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Clearstream 2V vs Clearstream 2 Max: Which Antennas are Better?

Most of us spend a fair sum on cable TV and half the time we rarely watch all the channels. Others don’t have good reception, whether that’s because they live in remote areas or there is a lot of interference. Choosing the right antenna can save money and improve your TV viewing.

We are going to compare two very similar antennae, the Clearstream 2V vs 2 Max. We will look at a number of their features including appearance, channels and value for money. Once we have looked at all of the features, we will add a side-by-side chart and some pros and cons of each before we decide which is the better antenna.

Clearstream 2V vs Clearstream 2 Max

We will begin with the features that the Clearstream 2V and the Clearstream 2 Max have in common.

Clearstream 2V vs Clearstream 2 Max – Similarities

Signal Range

The Clearstream 2V and the Clearstream 2 Max have a signal range of over 60 miles. They are able to pick up signals from transmitting towers at more than 60 miles in multiple directions.

Multi-directional Elements.

For better range and reception, the Clearstream 2V and the Clearstream 2 Max have dedicated UHF and VHF multi-directional elements. Specifically, the Clearstream 2V has UHF 10.4 dBi and Hi-VHF 3.1.

Wide Beam Angle

The wide beam angle of the Clearstream 2V and the Clearstream 2 Max helps to pick up even more channels from towers that are widely spread apart. The Clearstream 2 Max has a wide beam angle of 70º but the exact angle of the Clearstream 2V isn’t stated.

Installation

The Clearstream 2V and the Clearstream 2 Max are designed for indoor use and outdoor use. For outdoor use, they are strong enough to withstand high winds. There is a slight difference in that the Clearstream 2V has a unique peel and stick mounting bar and the Clearstream 2 Max is mounted with wall brackets.

Antenna Point App

The Antenna Point App works with the Clearstream 2V and the Clearstream 2 Max. It’s incredibly handy and free. Once you download the app, you can see all of the towers that are transmitting in your area. You can also check the distance between towers, a TV channel list, and the TV coverage zone.

Side by Side Comparison

We can review the features of the Clearstream 2V and the Clearstream 2 max in the comparison chart below.

 

Clearstream 2V

Clearstream 2 Max

Images Clearstream 2V Clearstream 2 Max
Size 11.75 x 20.65 x 9.13 inches 20 x 27.5 x 2.8 inches
Weight 5.1lbs 3.24lbs
Range 60+ miles 60+ miles
Multi-directional Elements UHF 10.4 dBi and Hi-VHF 3.1 UHF and VHF
Wide Beam Angle Yes Yes, 70º
Impedance 75 Ohm Not stated
Installation Indoor or outdoor, peel and stick Indoor or outdoor, wall bracket
Amplifier Jolt 15dB USB in-line system Not stated
Antenna Point App Yes Yes
Mast 20 inches with pivoting base Sold separately
Free Channels ABC, PBS, Fox, NBC, etc. 4K and 1080p ready Yes, 4k ready
What’s Included 20-inch mount, all-weather mounting hardware, 12ft detachable coaxial cable Wall bracket, all-weather mounting hardware.
Warranty Limited lifetime Limited lifetime
Price

Next, we will move on to the differences between the Clearstream 2V and the Clearstream 2 Max.

Differences Between Clearstream 2V and Clearstream 2 Max

Appearance

They both have Clearstream signature loop antennae, and they are both black.

Clearstream 2 Max antenna

Clearstream 2V

The measurements are 11.75 x 20.65 x 9.13 inches, and it weighs 5.1 pounds. It has a wire receptor that focuses the antenna power.

Clearstream 2 Max

In total, it is 20 x 27.5 x 2.8 inches. Without the receptor, it weighs less at 3.24 pounds.

The Winner Is- A Tie

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Impedance

The impedance refers to the current and voltage at the input of the antenna.

Clearstream 2V review

Clearstream 2V

The impedance rating is 75 Ohm

Clearstream 2 Max

There is no product information about the impedance.

The Winner Is- The Clearstream 2V

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Amplifier

Again, unfortunately, we are missing some information about this feature.

Clearstream 2 Max comparison

Clearstream 2V

This antenna has a Jolt 15dB USB in-line amplifier system.

Clearstream 2 Max

There is no mention of an amplifier system with this antenna.

The Winner Is- The Clearstream 2V

Free Channels

The free channels will depend on your area and the app will give you a better idea.

Clearstream 2V

You can get ABC, PBS, Fox, NBC as some examples. The antenna is both 4K and 1080 ready.

Clearstream 2 Max

It is 4K ready but there are no examples of the free channels you can get or 1080 ready.

The Winner Is- The Clearstream 2V

What’s Included

What comes with the antenna adds to the value for money.

Clearstream 2V comparison

Clearstream 2V

It comes with a 20-inch mount with a pivoting base, all-weather hardware and a 12ft detachable coaxial cable.

Clearstream 2 Max

Sadly, there is no mount included. It comes with a wall bracket for mounting and all-weather mounting hardware.

The Winner Is- The Clearstream 2V

Value for Money

The two Clearstream antennae are well priced for their quality.

Clearstream 2 Max review

Clearstream 2V

This is a little more expensive, but only around $10-$15 more. It comes with a limited 3-year warranty.

Clearstream 2 Max

While it might be a little cheaper but if you buy the mount separately, it comes to the same price. You also get a 3-year limited warranty.

The Winner Is- A Tie

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Pros and Cons

Before our final verdict, we have some pros and cons of the antennae from Clearstream.

Clearstream 2V

Pros:

  • It better for indoor and outdoor use
  • More pieces but still easy to assemble
  • Good for multiple TVs

Cons:

  • Depending on your area, you may have to experiment with the direction of the antenna

Clearstream 2 max

Pros:

  • A very good antenna for indoor use
  • Good number of free channels and with a clear picture
  • Ease of use makes it worth the money

Cons:

  • Some of the plastic parts are too weak

The Final Verdict

Today’s winner is the Clearstream 2V. Not only does it do a slightly better job at picking up TV channels, but the quality of the pictures is also better. We preferred the simple peel and stick mounting system and it makes sense to choose the antenna that has the 20-inch mount so that you can install it higher up and improve the signal even more.


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