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Old 12-04-2016, 05:26 PM   #1
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HDTV powered splitter needed?

I have a King Jack HDTV antenna that is supposedly a 12 volt / 100 mA amplifier, followed by a 6-way splitter. Some of the (Insignia) TV's are able to detect more channels than others. Is the King Jack amplifying sufficiently or do I need to do more? I am speculate that the signal has degraded to such a point that the TV can't pick what's left of the signal. I am thinking that I should replace the unpowered splitter with a powered splitter, or drop down to a 3-way splitter or a 4-way splitter and a 75-ohm terminators on the unused port. However, I am at a loss to find a powered splitter that can run off of the 12 volt system. I'm not a big TV watcher and don't really want to go the satellite route; I just want the installed stuff to work properly. Advice?
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I have a King Jack HDTV antenna that is supposedly a 12 volt / 100 mA amplifier, followed by a 6-way splitter.

I am thinking that I should replace the unpowered splitter with a powered splitter, or drop down to a 3-way splitter or a 4-way splitter and a 75-ohm terminators on the unused port. However, I am at a loss to find a powered splitter that can run off of the 12 volt system. I'm not a big TV watcher and don't really want to go the satellite route; I just want the installed stuff to work properly. Advice?
Channel Master makes some of the best powered cable splitters, but they're 110VAC, not 12VDC. However, you could always get an inexpensive 12V-to-AC inverter like this.


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Some of the (Insignia) TV's are able to detect more channels than others.
The quality of ATSC (OTA) TV tuners is not the same from TV to TV. Unfortunately, Insignia TVs are not on the top of the quality heap.
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