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Old 01-13-2007, 05:55 PM   #1
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and how do you like it? would you recommend it? It looks like a very interesting piece of home theater equipment so I just wonder how in works out there in the field.
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Old 01-17-2007, 08:23 PM   #2
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up......someone has to own this thing.
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I have the Conductor hooked up to my home stereo. I put the Sirius outdoor antenna out on my balcony and ran the wire through a hole I drilled into the house. The Conductor sits on top of my receiver and it's great. Haven't had any problems at all.

However - I never bring the remote into another room to use it so I cannot comment on the range of the unit. It always stays on my coffee table about 6 feet from the unit.

I'm very happy with the unit though.
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My Conductor eats batteries at the alarming rate of 4 AA alkalines every three to four weeks!
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I've had mixed feedback on the Conductor. People who get it to work with good range seem to like it much. Some people are not able to get any range whatsoever. Most of that is due to numerous wireless devices around. They seem to affect it negatively. It seems the more gadgets you have around it the worse.

As for the batteries issue I would recommend buying a battery charger. Some devices seem to eat up batteries more than others. And even of the same model many don't have that problem.
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I've had mixed feedback on the Conductor. People who get it to work with good range seem to like it much. Some people are not able to get any range whatsoever. Most of that is due to numerous wireless devices around. They seem to affect it negatively. It seems the more gadgets you have around it the worse.

As for the batteries issue I would recommend buying a battery charger. Some devices seem to eat up batteries more than others. And even of the same model many don't have that problem.
Rechargable batteries are expensive but pay themselves off in the long run.
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They are fantastic once you go for them. Good point.
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My Conductor eats batteries at the alarming rate of 4 AA alkalines every three to four weeks!
I bought my Conductor on February 5 and installed 4 fresh, new AAA Duracell Coppertop batteries, not wanting to trust the Chinese batteries that were included with the unit. This morning, exactly 10 days later, the unit has completely exhausted the batteries, and will not turn off or change channels until I put in a fresh set. I thought the remote "went to sleep" until a button is pressed, however apparently there is a considerable drain on the batteries at all times. The range of the remote only works within line of sight of the radio unit, and displays "out of range" even in the next room 20 feet away. I would not recommend the Conductor, even though the sound is quite good, because the unit is unusable without the remote. I'm afraid Circuit City is going to get this one back.
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Hey musicnut, I had the same problems, but for me, the convenience of the remote - the display and the ability to control the radio - trumps the battery drain issue. I bought an Energizer 15 minute charger and four AAA NIMH batteries. Problem solved. They do need a redesign to reduce battery drain when they release version 2.0, though. Maybe if they design a smaller remote that just operates the radio.....

As for the "out of range" issue, I had the same problem. I reinitialized the radio and now the remote works as advertised within 40 feet or so. When I get beyond that (40 to 50 feet), the remote occasionally reports "out of range" if it is not pointed in the direction of the radio.

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Jaspear, I agree that the remote is very convenient with the display screen, but even after reinitializing the radio multiple times, I still can't change channels or view artist and song info from my main listening room 25 feet from the base unit (I have a whole house system that plays in six different locations). I just get the "Out of range" message whenever I am not in direct line of sight with the radio. I have to leave the remote in the other room, and get up and run in to access song info. Does your remote work through walls a short distance away? I can live with the poor battery life, but the main reason I bought the Conductor was for the ability to use the remote features in other rooms.
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Jaspear, I agree that the remote is very convenient with the display screen, but even after reinitializing the radio multiple times, I still can't change channels or view artist and song info from my main listening room 25 feet from the base unit (I have a whole house system that plays in six different locations). I just get the "Out of range" message whenever I am not in direct line of sight with the radio. I have to leave the remote in the other room, and get up and run in to access song info. Does your remote work through walls a short distance away? I can live with the poor battery life, but the main reason I bought the Conductor was for the ability to use the remote features in other rooms.
I was getting a 10 foot range and did some things to now get an 80 foot range.

-Move the Conductor Receiver away from antennas and wireless devices
-Remove the metal stand that comes on it
-Put the logo side down and the vent side towards where the remote will be

Those 3 things should make a difference.
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I was getting a 10 foot range and did some things to now get an 80 foot range. . .
Thanks. I'll try those things and report back. Does your 80 foot range allow control from other rooms, or just within direct line of sight?
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After making the changes suggested by paintedantenna, the range of the remote has increased enough that I can control the unit from the next room, but not consistently. Sometimes it works as advertised, and sometimes I get the "out of range" message. I have the radio unit on top of a shelf in plain view of the room and about 5 feet above floor level. Concealing the unit behind the shelf, as I had planned, shortens the range considerably. The radio unit should have a little telescoping antenna just like a cell phone, and maybe another one on the remote. The Conductor is a cool product, but is frustrating to use. I hope they have a new, improved Conductor on the drawing board. I can't recommend this model to anyone at this time.
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yea, I think I'll wait for the price to drop lower or see if they come out with a newer model.
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After making the changes suggested by paintedantenna....
My remote range was fine for me, as noted above, but I thought I would give paintedantenna's suggestions a go.....

My radio is not near other wireless devices, but I did remove the stand and lay it logo side down. I measured remote range with the radio oriented two ways since it has vents on either end . I got no increase in range over what I had.

However, with the radio back in its upright position, but without the metal stand installed, I do seem to get another 10 feet or so over what I had, so far anyway....

Musicnut, maybe you have a defective unit. If you really want the convenience of the remote, I'd suggest trying an exchange first. If you can get decent range, its a good product, not without flaws, but it serves me well.
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