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Antennas Direct ClearStream Eclipse Amplified Indoor Antenna Review

By: Carl Laron on December 01, 2017

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
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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 it 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, or will do so in the future, 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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