- Terra HS004
- Alcad AI-400
- WISI VM 8351
- Lans LX-50
- Remo BAS-8102-01
- Anteks AX-C20U
- Remo USSH-5V
How to choose an antenna amplifier?
Any antenna tries to amplify the received signal. Without it you would be waiting for continuous interference. Cheap antennas only produce passive amplification – metal parts do it constructions. In fact, this is often enough, especially if the television tower is relatively close. But if you live in the countryside, a few dozen kilometers from the tower, you will need an active amplifier. Also residents of lower floors of high-rise buildings may have problems – a signal makes his way with significant losses.
Now in stores you can easily find indoor and outdoor antennas with built-in amplifier. But why spend enough big money if the antenna is already available? In this case it’s easier to purchase an amplifier for her – you just need to understand how exactly it choose.
- To begin with, it should be understood that any active amplifier electricity is required. To obtain it, use the network 5, 9 or 12 volt adapter. However, some models can receive power through the antenna cable – in this case you need make sure that the TV can transmit it. Another difference one model from another may be in the enclosure used. The fact is that some amplifiers are designed to be placed on outdoor antenna – such a device must have waterproof case, otherwise it will fail after the first same rain. Well, if you want to strengthen the indoor antenna, then no moisture protection is not needed. But try to place the amplifier at least in a few meters from the TV. Otherwise purchased the device can begin to amplify not only a useful signal, but also noises.
- Perhaps one of the main characteristics we are considering Today’s accessories is the gain. Chase for the biggest figure is not needed. Find out the distance instead to the nearest television center – this can be done, for example, Focusing on the digital TV coverage map in Russia. If the tower is a hundred kilometers, then you really need maximum gain. In other cases, he may play minus – the picture will be supplied with extra noise. However, many modern models are equipped with a gain control. This means that a person can change the gain, focusing on how the antenna and TV behave. Pay attention, it’s usually impossible to completely get rid of signal amplification. Therefore, even the most “sophisticated” amplifier can not be used near the television tower – he will definitely provide a picture noises.
- Amplifiers for antennas differ from each other and supported frequencies. Most often, users make their own opt for broadband models – they are also called universal, since almost all of them are amplified existing frequencies. However, find the wrong amplifier now almost impossible. Their manufacturers understand that now everything switch to digital TV, which is broadcast on strictly certain frequencies.
- The most expensive amplifiers for antennas can play the role of signal divider. On their body is more than one output connector. This allows you to connect two, three or even four televisions. Of course, instead you could take advantage of conventional dividers sold in many stores selling radio products. But do not forget that on such dividers signal degradation occurs. Nothing in the amplifier this is not observed, no matter how many TVs you connected.
On the Internet you can find instructions for self-assembly amplifier for the antenna. But we recommend you not to bother. Believe me, you will spend a lot of time on this. Much it’s easier to choose one of those amplifiers that are considered in our rating. The issue of savings is also not worth it, because the price tags for such devices are rarely at any high. The exception is models intended for professional use – they usually serve to amplify a far from television signal. Our selection starts with just such devices.
Rating of the best amplifiers for antennas
|Nomination||a place||Name of product||price|
|Rating of the best amplifiers for antennas||1||Terra HS004||3 540 rub.|
|2||Alcad AI-400||2 350 rub.|
|3||WISI VM 8351||2 800 rub.|
|4||Lans LX-50||1 400 rub.|
|5||Remo BAS-8102-01||499 rub|
|6||Anteks AX-C20U||450 rub|
|7||Remo USSH-5V||113 rub|
Very expensive amplifier. Its high cost is due to that it is designed to amplify a wide variety of frequencies. Also his a reliable cast case played a role in raising the price tag. Withdraw Terra HS004 out of action is almost impossible – there is even protection against voltage drops are available.
This amplifier is mainly used by walkie-talkie owners. About This is evidenced by the possibility of working with the VHF and UHF bands. Happy that this model can split these ranges, allowing separately adjust the gain of each of them. To be precise, then The device can access frequencies from 47 to 862 MHz. Gain adjustable from 34 to 44 dB. Moreover, the specialist will not be surprised that the VHF range is subject to greater gain than the UHF.
The power of this model is provided by an ordinary plug, plugs into an outlet. Therefore, a miniature power supply located inside the device itself – it can not but rejoice. what As for noise, its level does not even reach six decibels.
The amplifier is capable of operating at very different temperatures – even in a 20 degree frost. However, there is no moisture protection as such. On the contrary, the case has a large number of ventilation holes, due to which the device almost does not heat up. Turns out that placing the amplifier outdoors is not recommended.
A nice bonus is the presence of ears here, thanks with which the Terra HS004 is fixed somewhere on the wall by ordinary with screws or bolts. In a word, this is an excellent instance for any special services and other organizations regularly faced with the need to improve the quality of signal reception in VHF and UHF bands. However, digital television broadcasts in these same ranges, so the amplifier works with it. That’s just there Does it make sense to buy such an expensive device to strengthen indoor antenna?
We draw your attention to the existence of the model under the index Terra HS004L. From its counterpart, it differs only in the presence of LTE signal suppression filter.
- Mounting on a wall or any other surface is possible;
- Division into subbands;
- There is a version with an LTE signal suppression filter;
- Power supply via RF input is possible;
- There is protection;
- There is a DC overload indicator;
- There is a test connector at the output;
- Excellent molded case;
- High gain;
- You can implement a large number of connection points.
- Very high cost.
Another very expensive television and some other signals in our ranking. On his body too there are a number of holes thanks to which ventilation. This means that you cannot use the device on the street. – rain and snow quickly organize corrosion, after which work amplifier will be impossible.
Alcad AI-400 is quite different from the above models. Firstly, there are four outputs at once. it allows you to connect up to four TVs to the amplifier, not using the signal divider. Of course, a similar accessory is worth a penny, but you must not forget that on each divider some signal loss occurs. Secondly, and this is already a negative feature of the device, there are no ears in order to screw the amplifier to a surface. Thirdly, this the product turned out to be lighter – its weight does not exceed 580 g. And this had no effect on the quality of the design – to remove the amplifier from only an emergency, such as lightning striking the antenna.
This model works with two ranges, including frequencies 40-318 MHz and 470-862 MHz. Unfortunately, their splitting for better gain does not occur. This suggests that the product was not created for professional use paired with radio station, namely to enhance the television signal. With this the device copes with the task almost perfectly, which is what at least a gain ranging from 20 to 28 dB, in depending on the frequency range. Available here and some gain control. It allows you to use the accessory where whatever distance you are from the telecentre. The noise figure here does not exceed 4.2 dB, which also cannot but to please. Return loss is about 10 dB.
Please note that the product does not hold cable frequency. This means that it will not allow you to separate the cable signal operator on several TVs. But inside components do not have to strain much – hardly the board burn out even after a few years.
- Long service life;
- A large number of exits;
- Decent gain
- Gain control possible;
- All possible digital TV frequencies are supported;
- Very low noise figure.
- The price cannot be called low;
- Cannot be fixed to the surface with screws;
- No overload indicator.
WISI VM 8351
This amplifier, also included in our rating, is different from previously considered models with a modern rounded case. All the insides are hidden under white plastic, only few connectors. However, the kit is not present only this white box. Also, the buyer will receive more the usual metal product on which the regulator is located amplifications and a pair of nests. We can say that the white device performs the role of the power supply and the separator, and the amplifier is exactly metal box.
This device has a small indicator that signals that it receives electricity. If a if something happens to the aforementioned power supply, then you immediately you will understand it. However, the reliability of the product is quite high. The German brand is trying not to let its customers down. Not However, its products still cannot be called ideal. IN in particular, you can find fault with the gain control. He is very small, which is why an elderly person is unlikely to cope with his by turning. However, this operation is carried out only once, then you can forget about the regulator.
This amplifier is designed exclusively for use with UHF band (frequencies 470-790 MHz). Digital TV in our country It is broadcast in it, so you should not worry. what As for the gain, its adjustment is carried out in range from 15 to 35 dB. The noise figure of this accessory is not exceeds 3.5 dB.
- Gain control available;
- Robust construction;
- Low noise figure;
- Very high gain.
- In fact, the kit consists of several devices at once;
- Few connectors;
- High price.
Another fairly small amplifier for the antenna. It costs already significantly less money – in Russian online stores for they ask him about 1100 rubles. It is clear that such an accessory could not not get a number of simplifications. In particular, he immediately catches the eye the fact that the device cannot play the role of a divider is on its there is only one input and output F-connector. The case, by the way, is metal. The design looks reliable, but we would be careful not to place an amplifier somewhere outside the room – it is possible that raindrops will find their way inside the accessory.
Despite the low cost, the device received a regulator gain. This means that the accessory can be used on different distance from the telecentre.
The main advantage of this model is its versatility. The amplifier is broadband. That means he supports multiple ranges at once. As a result, they are stable frequencies from 47 to 862 MHz are processed. The accessory is powered by traditional network 220 V. When ordering, be sure to what you get also a power supply!
- Reliable assembly;
- High gain;
- A large number of frequencies are supported;
- Gain can be adjusted;
- Small size.
- Few connectors;
- Noise figure – unknown;
- Only one F-out.
The smallest signal amplifier in our ranking. Yes, and most affordable. And it’s not even the price tag of 500 rubles. Just the models discussed above were difficult to purchase – they are sold only in specialized online stores, selling antennas and related accessories. Well, Ramo BAS-8102-01 can be found in many large retail chains – for example, in DNS or M.Video. However, widespread In no case does it mean that the device turned out impeccable. Otherwise, we would start our story with him.
The accessory is very small. In fact, he looks like a small USB flash drive. Inside is a tiny board providing, according to the manufacturer, signal amplification at the level 16 dB In fact, the coefficient is less, so do not try to achieve something with such an amplifier if the television tower located a hundred kilometers from you. But more than anyone else disappointed by the complete lack of gain control.
As you already understood, the product requires a power supply with USB port. Fortunately, such is included, therefore no need to worry. And if your TV has a USB jack, then you can power the amplifier from him. From the unit with a USB plug two wires come out. At the end of one is the entrance for television antenna, while the second is inserted into corresponding TV jack. Everything is very simple!
The amplifier is broadband. He is able to work with frequencies from 48.5 to 862 MHz. Somewhere in this range are and those frequencies at which the channels of digital TV are broadcast. The noise figure here does not exceed 3 dB, which can be considered excellent result. Well, the input and output impedance equals 75 ohms.
Some online stores write that the device has two exits. This, as can be seen from the photograph of the amplifier, is not so. If you want to connect a second TV to the antenna, then still a signal divider is required. The product also suffers from low-quality assembly. Buyers say that some instances the central wire of the coaxial output is not corny soldered to the board! If you are faced with just such a problem, then You can either return the purchase to the store or disassemble the device, to solder a small wire. Unfortunately, even after that you you can still disable the accessory if you regularly remove it from the USB port. The fact is that here is used terrible quality plastic that quickly collapses. In a word the manufacturer saved a lot, which did not go to the product favor.
- Very low cost;
- Simple operation;
- The kit has a power supply;
- Can be powered from the TV itself;
- A large number of frequencies are supported;
- Low noise figure.
- Not very high signal gain;
- Lousy assembly of many instances;
- Cannot play the role of a signal divider;
- The gain is not adjustable.
Another tiny antenna amplifier in our ranking. His the cost, as you might guess, also does not exceed 500 rubles. The design here is already different. This amplifier has no wires with a certain resistance. Instead of this a tiny box awaits the buyer, from both ends of which input and output connectors are located. And that’s it! Do I need to talk that even an antenna can be connected to such an amplifier old man? However, in this design lies one disadvantage. You will have to get a cable that will follow from amplifier to tv. But this is only when compared device with the REMO product discussed above. How could you notice, the remaining amplifiers for the antenna are also delivered without all kinds of wires.
Despite its tiny size, the product offers a ratio gain of 20 dB. The figure named by the manufacturer is close to the truth, because the device really does a good job. The noise figure here is no more than 3 dB, which is also possible considered an excellent result. In short, this is a great choice for those who lives a great distance from the telecentre! But don’t forget that to connect two or more TVs you will need signal dividers that can reduce the operation of the amplifier to no.
If you thought that the product is completely devoid of flaws, then We hasten to disappoint you. Sorry, the owner of this accessory waiting for some difficulties with the power supply. It is accepted through the antenna input. This means that you have to acquire AX-TVI USB power injector. However, many modern TVs can independently supply 5-volt electricity to your antenna input. Also have this opportunity almost all digital set-top boxes intended for reception Signal in DVB-T2 format.
This model is used to amplify the signal in the frequency range from 470 to 862 MHz. Therefore, it is ideal for stable watching digital TV, but something more to demand from her pointless.
- Miniature sizes;
- High gain;
- High-quality assembly;
- Enhances the frequency of digital TV;
- Very low cost;
- Implemented protection against sudden voltage drops.
- No gain adjustment;
- Few connectors;
- A power supply is required via the antenna cable (strictly 5 V).
Another amplifier for the antenna in our rating, present on the shelves of some large retail chains. He is the most cheap – you can buy it for only 250 rubles. For the money you get an accessory that is comparable in size to some kind of adapter. It consists of only two parts. First is an amplifier itself with an input for a cable stretching from the antenna – the chip is hidden under the black plastic case colors. The second part is the simplest F-type plastic plug white, inserted into the antenna socket of the TV. Between these two parts are connected by a very short wire – its length does not reach ten centimeters.
Using the accessory is maximally simplified. Owner needs insert the product into the TV, after which it remains only to connect the antenna. Perhaps the only serious drawback is related to second step. The fact is that the connector here turned out wider put. If you accidentally pull the antenna wire, then the plug can pop out of the nest. However, this does not apply to all copies – for good reason, some reviews are purely positive.
Despite its miniature size, the signal gain here corresponds to the declared, or close to it. Some owners devices write that the reception level has increased by 10-15%, while others report an even more creditable result. And practically none who didn’t have such that the amplifier did not give at least some effect. An exception to the rule is those people whose antenna is already was equipped with an amplifier – paired with such a given device to work will not be.
Otherwise, the device is unlikely to surprise anything. Like all other models considered in this rating, it is considered broadband. This means that they support frequencies 48.5-862 MHz Therefore, the amplifier can be used to view digital tv. Well, the main drawback of the device lies in lack of a separate connector for generating electricity. It turns out that the amplifier can only be used in tandem with those set-top boxes or TVs that can provide power your antenna connector. But the device does not need a network adapter – no wire to the outlet is needed.
- Very small sizes;
- Extremely low cost;
- Stable support for all frequencies of digital TV;
- Decent gain close to the declared;
- Quite decent build quality for most instances.
- Only one antenna output;
- No gain control;
- You need power on the antenna cable (strictly 5 V).
Now you know how to choose the perfect amplifier for antennas. You also got acquainted with the amplifiers themselves – it seems to us that we talked about all the best models available in Russian the market. And do not forget that many modern antennas are the device is completely unnecessary – they are endowed with a built-in amplifier.
Attention! This rating is subjective, is not advertising and does not serve as a guide to the purchase. Before the purchase consultation with a specialist is necessary.