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Your best ever car radio?

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Re: Your best ever car radio?

Post by FET-500 » Tue Sep 03, 2019 12:51 pm

Alpine CDA-9835 with a Precision Power A600, and Rockford Fosgate Punch 150 amps. Boston Pro 6.4 up front, with a 15"dvc sub that does 104db per watt. That system rocked and would kill you before it clipped.



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Re: Your best ever car radio?

Post by F-Squared » Fri Sep 06, 2019 7:13 pm


bmw wrote: My favorite after-market radio was one I installed in my 1990 Grand-Am - a Sony MiniDisc Recorder/stereo.

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You could record off the radio onto minidiscs with this thing, and it had excellent FM reception, including very good selectivity. Sound quality was excellent too.
Wow! That one looks great just by itself! In my opinion, that's a great way of using MDs. I've never seen such a setup to actually RECORD radio in the car

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Re: Your best ever car radio?

Post by 48125er » Fri Sep 06, 2019 7:29 pm

My favorite car radio was my moms 1990 Lesabre, that could easily pick up Cleveland and London stations in Metro Detroit often, also my dads 2004 Ford F150 was really great for getting stations across Lake Michigan. Unfortunately in my 1998 Oldsmobile eighty eight, the reception is awful, can barely pick up anything on AM.



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Re: Your best ever car radio?

Post by TC Talks » Fri Sep 06, 2019 9:47 pm

I rent cars all the time, Chrysler has the best radios. Hyundai is near the worst.

VW used to be good.


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Re: Your best ever car radio?

Post by audiophile » Sat Sep 07, 2019 7:17 am

k8jd wrote:
Fri Aug 30, 2019 4:50 pm
Jeff Dugan wrote:
Fri Aug 30, 2019 4:37 pm
k8jd wrote:
Fri Aug 30, 2019 4:27 pm
I bought the JVC KD-HDR1 to replace the worn out radio I had in a ford Escort about a decade+ ago when HD AM was pretty new.
The AM side sensitivity was pretty sad but the new HD sound was fascinating for me :D
I now have it hooked up on my desk , but The power lines and DSL and cable TV behind my house wipe out the AM side.
The FM HD sounds really good with big speakers and the sub channel multicast is pretty interesting to listen to.
Now if you can find a good formatted HD station to listen to, good luck on that one.
Since WKAR moved to the tower several miles West of the old site, I cant even get them in Stereo in the house !! :( forget HD!!
They didn't move the tower, they just replaced it. There is no HD.


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Re: Your best ever car radio?

Post by FET-500 » Sat Sep 07, 2019 9:09 am

Are people actually expecting "good sound" from a tuner? The signal is compressed and the top octave is chopped; it cannot sound "good", not ever.



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Re: Your best ever car radio?

Post by audiophile » Sat Sep 07, 2019 7:45 pm

It can sound good. Remember the inventor of FM touted the fact you could tell the difference between the sound of a crosscut saw or a rip saw. I think that qualifies as good.


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Re: Your best ever car radio?

Post by F-Squared » Sat Sep 07, 2019 8:37 pm

audiophile wrote:It can sound good. Remember the inventor of FM touted the fact you could tell the difference between the sound of a crosscut saw or a rip saw. I think that qualifies as good.
Definitely a vast improvement over AM. Still not better than Sirius XM though. I mean really. My mom subscribes to it for no practical reason. The reason why you get it is because you either want more kinds of programming, or you want no commercials. She's perfectly fine with commercials on FM, yet she still listens to the same three channels on SXM: Hits 1, Z100, and KIIS. I don't really like her taste in music, first of all, but of course I'd never say it to her face. But she could just use FM, but she still subs to SXM for reasons not even she knows.

Anyway, getting back on topic, I hate SXM's compression. It sounds like a tin-can phone. Just use FM. Unless you're getting it for the great programming.

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Re: Your best ever car radio?

Post by FET-500 » Mon Sep 09, 2019 7:51 am

audiophile wrote:
Sat Sep 07, 2019 7:45 pm
It can sound good. Remember the inventor of FM touted the fact you could tell the difference between the sound of a crosscut saw or a rip saw. I think that qualifies as good.
You can do that with a phone...



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Re: Your best ever car radio?

Post by F-Squared » Mon Sep 09, 2019 7:53 am

FET-500 wrote:
audiophile wrote:
Sat Sep 07, 2019 7:45 pm
It can sound good. Remember the inventor of FM touted the fact you could tell the difference between the sound of a crosscut saw or a rip saw. I think that qualifies as good.
You can do that with a phone...
They didn't have cell phones with near-flawless audio in 1933

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Re: Your best ever car radio?

Post by FET-500 » Mon Sep 09, 2019 12:35 pm

F-Squared wrote:
Mon Sep 09, 2019 7:53 am
FET-500 wrote:
audiophile wrote:
Sat Sep 07, 2019 7:45 pm
It can sound good. Remember the inventor of FM touted the fact you could tell the difference between the sound of a crosscut saw or a rip saw. I think that qualifies as good.
You can do that with a phone...
They didn't have cell phones with near-flawless audio in 1933

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Cellphones and near-flawless what? You're not an engineer I'm going to guess.



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Re: Your best ever car radio?

Post by FET-500 » Mon Sep 09, 2019 12:42 pm

TC Talks wrote:
Fri Sep 06, 2019 9:47 pm
I rent cars all the time, Chrysler has the best radios. Hyundai is near the worst.

VW used to be good.
VW more or less invented the pull-out radio. My sister had a '58 or '59 Beetle with a Blaupunkt that doubled as a portable.



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Re: Your best ever car radio?

Post by FET-500 » Mon Sep 09, 2019 12:46 pm

F-Squared wrote:
Sat Sep 07, 2019 8:37 pm
audiophile wrote:It can sound good. Remember the inventor of FM touted the fact you could tell the difference between the sound of a crosscut saw or a rip saw. I think that qualifies as good.
Definitely a vast improvement over AM. Still not better than Sirius XM though. I mean really. My mom subscribes to it for no practical reason. The reason why you get it is because you either want more kinds of programming, or you want no commercials. She's perfectly fine with commercials on FM, yet she still listens to the same three channels on SXM: Hits 1, Z100, and KIIS. I don't really like her taste in music, first of all, but of course I'd never say it to her face. But she could just use FM, but she still subs to SXM for reasons not even she knows.

Anyway, getting back on topic, I hate SXM's compression. It sounds like a tin-can phone. Just use FM. Unless you're getting it for the great programming.

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Re: Your best ever car radio?

Post by audiophile » Mon Sep 09, 2019 1:52 pm

FET-500 wrote:
Mon Sep 09, 2019 7:51 am
audiophile wrote:
Sat Sep 07, 2019 7:45 pm
It can sound good. Remember the inventor of FM touted the fact you could tell the difference between the sound of a crosscut saw or a rip saw. I think that qualifies as good.
You can do that with a phone...
Phones often lack bass response, FM tuners themselves do not.


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Re: Your best ever car radio?

Post by TC Talks » Mon Sep 09, 2019 4:45 pm

FET-500 wrote:
Mon Sep 09, 2019 12:42 pm
TC Talks wrote:
Fri Sep 06, 2019 9:47 pm
I rent cars all the time, Chrysler has the best radios. Hyundai is near the worst.
VW used to be good.
VW more or less invented the pull-out radio. My sister had a '58 or '59 Beetle with a Blaupunkt that doubled as a portable.
A 59 used Sapphire radios as stock, not Blaupunkt. They were a popular aftermath option.


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