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Old 26th February 2012, 01:23 PM   #1
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I like to record music on FM. I am looking for a good FM tuner, preferably with an optical (toslink) output around $200. Any ideas?
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Old 26th February 2012, 02:15 PM   #2
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Very few good FM tuners will have a digital output, because good FM tuners use analogue circuitry. In fact (I'm sure someone will prove me wrong!) the presence of a digital output on an FM tuner is likely to mean that it is a poor FM tuner added as an afterthought to some sort of digital tuner (e.g. DAB).
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Old 26th February 2012, 06:26 PM   #3
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Thanks for the reply. Basic question....to record FM broadcasts (mainly live classical music concerts) what is the best set-up? Right now I have a simple RCA out from the FM to an ART USB interface to my p.c. (Sony Sound Forge).
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Old 26th February 2012, 07:14 PM   #4
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Good directional antenna to minimise multipath. Reasonable quality downlead coax to minimise noise and interference. Good analogue FM tuner, ideally switchable IF bandwidth, and a MPX filter after the stereo decoder. Broadly speaking, the 1980's and 90's were the best time for FM tuner design. Before that they were not too sensitive and may have poor decoders. After that the manufacturers lost interest in FM and just stuck a few chips in a box, or added an FM subroutine to a DAB receiver.
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Going from a good tuner (as outlined above) to your ART soundcard is the way to go.
Not sure if the 19KHz stereo pilot tone will cause problems with your soundcard, but someone here may know. Some tape decks had a 19Khz filter for that purpose.
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Old 26th February 2012, 07:39 PM   #6
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I like to record music on FM. I am looking for a good FM tuner, preferably with an optical (toslink) output around $200. Any ideas?
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In Los Angeles the audio processing on FM is such that I don't even turn it on because it sounds awful. Hope it's better where you are.

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Old 26th February 2012, 08:13 PM   #7
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The pilot tone should be removed by the tuner, either with a 19kHz notch in the MPX filter or by cancellation.

Good quality FM transmissions are now getting rare - even the BBC is not what it was.
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The OP is in the US and most good US FM stations have a HD channel or channels (Hybrid Digital). But still few (if any) modern FM tuners have a digital output.
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The OP is in the US and most good US FM stations have a HD channel or channels (Hybrid Digital). But still few (if any) modern FM tuners have a digital output.
HD radio is nicely quiet, but the sound quality is MP3 grade.
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Our DAB is not even that good, as it uses MP2 at low bit rates. MP3 would be an upgrade!
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