PROS / We love the remote-controlled rotor that’s built into the HD-2805.
CONS / Most of the antenna is made of plastic and probably won’t last more than a couple years.
VERDICT / This antenna doesn’t provide the highest quality HDTV, but it will work for people in most areas because of its rotor.
Editor’s Note: This product has been removed from our side-by-side comparison because it has been replaced by another product. You can still read our original review below, but Top Ten Reviews is no longer updating this product’s information.
At first, we were quite excited to review the HD-2805 Outdoor Antenna from Lava. On paper, it looks like the best HDTV antenna around. It’s advertised as being able to pick up UHF and VHF signals from more than 150 miles away and has a built-in remote-controlled rotor. Upon further inspection, however, we discovered that everything is not as it seems with the HD-2805. While it is a great antenna, it doesn’t actually pick up signals from 150 miles away as advertised. In addition, it’s made of cheap plastic that may not withstand outdoor temperatures for very long.
Signal Pickup Quality
Lava antennas may not be the best of the best, but they get the job done. The HD-2805 picks up UHF and VHF channels and can easily be converted to pick up digital TV channels as well. The picture quality is good for HDTV, but static interruptions are more frequent with this antenna than they are with others in this category.
Signal Pickup Range
The manufacturer claims that the HD-2805 can receive signals from 150 miles away, but we were very skeptical of this statement initially. Even the largest HDTV antennas can rarely reach more than 80 miles to grab signals, and this antenna is just more than three feet long. Sure enough, when we mounted it at the height of a single-story rooftop, we found that the HD-2805 cannot pick up signals that are broadcast from more than about 50 miles away.
The installation instructions for the HD-2805 are filled with details, including an illustrated packing list, photos of each assembly step and a diagram to help you connect the antenna to a converter box and your television. After reading several confusing installation guides for other HDTV antennas, we were happy to find one that included simple instructions and many photos.
Our favorite thing about this antenna is its remote-controlled rotor. The HD-2805 is a directional antenna, but if you want to change the direction to pick up different channels, all you need to do is step outside and use the remote control to rotate it.
One of our main complaints about this antenna is that it’s made of plastic. Online images of the HD-2805 make it look like it is made of metal like most HDTV antennas, but the cheap quality of its plastic components leaves us doubting this antenna’s durability.
Help & Support
When reviewing products, we always make sure to evaluate the manufacturer or developer’s customer support. We value comprehensive customer service and believe that companies should put as much effort into pleasing their customers as possible. As we browsed Lava’s customer service section, we were pleased with the available support options. Lava provides email support, a customer service phone number, FAQs and online user guides for its products. The FAQs section is difficult to navigate, but Lava provides quality customer service overall.
Compared to other HDTV antennas, the HD-2805 Outdoor Antenna from Lava is average. The quality of its HDTV playback is not as good as the picture quality its competitors provide, and its only outstanding feature is its nifty remote-controlled rotor.