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Mohu Curve Review: A Great Looking Antenna

We recently moved all our furniture around in our house. It was essentially a room swap where the living room, along with the television, moved to the dining room. Of course I did this without considering the lack of an outlet for the TV antenna. We have a Mohu Sky 60 on our roof, which by the way, is an awesome outdoor antenna.

To make matters worse, the premiere of Downton Abbey was about to start and my wife was without live PBS access. That’s when I remembered the Mohu Curve we used to have before I installed the outdoor antenna. I set it up and it worked like a charm. Since, this sleek Antenna still holds up as a great antenna I’ve tried, I wanted to re-post my review from last year. Below is my initial review of the Mohu Curve.

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When I originally talked to my wife about cutting the cord, one of the first battles was over a TV antenna.  Whether the antenna was indoor or outdoor, she had one major requirement.  The antenna had to look nice.  Not only does the Mohu Curve meet that requirement, but it’s as functional as it is attractive.

When taking the Mohu Curve TV Antenna out of the box,  I was immediately taken by the Curve’s sleek modern appearance.  Mohu recently turned me around on indoor antennas when they sent me the best indoor antenna you can buy, but I was skeptical of a TV antenna that was this easy on the eyes.

Mohu Curve Antenna Install

The Mohu Curve comes in two versions, The Mohu Curve 30 and the Mohu Curve 50. The only difference is the Mohu Curve 50 is packaged with an amplifier.  I was sent the Mohu Curve 50.  The Mohu Curve comes with everything you need to install.  The box contains:

  • The Mohu Curve with stand
  • A 16 feet coaxial cable
  • A 15 dB gain amplifier
  • A USB power adapter

Setting up the Mohu Curve is extremely easy.  The stand just snaps onto the back of the antenna. The amplifier is even labeled to let you know which end is to be plugged into the TV.  The amplifier is powered by USB. Therefore, it can use an available USB port (many modern TVs have them) or the included USB power adapter.

Everything snaps or screws in with ease. Once assembled the Mohu Curve is only 2.5 inches deep, which simplifies finding a home for it in your house. Typically, my first instinct is to hide or camouflage a TV antenna.  However, I liked the look of the Mohu Curve and wanted to showcase it.

As you can see by the headline photo, it looks great on a mantel. The stand is made so it easily attaches to a wall.  For those that absolutely despise exposed cords and cables, the Mohu Curve is an excellent choice as it’s designed to allow an easy wall mount.

Since the Mohu Curve can attach to the stand after mounting the stand to a wall, it’s possible to run the coaxial cable through the wall to your TV set.  Then you just screw the cable hanging out of the wall into the back of the Mohu Curve, and simply snap the curve into the stand. This would hide the coaxial cable, giving it the look pictured below.

The Mohu Curve TV antenna looks great just about anywhere. I tried placing it on bookshelves, the mantel, and the wall.  It just seems to blend in and look like it belongs.  I dropped on the window sill in the picture below, and that didn’t even offend my eyes.

Mohu Curve Antenna Performance

For optimal performance I recommend using this signal tool on TVFool.com.  Just type in your address and it will create the table below letting you know where the TV towers are in respect to your location. I’ve also put together an episode of the Grounded Reason Podcasts that walks you through using TV fool.

The field marked NM(dB) stands for “noise margin.”  This field indicates how much “noise” the signal can withstand and still be received. Typically, a noise margin above 40 dB can be picked up from an indoor TV antenna. The “noise” comes from passing through walls and trees in and around the house.

The line from the TV to the antenna generates about 10 dB of noise on average. Adding a longer coaxial line or splitters will increase the noise.  However the amplifier’s job is to mitigate that noise in the line. The amplifier itself generates noise, but will cancel out the typical noise encountered with an indoor antenna setup.

Update: Since the time of originally writing this review, we have installed the Mohu Sky 60.

Currently I have an inexpensive roof mounted antenna that allows me to receive 37 channels in crystal clear high definition. To test the Mohu Curve I disconnected the roof antenna and hooked up the Mohu Curve.  Once installed, I ran a channel scan on my television.  The results are pictured below.

That’s right!  I was able to receive all 37 channels my roof mounted antenna receives. Each one was crisp and clear. I ran the scan from a few locations around my television and it picked up the same channels each time.

Mohu has a truly fantastic TV antenna in the Mohu Curve.  I highly recommend it if your signal report shows you can use an indoor antenna.  Why climb out on the roof if you can get the same results from this attractive indoor TV antenna.

Product: Mohu Curve 50 Antenna

Rating: 5 out of 5

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View Comments (32)

    • There really is no such thing as a "digital antenna". It's all marketing. The TV needs to have a digital tuner, but all TVs made after 2007 should have one. While some antennas are better than others, they all are capable of picking up a digital signal. If you want information on multiple TVs check out this post.

  • Dennis - Great site. I went onto the Mohu website, typed in my zip and it gave me four antennas to choose from: Metro, 30,50, and 60. No Curve. Any thoughts on that?
    Thanks.

    • I'm guessing they are promoting the Leaf as I don't get the Curve either when I submit my address. I've tested both the Curve 50 and the Leaf 50 . They were about the same in my area. I prefer the look of the curve, but that's my personal opinion.

  • Can one Mohu Curve work on multiple TV's? Or do I need one for each TV in my home? Please let me know. One of my TV's is an older model--older than 2007. Thanks so much

  • Dennis,
    We are trying to cut the cord. I ran the signal tool for my area and it suggests the attic antenna vs. the indoor curve. Thoughts? Thanx for this data on the sight. It will help us make smart choices.

  • Can this be used in a semi truck? My husband is a truck driver and does not have Internet to stream.

    • I've never tried it, but it should. However, he would have to know what channels are available in the areas he travels.

  • I purchased a Leaf 30 a month ago, but returned it because I couldn't get uninterrupted signals. I think part of that was because I am not able to get it near a window without rearranging my entire room (which my wife doesn't want to do). Would spending the extra money on a 50-version solve that problem? If I purchase an indoor antennae, it will have to live in the middle of the room.

    • It's not ideal. If you post your TV Fool report I may be able to give you more tailored advice.

      • I couldn't figure how to upload it to here, so I sent you an email with it instead. Thanks.

  • I bought a Curve 50 for my basement TV and works great if I stand holding it high in th window, but not if I put it on the window sill ledge. Any suggestions? Should I duct tape it on?

    • Thanks , I will look at article and try out some options. Appreciate your response.

    • Basements are tough as the higher the antenna, the better the reception. There is a hole for a mounting screw on the back. Is that a possibility. Did you take a look at the article on improving antenna reception?

  • I just recently ordered the Roku 3 w/ voice search & holder along with the Leaf. If the Leaf does not work and get me the antenna stations I want would you recommend the Curve 50? I want an indoor antenna if at all possible. I also have 2 tv's and if the Leaf doesn't work well on one, then I will try the other since the other tv is upstairs instead of downstairs. The main stations I want it for is CBS & PBS (might get CBS all access later once we get streaming). Is CBS all access still $5.99 a month?

    Also, what are the best subscriptions for children's stations? We are planning on starting off with an antenna and the Roku 3 and getting Hulu plus. Then we might add SlingTV on top of that and possibly CBS all access come this time next year as the Good Wife is doing a spin off show that is only offered on CBS all access. And as much as I can tell all of the streaming subscriptions are contract free. My girls like to watch Nick, Disney Jr., PBS, etc. Just need to know how to get these to cover the bases. I mainly watch basic channels like CBS, while my husband likes HGTV, Food Network, History, ESPN, etc.

    • The Curve is fairly comparable to the Leaf in performance. The Curve did slightly better than the Leaf when I tested it, but only by 2 channels.

      CBS All Access is still $5.99. As for children programming, Sling TV is good for all the Disney content if your kids need to keep current. It sounds like Sling TV is the best options for you, based on the content your Family watches

  • thanks for your info. very helpful. I want to replace exsisting TiVo cable box with one I could purchase to record shows when we aregone. do you have any ideas along that line? Thanks.

  • If I buy an indoor antenna, it only works for one TV, correct? So if I want antenna capability on all of my TVs, I have to get an outdoor antenna and connect it into the outside cable box that the cable is currently using?