The Leaf Plus™ Amplified Indoor HDTV Antenna
- Product Review (submitted on June 21, 2012):
I guess I deserve the label of optimist as new electronic gadgets, with their promises of revolutionary performance, attract me like the proverbial moth to flame.
My high hopes for this flat antenna exceeded the reality of basic physics. Although the unit does indeed act as an antenna, it's performance is decidedly inferior to my current Terk HD antenna. Of course, to be fair the Terk is a much bigger unit and looks like the old "rabbit ears" employed in the days of analogue broadcasting.
I tested the Leaf with a Dish Network 722 satellite receiver with my signals coming from only one location. Even though all HD signals come from the same mountain top, the signal strengths varied widely. The satellite receiver uses a scale of 1-100. The Leaf could manage a top reading of 69 on the strongest TV stations--and there was no signal on some others. Interestingly enough, I expected that I would get no signal from the one station in our local area that is on the VHF band. However, the Leaf did show a signal strength of 70--enough to keep the signal delivering a very acceptable picture without pixilation as the signal strength varied.
I only had the luxury of moving the Leaf within a 5x8 space. Within that range, along with directional changes, the signal strengths varied within the 50-69 range. However, never could I get all local channels to come in at one time from any antenna position. Since it is important for me to receive all the major networks (especially PBS--not covered in HD by Dish Network in my market) the Leaf Plus was not a contender for me. I am sure it will be for others. Forget web sites like Antenna Web to guide you, I think the only way to judge this unit is by seeing how it works with your set up.
The saving grace for the Leaf Plus, is it's small and unobtrusive size. Indeed if you live in a major metro area with strong local signals, you might give the Leaf a try. In essence the Leaf is a wonderful idea but a miserable reality for many of us without ideal conditions.