What are the biggest differences between a preamplifier and a distribution amplifier?
I guess a preamplifier makes up for line loss, what advantage does a distribution amplifier (booster) have?
Looking to pull in stations 40 miles away, attic install, one splitter, and one cable running ~75ft. I have determined the antenna based on needs and signals (VHF-L, VHF-H, UHF), there are no other stations close so no overload. All stations are the same 38 degrees as well 40 miles away.
Not sure if I should be looking at pre-amps only or if a distribution amp would better help in a fringe area....... don't know what advantage a distribution amp has.
(I know, put antenna outside right? Not happening though)
A mast mounted preamplifier amplifies the signal at the antenna output and a distribution amplifier amplifies the signal at the location it is installed. Both do the same thing and amplify the TV signal. A distribution amplifier is usually installed ahead of a signal splitter when the antenna is supplying multiple TVs. Sometimes a combination of both is best for large distribution systems supplying numerous TVs >. When supplying one TV either type of amplifier will work as long as the amplifier is installed in the attic and installed within a 6 foot coax cable length from the antenna output. I think the all around best choice in your situation is the LNA 200 preamplifier >.
I'm all for attic installs if the attic is suitable for TV reception > and the proper antenna is in use. We have a lot of customer's who have reported excellent success from attic mounted antennas.
If you have any questions or if I can assist you further please don't hesitate to contact me.
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