Between Hulu and Netflix, I have little need for cable. I rely on my local HDTV channels for coverage of the Olympics and news via a HDTV antenna I tossed up in the attic because it was so aesthetically unpleasing. Until recently, ugly antennas were the norm. More recently however, manufacturers have taken aesthetics into account, introducing antennas designed for those who care about looks and performance.
For best performance, an antenna should be placed the attic. However, if you live in the city or close enough to the point of broadcasts, many of the antennas listed below should serve you well. Naturally, passive antennas are unpowered, and most of the time will provide less reception range than a powered or amplified antenna, recommended to those who live further away from the point of broadcast.
Our picks for antennas that don't need to be relegated to the closet:
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1. SDV2750/27 Amplified Digital Antenna by Philips, $49.99
2. ANT1450B Multi-Directional Amplified HDTV Antenna by RCA, $44.99
3. SDV2710/27 Passive HDTV Antenna by Philips, $19.99
4. The Lacrosse Amplified HDTV Antenna by Antennas Direct, $165.99
5. SDV2730/27 HDTV/UHF/VHF/FM Digital Indoor TV Antenna by Philips, $29.99
6. SDV2740/27 HDTV Antenna by Philips, $49.99
7. Indoor Amplified HDTV Antenna by RCA, $49.99
8. ANT1450M Multi-Directional Amplified HDTV Antenna by RCA, $44.99
9. SDV3132 - HDTV antenna plate by Philips, $19.99
10. FDTV1A Flat Digital Omni Directional HDTV Antenna by Terk, $89.99
Also, checkout AVS Forum for their reviews of many antennas on the market today. And, if you do have room in your attic or closet to hide a less than attractive antenna, you can make your own HDTV antenna from screws, coat hangers, and a piece of wood via Make's How-to.