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Old 12-18-2006
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Mine doesn't sound that compressed. Again, maybe that model, or that particular radio, isn't decompressing the dynamic range properly. Mine sounds as good or better than ANY FM channel.

There's one more possibility: try adjusting the FM audio level. If it's too high, you'll get distortion and if too low you'll get noise (just like a real FM station, lol).

Also, consider using the Delphi FM-direct connection system. It feeds the FM signal directly into the jack of your radio. Under those circumstances, you can usually run the FM audio level much higher because the radio stays "in lock" with the signal and high modulation doesn't disturb it.
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ahh yea...does that make it where I can just control it thru the radio? cause that would be awsome

and the other guy, love that install esp. where the antenna is...
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Ha! I wish, no it's nothing that sophisticated. It's just a box to couple the signal from the RF modulator straight into the radio so that there is no interference and the signal strength is maximum. It makes quite a difference in the FM sound quality, and I was surprised at how much.

I don't know that that is your main problem you're hearing, but the box does help.

I got mine from this vendor on eBay: http://cgi.ebay.com/Delphi-SA10112-D...QQcmdZViewItem
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nice kit...thanks!
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just noticed my new XM came with this new FM thing called sureconnct... I didn't use it, so maybe I DO need to install that, :-(

anyone ever heard of it?
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just decide that tomarrow I'm calling to cancel my subscription, b/c I wont lose any b/c I got the free authorize and 1 month, so its going back to Wal-Mart... I love FM too much, lol
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I scarcely listen to FM anymore. If you can hack the uncertain reception and level of commercial interruption, more power to you!

Between .mp3's (my player and now my Pioneer 6CD/MP3) and XM I listen to broadcast radio only for things like the Sean Hannity show (go ahead and groan, liberals, lol...) traffic and what not. I use weather channels on the CB or my ham rig to get weather updates.

I don't think you gave it a fair trial since there is so much more on there than just music. Did you try the comedy channels? The Classic Radio shows of the early 20th century?

Sorry it didn't work for you -- I just can't imagine being without it now. We have 3 subscriptions: one for my truck, one for the wifes car, and one for the house.
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well for now I'm rocking the ipod, its good to be able to use it...
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Ha ha! Yes, I spend more time listening to .mp3's (or .aac's in your case I guess, lol) than I do on XM actually.
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dash mount the antenna
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That could bite you heading north at times. The XM sats are always low on the southern horizon and you could be blocking them often that way. It's not like GPS where the sats move. This might be less of a problem with Sirius where the sats move around the sky all day, but eventually one would be blocked by the roof when you need it.
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