How to Choose the Best HDTV Antenna
If you have
just bought a HDTV you are probably looking for the best HDTV
antenna. Well guess what? There is no such thing as a HDTV antenna,
it's just a buzzword made up by marketing people to sell antennas.
However there are certain antennas that do better with a HDTV.
There are a few things that you should know before you go looking
for the best HDTV antenna to make sure that you get great picture
quality. Nothing would be worse than having an expensive HDTV and
then having lousy reception.
Outdoor Multi Directional Antennas
First up the best HDTV antenna is probably an outdoor antenna.
There are indoor antennas that are quite popular but these are
probably not the best HDTV antennas for everyone. If your house is
not near enough the transmitting towers then you will have to keep
changing the position of the antenna. Not something you want to do
in the middle of a movie or even worse a live event. So stick to
outdoor antennas to get the best HDTV antenna.
There are also multi directional and directional antennas. A
directional antenna can pick up signals from further away but it
must be faced in only one direction. So unless all the channels you
want are being transmitted from the same direction you may need
more than one directional antenna. A multi directional antenna has
the advantage of being able to pick up signals from different
directions and might be the better antenna for you.
Distances and Color Zones
If you live in a remote area then you will probably have to use
a directional antenna. This will give you better reception and also
cut down the interference of reflective buildings and mountains.
Multi directional antenna are good to use if you are only a short
distance or medium distance away from the transmitting towers. Any
further and you will get bad reception with a multi directional
Another way to
get the best HDTV antenna for your home is to determine what color
zone you are in. The Consumer Electronics Association has seven
color zones that categorize reception quality. The colors are
yellow, green, light green, red, blue, violet and pink. Yellow
areas have the best reception while pink has the worst. The
Consumer Electronics Association recommends specific outdoor TV
antenna for each color zone. Find out which color zone you are in
and you will be able to find the best HDTV antenna for your