Lava HD8008 Review

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The Lava OmniPro HD-8008 HDTV antenna features omnidirectionality, ease of installation, and UHF/VHF reception in a compact and lightweight product that can be set up just about anywhere.

The antenna is like a starter kit for those looking to cut the cord and move away from cable. It comes with just about everything you need, such as a built-in preamplifier and coaxial cable to connect with your TV. It even includes a passive splitter device for connecting up to four TVs.

The antenna is compatible with modern HDTVs that use a digital tuner and supports picture resolutions of up to 4K.

Features and Benefits

Unpacking the antenna from the box, you’ll notice it comes with a few items that you normally don’t find included with outdoor antennas. For instance, it comes with a 40-foot RG6 coaxial cable along with around 15 clips for attaching the cable to the wall as you run it down to your TV.

It also includes some standard parts, such as a mounting clamp and a U-bolt for setting the antenna on a mast.

The antenna’s size allows you to mount it on your roof, in your attic, or on top of an RV or boat. It’s UV protected and weatherproofed against the elements.

The manufacturer gives the Lava HD8008 a nominal range of between 40 to 80 miles — although the antenna is likelier to pick up signals at the more conservative end of this range. The manufacturer also claims a max range of 125 miles, however this is doubtful as the curvature of the earth limits the max range of TV antennas to around 80 miles.

Before buying any antenna, be sure to consult TVFool.com and enter your address to find out the locations and distances of your surrounding stations.

Amplified Line

As mentioned above, a preamplifier (installed at the antenna itself) for boosting received TV signals is included. This amplifies the coaxial cable to your TV and strengthens any radio frequency signals the antenna picks up. You may get extra channels as a result. However, if you live close to transmission towers (i.e., less than 10 miles away) it might introduce too much noise to already-strong signals, causing interference.

If you have concerns about this, when installing the antenna you may want to initially scan for channels on your TV or converter box tuner with the preamplifier switched off (by not plugging the antenna in) to see which channels you get. Then plug it in and rescan to compare the difference.

Omnidirectional

When installing the Lava HD8008, you don’t generally need to point it towards transmission towers as it gets 360-degree reception. However keep in mind that all antennas need a line of sight toward stations and depending on any local obstructions, you may need to orient it for best results.

Omnidirectional antennas work best in urban environments where broadcast signals are generally strong. If you live more than 40 miles from the nearest TV station, however, you may consider getting a (unidirectional) Yagi-type outdoor antenna instead, such as the RCA ANT751R HDTV antenna.

Channels and Frequencies

The Lava HD8008 receives both low and high VHF (RF channels 2-13), as well as UHF (RF channels 14-51). RF channels, otherwise known as real or broadcast channels, are not the normal TV channels you may think of but instead are spectrum allocations used by TV stations for broadcasting.

You can find out on which RF channels your local stations are broadcasting by consulting TVFool.com.

The antenna offers a gain of 28 dB in VHF, and 32 dB in UHF.

It also supports broadcasts of up to full HD (1080i or 1080p) and 4K.

Installing the Lava HD8008

The antenna comes already mostly assembled; you just need a screwdriver to insert the two “wings” into the antenna housing.

You also attach the preamplifier and mount the antenna where needed, whether on an antenna mast (using the included mast clamp and U-bolt) or by attaching it directly on a surface like your roof or the side of the house.

Note: there’s also a version of this antenna sold that includes a J-mount.

Make sure to set it up as high as possible in order to get as direct a line of sight to transmission towers as you can. If you’re installing it indoors, try to place it next to a window if possible.

Some customers install it in the attic but remember that indoor installations might get more signal interference in some instances.

You then run the included coaxial cable down to your TV or converter box, using the supplied cable clips to attach it to the wall.

Setting Up in Place of a Previous Satellite Dish

You can install the Lava HD8008 in the same place where your satellite dish used to be, using the same mast and even connecting it to the same coaxial cable.

The only caveat is perhaps that the old installation used lower-quality RG59 coaxial cable. But you can try the old cable anyway and check whether you still receive the desired channels. Otherwise you can use the antenna’s higher-quality RG6 coaxial or extend this with MediaBridge Ultra Series tri-shielded cable and F-type connectors.

Connecting Multiple TVs

The Lava antenna comes with a splitter allowing you to connect it with up to four TVs.

Splitters generally introduce small amounts of signal loss so the number of TVs you connect should correspond to the number of ports you’re using on the splitter, as unused ports still introduce loss.

In other words, if you only want to connect one other TV then the included 5-port splitter will still introduce loss corresponding to 5 ports. If you find your signal is degraded, you may want to purchase a 3-port splitter instead.

Grounding the Lava HD8008

We recommend you always ground an antenna that’s installed outdoors. You should ground both the coaxial cable and the mast if you’re using one.

Pros

  • Built-in preamplifier to boost received TV signals
  • 5-way splitter for connecting up to 4 TVs included
  • Receives both VHF and UHF signals

Cons

  • Omnidirectional antennas are better suited for urban environments than areas of fringe reception

Our Verdict

What we like about this omnidirectional Lava OmniPro HD-8008 HDTV antenna is its reception of both VHF and UHF signals and the extra accessories. It’s easy to set up and install, and includes many of the parts necessary for the task.

All in all, it’s a reliable antenna that offers increased gain due to the built-in preamplifier. It’s definitely a “set up and go” type of antenna that’ll work in a variety of settings.

NOTE: For a comparable product that's similarly omnidirectional and compact, you might want to check out the Antop UFO 720° antenna or the 1byone New Concept Omnidirectional TV antenna.

Specs

Design

Direction

Omnidirectional

Coaxial cable length (feet)

40

Dimensions in inches (H x W x L)

4.3 x 16.3 x 13.7 inches

Preamplifier

Reception

Antenna range (miles)

40-80

Channels

Full HD (1080p)

Frequencies

FM/UHF/VHF

Help & Support

Warranty

1 year

Email support

Phone support

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