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Old 09-22-2005, 04:33 PM   #46
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Mine distorts the audio when set to 87.7. 87.9 is fine. Anyone else notice that when the Visor is set to the very first FM freq on the dial?
No problem here. It probably has more to do with what other FM channels you have in the area than anything.
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Mine distorts the audio when set to 87.7. 87.9 is fine. Anyone else notice that when the Visor is set to the very first FM freq on the dial?
Mine gets crackly on almost any station. No matter where I situate the unit. So I use the aux port and it sounds great.

BUT.. I think it stinks in the sun. The display is VERY hard to read during a bright day.
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clipped to the visor you have the power cord running down to the lighter?
Yes, I don't like loose wires, but until I set it up nicer, the antenna wire and power wire both get stuffed behind the visor and run down the windshield post.

87.7 is way too close to TV channel 6, which is 87.75, so if you have a channel 6 in your area, that's going to be an issue.

Mine was factory set to 88.1, which worked well until I got near a low-power neighborhood church station on that frequency, so I changed it to 87.9 and it sounds great.

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I just picked one of these up yesterday at CC, and it's a decent tuner for the price. It fits perfectly into a small storage console under my radio, so I can keep it concealed when I'm not using it. The FM modulator is also very strong. I drove around for almost 90 minutes yesterday, and not a hint of static driving past Charlotte (which has some powerful radio stations). I was very impressed, to say the least!

As far as drawbacks go, the single line display isn't great, but it gets the job done. There's also no antenna aiming or s-seeks, as others have mentioned. Finally, the IR sensor is a bit finicky, and you really need to point the remote right at the tuner to have it work.

Now, I'm trying to decide if I want to keep this setup or go for the Starmate Replay. Not sure if the nicer tuner is worth the extra money, and it also will look worse in my car (it would not fit into the hidden storage compartment that the Visor fits in). Decisions, decisions :-)
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I bought one of these two days ago and quite like it except for the problem I am having.

Maybe this is common to all FM transmitters, I'm not sure.

I'm having problems with the transmitter distorting audio of peak sound levels. Channels with a lot of strong music (rap/hip-hop, electronica, hard rock).

I also have a nasty little background static sound that is pretty annoying. I've tired different channels across the band (that are quite clear of signal) and I can't get rid of the problem.

It's like it's clipping the audio and it is quite annoying. Think I should exchange the unit or will I be similarly dissappointed?
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I bought one of these two days ago and quite like it except for the problem I am having.

Maybe this is common to all FM transmitters, I'm not sure.

I'm having problems with the transmitter distorting audio of peak sound levels. Channels with a lot of strong music (rap/hip-hop, electronica, hard rock).

I also have a nasty little background static sound that is pretty annoying. I've tired different channels across the band (that are quite clear of signal) and I can't get rid of the problem.

It's like it's clipping the audio and it is quite annoying. Think I should exchange the unit or will I be similarly dissappointed?
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He'll still have the same "clipping" though by using the FM signal. If you really want to get the best sound, consider using a cassette adapter of high quality or use a direct connection from the audio-out.
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Yeah... static isn't the real strong problem. It's the clipping and distortion that I am getting. If I can't resolve it without much cost, I'll probably just return the whole setup.
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Yeah... static isn't the real strong problem. It's the clipping and distortion that I am getting. If I can't resolve it without much cost, I'll probably just return the whole setup.
What radio do you have? It sounds like it can't handle the strong FM signal. Does it have a Cassette player. If so a cassette adapter would be an inexpensive way to get rid of the problem.
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It was the stock headunit in my car.

I wish the device had a gain control for the transmitter. Probably would have fixed my problem.

Sadly, I just returned it.
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No idea. Probably just cancel my sub. :-(

I don't really want to change head units since I actually like the stock look. But if I can't find something that will work nicely, I'll probably scrap the project.
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Seems to me the problem is your stock radio. Until you fix that I doubt if anything that puts out any amount of audio is going to sound good. There are a lot of head units out there that look great in place of a factory radio. The thing is you probably don't realize just how crappy that stock radio is until you replace it. If you do make sure you get one with an Aux Input and then you can do a direct connect which is the best.

Sorry it didn't work out!
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No idea. Probably just cancel my sub. :-(

I don't really want to change head units since I actually like the stock look. But if I can't find something that will work nicely, I'll probably scrap the project.
Get a Sirius ready HU. I just switched from a Sportster to what is in my sig. I love it, clean look, and the SQ is awesome.
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There are a lot of head units out there that look great in place of a factory radio. The thing is you probably don't realize just how crappy that stock radio is until you replace it. If you do make sure you get one with an Aux Input and then you can do a direct connect which is the best.
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