Maybe you've got a spare TV or you're looking to cut the cord entirely. Finding a discreet indoor antenna that performs acceptably can be frustrating. There is a N.C. -based company that thinks its WallTenna is the answer.
The WallTenna is an indoor solution with a form factor similar to the Mohu Leaf to which we gave a favorable review. Like the Leaf, the WallTenna eschews more traditional antenna shapes for a paper-thin design that can be more stealthily deployed - like behind a picture on the wall. It measures 14" tall x 16.25" wide by 10mm thick. A lengthy 12- foot coaxial cable is included.
The WallTenna is a double-bowtie antenna made of copper sealed in a thin sheet of clear plastic. Being transparent, the antenna can also be mounted in a window without blocking sunlight.
An omni-directional antenna, the WallTenna receives broadcasts from multiple directions, but I did find it needed some occasional adjustment in my location. It performed just as well as its closest competitor, the Mohu Leaf that I tested last year. Though predictably short of the Mohu's pricer Leaf Plus - a powered antenna at $73.49.
Results will vary depending on where the antenna is placed. The signal strength in your location will effect your mounting options of course. A TV's tuner quality will also have an effect.
Both are sold by N.C. -based companies. Priced at $34.95, the WallTenna undercuts the slightly smaller Mohu Leaf by $5 at this time. Though my experience put the two antennas neck-and-neck, HDTVmagazine gave a slight edge to the longer elements of the WallTenna. That along with its slightly lower price make a strong case, but some may prefer the aesthetics of the Leaf.