Tidying(ish) the loft I came across a very nice NAD FM stereo tuner.
Put into storage during a house move and never taken out again; I don't
even have an FM aerial although IIRC I have previously had one since the
If I want to listen to the radio at home then I can use the Internet (e.g.
iPlayer) or for many radio stations I can use FreeSat or FreeView.
So is there any real use for a stereo FM tuner any more apart from in a
car? Perhaps also when you are camping without a mobile phone signal or a
Nice pit of kit, but udder on a bull?
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I had an AIWA AX7400 which was brilliant. I bought it in 1978 after
buying my first house and went out to buy a bed one weekend and
came back with this Tuner-Amp, and then slept on a mattress on the
floor for a few more years.
Getting rid of it in 2006 in favour of an Onky CR515DAB was a mistake.
The Onkyo works fine, apart from DAB which is rubbish here in West
Sussex, so I am listening to Classic FM on FM right now - perfect.
It does what is does. Receives FM radio, providing you have an aerial up
to the job. Freeview requires a proper TV aerial and usually a TV set,
though there used to be Freeview "set top" boxes with audio output which
could be connected to an audio system. DAB is OK, if you have a DAB
radio and good enough reception. Who needs 100s of Internet radio stations?
And there's a place for stand alone FM transistor radios, such as
bedroom, kitchen or workshop/garage.
If and when FM is turned off, the big losses will be for drivers whose
cars aren't fitted with DAB (and a replacement may well not look at all
right in the dash) and stand-alone radios (that are perfect for DIY
work, 'cos they'll work for months on one set of batteries.
On Sat, 14 Oct 2017 20:46:59 +0100, Steve Walker wrote:
Shhh, that idea seems to have been quietly forgotten about or is
under a D Notice. Also it was only the nationals that would go to
make room for lot's of new local stations. Local stations that are
hideously difficult to make profitable...
Even if the car has DAB it needs a DAB signal... Very patchy around a
here with the patches of signal being rather small and well spaced so
useless for actually listening to that radio. Even when in coverage
there is something "not quite right" and it becomes wearing to listen
too for more than about 1/2 and hour.
Internet streams vary for bloomimg good to yuk... Having the telly on
consuming lots of power just to "listen to the radio" seems a bit
extravagant. Bet that NAD tuner is very frugal in comparison.
On 16/10/2017 00:28, email@example.com wrote:
It's neither 'ere nor there in the grand scheme of things, anyway. I
just don't worry about that sort of thing. I think one thing that goes
wrong in people's heads when they retire is that they start to worry
about tiny things, so I resist it.
When I was (much) younger I was lucky enough to live near pubs that had
live musical acts, and if I wanted to watch the performers I had to get
close enough to them that I was very close to their loudspeakers. It
was quite common to lay in bed afterwards with a whistle in my ears,
though luckily by the time I had woken up in the morning my hearing
seemed back to normal.
I am not anywhere near deaf in my retirement, but you are spot on with
the prediction that I have lost some of the 'hi'. I can hear it, but
probably not at a comparative volume to the bass.
I'm sceptical of the whole industry. But what could be special about
your lug holes that could defeat the NHS yet be fixable by a private
firm, when it only comes down to frequency response after all?
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