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post #31 of 374 (permalink) Old 2006-02-06, 11:54 PM
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Terk HDTVa = Zenith Silver Sensor clone

Yup, the Terk HDTVa is another Zenith Silver Sensor clone, so your results fall in line with what we've been finding.

Zenith Silver Sensor:


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I just don't think its an antenna that someone would want to pin their hopes on over the long haul, so I'm glad you're looking at outdoor antennas like the CM4228, which has so much more to offer.
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post #32 of 374 (permalink) Old 2006-03-07, 12:27 PM
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Discussion of BlakeW's reception results is now resuming in the Vancouver Results thread.
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post #33 of 374 (permalink) Old 2006-03-07, 09:05 PM
 
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Check this
http://www.hdtvprimer.com/ANTENNAS/comparing.html

Silver Sensor has higher gain than Sharp Shooter
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post #34 of 374 (permalink) Old 2006-04-11, 03:50 PM
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Lightbulb Zenith Silver Sensor and Clone Indoor OTA Antennas

I was in an electronics retailer in Mississauga this weekend and they had some great HDTV images.

In speaking to the sales rep, who I've known for years, I asked about the signal and he told me it was OTA.

I asked him what he was using and he pointed to the Terk HDTVlp which was on the north side of the store by the window and getting great reception.

This sucker isn't cheap but its not huge and it works indoors. He offered me the ability to take it home and try it out if I wished and I might take him up on the offer.

I reviewed varous threads that discussed indoor antenna's but I'd like to hear any feedback on this specific unit.

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I know this isn't what you asked for, but doesn't Terk fall into the same category as Mon$ter and Bo$e - more marketing than techlology.

In other words, you could put almost any other similar, less expensive, antenna in that position and be getting "great reception"? These comments are based on lots of feedback on US forums where they use a lot of OTA.

The antenna was probably in the window facing the right way, basically acting like an outdoor antenna?

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I honestly don't know hence why I am asking. The antenna was actually on the North window (south would have been facing Buffalo)

The retailer told me that it works well for his store and his local area customers.

The reality is that I want a bulletproof indoor solution and the retailer has essentially given me a money back guaranteed so I might try it out.

Before I do I thought I'd ask here since a search did not discuss this specific model.
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Which electronics store is this? I'd like to check it out myself.
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Get a Silver Sensor (or clone) Instead

Hugh and Sam, that model is a Winegard Sharp Shooter with a Terk name on it. In almost every comparison the better indoor antenna is the Zenith Silver Sensor, which Terk has a clone of too.

See posts 109 through 114 in this thread:

http://www.digitalhomecanada.com/for...ad.php?t=20818

Terk is still living down a bad reputation due to their marketing habits of yore, and they've tried to improve their product by rebranding many of the excellent Winegard products as well as others. Nothing like a little "badge engineering" like the car makers do...
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I had a silver sensor, and picked up this Winegard Sharpshooter, and it improved my analog PQ, and increased the signal strength for my DT channels. It's facing north at the window, with line of sight of the broadcast tower. I'm even able to get activity (no lock) from Seattle stations that I didn't get with the silver sensor. I think it's a really good indoor antenna, and worth the money (I paid $100US).

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Thanks Blake. I am only interested in digital stations so analog PQ won't matter t o me.
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Where to buy Zenith Silver Sensor (or clone) in GTA?

Simple request.

Where can one buy the Zenith Silver Sensor (or one of the clones) in the Greater Toronto Area? I do not want to mail-order one in. I just want to pick on up. Right now, I'm having trouble finding anyone that has then in stock.

And please no comments about getting an external antenna instead or anything like that. I just want this directional antenna for testing purposes.

Thanks in advance.
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Active Surplus on Queen St in Toronto Has Them

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Active Surplus on Queen St in Toronto sells these Terk antennas for $14.95. I don't know if they're any good, or if it's the exact same model as pictured in the link. They had about 10 on the shelf this afternoon.

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Yup, that is the Terk clone of the Zenith Silver Sensor, but I've never seen them with extender aerials on them like in that picture. I don't have a good feeling about those things being on there like that... I wonder if the ones at Active Surplus have those on them?
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dell.ca has a clone version called

Phillips HDTV3 Silver sensor

However, I don't know if it is as good as the HDTV1 version.
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