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Old 18-Sep-2013, 7:31 PM   #1
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Distribution amp or Splitter?

I recently purchased a Mohu Sky HD. (Yes I know there are better antennas and yes I know it's thought of as overpriced. Anyhow, for me it pulls in a good amount of channels especially given I am 45+ miles away from the towers in a terrain filled with hills.)

Ok so back to my question, the Mohu comes with a small pre-amp and for the one tv I have hooked up everything is working well. I do plan to hook up 1-3 additional TV's in the near future and from reading it seems doing this will degrade my signal. I see some recommend using a distribution amp such as the ones I listed below.

Do you think I will be fine with a splitter or is a distribution amp recommended? Will the Mohu pre-amp & distribution amp conflict with one another?
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Old 18-Sep-2013, 9:43 PM   #2
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I would keep it simple. Try a passive splitter first. If it works, you saved money and avoided adding a small amount of noise that might cause trouble with an already marginal signal.

If the added loss in cables and splitter causes you to loose reliable reception, then add a CM-3410 ahead of the passive splitter.

FWIW, the CM-3410, CM3414 and PCT-MA2-4P are all the same 15 dB gain amplifier. The multiple output port versions simply package a passive splitter in the same case. I like to maintain the flexibility of being able to change the splitter, so I opt for the single output model.
If the well is dry and you don't see rain on the horizon, you'll need to dig the hole deeper. (If the antenna can't get the job done, an amp won't fix it.)

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Old 18-Sep-2013, 9:46 PM   #3
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That's a great idea. I'll probably use the existing splitter I have, try the other TV's and pick up a 1 port distribution amp if needed.

And yes I did ground the mast included w/ the Mohu haha.
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