Mohu Leaf 50 Amplified Indoor HDTV Antenna
This is a personal review of the Mohu Leaf 50 Amplified Indoor HDTV Antenna
I was so sick of paying my high DirecTV bill, and since I was already on a month-to-month contract with them, I knew I had to make the switch to a cord cutters lifestyle ASAP. It wasn’t because I needed to save the money… it was because my family really didn’t use the channels DirecTV gave us. We are a big Netflix household, and we rarely tuned the TV to DirecTV. And to make matters worse, my cable bill was $88 just for TV (excluding internet)… no thanks. Something needed to change.
I did extensive research online: on Amazon and anywhere else I could find DTV antenna recommendations. (To be honest, there was no good place to do that, so I decided to build this site.)
Update: December 2016
While doing this research on Amazon earlier this year, I came to realize that there were A LOT of leaf antennas out there. They all look the same with the square “leaf” part with a coaxial cable that connects it to the TV. However, after having my Mohu Leaf for almost a year and reviewing quite a bit of other antennas, I realize now that all leaf (otherwise known as thin and flat) antennas are created equal. The Mohu Leaf 50 has outperformed every single antenna that has come through my door since then.
Every. Single. One.
You can continue reading my review below for more information, or you can simply hop over to Amazon and buy the Mohu Leaf 50 now. No other HD antenna is worth your time.
After all my online research, I decided to purchase the Mohu Leaf 50. It came in its “frustration-free packaging”, which I guess was nice, but really just looked like a clear plastic bag that wasn’t sealed shut by a hot press. It came with essentially three parts: the white “leaf” antenna part, the amplifier/power part and the coaxial cable.
Installation was a breeze (they even had tags on the cables to tell you where they go… nice!). I decided that I was going to hang it directly above the TV, so I tacked it up there in my drywall with the two thumbtacks they nicely provided. The amplifier screwed easily into the antenna, and the coaxial cable then screwed easily into the amplifier. Nothing special about this, but it was easy. A couple coaxial connections, plug it in and voila!
The next step was to program the TV to search for channels available through the antenna. How to do this is entirely dependent to the type of TV you have, but I just needed to go to Setup -> TV -> Scan for channels. After scanning for about 5 minutes, it said it had found 28 channels, which included the major channels that NoCable said it would. 🙂
The Mohu Leaf 50 has been the smallest leaf antenna I have reviewed thus far. It is about 2 inches less in its height and width than the other leading brands. This makes a huge difference when you are trying to hide it, but it did not hamper the reception of any channels.
Well, I guess for a leaf antenna, it looks fine. Actually, probably better than “fine”, but I am not in love with having an antenna tacked up on my wall. Don’t get me wrong, I wasn’t exactly happy with having this on my roof either:
I bought this antenna in January 2016, and have had absolutely no problems with it yet. Rain or snow, the thing just works. I’m sure this has something to do with where I have it hung, but I am about 50 miles away from the closest channel broadcast center, and I have no trouble what-so-ever. And if you are not familiar, Western PA is quite hilly… and that hasn’t affected this antenna at all.
Update: January 2017
Well, it finally happened. I was watching a Pittsburgh Steelers game a couple Sunday’s ago and the reception started getting choppy. Freezing. Pausing. Blank TV screen… it was the worst possible time for this to have happened (right in the middle of a game).
To be fair, there was a decent amount of snow falling that day, but there were no leaves on the trees at all. I checked all the connections between the Mohu Leaf and my Samsung TV, and made sure they were tight. During a commercial break I went through and re-scanned for channels. After about 5 minutes of scanning, CBS came back online and I had much better reception.
I am not sure what caused it, but I did read on Mohu’s website that you should consider re-scanning for OTA channels once a month. Well, I did it once all of last year, and it seemed to have fixed the issue. Clear reception ever since.