Intent on cutting cable, I was in the market for an indoor antenna that was easy to hide with decent performance. Some research on Amazon indicated that the Mohu Leaf Paper – Thin Indoor HDTV Antenna was the consumer favorite. It was priced at $39.95.
Since I had two TVs that needed an antenna, I decide to perform a small experiment and buy two antennae at two different price points.
I decided to buy a cheap model with high consumer ratings and compare it to the more expensive, and also highly rated, Mohu Leaf. Based on consumer ratings, I arrived on the HomeWorx HDTV Digital Flat Antenna UHF / VHF (HW110AN) by HomeWorx priced at $9.48 on Amazon.com.
The objective of this experiment was to see how much better, if at all, was the more expensive Mohu Leaf Antenna as compared to the cheap HomeWorx antenna.
Out of the box, I noted that the Mohu Leaf has a longer coaxial cable. The flat antenna is black on one side and white on the other. This is good if you need to hide the antenna on a white wall using the white side or if you wish to use the black side to place behind a book case.
So in terms of basic design, the Mohu Leaf is better than the HomeWork HDTV Digital Flat Antenna.
Testing the antenna on one TV gave the Mohu Leaf an advantage of about 17% in the number of channels received. But these additional 17% channels were not channels I was interested in. The main (worthwhile HD) channels in my area were are available using both antennae.
Testing the antenna on another TV in another room gave exactly the same results using both antennae.
Both tests were done using the antenna placed as high as possible and in approximately the same location. The Mohu Leaf with its longer coaxial cord possibly had an advantage.
The conclusion I arrived at was that the 400% price increase with the Mohu Leaf, in my situation was not helpful.