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Old 04-17-2014, 08:14 PM   #29
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I think my trailer is a bit different than some mentioned here. My TV and BlueRay are 120V and not connected in any way to the Sony radio. The TV plays through the TV speakers, which is perfectly acceptable to me. The Sony radio plays through the four Chinese FR speakers mounted under the front and rear cabinets. By no conceivable stretch of my imagination would I call any of this "high fidelity." I have a very exotic high fidelity system for home, and have no intention or interest in building such inside a trailer!

My need is 100% functional. Ease of use, quick control and no hunting through manuals is my goal. I want to be able to walk in, punch ON, tune the dial to the news or ballgame and go take a nap. I ain't sitting around playing home theater and getting rocked by subwoofers and all that. No interest.

Here was the response from Jensen on the knobs. Not the answer I wanted to hear:
"Hello Mark,Thank you for contacting ASA Electronics Technical Service department. The tun/trk button will only turn right and left slightly but will not fully rotate and the volume knob will spin completely around when adjusting the volume. Please let us know if we can be of any further assistance."

e.g. No tuning knob! Blech!

I am also concerned about the Jensen reliability and so will probably pass on that brand after checking up on it. It's going to be a trickier project than I thought. I will have to find something made in the 90s, I think.
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Old 04-17-2014, 09:11 PM   #30
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I'm happy with the receiver in my '13 International but would like to upgrade the speakers to ones with a bit better sound but in the factory locations. Does anyone have any suggestions on any speakers that are good physical and cosmetic fit with recent Airstreams?
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Old 04-17-2014, 09:38 PM   #31
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I think my trailer is a bit different than some mentioned here. My TV and BlueRay are 120V and not connected in any way to the Sony radio.
Basically I am set up the same way. I said 110v. I could have just as easily have said 120v. My system is separate. I only shared some details for thought.

Pioneers use a single knob on the left side (at least the top five models for 2014) that are called M.C. they are used to tune in stations. The catch is to use the band selector button first (AM/FM).
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Old 04-20-2014, 09:53 AM   #32
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Well, a LOT of searching has turned up very little in the way of alternatives for the installed Sony. The Jensen was a near miss and beyond that there is a world of sameness that is really depressing. You could line up the top ten brands and they all look alike and have the same features. I did briefly consider using something like a 1990s Kenwood with cassette, but I definitely don't want to start a project of restoring/fixing an old radio if it proves to be busted in some way.

I have been using various portable radios and rarely turn on the Sony for the reasons already mentioned. Looks like that will continue.
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Old 04-20-2014, 09:59 AM   #33
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As a correction to my post on the pioneers circa 2014s, the tuning of stations is done via the toggle wings on the sides of the knob rather than the knob itself. It is still a simple process clicking or holding and running through stations.
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Old 04-21-2014, 07:07 AM   #34
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I have more than once considered a 1970's DELCO AM/FM from a Cadillac (Wonderbar tuning) as todays radios have terrible AM reception. The rest of the complaints I wholly agree with. Quality antennas (separate AM and FM) would be icing on the cake if a receiver could be found accommodating both.

Thanks for the thread. Will be following (as my 1989 receiver is more than just "aging").
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Old 04-21-2014, 08:36 AM   #35
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2012 FC with "Sony DSX" radio.

I have no use for this radio that came with the unit. The interface is not useable for us, and it doesn't have a WX band, and other things I like. I've been looking for a super-duper replacement. I am wondering if others have found great all-in-one products (heads, receivers) to recommend? Here's what I think are requisites and must haves:

-AM/FM/WX (weather) bands
-Volume and Tuning controlled by turning a knob
-On/Off switch that is hard wired. e.g. OFF means physically disconnected from power
- AUX input jack on front panel
- 4 speaker output with at least 12W
- CD player
- No manual needed for operation
- Can be bigger than the current radio, but must fit in that same panel.

So far, I have only found this Jensen JENSEN AM/FM/CD/DVD/USB/WB/iPOD Ready Wallmount Stereo with HDMI Video Output

Anyone?
I have installed this unit in my AS after the Sony changer died and got tired of the intricacies of the Sony radio. It is simple to use and has all the extra benefits of Ipod and weather band. It sounds great and was able to connect to existing sub woofer. It does require some modification for mounting. I wasn't looking for audiophile high end sound in a travel trailer.
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Old 04-21-2014, 08:44 AM   #36
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If you google "Crutchfield" you will find about everything thats currently available in higher quality car audio. I just installed an alpine 42bt, tuner + bluetooth no cd player. I think cd's are going the way of cassettes and will soon be obsolete. Plus i dont want to dedicate space to in the rv for storage of cd. This unit will play all my downloaded music wirelessly from my iphone and ipad. There is definately a learning curve on how to operate some of this newer stuff but i think if you can operate a smart phone you can catch on pretty fast. The 42bt is discontinued but is still available at best buy and some other vendors. Less than a hundred bucks and synchs great to the phone and ipad. I paired it with some pioneer 6.5" speakers and am totally happy with the sound. Reception on the radio seems pretty good also.
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Old 04-21-2014, 08:47 AM   #37
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The Jensen unit seems close to what I am interested in. But I also want it to play Blu-ray and would prefer a bluetooth connection as well. Anybody know why they don't have blu-ray yet in these small units? The quality of blu-ray is not that important on the smallish screen in the trailer, but it limits playing existing disks that I or friends may have.
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Clearly one of the tectonic shifts is that "radio broadcast" is disappearing and being replaced with "digital music only". They are radically different ideas and different pastimes. If you travel into a new city and turn on the local radio, you can get some ideas of what is going on. Well, that was before all the stations were bought and consolidated into an office somewhere under one roof. But conceptually, a radio was a very entertaining means of learning local culture. No more. That's my takeaway here. 'Radio' is simply unimportant compared to dozens of ways to play digital music files. I suspect one has to be over 60 to fully appreciate what I am saying here.

These new things, like the Sony in my trailer, are just gadgets that bore me compared to a nice old Delco as mentioned in a previous post. I am reminded very much of the introduction of the digital watch. Putting a few digits behind a screen just wasn't even remotely close to a fine watch.

It's tough getting old! (just kidding)
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Clearly one of the tectonic shifts is that "radio broadcast" is disappearing and being replaced with "digital music only". They are radically different ideas and different pastimes. If you travel into a new city and turn on the local radio, you can get some ideas of what is going on. Well, that was before all the stations were bought and consolidated into an office somewhere under one roof. But conceptually, a radio was a very entertaining means of learning local culture. No more. That's my takeaway here. 'Radio' is simply unimportant compared to dozens of ways to play digital music files. I suspect one has to be over 60 to fully appreciate what I am saying here.

These new things, like the Sony in my trailer, are just gadgets that bore me compared to a nice old Delco as mentioned in a previous post. I am reminded very much of the introduction of the digital watch. Putting a few digits behind a screen just wasn't even remotely close to a fine watch.

It's tough getting old! (just kidding)
A couple of years ago my kids got together and got me a Bose radio for my birthday. It sounds great but one problem. I basically listen to talk radio or baseball games so it's kind of wasted on me. As far as being tough getting old, I guess its better than the alternative. Sal
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