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Old 10-22-2007, 12:40 PM
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Default Headphones for radio reception

Hi Has anyone explored upgrading the supplied headphones for use with the FM/DAB radio side of things? As the headphone lead doubles up as the aerial, would any other headphone model give any problems on reception. It seems in every review of MP3 players etc there is recommendation to upgrade as the headphone is usually the weakest link.
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Old 10-22-2007, 01:04 PM
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Radio reception worked with any of the 10-15 phones I tried with the D2. The D2's radio isn't the strongest/best out there, but at least better earphones don't mean worse FM reception (ie. I didn't notice any difference in reception, no matter what phone attached).
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Old 02-15-2008, 06:04 AM
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Anyone in UK tried different headphones and still got DAB reception OK. I've been told that as the headphones have 4 connectors rather than 3 - the additional connector is for the DAB reception/aerial
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Old 02-16-2008, 12:12 AM
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Default question concerning the use of radio w/ headphones

ive read that mp3 players with fm radio need the headphones connected to listen to the radio, mainly to get signal. i was wondering why is that? do the headphones act as an antenna to get signal? and does the reception depend on the headphones or the mp3 itself?
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OK, the reason for picking up the signal with the headphones is because the player cant have a good enough antennae built in/will make it uncomfortable. besides you have to have some headphones to listen, so maybe its also to cut costs. I believe its te headphone wire which gets the signal but im not sure. the reception depends on the player mostly with the headphones altering it a bit
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Old 02-16-2008, 04:31 AM
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I have two pairs of Sennheisers, MX500 and CX500, and DAB reception with both
of them is no different to using the supplied pair with the 4 pole connector.

I'm in south east Northumberland, quite a distance from the transmitters so don't
get too strong a signal.
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Old 02-16-2008, 07:47 AM
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I believe its te headphone wire which gets the signal but im not sure.
... and I believe it is mostly the ground wire that is used as antenna.
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...besides you have to have some headphones to listen...
not necessarily, you can pick up the fm signal with cable hook up to receiver or dock connection and listen through speakers
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I don't own a D2 (yet) but I made some tries with the Sansa e200 (same Sanyo FM Tuner chip). I noticed that a longer cable is better but not always. It depends on the cable; the wires can be put together in one insulation piece or there can be two insulation pieces glued together.
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I don't own a D2 (yet) but I made some tries with the Sansa e200 (same Sanyo FM Tuner chip). I noticed that a longer cable is better but not always. It depends on the cable; the wires can be put together in one insulation piece or there can be two insulation pieces glued together.
It depends where you are. If you in a large city and the transmitters are very close, then the reception problems are from having signals that are too strong, adjacent signals are too strong, or signals reflected from tall buildings that are strong(they reach the tuner with a small delay and therefore might muck up reception if they are strong enough). If you are far from the transmitters, then having a longer headphone cord will probably help reception. Those very close to the transmitters might get better reception with a shorter headphone cord.
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