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 Posted: Fri Dec 22nd, 2017 02:35 am
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is a booster going fix my problem? i have 3 different double din touch screen radios in my truck and none of 3 have very good reception compared to a single din radio



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Who really listens to radio anymore? lol

Maybe I am spoiled, I've been rocking a Samsung Galaxy Tab3 7" Tablet flushed in my dash for the last 2 years and between the 18.2GB of music I have on it, Pandora, Youtube access, Audible books, and Sound Cloud I've been pretty entertained when not using the Google/Topo mapping or other features.

When I lived in Michigan it was alright and when I moved to Cali,   the stations would fade in/out so much that it was as annoying as all get out. Thankfully the Alpine I had in it offered a USB input at least that I could throw a thumb drive in it with music on it. Ironically I outgrew the 8GB USB drive. lol

If you're not really using it for a Video function or rear view camera, NAVI.. and if the radio feature is whats most important to you, why not drop the Single dash unit back in place for the Sound Q of things?



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^^^^ Along with ditching over-the-air radio, who really even uses CDs anymore? OP can look into streaming music or podcasts via interwebz, and on a side note oh so many of those over the air radio stations have a website and stream their station live if one really wants it. SiriusXM is also another option and if you look around there are adapters out there that are enabled to work for life (ie, no monthly bill).



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CBB9M wrote: who really even uses CDs anymore?
*raises hand*

My truck came with the premium sound AM/FM/Cassette/CD.  I bought the MACH stereo out of a Mountaineer for the amp & sub.  With that I got the 6-disc changer that is mounted in the console, so I have the complete package.  Would I like to have all my tunes on a USB stick? Sure would!  But that will have to come later when I have more than moths in my wallet. :)



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CBB9M wrote: ^^^^ Along with ditching over-the-air radio, who really even uses CDs anymore? 
Me, I have a very large selection of CD's, & my Ranger has the am/fm/cassette/cd radio.



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I can' bring myself to pay for xm when fm is free



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Down in my basement I have some 3 1/2" floppies that need to go (DOS 5.0 and W3.1 are on some of them); I'll make you guys a deal. I may have a Sony Mavica camera which uses them; I'll throw that in too! :)

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Aaaah the Mavica, loved it. Floppy right in the camera. Those were the days.



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So while I'm at work I find an xm radio receiver in a car out of curiosity I plug it into my truck to see if it works and just like that I have xm radio



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Until the original users subscription runs out :) Then it will be like 15 bucks a month.
I won't pay it for me but the wife has one.



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JAMMAN wrote: Until the original users subscription runs out :) Then it will be like 15 bucks a month.
I won't pay it for me but the wife has one.

LMAO Funny how we will refuse to pay for something for ourselves, but have no problem at all doing it for the wifey! :)



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black06xlt wrote: So while I'm at work I find an xm radio receiver in a car out of curiosity I plug it into my truck to see if it works and just like that I have xm radio
Was it OEM or an aftermarket unit?



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JAMMAN wrote: Until the original users subscription runs out :) Then it will be like 15 bucks a month.
I won't pay it for me but the wife has one.


Seems to me I mentioned something about this to OP earlier, if he opts to do is part. :)



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It was an after market unit



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Then they probably had a year subscription and it will probably hang on for a month afterward as a grace period but eventually it will stop.
Gives you time to see if it is your thing or not though. I considered it for the "Hair Nation" channel and my wife listens mostly to the Elvis channel and the Tom Petty channel.

You know for an extra few dollars a month they will let you log in and stream on your computer? I did that during the 6 month trial when I bought Di her CRV. At the end of the 6 months I only paid for the radio licensing and dropped the streaming. Tested and cannot stream any more.

The radio has an ID like your computer has a mac address for each of its adapters. AND like your modem if you have cable internet. You don't pay your cable bill, they shut off service to that mac address.



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I didn't read all of the posts, sorry, but if the radios are similar in quality, their performance should be the same. Ford's OEM Radio is a good radio all around and has good reception, so if you are using an OEM Ford single din radio as a base you may have lost already trying to make low cost aftermarket radios work swell as they do !

If you are having reception problems, first get a good quality radio, second get a good exterior antenna approximately 36" long, add grounds to the chassis of the radio to a good ground inside the vehicle and make sure the antenna has a good ground.  After that its all about what is on the air.

If you have an OEM setup, it should still receive and give decent tunes, but you might want to get one of the Digital Toy hookup. I used one, didn't think it was going to be a big deal, just going to listen to my digital music right... wrong, it was amazing how this little device going between my iPod and OEM Radio, turned the radio into an incredible sounding music box.  You could hear all of the highs, the lows and everything in between. So if you want to keep the OEM Unit and still play your digital stuff look into a digital interface.

I will look up what I was using, it was called something... -USA !

Back to the first question, "is a booster going fix my problem?"

No... it might be louder but not always clearer. Some of the Boosters bring in white noise which is static and static makes for bad sounds, and if you have an amp... more noise !

I am not an audiophile, not a Auto Electrican, not even a good mechanic but I do know clear sounds and I do know how to work around a noise problem but it is far easier to start with good equipment and work from there.


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I got the "USA" in the wrong place it is called "USA Spec iPod Adapter" but has other digital attachments too.  I have not googled the unit and it may not exist anymore, electronics change fast these days, but it is something to look into instead of taking the OEM Ford Radio and replace it with another unit that may or may not be as good audio wise.









Believe me with a half way decent speakers, I was using the Explorer Pioneer Speakers front and rear, this little unit made my old 2003 OEM Ford Radio sound like a digital music machine.  Some of it may have been the Explorer Speakers but I think its s a good unit for us guys with just an OEM Radio... with only a CD player ! 

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Although I have the MACH stereo with 6-CD changer in my truck, I have a Monster FM transmitter that connects to an iPod. It works surprisingly well and is a breeze to use.



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can i start a subscription on someone else's unit or do i have to start with a new unit?



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my stock ford radio stopped working so i switched to a single din pioneer unit worked great better then my stock radio. my wife bought me a dual touch screen double din for my birthday it was a pos. i got a pioneer double din touch screen from work worked great but bad reception on fm. i swapped it out for a jensen double din touch screen with blue tooth xm navigation dvd the whole 9 and it has horrible reception. i do have a 1000 watt kicker amp powering a kicker solobaric 12 in a band pass competion box and rockford fosgate punch 6x8's in the doors and in the rear and power accustic tweeters in the front doors



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black06xlt wrote: can i start a subscription on someone else's unit or do i have to start with a new unit?

Yes. There is one of the stations you can go to (don't know which one) that shows you the ID of the radio. Providing it isn't stolen (I know you didn't steal it but it might have been previously stolen) you can activate it just fine.



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i thinks its 0 is the station



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[highlight= rgb(31, 31, 31);]added: I got the "USA" in the wrong place it is called "USA Spec iPod Adapter" but has other digital attachments too.  I have not googled the unit and it may not exist anymore, electronics change fast these days, but it is something to look into instead of taking the OEM Ford Radio and replace it with another unit that may or may not be as good audio wise.









Believe me with a half way decent speakers, I was using the Explorer Pioneer Speakers front and rear, this little unit made my old 2003 OEM Ford Radio sound like a digital music machine.  Some of it may have been the Explorer Speakers but I think its s a good unit for us guys with just an OEM Radio... with only a CD player !
Here is the part number if anyone is thnkingon this "PA11FORD1



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