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Ever since TVs became a key part of our households the struggle for good signal and more channels. The struggle is most often solved through a lot of fiddling with your rabbit ear antenna. However, in today’s market, we have new and refined devices for this purpose. The ClearStream antennas with loop design will be our subject of interest today, specifically the 4V and 4Max models. We will take a look at Clearstream 4V vs 4Max, how they enhance the strengths of antenna use while simplifying or outright removing the fiddling that comes with them. On top of that, this article will summarize their strengths and weaknesses before providing a sure suggestion on which of the two you want for your home.
|Size||21.4 x 5.1 x 12.2 inches||31.3 x 3.8 x 17.5 inches|
|Weight||6 pounds||3.1 pounds|
|Antenna Ranges||50, 60, 70 miles||35, 40, 60, 70 miles|
|Picture Quality||Full HD 1080p, 4K||Full HD 1080p, 4K|
|Beam Angle||43 degrees||45 degrees|
|UHF||13.2 dBi||11 dBi|
|VHF||4.0 dBi||2.5 dBi|
|Frequency Range||470 – 700 MHz||470 – 698 Mhz|
|Warranty||Lifetime warranty||Lifetime warranty|
The 75 ohms impedance necessitates the use of a coax cable to connect it with the other items.
Both of these antennas top off at 70 miles at the most expensive option. This will provide you major range no matter your location.
Upon installing either of these antennas you will be able to connect multiple TVs to it. By providing a cable for them to communicate through you are obtaining the ability to solve your antenna needs with a single item. Be sure to install the antenna itself on a high-up place, either a roof or attic, to reduce interference from other devices and walls. Even though the range of the antenna is huge it will be heavily hampered by these elements.
Antenna Point App
One of the biggest qualms people have about using an antenna is that it often requires adjustments. This most frequently comes in the form of orienting the antenna to the desired tower being either pure guesswork or extremely tedious. Another common issue is not knowing what channels each tower provides without trying them out. However, with Antenna Point App, ClearStream antennas manage to counteract this significant downside. The app makes aiming your antenna easy. You can view all the TV transmitting towers and the list of TV channels that are available on them. This allows quick setup and information gathering for less hassle overall.
The ClearStream boasts the quality of their products and services to such an extent where they offer a guarantee on all of their antennas as well as all parts included.
Both antennas have UHF and VHF support, being able to pick up free, over-the-air television from both of these frequencies.
From this antenna, you can expect a UHF gain of 13.2 dBi while the VHF gain is 4.0 dBi.
The 4Max antenna provides 11 dBi of gain on UHF frequency while its VHF gain is 2.5 dBi.
The Winner: ClearStream 4V
The beam angle on this device is 43 degrees, on top of that, it has a frequency range of 470 to 700 MHz.
As for this item, it has a 45 degrees beam angle and a frequency range of 470 to 698 MHz. A very minor difference.
The Winner: Tie
The antennas on display today are made with the loop design. This design makes them more potent in their role.
In terms of physical dimensions, this antenna has sizes of 21.4 x 5.1 x 12.2 inches and a weight of 6 pounds. The antenna is comprised of a rod that keeps the loops and reflectors. The loops have mesh in the back along with the usual segments and the reflector enhances the signal from the front while lowering the quality of other directions’ signal.
4Max antenna has the same rod and loops but without reflector and mesh, which improves omnidirectional reception. As for its dimensions they are 31.3 x 3.8 x 17.5 inches with 3.1 pounds of weight. A way more lightweight setup.
The Winner: ClearStream 4Max
Pros and cons