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Old 23-Sep-2015, 1:47 PM   #1
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Distrubution Amp

Anyone have opinions on the Wineguard HDA 200? Or are there better devices out there? I need a low noise, low to modest signal increase, 2 output amp.

I need to add a 2 way splitter at one TV, the signal is already split with a 2 way. Adding the second at the TV in question drops signal to the point that TV losses about half its channels.

I'm thinking that I only need 4 to 5 db increase to compensate for the added loss of the splitter. Using a 18 db gain pre-amp overloaded my tuner severely.

Supposedly the gain HDA200 is adjustable, although the instructions on doing that are as clear as a muddy farm pond. I was hoping I could turn it down to the minimum but the only thing I can find on it is how to turn it up.

And the reason for all this is the wife factor. She just can't wrap her head around watching TV through the computer. I don't want to give up my recording on the PC, but need to make the TV work the same as "her" TV in the bedroom. I think she can understand pushing the source button on the remote, hopefully.
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Old 28-Sep-2015, 1:31 PM   #2
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Update:

I installed the HDA200 and 2 way splitter after the amp. Was able to tune the amp to a point just before it overloaded my signals.

Both endpoints after the splitter now receive all 53 channels. mostly equally.

This setup does show that my Hauppauge PCI tuner in the computer is a better tuner than the Samsung TV tuner. My weak stations get a slightly better signal with less pixilation and drops with the Hauppauge card.
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Old 5-May-2016, 12:00 AM   #3
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The older Winegard amps were better but it will work fine

The "low noise figure" claim is simply a marketing ploy as you will notice no difference vs older preamps

I use a Winegard 8700 and it has been a great performer for many years
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