Antennas Direct ClearStream Eclipse Amplified Indoor Antenna Review

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Antennas Direct ClearStream Eclipse
Bottom Line

Experts say that the Antennas Direct ClearStream Eclipse is one of the most effective and attractive indoor antennas you can buy. This version is amplified, but an unamplified version for areas where signals are strong is also available.

Pros
  • Relatively attractive and easy to hide
  • Good performance on UHF and higher VHF channels
  • Double sided design (black or white)
  • Easy to reposition if needed
Cons
  • Better reception from front and rear than from sides
  • Not enough gain for low band VHF use (channels 2-6)
  • Amplifier can overwhelm digital tuners in areas of very strong signal strength

Breaking it down

Performance

The ClearStream Eclipse delivers what it promises. Expert after expert reports that the ClearStream Eclipse is among the top performing indoor antennas. The loop design is particularly effective for UHF channels, where most TV broadcasters are now located, but also works well for VHF channels 7-13. The multidirectional design is most effective receiving signals from the front and rear -- performance with signals that come in at the sides is quite poor -- but the Sure Grip system makes it easy to reposition the antenna to capture signals from different directions if needed. This version includes a powerful amplifier that boosts performance in suburban locations, but that might overload digital tuners in areas where signal strength is particularly strong. In those situations, the unamplified ClearStream Eclipse Indoor HDTV Antenna – 35 Mile Range (Est. $55) may be a better alternative.

Aesthetics

Can leave it out in the open. Experts say that the ClearStream Eclipse is a relatively attractive flattened loop antenna whose "sleek design won't make you want to hide it when visitors enter your house," says Tom's Guide. It's double sided (black or white) or can be painted if neither of those color options works with your dŽcor. The included 12-foot cable is removable, improving installation flexibility compared to competing antennas with shorter and/or non-removable cables. The Sure Grip mounting strips can adhere to almost any surface, and allow the antenna to be repositioned as needed without marring painted walls.

Value

Good performer, but pricey. Reviews say the ClearStream Eclipse largely delivers what it promises, and it outperforms other indoor antennas in many, but not all, expert tests. However, whether it performs better than some cheaper antennas is more a factor of where you live relative to your TV broadcasters than anything else. If some stations in your area still use low-band (channels 2-6) VHF, other antennas might be better choices. That said, the more unobtrusive design of the ClearStream Eclipse, and its somewhat better performance in more marginal signal areas, might make its price premium worthwhile to some.

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Our Sources

1. HDTVExpert.com

Product Review: ClearStream Eclipse TV Antenna , Pete Putman, Aug. 11, 2016

HDTVExpert.com's Pete Putman provides the most comprehensive -- and technical -- review of the Antennas Direct ClearStream Eclipse. He benchmarks it against the Mohu Leaf and a traditional bow tie UHF antenna, with and without amplification, and finds that the Eclipse is a decent performer for UHF and high band VHF, but doesn't find much separation in performance -- at least in his test location -- among the tested antenna.

2. TheWirecutter.com

The Best Indoor HDTV Antenna, Grant Clauser, Nov. 15, 2016

Following 20 hours of testing antennas in suburban Philadelphia and at an apartment in Brooklyn, New York, the ClearStream Eclipse is named the best indoor antenna overall. Grant Clauser notes that whether the amplified or non-amplified version is best will depend on locale. He suggests that if you live within 15 miles of the TV towers, you try the unamplified version first and then opt to buy the amp if needed.

3. CNET

The cord-cutter's guide to the best indoor antennas, Ty Pendlebury, Dec, 15, 2016

CNET tests six antennas and finds that the unamplified version of the ClearStream Eclipse "offered the most channels and some of the strongest reception." The amplified version did not perform as well in an urban test location (Manhattan) but did improve performance at a suburban (Long Island) test site.

4. TomsGuide.com

Antennas Direct ClearStream Eclipse Amplified Indoor HDTV Antenna Review: Power and Poise, John R. Quain, March 17, 2016

The amplified ClearStream Eclipse is an Editor's Choice selection at Tom's Guide. "One of the best-powered indoor antennas we've tested, the ClearStream Eclipse also boasts a hassle-free design," says John R. Quain. It pulls in 45 stations in a New York City test; other tested amplified antennas averaged 31 channels.

5. TopTenReviews.com

ClearStream Eclipse Review, Jonathan Knoder, Nov. 22, 2016

TopTenReviews.com also tests the ClearStream Eclipse, and puts it in first place among the ten indoor TV antennas it reviews. Jonathan Knoder writes: "You won't find a better indoor HDTV antenna than the ClearStream Eclipse."

6. The-Gadgeteer.com

ClearStream Eclipse HDTV Amplified Indoor Antenna review, Kathleen Chapman, As of July 13, 2016

Kathleen Chapman reviews an earlier version of the Clearstream Eclipse (essentially identical to the current version, but white only) in September 2014, then updates the report two times, the latest in July 2016. The antenna is still in use, she says, and performance is good, though some fiddling with the cable is needed to tune in some hard-to-get channels.

7. BestBuy.com

Antennas Direct - ClearStream Eclipse Amplified Indoor HDTV Antenna - Black and White, Contributors to BestBuy.com, As of January 2017

We found nearly 140 owner reviews of the ClearStream Eclipse Amplified Indoor Antenna at BestBuy.com, where it enjoys reasonably good satisfaction. It earns a 3.9-star rating, with 80 percent of owners offering it a recommendation.

8. Amazon.com

Antennas Direct 50 Mile Range Clearstream Eclipse Amplified Indoor HDTV Antenna, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of January 2017

Amazon.com lumps user reviews of the various ClearStream antennas together, making it tough to get an accurate read of user satisfaction. However, the majority of users that weigh in on this version, roughly 83 percent, grant it either a 4 star or, mostly, a 5 star rating. Still, as to be expected, a handful of users say it worked poorly for them, or not at all.