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Old 04-03-2014, 09:25 PM   #21
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The Led bulbs are the factory supplied warm white bulbs, except for the ones in the reading lamps which I replaced to get a warmer color. We have tried with the converter turned off and the problem is definitely the LED lights, probably because the antenna goes right over the reading lights, and the radio is right above the light over the kitchen sink. I could replace the lights with incandescent bulbs, but I think an external antenna would be better. Probably less of a problem in a 21 because there aren't any lights where I am going to place the radio.
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Old 04-07-2014, 06:39 PM   #22
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Sound lag?

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I went wireless in my new unit, both the radio/iphone/ipod and tv play thru blue tooth speakers, in or out.
Jim,

Have you tried the wireless with the TV yet? Online I have seen people complain about the sound lagging the video with Bluetooth streaming.
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Old 04-07-2014, 06:44 PM   #23
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Jim,

Have you tried the wireless with the TV yet? Online I have seen people complain about the sound lagging the video with Bluetooth streaming.
I've tried the wireless with a movie on my ipad and it was fine - no lag whatsoever, but I can't speak about a TV.
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Old 04-07-2014, 06:54 PM   #24
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It worked fine on the tv, but I have not tried it yet with the dvd player.
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Old 11-23-2014, 05:43 PM   #25
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FM stereo/Bluetooth/antenna questions

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I use a bluetooth receiver that is about 1.5"x1.5"10.5", paired with my phone. I love being able to select something to play from where I sit, and even let others choose too. I have about 10,000 songs on my phone, so anybody will find something they like.

What I like about the receiver, is that I can hook it to any stereo with and input jack. I mostly use my jobsite radio, but also can use the stereo in the trailer, my stereo at home, the one in the vehicle, at a friends house, and so on. The only thing I don't like is the range is not so great, but the convenience is fantastic.

I most definitely would not put a stereo any other trailer I get.
If we didn't need good radio reception, I would go with your simpler solution.

But, we mainly boon dock while fishing in the high country north of Vancouver, BC and prefer to listen to the weather/news in the comfort of our trailer rather than running to the truck in a downpour. Whatever radio we use, portable or installed, we need decent FM reception (AM okay too) and input for Bluetooth so we can play music from our iPhone or iPad if we do longer trips again, like to Utah. I was thinking that speakers hardwired to a car stereo with Bluetooth would work best, but I'm not sure.

After time spent perusing the forum, I wonder if I could get advice on these stereo/bluetooth/antennas issues?

1) AM/FM antennas. Is the dialogue on XM antennas applicable to FM antennas and reception.
2) Getting weather reports is important to planning our day, so FM reception is important for that reason, plus we do listen to the news every few days.
3) I read in an earlier blog that Reace hid an antenna someone provided in the wall of a trailer. Would that both FM and AM antennas?
4) If we get the trailer prewired for stereo, does that include both antennas?
5) Is there better reception with an antenna sticking out the top of the trailer rather than in the wall of the trailer? We have ordered the added aluminum insulation and worry that it might reduce reception.
6) Would it be best to install a car stereo with Bluetooth or are there better alternatives? I don’t want to cut anything out or waste cupboard space, so I’m thinking it would be best slung beneath one of the cabinets by the dinette. That way we could replace it with a smaller unit in the future if we wanted to replace it. Would a Poly Planar marine radio mount fit a DIN car stereo without modification? Also I never saw a response to Charlie's question about whether the ETI installation of a DIN-1 radio included an enclosure?

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Old 11-23-2014, 06:11 PM   #26
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I read in an earlier blog that Reace hid an antenna someone provided in the wall of a trailer. Would that both FM and AM antennas? Also I never saw a response to Charlie's question about whether the ETI installation of a DIN-1 radio included an enclosure?
I believe my FM antenna is in the unit itself while the AM antenna is separately installed inside the cabinet somewhere. Here is a pic of my installation of a double DIN unit. ETI built a "frame" around it...
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Old 11-23-2014, 06:18 PM   #27
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Thanks for the pics, Karen. I like the idea of the mounted speakers, but am thinking of slinging the radio below in an enclosure to save cupboard space. OR do we really need the space?? Another benefit of having it in an enclosure below is that as technology changed I could more easily replace the unit with a newer one.

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I ordered a Jensen FM/Bluetooth radio only & marine antenna had it shipped to ETI & they installed both of them during the build. The antenna is on the roof. It seems to have good reception. Jim (cpaharley) I believe has the same Radio.
It can be heard through a Bluetooth speaker.
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1) AM/FM antennas. Is the dialogue on XM antennas applicable to FM antennas and reception.
Generally no. The XM and Sirius satellite radio systems work in frequency band over ten times higher than FM radio (and AM is a hundred times lower frequency than FM). The design of the antenna is specific to the frequency (so an XM antenna is small compared to an FM radio). Also, satellite signals are generally coming from above, while the direction to AM and FM stations on land is roughly horizontal, so again the antenna designs are different. The effect of a very thin foil layer (such as in the insulation) could be different as well.
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Old 11-23-2014, 08:14 PM   #30
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On our 19' build I had ETI install the standard Jensen unit, might not be the best but since it is a single DIN mount which is a standard size, replacements are easy to find and will fit. For speakers I didn't want the surface mount speakers so we had speaker drops installed in each corner (4), I have small satellite speakers to install under the upper cabinets. We also had a speaker drop and 12V power installed under the bed for the subwoofer.
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