Product Comparison: Antennas Direct DB8-E vs Channel Master CM-4228HD

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General Specifications
Antennas Direct
Channel Master
About the Product
The DB8e Bowtie antenna has an unsurpassed gain of 17.4 dBi making this the most powerful antenna in the world! Utilizing patented technology to receive TV signals 70 miles away.
The Channel Master CM 4228HD is a pre-assembled 8-Bay outdoor TV antenna which will receive UHF and HD signals. This antenna has a signal range of 60 miles and will pick up available local digital and HD signals.
Key Specs
Antenna Reception Range
70 miles
80 miles
High VHF / UHF
Signal Support
UHD 4K, Full HD, HD
What customers say about "Key Specs"
Antennas Direct DB8-E 8-Element Bowtie TV Antenna
  • This is a great product, and lives up to its rating of having a 60-70 mile range when mounted outside with no obstructions.
  • The signal strength meter ranges around 60-85% and the quality is 100% across the board.
  • The range is 80+ miles, and the reception is very clear. I live in a small rural city, and with this pick up the 35+ stations from the larger city 80 miles away without any issues.
  • It is very sensitive, and well made. Please realize that it is UHF only and is only designed to receive real channels 14-51.
  • Good antenna. Clear assembly directions and excellent signal boost. Mounted in attic.
Channel Master CM-4228HD High VHF, UHF and HDTV Antenna
  • Excellent. I cannot comment on the range, listed as '80 miles' because I am only 30 miles away from the nearest television antenna transmission cluster. But it's work amazing.
  • Great antenna! Pulls in UHF as well as Hi-VHF frequencies which was perfect for my location.
  • The 80 mile range is a joke. I am less than 35 miles from most of the main towers. Overall signal dropped 25% instead of improving.
  • Despite the claim of 80 mile range I was only able to get stations 50 miles out and could not get a VHF station that was 25 miles out.
  • This Channel Master CM4228HD failed to perform as well as the smaller and cheaper Mediasonic. I expected an antenna with 75 mile range, to perform as well or better.
Size & Weight
37.5 in.
41 in.
50 in.
33 in.
6 in.
5.5 in.
12 lb
10 lb
What customers say about "Size & Weight"
Antennas Direct DB8-E 8-Element Bowtie TV Antenna
  • It is very light weight but even still when you are holding it trying to find that perfect location it does get a little heavy on your hands.
  • The elements are light weight, easy to construct and hopefully durable. I attached the antenna on a 12' mast on my roof.
  • It is light weight, well built and easy to assemble. My only concern is our CT winters.
  • It's large size works against it to make 'tuning' extremely difficult in such signal challenged areas.
  • As someone who remembers what antennas were like before cable, I am very impressed. It is, however, very large.
Channel Master CM-4228HD High VHF, UHF and HDTV Antenna
  • Small size and light weight. Live 80 miles from nearest station outperforms channel master ultra high digital cross fire.
  • Weight, size, assembly all great for handyman. Installed unit in our attic. Allowed us to cut the cable. Very pleased.
  • Compact size makes it a perfect fit for the attic. Matched it with Channel Master's DVR+.
  • It is light weight. It was easy to assemble. I mounted it to a 6 foot high pole in the ground.
  • Very light weight and flimsy, but actually well made. Works great with a channel master rotater and a Winegard pre-amp.
Antenna Type
Amplification Type
Active with line supply
Active with line supply
17.4 dB
12 dB
Cable Length
2.3 feet
All-weather mounting hardware, Lifetime Warranty on parts, 2 each 28" cables to combine antenna panels, Multi-Directional Reception
Turning Radius: 2 ft., Wind Resistance, Multi-Directional Reception
What customers say about "Features"
Antennas Direct DB8-E 8-Element Bowtie TV Antenna
  • I'm getting 90-100% strength on all of them without amplification, mounting the antenna in the attic of my two story house.
  • This antenna works great. I installed it in my attic and have it split off to 4 TVs. It is picking up 64 channels with no amplification.
  • All received signals are excellent – no pixilation, ghosting, fading, etc.
  • All of the stations come in very clear. Since it's protected from the elements inside our attic, this antenna should easily last without the need for the lifetime parts guarantee.
  • It is impossible to install in the room because it is very large and will take up a lot of space.
Channel Master CM-4228HD High VHF, UHF and HDTV Antenna
  • The antenna pulls in more stations than the previous 2 without any signal amplification. Does a great job.
  • I get 39 channels and am running it to 3 different TV's with NO amplification needed. Great antenna for my area.
  • I picked this up because it reception up to 80 miles and I needed a more wind resistant antenna than the Winegard HD7698P I had since I live in a hurricane prone area.
  • The Channel Master appears to be a very good weather resistant antenna.
  • Their amplification circuit is questionable at best, and their mast rotation function is not indexed, so you have to guess where it is pointing.
Power Supply
Not needed
Not needed
Warranty / Certifications
Manufacturer warranty
Other Information
159.99 $
149.00 $

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