Interference, often the bane of my gadget-infested living room, is addressed by what One For All calls SignalClear technology. Triple interference filters offer 10 stages of filtering to reject unwanted signals, such as DECT phones, mobile phones, wireless devices and other sources. This helps avoid overload and picture freeze. Also, a low noise microcontroller is used to amplify terrestrial signals up to 42dB.
Well-equipped for the challenge of indoor reception
My 11th floor flat has line of sight of Crystal Palace’s transmitter, but the SV9380 is the first indoor aerial I’ve used – and I’ve tried a good half dozen – that can cope with my building’s steel frame structure and the plethora of interference-generating kit, such as an Apple AirPort Extreme base station, BT Home Hub, Sky+ and other home entertainment paraphernalia.
Positioning it in an east-west axis on my windowsill every Freeview channel was picked up with nearly maximum signal strength and quality, including all three HD channels. Simply rotating the aerial by 90 degrees and the signal strength dropped. When the aerial was moved behind a wall, only a few channels were picked up, somewhat in line with expectations for this environment.
I also tested the aerial at a house in Essex with known patchy reception. It did require more precise positioning (and a power extension lead) but the SV9380 picked up all the Freeview standard def channels and most were stable most of the time. A handful of channels suffered with some picture-freezing and drop-outs, possibly due to lower signal strength on certain frequencies, also not helped by the fact that trees were in leaf.
No portable aerial can do anything with a really poor signal but some are better than others with medium to weak signals. From my experience, the SV9380 outperformed all other indoor aerials including the Philex 27770R, which is a pretty decent model. Even so there is no guarantee that it will work for you, as every situation is different, with several variables coming in to play. Indeed, for some, only a rooftop aerial will suffice.
As indoor aerials go, the SV9380 is a cut above most of what's on offer. Solidly built, stylish even, and technologically equipped to deliver Freeview HD, often against the odds. If your TV reception is marginal then the SV9380 may just make the difference between being able to pick up and watch your favourite shows and facing a blank or frozen screen. ®
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There is NO SUCH THING as a digital or HD aerial at all.
An aerial that differentiates between horizontal and vertical is better.
An amplifier in a indoor aerial is almost pointless. Amplifiers are to overcome coax loss. To get more signal you need a higher or better sited aerial or higher gain aerial.
An £8 aerial will work just as well.
If an aerial in same room (so called set-top aerial) isn't perfect, then you are best to put an outdoor aerial in attic, top of cupboards, wardrobe etc and if that's not good, then outdoors.
£50 on an Indoor Aerial is wasting money and rewarding dubious Marketing.
A gold plated RF socket is a clear sign of snake oil, designed to appeal to people who have no clue about technology. Like the badge on a BMW it serves only to increase the price people will pay for no extra value.
No antennas involved I hope!
The plural of antenna in the broadcasting sense is antennas, not antennae. Antennae are what insects have.
I know, I'll get my coat.
"Also, a low noise microcontroller is used to amplify terrestrial signals up to 42dB."
Rubbish, microcontrollers do not amplify signals, amplifiers do. I've seen better technical knowledge from a Curry's salesman. Next you'll be telling us that the gold plated connectors improve the picture quality.
"My 11th floor flat has line of sight of Crystal Palace’s transmitter."
Having direct line of sight with Crystal Palace, I'd expect a coat-hanger to work reasonably well. Would have preferred more detail about the Essex house with patchy signal.