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Old 12-07-2006, 12:47 AM   #1
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Default 2002 Dodge Dakota Quad Cab - Stiletto fm direct adapter

I had Best Buy install the car kit for my new stiletto. hard wired for power and hard wired with the fm direct adapter. as i understand it the fm adapter required additional adapters to make it fit. My problem starts with the fm adapter.

when listening to talk radio, Howard, comedy, DJs, i can hear a high pitched faint (but annoying) resonance after and during their speech. cant notice it when music is playing. i tried changing fm station but doesn't work. when i disconnect the fm direct adapter you cant hear the resonance but also notice some background noise. Is this normal? Is the fm direct adapter not connected correctly? are the additional adapters causing interference? help. thank you.
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Old 12-07-2006, 09:06 AM   #2
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wr, welcome to SBS!

What you are hearing is due to the allocation of bandwidth. Music has the highest priority. Talk has the lowest. This means music will have the best sound quality. Talk the worst. I understand Howard gets more bw than other talk channels.
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Can any additional measures be taken to avoid this? I have two satellite radios. The one in my boat does not have this problem but I assume it is due to the fact that the boat unit is a hard deck radio and no fm direct adapter is in the mix.

But, I convinced several people at work to get Sirius and I listened to there radios this morning (sportster with FM direct adapter) and I did not hear this distortion. Of course his car is a Volvo and he didnt need additional adapters to connect the FM directly. I could probably live with the distortion but it pains me with all the money I spent so far. thanks for all your help.
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"The one in my boat does not have this problem but I assume it is due to the fact that the boat unit is a hard deck radio and no fm direct adapter is in the mix."

you figured it out my friend. FM adapter is only minor upgrade from nothing at all. A direct connection is the best bet.
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You could spend more money on this.

An Aux In connection improves the SQ somewhat, but don't expect a miracle. As rt implies, it is a good way to go and, theoretically, better than using the FM transmitter, but, if you don't already have an Aux In, it can be pricey. $70-$90, or more. The good part is it's fairly easy to do yourself.

Also, be aware that some tweaking of the codec has been going on over the last week or two. You might be hearing the difference between two days, not between two setups.
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will this gadget work with my head unit being the RAZ. i checked my owners manual and it says nothing about being able to add a cd changer. I would expect that you can but don't know.
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Good question.

I'd talk to a sales rep at tss-radio.com or PIE (Precision Interface Electronics).

One quick way to tell... Look for identifiers, like disc Up/ Down buttons, CD button, mode button, etc.

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looks like it will work. here is the kicker. i took my stiletto inside the house and connected it through the internet via my router, guess what, i can still hear the distortion through both headphones, so i must have to live with it. I talked to sirius and they said there might be something wrong with the unit itself, but you think this is normal right??? thank you for taking the time to reply.

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Sorry to take so long to get back to you, wr. I was out sick and I don't connect at home.

I would say that distortion when you are connecting through wi-fi probably indicates a faulty unit. I would call Sirius and discuss warranty repair/replacement.

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Default UPDATE:!:!:!:! The noise is gone

Thought I would post that you helped me fix the problem. I removed the FM modulator and installed the RCA adapter you recommended. The difference was amazing. I am completely satisfied now. No more annoying high pitched noise in the background. The system is clear as a bell and damn near CD quality. I am so excited but also relieved. direct connect is the way to go.
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That's so fantastic, wr! Congrats!

Most people won't get that much increase in sound quality. It depends on the receiver and the quality of the modulator, as well as the head unit.

Glad to hear it worked out well for you.
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