The Jolt Digital TV Antenna Amplifier
- Product Review (submitted on April 15, 2013):
Ever since our household found Netflix, Hulu, etc. and "cut the cord", shopping antennas has been a minor obsession. We've found some doozies, including this beauty: Terk HDTVa Indoor Amplified High-Definition Antenna for Off-Air HDTV Reception. (Seriously, you have to look. It's a huge 1930s Sci Fi movie death ray, on top of our kitchen TV/computer setup!)
What we had not given so much thought, was amplification. And I guess we should have, in retrospect - the Mohu Jolt has opened my eyes, in that regard. I'm not going to say that it has magically delivered a bunch of new channels to our home, although obviously it has, for some. For us, what it HAS done is strengthened the signal appreciably for many stations (no more signal cutting out when someone shuts the door to the next room!), and made it possible for us to watch our (3) local PBS stations without anyone needing to stand on one foot like a flamingo while touching the left rabbit ear.
So yes, now I'm wondering what that ridiculous looking Mohu Leaf Paper-Thin Indoor HDTV Antenna - Made in USA might further do for our off-the-air reception. You know, if we can bring ourselves to relocate the death ray device.
Footnote for the technically disinclined: I tend to delegate hardware tasks of all sorts to my spousal unit, but set up the Jolt myself and it was easy peasy: unplug the antenna from the back of the monitor/TV, plug in the identical connection on the Jolt there, then plug the power supply into the TV's USB port (or the wall, via the included AC adaptor, if you don't have an available USB port on your set. Seriously, it took twice as long to write this paragraph as it did to set up the amplifier.
Weird and wonderful, to not be constantly, incrementally adjusting the antenna anymore.