RCA ANT1400 Multi Directional Digital Flat Passive Home Theater

RCA ANT1400 Multi Directional Digital Flat Passive Home Theater

Brand: RCA
Model: ANT1400
List Price: $29.99
Price: $4.49

Average Customer Rating

  3 out of 5

Big Screen TV Part Description:

With the 360-degree patented reception technology, this indoor antenna eliminates the constant need to adjust so you get a great picture. Just hang it, lay it flat, or stand it upright and receive local HD, DTV and FM signals for free. And you will receive all local digital TV broadcasts. This antenna will outperform traditional antennas due to that patented design. The slim profile and streamline shape complements any home theater center. ....read more

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Big Screen TV Part Features:

  • RCA digital, flat, passive home theater antenna is multi-directional
  • More free channels with easy-to-use effective parental controls and enhanced services such as digital closed-captioning
  • Preview digital reception at www.StayTuned2TV.com
  • Patented design outperforms traditional antennas with no need for constant adjustments
  • Sleek white design can be hung or laid flat to disappear into its surroundings, and is backed by a 1-year limited warranty

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RCA ANT1400 Multi Directional Digital Flat Passive Home Theater

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

J. Botelis May 20, 2010 at 12:00 am

Rating:5 out of 5 stars
I ordered this for a friend that lives in the country. He bought a new TV and needed an antenna. With the new RCA antenna his picture is as good as my cable.

It also doesn’t look like an antenna…very sleek.


Ramesh Pinnamaneni May 22, 2010 at 12:00 am

Works well when placed near a window
Rating:3 out of 5 stars
I bought this at BestBuy. The antenna is lightweight and has placements for hooks that allow it to be hanged on the wall like you would do with a photo-frame. My environment is as follows: I am about 20 miles away from the tower. The channels (CBS, ABC, NBC, PBS, FOX, CW and some independents broadcasted here in salt lake city) I was hoping to catch were coming in from southwest side of my apartment. Fortunately, I have a window facing south in the living room where the TV (Olevia 237t HDTV) is located. The TV is located about 5 feet north of the window.

With indoor antennas like these, passive especially, placement matters quite a bit.

Placement and results:

1. Next to TV – no channels found

2. Hooking it to the wall behind the TV – 3 channels found, but these were not digital channels but SD broadcast and had lots of noise.

3. Flat down on the window sill facing the south (signals are coming in from south-west) – 22 channels found, had almost all the channels I was looking for except the PBS local station (KUED). The signal strength was not great and lots of shuttering.

4. Vertically taped to the top of the window – 33 channels found, 100% signal strength on most channels, >90% on the rest, great quality. Got all the channels that […] shows for my location.

So, to cut a long story short, placing it against a window seems to be the best solution. My location is covered with 2-storied buildings on all sides, including the side that has a window and I am on the lower floor of my building. It still managed to grab great signal once its placed at a reasonable height near a window. I should also point out that my location is merely 20 miles from the broadcast towers, so for folks on fringe areas YMMV.

On the whole, a reasonable product for the price (I paid $19.95 (openbox item) at Bestbuy) and little effort to get it working.

I should also add that I use this antenna with a PC TV card (HVR 1600) and it too was able to tune without any problems even though this tuner is weaker than the ATSC tuner in my HDTV.


Bryce Nesbitt May 22, 2010 at 12:00 am

No specifications, difficult to compare
Rating:2 out of 5 stars
For my parents it worked better than a pair of rabbit ear antennas, but only a little bit so.

The box and website for this antenna have wild claims the benefits, but absolutely no technical specifications or detail. Normally one expects a graph showing how the antenna performs at various orientations and frequencies. Over the air viewers need to be concerned with these frequencies:

* Low VHF (Channels 2-6), rare

* High VHF (Channels 7-13), uncommon with exceptions like KGO-TV in San Francisco

* Core UHF (Channels 14-51)

* Obsolete UHF (Channels 52-69), unused after 2009


M&A May 22, 2010 at 12:00 am

Stay away from the 1400–Go for the 1500 instead
Rating:1 out of 5 stars
See more details under my RCA ANT1500 review which outshines this RCA ANT1400.

Long story short: Location–Bayside, Queens, NY, 11 miles east of main NYC digital towers. Only brought in 14 channels (some very weak) compared to the 35 channels (mostly strong) that the ANT1500 brought in. Moving it around and rescanning several times did not help that much. Note: Channels include subchannels.

Guess size does make a difference as the ANT1400 was smaller and cheesier compared to the ANT1500.

Avoid this antenna unless you are really close to the towers you are interested in.


L. Davis May 22, 2010 at 12:00 am

the bad reviews are true.
Rating:2 out of 5 stars
Hi,the bad reviews for this tricky antenna are true,

dont waste your money, a DB2 UHF only antenna

works much better than the RCA 1400.


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