06-10-2006, 02:53 PM
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Join Date: Jan 08, 2003
There is no doubt this is an FM Trans issue. Vehicles are 12 volt, but the cig power adapter has the circuitry built into to supply the Sportster 4 with only 5 volts of power. So this isn't the issue.
You have 2 options as I see it. Well maybe 3. Shipping it back will make no difference because this is the way all new FM Trans will be thanks to the FCC. Option1: Get an FM Switching Box and hardwire it directly to your head unit, this will provide the best level of SQ via an FM Trans. Option2: You can get an wired FM Antenna that plugs into the FM-Out on the cradle, but this will only boost the signal a bit, but generally will clean it up enough that it will work acceptably. Option:3 Go back and use one of the older models that have a stronger FM Trans.
I'd recommend option1 myself. It takes a bit of effort but will offer you the best level of SQ.
Have you ever found it if they make any kind of adapter for your head unit that will allow you to directly connect a tuner, because that is the ultimate sound?
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