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Thread: Hello and My first featur request! ADS Instant FM Music RDX-155

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    Hello and My first feature request! ADS Instant FM Music RDX-155

    Hello All!

    It is a pleasure to be joining this forum, and to have invested in such a great product that is supported like no other i have seen!

    As my first action of contribution and request, I would like to help add support for the ADS Instant FM music USB FM Radio. Model RDX-155

    http://www.cwol.com/usb/ads-instant-fm-music.htm

    It actually appears that partial support may already be there... After setting the options for radio to faker mode and to setting up my sound card, etc i am able to access the tuning controls.

    I am happy to provide support and assistance in any way possible.

    How should we start?

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    Quote Originally Posted by gazorp View Post
    How should we start?
    Connect it to your laptop and see if it's any good in a car.

    Pim

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    It works great with my laptop.

    It appears all that needs to be done is to passs the wav audio from the usb tuner to the sound card.

    Also, i noticed that my wav output somehoe gets muted by streetdeck when attempting to use the radio function.

    2 People have sent PM's, so it seems like this feature is desired by more people than just me.

    What is your input God of CPU?

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    Yea.. I have noticed that the instant I try to use the radio Streedeck instally reduces the input line to Zero.. Not very useful!

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    I would like to try that radio out with streetdeck since it has and external antenna input

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    Please help us God_of_CPU!

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    Post fm - does it work while moving?

    Hi,

    cto of streetdeck/mp3car here.

    can one of you test whether it works at high speed on the freeway?

    here's the test:

    1) hook it up to the FM antenna of the car
    2) drive fast (legally and observing all trafic safety rules)
    3) tune a bunch of stations. compare it to your existing radio

    the needed feature is "multipath rejection" or something like that - many of these desktop pc radios are designed to pick up a signal great if they're sitting still but not on the go.

    that will help us determine whether we want to put development resources into it.

    -damien
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    I would be happy to preform this test today and report back tonight or tomorrow!

    It is very nice to meet you!

    Thanks for the reply!


    Quote Originally Posted by carbot View Post
    Hi,

    cto of streetdeck/mp3car here.

    can one of you test whether it works at high speed on the freeway?

    here's the test:

    1) hook it up to the FM antenna of the car
    2) drive fast (legally and observing all trafic safety rules)
    3) tune a bunch of stations. compare it to your existing radio

    the needed feature is "multipath rejection" or something like that - many of these desktop pc radios are designed to pick up a signal great if they're sitting still but not on the go.

    that will help us determine whether we want to put development resources into it.

    -damien

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    I think ADS is using the Silicon Labs FM/USB components that are in their reference design. They may be just re-branding the actual SiLabs unit itself.



    Here's the tech specs on the Si470x FM tuner component:

    PDF

    SiLabs sells this direct for $35. If this is something that works well in SD and MP3Car wanted to sell them, (there is no point in paying the extra $20-30 for shrinkwrap and the ADS "Value Add" software since tuning would be from within SD) I'm sure they would be cheaper in bulk. It also supports both US RBDS and Euro RDS data decoding standards.

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    Quote Originally Posted by StaggRLee View Post
    I think ADS is using the Silicon Labs FM/USB components that are in their reference design. They may be just re-branding the actual SiLabs unit itself.

    Here's the tech specs on the Si470x FM tuner component:

    PDF

    SiLabs sells this direct for $35. If this is something that works well in SD and MP3Car wanted to sell them, (there is no point in paying the extra $20-30 for shrinkwrap and the ADS "Value Add" software since tuning would be from within SD) I'm sure they would be cheaper in bulk. It also supports both US RBDS and Euro RDS data decoding standards.

    I took mine apart to verify and this is exactly correct! I bought mine for $35 from here: http://www.compuplus.com/i-ADS-Techn...k=searchViewed


    I did the drive test and am happy to report that there was no problems when driving at high speed. I tested using both the incuded retractable antenna and my car antenna. Both results were very similar and my 3 stations were loud and clear.

    Please let me know how i can be of assistance in further development!

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