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sarahsix

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Anybody got a digital radio headunit or dash inserty thingybob?! Looking at getting one for the A3 as it doesnt find much radio signal which is really annoying. Any particular brands i should be looking at or avoiding? Or is it best to go to a stealers and see what the options are? Ta Smile

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Posted 25th Aug 2012 at 19:14
barnettjd77

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I asked about this in pioneer a while ago and they said it was.. in shorter words... bolloc*s LOL

So got a new aerial and now can pick up anything, try that..much cheaper aswell Thumbs up

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Posted 25th Aug 2012 at 22:43
sarahsix

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Yeah think i'll have to...a3 doesnt have an aerial, have no idea if it should have Dunno

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Posted 25th Aug 2012 at 23:00
gota6again

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If its anything like the system BMW use, the rear screen will have the ariel built into that like the heating elements.
Posted 25th Aug 2012 at 23:13
sarahsix

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Aaah, cheers for that. The first a3 we had (same age) had one of those shark fin aerials but this one doesnt. I have to manually retune the radio every couple of miles which is annoying!

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Posted 25th Aug 2012 at 23:17
armzsc6

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Have installed DAB head units several times at work and every one of them I've encountered is awful! They like to use DAB signal as much as possible but as soon as it gets weak there is a pause as it switches to FM... Then decides there's DAB signal again so swaps back... With a big pause... So annoying! Useless piece of s**te IMO.


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Posted 26th Aug 2012 at 09:04
buzzbrightyear

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I thought it was pretty good when i had a hire car with it in as standard, every now and again it did pause for a second and then restart again when it found a better signal or whatever it did but i didn't find it too bad and I traveled the length of the country in it so I'd expect any normal radio to have done the same thing anyway when travelling so far.

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Posted 27th Aug 2012 at 09:41
sarahsix

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I think it would probably be a nightmare around where i live too, deepest darkest westest wales Wink ive found a dab box thing on ebay that is compatible with the stereo and steering wheel controls in the a3 but its £150. Cant afford that atm so i'll just have to put up with it for the time being Smile even fuzzy radio sounds good through bose speakers LOL

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Posted 27th Aug 2012 at 09:54
armzsc6

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They may well have improved them since I fitted a few as it was a couple of years ago now but it was literally every 30seconds and that's in the middle of towns on bbc stations so should have plenty of signal.

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Posted 29th Aug 2012 at 13:57
6waysforward

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Fm is a better sound quality ( if tuned correctly ) than dab radio anyways.

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Posted 30th Aug 2012 at 19:51
sarahsix

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Yeah its just the tuning bit im having a problem with Wink

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Posted 30th Aug 2012 at 22:25
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Post #12
analogue radio is switched off in few years time (2015) so switching to digital (daCool now could be your best option. I'm going to wait then just buy a dab adaptor for my current radio. Kinda like when people had to buy Freeview boxes for their analogue tv's

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Posted 31st Aug 2012 at 05:33
adam b

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Bet its not turned off. They already put it back once...
Dab radios are crap around here, not impressed at all.

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Posted 28th Sep 2012 at 14:06
roland rat

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adam b wrote:
Bet its not turned off. They already put it back once...
Dab radios are crap around here, not impressed at all.


Poor reception for the Archers is it old bean?
Posted 28th Sep 2012 at 14:15
cress87

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6waysforward wrote:
Fm is a better sound quality ( if tuned correctly ) than dab radio anyways.


Sound quality is not the issue with FM radio, it's the fact that they predominantly broadcast absolute drivel over most stations - local stations and radio 1 in particular. DAB is good but I wouldn't put one in a car because of the patchy signal. CD's/MP3s etc ftw.

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Posted 28th Sep 2012 at 14:24

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