Terk HDTVAZ Review

By: Carl Laron on January 05, 2017

Bottom Line

The Terk HDTVAZ combines a log-periodic UHF antenna, a rabbit ears VHF antenna and a 12-decibel integrated signal amplifier into one very effective indoor antenna package. It's a great choice if you need a highly directional antenna.

Pros

  • Good range
  • UHF and VHF reception
  • Less susceptible to UHF multipath interference

Cons

  • Obtrusive
  • Top-heavy
  • May require repositioning for different channels
Our Analysis
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Breaking it down

Performance

Great performance, but some downsides. The reception range of the Terk HDTVAZ -- up to 45 miles -- is excellent for an indoor antenna. The log-periodic design used for UHF reception is highly directional and less prone to multipath interference from reflected signals, which causes ghosts when watching analog TV but can completely obliterate digital signals. However, it also means you may need to constantly reposition the antenna for best results if you get channels from transmitters located in different directions from your home. Like rabbit ears of old, the rabbit ears used for VHF reception might also need tweaking as you switch from channel to channel.

Aesthetics

Hard to miss in a room. Many say the swept-back design of the antenna is relatively good-looking, but that's in the eye of the beholder, and the Terk HDTVAZ can't be as effectively hidden in a room as an antenna like the ClearStream Eclipse (Est. $55) or the Channel Master Flatenna 35 (Est. $10). It's also a bit top-heavy and prone to tipping over, which can be even more of a nuisance if you need to constantly fiddle with the Terk HDTVAZ to bring in signals coming from different headings.

Value

Could be overkill for some. Although it's less expensive than some antennas -- including some that don't perform as well -- the Terk HDTVAZ is a little pricey. If you don't absolutely require a directional antenna, and live relatively close to the transmitters, an omnidirectional antenna like the $10 Channel Master Flatenna 35, or even a basic rabbit ears and loop antenna like the RCA Indoor FM and HDTV Antenna ((Est. $9)), might be all that you need. But if you live in an area where multipath interference is an issue, the HDTVAZ may be your best choice.

Our Sources

Pete Putman, April 8, 2010

In this highly technical review, Putman conducts a three-antenna comparison test that includes the Terk HDTVAZ (then called the Terk HDTVa). He says the antenna "did the best overall job on UHF DTV and analog VHF signals, and the internal amplifier (although not a low-noise design) does make a difference." Although this is an older review, the product has not changed since it was published.

Edward N. Albro, Dec. 19, 2011

Edward Albro looks at five indoor antennas in this head-to-head comparison review. The Terk HDTVAZ is judged to have the best performance, pulling in the highest signal strength on the most channels. Again, while this is an older review, it's still relevant.

Contributors to Amazon.com, As of January 2017

More than 2,900 users provide feedback on the Terk HDTVa, giving it an overall rating of 3.6 out of 5 stars. Some reviews are incredibly detailed, including comparisons to other indoor TV antennas. Many owners are either completely or mostly satisfied, but others say the antenna didn't work at their location or other antennas provided better results.

Contributors to Crutchfield.com, As of January 2017

Though there are far fewer reviews here than at Amazon.com, at just under 95, there's still enough feedback at Crutchfield.com to be meaningful. Satisfaction with the Terk HDTVAZ (which is still sold under its older Terk HDTVa name here) is relatively high at 4.5 stars. While not everyone is satisfied, several owners say that this antenna worked where others failed.

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