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    Hey All,

    I have done a bunch of searching and cant seem to find any recent posts or info, only things a few years old.

    Is there a USB FM radio i can use that will plug into my car antenna and work?

    Would like to have some radio with my carputer.

    I got one of these a while back (http://www.mp3car.com/centrafuse/109...adio-work.html) and attempted to attach the plug to it, but when i tried to use it i didnt seem to get any signal in centrafuse (maybe i need a closer look at the drivers).

    But until i can look further into making this work, any other suggestions? or should i just persist with getting this going?

    Cheers

  • #2
    The best solution for FM radio: http://www.mp3car.com/user-innovatio...les-ready.html

    Not as simple as just plugging it in, but it works great and is worth the fuss IMO

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    • #3
      and look how convenient this is! http://www.mp3car.com/classifieds/14...able-30-a.html

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      • #4
        Both of those are solid options! I just installed a visteon HD radio (basically the same thing as the directed version) and the reception is pretty good. Reception is not quite as good as a standard head unit, but 90-95%. Installation was a breeze as well. 12V, Ground and a remote wire. Plug the Sound out into the line in on the computer and done!
        Car PC parts Purchased [90%]
        Car PC software Setup [80%]
        Car Audio setup [60%]

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        • #5
          Thanks guys,

          Will this work fine in australia?
          And does this work with centrafuse?

          Im going to do a little bit of searching on this.

          Thanks a lot for the replies

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          • #6
            Not sure about Australia, but it will work in Centrafuse.

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            • #7
              Alright, thanks. Will try to find some more info about it

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              • #8
                Can anyone suggest any cheap and cheerful $10 unit off eBay which works with Centrafuse ?

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by championc View Post
                  Can anyone suggest any cheap and cheerful $10 unit off eBay which works with Centrafuse ?
                  The truth is, there isnt one. I tried various usb radios and ended up wasting about $50 before I bought the Visteon. The USB radios do seem to work well if the car is parked, but once you start rolling you will get no reception. I even modified a few of them to try to amplify the antenna strength to no avail... Just buy the Visteon or Directed and save yourself the disappointment of buying something that will never work.
                  Car PC parts Purchased [90%]
                  Car PC software Setup [80%]
                  Car Audio setup [60%]

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                  • #10
                    Does this mean that any device (ODBII, GPS, DVB-T, .........) which runs in Microsoft XP normally will also work in Centrafuse ?

                    Also, in Ireland, we only have FM Radio (no HD) so is there a better chance that cheaper USB sticks might work reasonably well ?
                    Last edited by championc; 10-10-2012, 03:35 PM.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by championc View Post
                      Does this mean that any device (ODBII, GPS, DVB-T, .........) which runs in Microsoft XP normally will also work in Centrafuse ?

                      Also, in Ireland, we only have FM Radio (no HD) so is there a better chance that cheaper USB sticks might work reasonably well ?
                      You should check the list of supported radios on the Centrafuse Web site. The Visteon radio receives standard FM broadcasts too. The issue here is the quality of the receiver and antenna. The Visteon is just significantly better than most of the USB stick-type radios, especially in a moving vehicle. That's not to say that if you live near the center of a metropolitan area, and have an exceptionally strong FM signal, that the sticks won't work. But the Visteon will still work better.

                      Mark

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                      • #12
                        Hi
                        Im usng the directed HD radio with Mitch's interface cable, works fine in aus for fm and am radio but no hd (not sure if its hardware or software related)
                        Mitch's interface cable Im pretty sure has support for centrafuse (Im using riderunner)

                        another possible alternative is this http://www.mp3car.com/hardware-devel...ent-board.html

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                        • #13
                          i think that signal level and quality can't be decided universally as vegas wrote, telling that all usbs are garbage is not true, i still have my usb silabs, that actually is hard to find, modded to work with a PASSIVE antenna (most likely "newer" cars have an active antenna or double antennas and this makes the quality worse) and it still does its job like a charm here where i live (italy), ofcourse it's not like an oem radio as quality.
                          Anyway actually there are newer usb fm devices that are better with newer chip that boost also the level of the gain on rds data
                          Last edited by Diavoletto; 10-10-2012, 09:16 PM.

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                          • #14
                            Active antennas can improve weak signals, or they can overdrive a strong signal making reception worse. Dual antennas shouldn't ever make reception worse; they just won't improve certain types of bad reception.

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                            • #15
                              So to get back to my original question, if a USB FM Radio device can get configured in Windows, should this then work in Centrafuse ? I'm sure that you would have a list pages and pages long if every variant of device which works was listed.

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