| Hi again Richard. I recently found a 2 tube superegenerative
| I built when in junior high school. Fifty three years ago as a
| fact. Parked here at my house was the XG350 so having an
| I fired the old "beast" up and tuned it to a local AM station.
| was better on the 53 year old homebrew radio than the XG350
piece of Doo
| Doo that came with the car. The old antiquity had a ferrite
loop for an
| antenna . Sometimes a trip to yesteryear yields "surprises".
| I also understand the broadcast mental attitude on Rush
Well, the question for me regarding car audio is not "how great
is it?" but "Is it adequate?
Audiophile quality in a noisy car is absurd. People are dumping
all this money into it. What a scam.
The OEM radio in my 2000 Sonata, the one that turns itself on
when I hit bumps, is a top-end model, the H935. Like every car
stereo with CD, it's designed to damage the compact disks. I'm
getting more un-fond of it the more I learn the thing. It's got a
vertical CD changer -- the kind that I'm certain will
self-destruct. And the tape section that I really want has no
Dolby (all commercial music cassettes were recorded with Dolby
encoding); Dolby tapes played back without Dolby sound ratty. So,
let's see: the CD stinks and the tape stinks. And this stereo's
damn tall in order to accomodate the CD changer that's unwanted
and will break. I think it's called a "double DIN" profile.
I'm toying with the idea of ripping it out and replacing it with
a "Lear Jet" normal DIN stereo that I'd bought from JC Whitney 15
years ago (I lucked out, but you might not). This one has Dolby
and a 5-band EQ. When I called Lear Jet, they were incredulous
that someone ripped off their trademark: "We haven't made car
audio for over twelve years. Where did you say that you bought
the thing?" To muddy the waters further, it was made in Korea and
imported into the US via Canada. I've often wondered if the
buyers at JC Whitney even look at products before putting them in
their catalog. (Good story, huh?)
What I'm not clear about is whether it would be possible to
install the older car stereo into the Sonata's dashboard neatly