Great for neighborhoods with HOA (Home Owner Associations)
Beam width approximately 60° wide (out of 360°)
Antenna hobbyists, rejoice! There’s a new choice for high-gain, wide pattern UHF reception that gives you all the power you need in a space-age package that won’t break the bank and mounts easily to a wide variety of masts.
The best choice for distant signals … the HDB8X’s unique design will pick up signals that other antennas can’t!
If you are more than 45 miles from your closest broadcast towers you will appreciate the sheer power of the Xtreme Signal HDB8X. This super deep fringe antenna is designed to focus in on those distant signals like no other. It’s the hobbyist’s choice for clean, clear signals no matter what the distance.
Xtreme Flexability Each panel allows you to point to a different direction!
Xtreme Gain 23dB of Gain - Expect Xtreme gain when you combine two 4 bay bowties to get this monster. Each panel is pulling in
Xtreme Mileage With a bowtie you get maximum mileage for minimum size. Great for low profile setups, the 8 bay bowtie is effective at pulling in weak long distance TV Stations.
Multi-Directional If you want long range directional ability aim both panels in the same direction for a 60° beam. If you want to receive two cities at the same time, you can direct each panel individually!
Antenna allows for your to point each side in a different direction (mileage may be reduced in this mode)
Built-in transformer for direct 75 ohm (coax) connection, that is more weather proof than the old style, pigtail transformer
Beam width approximately 60° wide (out of 360°) when pointed in the same direction
Reflector for blocking unwanted signal and interference
High-gain blade style elements pull in maximum signal, and hold up better in weather than traditional bow-tie elements
Highly directional to help bring in weak long distance stations
Maximum gain: 23db When both sides of antenna are parallel
Mounting brace with a two-point secure attachment on masts up to 2" outer diameter
Receives UHF digital broadcasts at 70+ miles
Heavy Duty reflector for blocking unwanted signal and interference
6 Month limited warranty
What could be more satisfying than knowing that with a single investment, you’ve saved thousands of dollars in future cable bills? Most markets have dozens of free channels and you don’t need to be left out just because you choose to live in a distant or rural area. You’ll find awesome performance from up to 60 miles away!
The HDB8X from Xtreme Signal is the best choice for you because its sturdy, durable construction will give you years of enjoyment. Its compact design keeps wind resistance down and mounts easily on an existing mast or any vertical surface. Aiming is easy and the unique reflector design lets you easily confirm line-of-sight while standing behind the antenna.
In the past, free TV fans who lived fifty or more miles from the broadcast towers had to make do with massive Yagi antennas that were difficult to erect and aim, and looked unsightly over time. You’ll sacrifice nothing with the HDB8X’s compact design, sure to keep its modern, clean appearance for years to come.
The 8 Bay bowtie from the Xtreme Signal series that allows you to pick up stations from two different directions at once. Great for long distance reception at 60+ miles.
Latest Positive Rating: Works well good value for the price
Latest Negative Rating: Good, but some limitations.
All Customer Reviews
The finest engineered antenna seen in the last 35 years with one minor exception. The RG type cable hooking to the signal combiner should be replaced with a solid copper core RG6 cable. Used double stacked antennas with separate preamps (Channel Master), equal lengths RG6 to power packs in attic, Equal length RG6 short lines to combining spliter, and a single down lead down to TV set. System outperforms former same type of unit with two db8x antennas. Daytime reception can still be an issue. Buzz - Port Angeles, WA - 6/9/2013 See above.
great value for an 8 bay antenna steve - holland patent, NY - 7/12/2013 great value. I had a channel master 4221 hd and a distro amp. I changed to the HDB8X , i also added a pre amp and i got a good improvement! thanks
High Quality Antenna Pete Higgins - Moreno Valley, CA - 7/19/2013 Performance:
The HDB8X compares very favorably with other UHF antennas. I started with a Channel Master CM-4228 (not the new “HD”) and compared it to a new Antennas Direct 91XG. The 91XG showed fractions of a dB better signal quality than the older CM-4228. When I received the HDB8X I compared it to the same CM-4228 and like the 91XG, it showed fractions of a dB better signal quality. My testing showed that for UHF performance the 3 different antennas were very nearly equal. Neither the 91XG nor the 8DB8X appeared to provide any high VHF response at my location, while the CM-4228 did show a modest high VHF response. As previously recommended, I substituted two length matched 36” pieces of RG-6 between each of the HDB-8X’s BALUN's and the combiner. Worst case loss for 34” of 3C-2V coax @ 700 MHz = ~.268 dB and should be insignificant compared to RG-6 @ .217 dB. Needless to say, this test didn’t yield any measurable difference. Advertised gains for the HDB8X antenna appear overstated although its actual UHF performance matches more conventionally rated current antenna designs & brands.
My HDB8X 8-Bay Bow Tie Antenna arrived double boxed in a heavy duty brown corrugated cardboard outer box and a thinner white corrugated cardboard inner box. The two 4-Bay panels were stored back-to-back in the white box with the cross beams loosely assembled and tie wrapped to them. There was also an assembly & installation manual and one rubber boot in a plastic bag.
If you know how the antenna goes together assembly is straight forward, tool-less and easy. As with a lot of assembly manuals, however, the three listed steps (A, B & C) were not intuitively obvious. Fortunately, the manual listed a link to an assembly video: http://www.xtremesignal.com/hdb8x.html that can also be found on YouTube @ http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature...&v=BWfW1ncmOr4 (Thank you Mike!). I would strongly suggest that anybody assembling this antenna for the first time watch the video. FYI, to make mine look like the one in the manual & video I had to unscrew the combiner, rotate it 180 deg. and reattach it. Also, to have all the wing nuts on the back side of the antenna I had to reverse a number of the lower brace bolts. Fortunately, both sides of the metal mounting brackets (square tube clamps) have square cutouts to keep the plated carriage bolts from turning.
I am impressed with the way this antenna is designed. First off, the 16 individual 8” elements appear to be stamped or “die-cut” from 1.66 mm (~0.065”) sheet aluminum. The phasing harnesses inter-connecting the 16 elements appear to be formed from a relatively heavy 3.88 mm (~.153”) aluminum wire. Each element is held in place and in contact with its phasing harness by a Phillips head screw into the plastic stand-off. This means that after a few years’ service when oxidation forms, unlike my Channel Master CM-4228 that has the wire elements riveted to plastic brackets, I should be able to remove the screws and clean all the contact areas. The element to harness contact area is a generous 11.12 mm (0.437”) wide. Each panels BALUN is also bolted to the harness making all pressure contact areas accessible for cleaning. The 32 round reflector tubes are 8.18 mm (0.322”) thick by ~19½“ long. They are capped at the outer ends by a curved plastic extrusion that may mask progressively longer (~1”) rods at the center of each 2-Bay panel. The square supporting frame tubes measure 18.38 mm (0.723”). There is a lot of hardware provided to build this antenna that appears to result in a relatively robust design.
When fully assembled, the overall antenna is 32 1/2” tall X 47 7/8” wide X ~5 1/4” deep.
It is very nice to be able to watch channels from different markets without having to wait on a rotor to turn your antenna. This can be especially important for households with multiple TV’s.
I had to shorten two of the long mast attachment bolts to allow my movable panel to rotate ~123 deg. from the fixed panel. Apparently, the supplied combiner doesn’t provide enough panel-to-panel isolation allowing some of the received signal on one panel to be reradiated off the other panel. This combined with changing from an 8-Bay to a 4-Bay caused loss of almost all channels at my deep fringe location. The isolation issue was solved with the addition of amplifiers between each panel and the supplied combiner. Fortunately, the combiner passes power through each port to support this. In urban environments (where combiner re-radiation loss would be tolerable) and a 4-Bay in each direction would be more than sufficient, the HDB8X offers considerable advantage over most other fixed panel 8-Bays. It wasn’t exactly straight forward, but with a little effort I’m able to surf between LA & San Diego “deep fringe” channels without using a rotor.
Awesome HD antenna RmW - Boston, MA - 7/30/2013 This antenna has a wide reception angle. I have mine mounted on my chimney. I get all of the local stations except 1 (which is directly behind the antenna). I also get both Providence RI and Manchester NH. It is spread about 210 degrees (with 180 is full parallel - flat) pointed WSW from downtown Boston. I'm very pleased for the price.
After doing a lot of research and keeping my budget in mind, I went with this antenna even though it only had a few reviews. I have to say that after installing this antenna the reception is fantastic. I highly recommend this product. The only suggestions would be to replace the cables on the antenna with RG6 cables. Dan - Roseville, CA - 8/25/2013 Great product.
Love it. djs - Sheboygan, WI - 8/31/2013 I liked this antenna so much I purchased a second one. After installing my first antenna I decided I needed a second one. We live exactly halfway between Green Bay and Milwaukee so all channels are around 50+ miles away. This requires a more powerful antenna. My first setup was to aim half the antenna North and the other half South. I worked ok but some of the channels especially South to Milwaukee were a challenge. My first test was to reconfigure it so both sides of the antenna aimed South. The signal improved significantly. That's when I ordered a second one, to aim North. It worked great. My signal strength in both directions improved. Many of the channels are now at 87 to 93 signal strength.
My next change is going to come when my new amp arrives. The one I'm using is over 15 years old so I thought I'd update it to something with circuitry for the digital age.
My configuration is both antennas on the same mast only inches apart from each other. One aimed 192 degrees south the other aimed 248 degrees north. Used equal length cables from each antenna to the combiner, then to the amp. There's about 68 feet of quad shield running from the amp on the roof to the power supply in the basement. It's then split with a four way distribution amp (also have a new model of this on order) to four TVs. The cable run to each TV averages 30 feet. We get 43 channels crystal clear. No more cable TV.
Works well. user - Wilbraham, MA - 9/4/2013 I ordered this item open box for 50$ and everything came looking new. I mounted on my roof with a VHF antenna run through an RCA amp. I pointed all the bays in parallel at my most difficult channel which was 60 miles away 1 edge. The other antenna farms were up to 90 degrees away from this compass setting and between 2-35 miles away. They all come in solid. Can't ask for more for 50$..
Excellent signal reception for a very reasonable price forwardrefresh - San Jose, CA - 9/4/2013 I am in South San Jose, a location that is unfortunately about 45 miles away from major broadcast antennas. I tested a ClearStream 4 first and got spotty results. Major stations like FOX, NBC, CBS, and ABC would not come in. This was with a clear channel 7778 preamp.
Returned the Clearstream 4 and replaced with the Solid Signal and I get ALL major stations now and a significant amount of others as well.
I have an HOA so I was forced to use this antenna as an attic mount with the channel master preamp.
I can only imagine how much better this would work if I wasn't restricted by a tile roof.
Very very happy with the purchase.
Fantastic Antenna!!! A+++++++ Sam - Brooks, KY - 10/10/2013 After trying an expensive indoor antenna and only getting 2 channels, I realized I needed to up the game.I live in a mobile home and didn't want an old style 15' long antenna.After researching I decided on the HDB8X which is both UHF and VHF and is about the size of my flat screen TV and also looks sharp!.I mounted it along with an Antennacraft 10G202 pre-amp (also sold by Solid Signal).It is feeding 3 TVs and I am picking up 39 channels, all major networks, 3 PBS, ION, Qubo,a couple of Retro channels with old movies and tv series plus several locals with religious,auction, and weather broadcast.Of course several channels are repeat from other than Louisville.I am aimed just a few degrees under due north(yes I did use a compass) and have both sides of antenna facing exactly parallel with each other and am picking up 2 channels over 30 miles away that are due south! I used Channel Master CM9023 4 inch wall mounts (two in a box) to hold my mast.A good tip is to use chain link fence top rail for mast.It is 1&1/4 in diameter and 10'6" long.6" slides inside end of other pipe.I drilled 2 holes opposite and seperate and put quarter inch bolts through them,drove a ground rod(from lowes), attached a ground lug to it(again by drilling a hole and using a quarter inch bolt and nut), screwed a coax cable ground bar to the mast which i had shoved into the ground, Thereby grounding coax,antenna, and mast.I make no claims that this is to code:) The good news is i used a 6' step ladder,never got on the roof, assembled everything on the ground before standing antenna up, and get this: THE TOP OF THE ANTENNA IS ONLY 16 FEET OFF THE GROUND! If you are looking for an antenna that will get the job done give this one a try! By the way,My local cable company just raised my cost until tv was costing $80 a month. I very happily returned their equipment to them and am already deciding how i will apply that 80 or should i say $960 a year!
I live 65 miles from towers in Atlanta Ga Antenna works very well....have trees all the way around Antenna
nipperspal - Braselton, GA - 11/23/2013 Antenna was easy to install ! have it on a 36 foot push up tower....and I also have an amp...rec 15 chs ...I live where there are hills and lots of tree....Antenna was on sale at good price and was shipped very fast....Good job Solid Signal....would recm to anyone
Fantastic! I've picked up views from the fly by sat. of Saturn's rings. Man it's the greatest in detail. JCT - Montreal, ON - 11/27/2013 It is really far out! Great images. Only better if I were standing there myself. Great engineering!
Great for clear channel reception Whiteman - Rutland, MA - 12/3/2013 The signal quality it much better than I expected. Living in a heavily wooded are at the bottom of a hill, I can still pickup 40+ channels from MA, and RI. My only complaint is that the assembly instructions shipped with the unit are abysmal. I highly encourage anyone who purchases this product to watch the setup video associated with this unit. It's also worth mentioning that the product was shipped and delivered much faster than anticipated! (Also worth mentioning that I purchased this on 11/22 for $60 when there was no advertized sale, so I don't know why this is being advertized as the reduced, limited-time offer sale price?!)
Worked for me. Picks up all but a couple of week channels bixman - St Peters, MO - 12/29/2013 I am taking down outside antennas and moving everything to my attic to avoid lightning. This antenna has proven to be a great ATTIC antenna. Though I have to use a booster because of the signal loss due to roofing and trusses, I am picking up everything except two very weak stations that I NEVER watched anyway. I recommend this antenna.
Works Great in Attic at 20 mile reception centralpa - Elizabethtown, PA - 1/24/2014 Assembly was easy (I did watch the video), although I was very deliberate and tried to install one panel and one bracket (two screw-ups) up side down. I said some bad words and then easily recovered. Assembled in the living room and tested TV reception (it was pretty good. Received most stations, 6 out of 7, but one of those was pretty weak). I managed to move it to the attic without dis-assembly. It was close, but it folded enough to get it through a small attic access. Although I bought a mast and one bracket, I didn't use them. I mounted it on an old lamp pole. I pointed both panels to the weakest station with no success (worse than the living room). Apparently I got my directions wrong or something else backwards. So, I trained one panel to the original location and the other to the stronger stations in two cities. That worked great (I really don't know why). I get 7 stations on 15 channels, all within 20 miles. No amp, two old cables with one union (good cable one customer, one manufactured, both old dirty and rusty). I was planning on getting new cable and an amp, if necessary; but I don't think I will be able to make any more improvements for the local stations. The next stations further out don't provide anything else, and I would probably need an outside mast at least on the roof. Summary: Assembly pretty easy, no cut or missing fingers. Mounting pretty easy, no broken bones or necks. Training was easy, perfect on second try (because of the multiple separately trainable panels). Reception is great, I get all of the local stations (3 at 10 miles, 4 at 20 miles) with no amp from the attic with no repositioning/training. Swearing (bad words/thoughts) was minimal (not always the case for me). Price: fantastic (Solid Signal sales and discount is the only reason I bought the antennae). Solid Signal order status updates and online account order status needs some work. Everything indicated that the antennae was shipped while it was actually on back order. It took a month to arrive, and I called twice for order updates, and finally I got lucky because I would've cancelled the order on the third call and robbed myself of this great antennae at a fantastic price. Comcast, cable, satellite, phone companies, etc. can take a hike.
Good, but some limitations. Ron - Indianapolis, IN - 1/26/2014 This is a great little antenna for the price, but it is not quite as advertised and there is a limitation that may not affect everyone, but it is a problem in my situation.
The HDB8X is advertised as a UHF and high band VHF antenna. Of course you can tell by the photo that there are no high band elements, which is why is has a shorter range for those frequencies. But that's not the problem. The signal combiner provided has a frequency range of 470-862MHz, which effectively kills off the two VHF high band stations in my area. One local station operates at 186-192MHz. After replacing the signal combiner with a broadband model, the antenna works fine. This antenna should not be advertised for use with VHF high band with the signal combiner provided, though.
The other issue I have is that I need one section pointed slightly Northeast while the other one needs to point slightly Southeast. While I love the fact that this antenna can be pointed in two directions, it cannot be folded enough to point both directions needed in my case. The good news is that its coverage angle is sufficient for it to work even though it can't be set to the optimal position.
Don't get me wrong… it's a good antenna for its price range and I would recommend it without hesitation, but these limitations should be noted.
Works well good value for the price dave - elizabeth , IN - 2/8/2014 This unit works good I got it because I have several transmitters that are 85 degrees apart I also on advice from there tech dept got the inline booster It works ok but I will try a amplifier to pull in a station 50 miles away I have the antenna on a 30 foot tower and I am located at 900 feet above sea level The aiming is very pinpoint so there is not a lot of room for error so do use a compass and set it to the degrees recommended on antenna web I get about 33 channels and we just had a ice storm coating it with 1/2 inch or ice and has not affected its performance or seemed to have damaged it . The only thing the instructions were missing a page just looking how it was made I had no trouble assembling it .
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