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How is the sound quality with the FM expander ?

I heard that the frequencies you get don't match exactly the ones from the radios which gives you a lower reception/quality. I'm interested in your feedback ;)

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I found while driving around the Lyttleton area between Lyttleton and Corsair Bay that I got mixed stations with my band expander. Also for some reason as soon as I pull up tpo my gate at home I lose reception completely.

Also it sucks when heading out of town as you can't text the radio station to get their frequency as it doesn't line up with the band expander.

(I also said I'd chose a Skoda Octavia over the new levorg!)

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13 minutes ago, Leufkax said:

Band expanders are the simplest thing to install ever, one plug in, one plug out and tapping into a power source. They're shite too

But a lot cheaper than buying a new stereo and surround for a 4th gen outback

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there's some mighty cheap stereos on the market now.

 

eg. a friend recently replaced the factory stereo on his jap import vw golf with a $90 chinese job off aliexpress.

supposed to be "genuine vw oem" - it was full featured -sd, usb, bt etc - and simple plug and play.

sounded better than factory + band expander despite not using the car's diversity aerial.

 

 

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On 03/03/2017 at 2:32 PM, newsuba said:

 

Interesting facts, learn something new everyday!

 

Due to these touch screen units, (sometimes with built-in front & reverse cameras & dash cam recorder), FM expanders are often the simplest and cheapest option.

 

Plus I mostly listen to mp3 via either SD cards or USB. 

 

It is working well (clear and loud) and I think I was told it is a 14MHz, just need to do the Maths, but once the stations are preset, it is just a matter of 1, 2 ,3.

 

After checking the "Band expander conflict frequency" from your link, I guess I am lucky that all of my favourite stations are between 92.6 -102.5 MHz =)

 


 

On 03/03/2017 at 2:48 PM, delta said:

Shhh don't say that, subaru boxer is gonna hate me !

I already said that I don't like the new levorg STI he posted about, he's gonna think I have something against him haha xD

 

No worries delta, it is always good to hear other people's' point of view with experience or taste. 

Nothing personal. :D

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Don't mind me, I'm used to seeing those called something else (sapphire). Maybe badging differences between countries or my memory. I do like the right hand ford badge delete, even though I have a soft spot for non-V8 performance Ford's. Love those rally pumas, escorts etc

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On 3/3/2017 at 4:24 PM, SpeedySub said:

But a lot cheaper than buying a new stereo and surround for a 4th gen outback

A second hand NZ new stereo can be found cheap... also plug and play. No band expander required! 

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My electrical and wiring skills are not the best, last time I tried to install a car stereo it blew up! True it was a s**ty warehouse job with no instructions in English, not too keen on doing the same to the outback! solution would be to get someone else to fit it of course

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1 hour ago, Berg said:

Don't mind me, I'm used to seeing those called something else (sapphire). Maybe badging differences between countries or my memory. I do like the right hand ford badge delete, even though I have a soft spot for non-V8 performance Ford's. Love those rally pumas, escorts etc

 

cosworth badging should be the same for all markets.

that car has had the main badge reapplied to look liek the sticker badging that appeared on 3 door sierra cosworths.

 

the 4 -door was officially a sierra sapphire, rhd cars had a small sapphire badge on the rear door trim.

the  4x4 cosworth saloon was a great car in the day.

 

i recall lusting after a moonstone blue example in the local ford dealer's showroom back in the 90s.

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36 minutes ago, SpeedySub said:

My electrical and wiring skills are not the best, last time I tried to install a car stereo it blew up! True it was a s**ty warehouse job with no instructions in English, not too keen on doing the same to the outback! solution would be to get someone else to fit it of course

Dude, find a second hand nz new kenwood stereo with the same aircon controls as yours - simply pull yours out and put the new one in - it's all plug and play. 

 

Eg: (can be found alot cheaper)

http://www.trademe.co.nz/motors/car-parts-accessories/subaru/interior/auction-1287270459.htm 

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On 03/03/2017 at 4:10 PM, Leufkax said:

Band expanders are the simplest thing to install ever, one plug in, one plug out and tapping into a power source. They're shite too

Yes you are right!

After getting some motivation from you, yesterday I have installed one for my wife's next Subaru.
Brought it from The Warehouse for $13, then plug and power tapping.
I should have done it for my father's Forester a few weeks ago (to save him $50) but I was just plain lazy, after just spending the night installing DRL and rear parking sensors for him. =P

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