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    Best FM radio hardware results?

    Can anyone give testimonials on what radio hardware gives the best results? Of course my main concern in reception quality. I saw in another sub-forum where someone was using the ADS Instant FM stick and soldered their car's antenna connection into the ADS connection and they claimed great results with it. I'm wondering if anyone has achieved good results without having to do any mods like that.

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    Mine is still on the floor of my office, but I have the Directed HD radio controlled by the serial cable and it gets very good reception.

    If you can justify the cost, I think an external box like this is going to give you the best reception and quality. Mine cost about $75 combined ($50 for tuner and $25 for cable).

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    $75 would definitely be worth it to me for good reception and HD radio.

    Can you give me a link to the box and cable? A quick google search only turned up full $200 systems from retailers like Crutchfield and the like.

    Thanks!

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    Here is a link to the cable

    HD Radio Cables READY!

    The cable will work with 2 units. I got the Directed DMHD1000 off ebay for $50 shipped. I have seen them go cheaper, but it wasn't bad.

    EDIT: I didn't realize I was posting in the Centrafuse section. The cable Mitch offers has native support for RR, but not sure about Centrafuse. You might contact Centrafuse and/or Mitch to see if they work together.

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    Thanks stroths. So my other question then is what do you select in Centrafuse's settings for the radio hardware device? The Directed unit is not in the list as a choice.

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    hey stroths it's cool to see you posting here, just wanted to say welcome from another ppcgeeks member!

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    Quote Originally Posted by daclothe View Post
    hey stroths it's cool to see you posting here, just wanted to say welcome from another ppcgeeks member!
    Strangely enough, a ppcgeeks posting got my interest peaked in building a carpc. I was researching a bluetooth question someone asked and decided to build my own. Thanks for the post.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stroths View Post
    Here is a link to the cable

    HD Radio Cables READY!

    The cable will work with 2 units. I got the Directed DMHD1000 off ebay for $50 shipped. I have seen them go cheaper, but it wasn't bad.

    EDIT: I didn't realize I was posting in the Centrafuse section. The cable Mitch offers has native support for RR, but not sure about Centrafuse. You might contact Centrafuse and/or Mitch to see if they work together.
    This sounds nice if it works natively with Centrafuse.

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    There's no choice for it in CF's settings, so I can't see how it would. Since Stroths has it sitting on the floor in his office, it looks like he hasn't gotten that far yet.

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    I took a look at the manufacturer's site, and I think I know what the answer is, but can these HD radios also pick up the analog FM signal? If so, perhaps there is RDS support?

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