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FM Tuners - ABC Classic FM

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Listening to Mahler on Classic FM, ABC at the moment.

 

One can easily forget how good a decent analogue tuner can sound with a decent aerial.

 

I cannot compare this with the digital equivalent as I don't have a digital radio tuner in the main system. In the car, yes, digital trumps FM.

 

All I can say is that the old Pioneer TX-9800 is a fine sounding tuner, bearing in mind I've not compared it against the top tuners from Sansui, Yamaha, or Kenwood/Trio!

 

Paul R

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20 hours ago, Paul R said:

One can easily forget how good a decent analogue tuner can sound with a decent aerial.

Yes, I get excellent sound from ABC FM using my TV antenna (an older, large type that still covers the VHF band).

 

20 hours ago, Paul R said:

In the car, yes, digital trumps FM.

I find that to be the case when in a fringe reception area. The digital audio signal is noise-free.

 

In a good signal strength area I find I prefer the sound of ABC FM from a car radio FM tuner, over the sound from a car radio DAB+ tuner. I find the DAB+  sound a bit bland.

 

The bitrate for the HE-AAC codec used for the digital audio, isn't all that high. The nominal bitrate for the ABC FM DAB+ service is 80kbps.  In practice the bitrate available for the audio is somewhat lower than that because of the need for redundant data to be included in the DAB+ broadcast stream to facilitate error correction in the receiver. Also, there needs to be an allowance for other data (mainly for small slides displaying text and graphics).

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I’ve got a lovely TX 9500 that I’d love to use but being in East Gippsland, I find it hard to get a nice clean signal. Would connecting it up to my (unused) TV antenna be the way to go?

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1 minute ago, unclemack said:

I’ve got a lovely TX 9500 that I’d love to use but being in East Gippsland, I find it hard to get a nice clean signal. Would connecting it up to my (unused) TV antenna be the way to go?

 

It should work quite well, um.  :thumb:  Not as well as an FM antennae - but I would think, good enough.

 

(But don't have the antennae plugged into anything else.)

 

Andy

 

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9 hours ago, unclemack said:

I’ve got a lovely TX 9500 that I’d love to use but being in East Gippsland, I find it hard to get a nice clean signal. Would connecting it up to my (unused) TV antenna be the way to go?

As long as it's not a UHF only antenna. FM broadcast is close enough to the old VHF TV antenna specs to make it work pretty well.

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On 20/11/2018 at 10:13 PM, unclemack said:

I’ve got a lovely TX 9500 that I’d love to use but being in East Gippsland, I find it hard to get a nice clean signal. Would connecting it up to my (unused) TV antenna be the way to go?

If you refer back to my post re: Rotel RT-624, my father used this tuner and built his own high gain FM antennas. He was getting good reception from regional stations 100's of km's away. It's also important to have a rotatable antenna if you're wanting to pick up stations situated in different directions.

 FM DXing (long range FM reception)

http://brisbanefmdx.com/antennas_39.html

http://home.iprimus.com.au/toddemslie/Korner-15-11-FM-yagi.html

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Good info @Ian McP, thanks for that.  I have to do something to improve my FM reception...what I've got now is not really cutting it, although it is a good start.  Would be lovely to talk to someone that knows this stuff but the antenna guys I talked to only know tv reception and were little help at all.

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Enjoying my Scott tuner
listening to ABC FM but should also get around to organizing a dedicated antenna. IMG_3669.jpg

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