: Zenith Silver Sensor (& Clones) OTA Antennas
Gedge, I'm going to go out on a limb here and say it should most certainly work as CBC has a pretty strong signal. If you can extend the coax to a window then it should work for sure. Be warned though, you'll certainly get the OTA bug for sure:D
2007-02-09, 08:45 PM
Now which is the best one to get? The "regular" version or the PHDTV3?
2007-02-12, 12:23 PM
Unless you have a long cable run (over 70 ft) or want to share the antenna with multiple TVs, an amplifier isn't needed. I don't know the specs for the PHDTV3, but the amplifiers in many indoor antennas are noisy and can cause more problems than they are worth. So I would stick with the "regular" version.
2007-02-12, 02:28 PM
I'm new to this forum and would like to find out where I can purchase a Terk Technology HDTVi VHF/UHF HDTV Indoor Antenna in Toronto?
2007-02-12, 02:30 PM
Welcome to the DHC Forums. The Terk HDTVi is actually a clone of a Zenith Silver Sensor indoor antenna. This is a thread discussing this antenna including where to purchase information.
2007-02-12, 02:38 PM
I'm interested in purchasing the Terk Technology HDTVi VHF/UHF HDTV Indoor Antenna in Toronto and at what price do they usually sell for?
2007-02-12, 02:41 PM
Understood, that's why your post was moved to this thread. Did you happen to read the entire thread to get an idea as to where and how much?
To answer your question however, if you don't want to read the thread, I purchased my Zenith Silver Sensor clone (not a Terk, but a Phillips) from a store on Queen Street West for $20.
2007-02-12, 02:50 PM
Sorry for the misunderstanding, I didn't realize the info was within the thread. Thanks for providing the info.
Is this the correct thread to discuss the performance of this product as well? ie: I was under the impression that this was better than the Zenith since the Terk offers both UHF and VHF whereas the Zenith doesn't?
2007-02-12, 02:55 PM
Yep, this thread is the ideal one for comparing them. Welcome here, and please click on this links in this post to understand the OTA Forum better:
2007-02-12, 03:07 PM
Am I correct in my understanding that the Terk is better than the Zenith since it offers both UHF and VHF?
2007-02-12, 03:14 PM
The performance of the ZSS and clones are about equal when it comes to UHF reception. For VHF since there are no DTV stations currently broadcasting in VHF in Toronto and Buffalo that I know of, then you don't really need the VHF portion. Of course that can change when the analogue cutoff in the States happens and some of the stations MAY migrate their DTV signals to the VHF band.
If you want to use the antenna for analogue OTA reception as well, then by all means get the Terk so you can get VHF. But currently for DTV HD OTA, you only require a UHF antenna.
stampeder (or anyone else) please correct me if I'm wrong re: DTV and VHF.
2007-02-12, 03:32 PM
Thanks again for that info. Hopefully I can find a store with a good return policy since I'm in a condo townhouse on the ground floor, surrounded by concrete walls and high rises, I'm not sure what kind of signal I can get. I currently tried plain rabbit ears and am getting some digital channels, but we pointed it out our window with the coax running throughout the living/dining room so it's not ideal (don't want to be tripping over cables!). Anyone know if the Terk will work if inside a room with walls (no windows)?
2007-02-12, 03:35 PM
There is also a thread discussing OTA Reception for Toronto using an Indoor Antenna here:
I suggest that you read that thread to see what others have posted regarding where they are located, what hardware they have, and their reception results.
2007-02-13, 11:04 AM
Has anyone purchased the Terk from Sayal Electronics? I was not able to reach the store yesterday. Anyone know how much sayal sells the terk HDTVi or HDTVa models for and what their return policy is like?
I currently have rabbit ears but plan to get an S.S.
Is there a simple way to ground-protect this device? I ask because it appears that static electricity has trashed my STB (me->rabbit ears -> Samsung DTB-H260F). I know that external antennas are commonly grounded to protect from static build up and lightning.
2007-02-14, 07:31 PM
I don't see why you couldn't use a regular grounding block.
Tying it in to your household ground might be an issue.
I'm not sure you want to plug tie it to a outlet groundscrew in case another component on the circuit has a fault. I would think you need to run it to your common ground (waterpipe). This is what it would technically be tied to if it was cable, so it is no different.
Maybe one of the installers on this site could give a suggestion????, that is if he's not already in the US Virgin Isles (lucky dude) ;)
Oddly enough, using a grounding block and tying it to a water pipe might be possible, if a bit unsightly. Our condo is has a lot of glass walls which have some pretty ugly plumbing with heat activated water sprayers to keep the glass from busting if there is a fire. And our TV is located just below all this. It would be pretty straightforward to run a wire to the nearest pipe.
Thanks, this simple solution never occurred to me before.
2007-02-17, 04:38 PM
If you had to choose between a Zenith Silver Sensor or a Philips Silver Sensor, which one would you get?
2007-02-17, 04:58 PM
The underlying design and technology are exactly the same, so go for the best price.
2007-02-18, 10:54 PM
They are the same price, so now I'll just see if I can win an auction.