Audio qualia

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radio tuners

This page is concerned with improving the Leak 'Troughline' tuner.

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The problem is that my version of this superb tuner is mono only, and it doesn't have a stereo decoder, or a multiplex signal output (one that contains both signal channels and a pilot tone, @19kHz). I will have to take an output from the tuner, and feed it into an external decoder; I have a Hitachi FT5500 I can use as a donor.



 At Christmas, whilst shopping for food in Tesco's, I spied an FM transmitter, the kind one plugs into a sound source, and it sends out an FM transmission at any frequency between 87.6 and 107.9 MHz. Range is only 5 metres, but fine around the house. I am currently using it to assess the BBC's Radio3 programmes broadcasting in HD, at 320kb/s, and even on the computer room system, it sounds pretty good. Certainly better than a straight FM broadcast.

Makes me wonder if this is the way to go, with a better transmitter, so even if the government switch off the FM band, or let others have it, I can still have music via my tuners!


The batteries (2 x AAA) have just run out, they didn't last long! but I found a little charger type supply, which I plugged into the transmitter, et voila, sounds again, but, accompanied by mains hum. Into the bag of bits for a capacitor, chopped and stripped the wires, added the cap (0.47µF poly) and hum gone, just a little residual 100/150Hz to deal with, maybe a smallish value electrolytic will do.