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Old 22nd March 2011, 10:29 PM   #1
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Default Best FM antenna......

Is the good ol' simple "dipole" still the best, all around indoor antenna for FM/FMHD?
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Old 22nd March 2011, 10:36 PM   #2
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Unless you wanted to stick a 100Mhz Yagi in your attic, probably.
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Old 22nd March 2011, 10:44 PM   #3
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Yeah, I presenly live in an an apartment so,the attic is out.

I have been away from high end audio for a few years and just wanted to confirm this.

BTW, I still have the dipole I made back in 1973.
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Old 23rd March 2011, 12:19 AM   #4
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Depending on your reception area, an active antenna may be a cheap and convenient solution. They're not the best in all circumstances, but if you don't have poor signal strength the results may be indistinguishable from anything else you can achieve, and they're built to be unobtrusive amongst other items of furniture.

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Old 23rd March 2011, 12:25 AM   #5
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Especially with digital sometimes a little extra active gain makes all the difference, but for analog it could just mean the noise gets louder. It depends on the performance of your receiver front-end, how much signal you already have..
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Old 23rd March 2011, 03:00 AM   #6
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Actually, I get pretty good receptiion in my area including my building.

As far as digital, there are only a small handfull of HD stations in my area anyway.

BTW, I just a got a Sony "XDR-F1HD" tuner and it seems to make the best of a less than great signal.
So far, I like this inexpensive little tuner.

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Old 23rd March 2011, 04:01 AM   #7
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Yes, it's get rave reviews for it's RF section. The specs are great. I need to get one. Lot's of good radio around here.
I was going to get something like the Winegard Omni to go with it.
Not an apartment antenna, tho.
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I had some impressive results with a J-pole on my TU-717. Worth the build,if you have the space for it.
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Old 23rd March 2011, 10:59 AM   #9
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One thing I thought was instructive when comparing antennas was to listen to the L-R signal only. In areas with a lot of multipath, omnis can be pretty nasty. TV bunny ears can work quite well and usually look nicer than the standard dipole or folded dipole plastic antennas..
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FYI, you should have a look at this site: FM Antennas for your FM Tuner
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