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Possible cheap fix for fm tuner

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by ep3n3wp, Jul 23, 2010.

  1. ep3n3wp

    ep3n3wp Well-Known Member
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    So I found this possible cheap fix for the fm tuner on the evo... Been reading that it had to do with the trs vs trrs tips..
    Here is link to cheap fix courtesy of tfurru1 of evo 4g forum

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  3. ep3n3wp

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    I'm going to pick one up tonight or tomorrow.. Also hoping that with this adapter I can plug it in at my desk (adapter only) and use the speaker of the evo and still get full reception of the fm tuner so that I don't have to keep headphones plugged in with long wires. Since the adapter is only 2.5 inches long would make it very convenient
     
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  5. CriticalCritic

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    edit: nevermind!
     
  6. CriticalCritic

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    OK, now here we go!

    Here are a couple actual 3.5mm antenna!
    Ebay $5.59 - Item #250610559148 (Straight Antenna)
    Ebay $3.97 - Item #230498327345 (Wraps around the back or maybe down the side)
     
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    DealExtreme: $2.67 DVB-T Digital Antenna (3.5mm Connector)
    $2.65, free shipping. I've never bought from here but if someone wants to and report back that would be great.
     
  8. CriticalCritic

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    I saw those... but they're not really portable. I bet they are great for office/desk type situations though, and it looks like it gets way better reception.
     
  9. ep3n3wp

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    Ok so I just picked this up and well it works...i was using auxiliary cable to connect to my head unit and just got static same with headphones... But with this little adapter it works very well with both headphones and auxiliary cable it has really improved the reception..

    It makes the whole TRS vs. TRRS very true!

    Ps... Only downside,
    Can't just user the adapter only to get god reception
     
  10. BigAinCA

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    I ordered an adapter like the radio shack version off of ebay ... did not improve my reception one bit.

    Could be that it was a $0.99 Chinese made version. At least it was just $0.99 and the shipping was free. Was worth a shot... lol

    I really wonder why I am bothering with it. I could always just use my 5-yr old Creative Zen M if I want to listen to FM. Then again, I will still use the Zen for music as well since it sounds great. I guess it is just the principle of the thing. :)
     
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  12. ep3n3wp

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    Just fyi...
    On the adapter that I got at radio shack it has 3 bands on it where as my aux cable and headphones had only 2 bands

    For some reason the headphone jack favors the 3 band tip..
    It just makes a better connection in the right places..
     
  13. ep3n3wp

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    delete double
     
  14. CriticalCritic

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    2 bands = trs and is not capable of extending antenna signal.
    3 bands = trrs. the extra band is a separator/insulator to create a 4th section that allows the wire to be used as an antenna.
     
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