Product Review (January 2009)
Winegard HD 7694P Terrestrial VHF-HI/UHF
Outdoor Antenna

By Kevin Nakano


Terrestrial antennas seem to be a thing of the past, but with so many new high definition channels available, many will be pleasantly surprised at just how good a picture is available for free over the airwaves. While the vast majority of households now have cable or satellite service providing local stations, the classic rooftop antenna is still as functional as it was 50+ years ago. The big difference is the unbelievable picture quality from a high definition signal. Content providers make it easy for customers to get local channels. However, many of these providers heavily compress the signal which results in artifacts that can often be seen with fast motion. Winegard is well known for their terrestrial antenna products and have recently introduced the HD 7694P DTV terrestrial antenna designed to specifically receive channels 7 through 69, covering all of the new digital broadcasts. We installed the new Winegard HD 7694P outdoor antenna with a clear line-of-sight to Mount Wilson, the location where all the major transmitters are located in the Los Angeles area. Our antenna was mounted on our existing rotor, which allows us to fine tune the signal for each channel. Installation was simple and all the hardware needed to mount the antenna was included. The smaller lightweight design of the HD 7694P makes it easy to manage. As always, we recommend anchoring down the mast using guy wire to prevent the wind from knocking it over during bad weather.

The HD 7694P is constructed with 28 active elements (17 UHF and 11 VHF-Hi) and has a boom length of 65-inches. The hardware unfolds in seconds and locks tightly into place to withstand strong winds. The antenna elements are manufactured from high tensile aluminum for a strong, compact structure. The high quality polymer finish protects the surface from oxidation. The wraparound mast clamps with four locking jaws secure the antenna to a mast as large as 2-inches in diameter. The HD 7694P includes a compact weather proof cartridge housing where the phasing lines are coupled to a state of the art surface mount coupler board to ensure the most efficient transfer of the digital signal to an unbalanced 75 ohm coaxial connector jack. A weatherproof boot is provided to cover the F-connector when the cable is mated to the antenna.

Performance
We connected our Dish Network ViP722 that has a built-in ATSC tuner for local broadcasts. All of the channels we were able to tune in the Los Angeles area had a great signal level. Our HD 7694P had a clear line-of-sight to the transmitters so it is not too surprising that we received a strong signal. Our set-top box found 66 digital channels here in Los Angeles. Our digital standard and high definition content looked excellent with no signal dropouts during our review.

Conclusion
Winegard's newest HD 7694P medium to long range "yagi" DTV antenna outperforms any antenna its size. This antenna will receive all the DTV channels in 98% of the United States. However, there are some local DTV stations in the US (~2% of the population) that will have a low band VHF DTV station. To receive the VHF-LO channels, a different model (Winegard HD 7080P) is required. We recommend checking to see which one meets your specific needs. Whatever antenna you decide on you can count on Winegard to deliver a solid DTV signal.

- Kevin Nakano




OPPO BDP-103 Blu-ray Player




Review System

Projector: Mitsubishi HC5500 1080p LCD Projector
Screen: Stewart Filmscreen 100" FireHawk Screen on a Luxus Deluxe ScreenWall
A/V Receiver: Denon AVR-5308CI THX-Ultra 7.1 Channel A/V Receiver
Amplification: Parasound HCA-2205AT THX-Ultra Five Channel Amplifier

Video Processor/Scaler: Anchor Bay Technologies DVDO iScan HD+ A/V Processor
Bass Management: Miller & Kreisel BMC Mini 5.1 Bass Management Controller
Front Speakers: Miller & Kreisel S-150THX (L+R) and S-150AC (Center) Speakers
Rear Speakers: Miller & Kreisel SS-250 Tripole® Surround Speakers
Subwoofer: Two Miller & Kreisel MX-350THX MkII THX-Ultra Push-pull Subwoofers
Room Treatments: Echo Buster panels and Bass Buster towers
Set-top Box: Dish Network ViP722 HDTV Satellite and Terrestrial Receiver with HDMI
Blu-ray DVD Player: Sony PlayStation3 with HDMI 1.3
HD-DVD Player: Toshiba HD-A1 HD-DVD Player with HDMI
DVD/CD/SACD Player: Sony DVP-NS900V DVD/CD/SACD Player
DVD Audio/Video Player: Kenwood Sovereign DV-5900M 400-Disc DVD Changer
DVD Player: OPPO Digital OPDV971H DVD Player with DVI Output
D-VHS VCR: JVC HM-DH30000U D-VHS High-Definition D-Theater VCR
Media Server: Kenwood Sovereign MRH1 Entre
Remote Control: Remote Technologies Inc. T3-V RF Controller
HDMI Video Switcher: Octava 4 Port HDMI/Toslink Audio Switcher
HDMI Cables: Accel 45-meter UltraRun HDMI Cable
A/V Cables: Ultralink Platinum and Advanced Performance Series Cables


Review - At a Glance

Winegard - HD 7694P Terrestrial VHF/UHF Outdoor Antenna

Specifications:
CEA Color Code:   Red
Operating Bandwidth: VHF: 174MHz - 230MHz (Channels 7-13)
UHF: 470MHz - 806MHz (Channels 14-69)
HDTV Compatible
Active Elements:   28
Dimensions:   65" x 35" (LxW)
Turning Radius:   43.25 degrees
Shipping Weight :   7 pounds

Source: Manufacture supplied
Model Number: Winegard HD 7694P
MSRP: $99.99


Company Information
Winegard Company
3000 Kirkwood St.
Burlington, IA 52601-2001
Phone: 800-288-8094
Fax: 800-247-8221
Website: www.winegard.com

Source: Manufacturer Supplied


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