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    FM radio on your PC solutions

    I've spent some quality time this afternoon researching solutions to get FM radio on your PC. I am interested in it for a whole-house audio project I'm working on, but I thought I'd share what I've found.

    If you go the PCI card route, you won't find anything cheaper than about $25-30 shipped (ebay or pricewatch). These are cards are simple to track down if thats what you need.

    Everything would great if these were still in stock: http://www.compgeeks.com/details.asp...MMOUSE&cat=MOU

    There are some people selling them on ebay, looks to be about $25 or so shipped to the US. After a great deal of googling, I found someone selling them cheaper... I think: http://www.warrenelectronics.com/FMmouse.htm. They want $10 but won't tell you what shipping costs. The whole site looks a bit shady for my tastes, but if you want that product, it might be worth calling them.

    I found two other cheap USB radio solutions that look promising:

    1) http://www.xpcgear.com/usbfmradio.html. $12 shipped for me. Looks sharp, but how good could the reception possibly be? There is no way to hook up an antenna, so I'll pass I think

    2) http://www.geeks.com/details.asp?invtid=GN-061. $13 shipped (additional ones are $.50 off, so 4 of them works out to under $8 each!). Even though it looks kind of gay I think I might try a couple of these out.

    If you guys know of anything I am missing (as far as sub-$20 stuff goes!) let me know.

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    under $20 why spend so much on your PC and then cop out on the radio and have loads of problems. $20 is nothing.

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    erm what is this for? tuning into something in your own house or to normal radio stations? If you are fitting loads then i guess you want cheap but i would go for something decent - possibly that you could hook an external anntena up to for better reception.

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    The 2 bottom ones say "USB powered" but don't say anything about computer controlled or software. Prolly not good.

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    Hello people. New member here. I'm amazed how much I've learned here in the last two days of ferocious reading.

    I was thinking about the same thing today. My conclusion was something like this: http://store.yahoo.com/directron/wintvpvr250mce.html

    Pricy, yes. But it will interface FM, a backup camera, and tv stations.

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    Quote Originally Posted by freedom9ner
    Hello people. New member here. I'm amazed how much I've learned here in the last two days of ferocious reading.

    I was thinking about the same thing today. My conclusion was something like this: http://store.yahoo.com/directron/wintvpvr250mce.html

    Pricy, yes. But it will interface FM, a backup camera, and tv stations.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scouse Monkey
    erm what is this for? tuning into something in your own house or to normal radio stations? If you are fitting loads then i guess you want cheap but i would go for something decent - possibly that you could hook an external anntena up to for better reception.
    Right now I'm just using cheap radios positioned throughout the apartment. My media PC powers my main stereo as well as an FM transmitter. The FM signal gets picked up in the bathroom, kitchen, bedroom, office, etc. I can control the media PC via any computer in the house. If I could get my computers throughout the house to pickup the FM signal, I could eliminate some radios. But since this is a KISS project on a budget, I don't really mind having the radios all around if its going to cost a ton to upgrade to something better.

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    Why not just use a wireless lan to access the music on you other PCs. Also you can get those lan music players pretty cheap these days. FM qulity will be pretty bad but is supose if you are doing it on the cheap then there is no cheaper way.

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