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kidthorazine
05-28-2009, 06:29 PM
Who makes the best tuner in a head unit? I Need a tuner that is good in weak FM signal areas. What make/model, I'm in the foothills of Los Angeles if that helps and price range is $400/500

JimJ
05-28-2009, 06:32 PM
Actually, a lot of aftermarket head units have horrible tuner sections...it's just not that big of a priority for most people after an upgrade.

If you're having weak signal problems, what are you using for an antenna? If it's a "in-window" one, installing a real external antenna will be a good step...

Scoobydoo
05-28-2009, 06:34 PM
sirius

Sarthos
05-28-2009, 06:41 PM
Something with built in HD or an aftermarket HD receiver might work best. Otherwise satellite receivers sometimes get good reception. I've never really had problems with aftermarket head units getting bad reception. My alpine CDA-9883 got great reception all the time and I live at least 30 miles from Minneapolis where the signals are broadcast. If you want it I'll sell it to you.

AlterEgo99
05-28-2009, 06:43 PM
Love my Alpine CDA-9887...reception is awesome! :D

kidthorazine
05-28-2009, 07:03 PM
My head units an Alpine CDA-9857 My antenna is the factory installed antenna on a 2007 Toyota Tacoma (external not a windshield) I do not want XM/Siruis tried it didn't like it.

AlterEgo99
05-28-2009, 07:31 PM
My head units an Alpine CDA-9857 My antenna is the factory installed antenna on a 2007 Toyota Tacoma (external not a windshield) I do not want XM/Siruis tried it didn't like it.

Ditto on XM/Sirius...not only does it cut out going under bridges, etc...in my area (NH) we have a lot of roads surrounded by A LOT of trees and those interfere with satellite radio too! So, I'll take the 'ol FM band anytime. :D

Sarthos
05-28-2009, 07:50 PM
Can't you put a big copper piece on top of the antenna and get better reception?

stocker08
05-28-2009, 08:38 PM
I got bullshit reception with my cda-9825. Not a huge deal since I would listen my my ipod the majority of the time. No AM reception whatsoever....

AlterEgo99
05-28-2009, 09:39 PM
I got bullshit reception with my cda-9825. Not a huge deal since I would listen my my ipod the majority of the time. No AM reception whatsoever....

Has A LOT to do with the vehicle, especially AM reception. Had the same 9887 HU in my '99 Silverado and AM reception was ****...same 9887 HU in my '08 Silverado and AM reception is P-E-R-F-E-C-T. So, I think it has more to do with the vehicle than the HU. IMHO. :cool:

Sarthos
05-29-2009, 02:53 AM
Has more to do with the antenna than the vehicle. Get one of those giant antennas that I think is used for like CB or Hamm radio or whatever, you know the ones that are like 10 feet tall, it'll give any vehicle perfect reception.

GAM3OVR
05-29-2009, 03:03 AM
I thought you ment tuner like a car :(

alvitae
05-29-2009, 03:19 AM
Has A LOT to do with the vehicle, especially AM reception. Had the same 9887 HU in my '99 Silverado and AM reception was ****...same 9887 HU in my '08 Silverado and AM reception is P-E-R-F-E-C-T. So, I think it has more to do with the vehicle than the HU. IMHO. :cool:

x2 Pioneer in the Ford got great reception. Put it in the Honda and it blows.

ejschultz
05-29-2009, 03:30 AM
The reception ***** in my jimmy but it's great in my caprice. This is with both alpines and pioneers I've owned and have switched between the 2 vehicles. I'm getting a lot of interference when the truck is running. When the truck is off, no problems. I'm thinking about running a new antenna and wire, but I'm way too lazy. I think a lot of the reception issues have to do with poor placement of the antenna on the vehicle and the path of the antenna wire.

Sarthos
05-29-2009, 03:31 AM
my Honda has had perfect reception on every unit that's gone in it and the antenna is sh*t. Won't even go all the way up or down.

alvitae
05-29-2009, 03:33 AM
my Honda has had perfect reception on every unit that's gone in it and the antenna is ****. Won't even go all the way up or down.

Same as my antennae, Maybe I should quit being lazy and pull the deck and check how well it's plugged in back there.

Sarthos
05-29-2009, 03:45 AM
its not behind the deck that's the problem for me. Its the antenna motor I think it makes a terrible grinding noise when it goes up and down :(

AlterEgo99
05-29-2009, 09:00 AM
Has more to do with the antenna than the vehicle. Get one of those giant antennas that I think is used for like CB or Hamm radio or whatever, you know the ones that are like 10 feet tall, it'll give any vehicle perfect reception.

Maybe...I tried locating a replacement high end antenna for my '99 and just could not locate anything...in my new '08 the antenna setup looks identical but for some reason, the reception is much, much better. Not sure if it has to do with the antenna or 10 years of re-engineering the Silverado they finally got the electrical right. :p:

pickup1
05-29-2009, 09:08 AM
my altima reception blows big donkey's.
pionner supposed to have one of the best fm sensitivity,mine 980bt still fades.
the altima's antenna is in the side roof area.really *****...

Dark_JediMaster
05-29-2009, 09:25 AM
I know my wife got a lil cheap sony head unit and it has the best reception I ever seen in a radio. She picks up stations that I cant with my pioneer DEH-6000UB. SO maybe it has to deal with the radio or the antenna or the car. who knows. I been itch ing to trying my Poineer in my wifes car to see if it picks up the same stations as her sony.