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The Antennas Direct Clearstream Horizon is a stylish indoor TV antenna with a companion amplifier that helps pull in stations in areas of good to moderate signals.
The unit measures 23x5x.09 inches (WxHxD) and weighs 1.5 pounds. It wouldn’t look out of place alongside your TV or mounted on a wall, like a soundbar. It also ships with a small stand that allows it to be placed on a shelf or cabinet.
The antenna is designed to cover the VHF High and UHF bands, which are broadcast channels 7 through 37. In the age of digital TV, the channel number used in a TV station’s name and its actual broadcast channel do not necessarily match up, so check our guide to find your local broadcast channel numbers.
This review is part of TechHive’s coverage of the best TV antennas, where you’ll find reviews of the competition’s offerings, plus a buyer’s guide to the features you should consider when shopping for this type of product.
Clearmstream Horizon TV antenna performance
Antennas Direct says the antenna has a range of “60+ miles,” but that’s theoretical and the range you experience depends on your local terrain and the location of transmitters you’re looking to tune to. That said, Antennas Direct is not making the kind of outlandish claim we’ve seen from some less-scrupulous manufacturers.
The amplifier is a small, inline unit that can be switched on or off depending on the signal you’re trying to catch. This is handy, because in some cases adding an amplifier might make reception worse by overloading your TV’s tuner. That wasn’t a problem in our tests and it helped the signal every time it was switched on.
In the first position we tested, at the bottom of a window facing the direction of the broadcast towers, it managed to pick up eight local TV stations and one out-of-market station. The Winegard in the same position received two additional local stations.
Moving the antenna to a new position, higher up on the wall just above the window, resulted in stronger signals and successful reception of an additional out-of-market station, which was the same as the Winegard antenna. On the Clearstream Horizon, the signal quality was slightly weaker on some channels, although it didn’t make a big difference to the programs received.
Both antennas successfully received the local transmitter broadcasting ATSC 3.0 “NextGen TV” programming.
Bottom line on the Antennas Direct Clearstream Horizon
The Antennas Direct Clearstream Horizon worked well with the amplifier turned on. Reception performance was marginally less than the Winegard FlatWave Amped, but it wasn’t a major difference. The Clearstream Horizon definitely wins for its looks over the Winegard and is an indoor antenna we can recommend, especially if you want something that looks good.
Martyn Williams produces technology news and product reviews in text and video for PCWorld, Macworld, and TechHive from his home outside Washington D.C.. He previously worked for IDG News Service as a correspondent in San Francisco and Tokyo and has reported on technology news from across Asia and Europe.