Need help finding good radio tuner card


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OhioGuy

I'm looking for a decent AM/FM (and possibly HD Radio) radio tuner card
for my computer. I'd like to be able to record programs to MP3 files.

Here is something someone suggested to me:

http://www.griffintechnology.com/products/radioshark2

I am worried that it might not work for me - two of the FM radio stations
that I listen to are weak. One is a low power station, and the other is
right on the fringe.

What I'd really like is something a bit more powerful - maybe something
that would let me hook up an external AM antenna and external FM antenna.
That would let me use a rotor with the FM antenna to pull in fringe
stations, and put a wire up on the roof for AM stations.

Does anyone have experience with radio tuner cards for a PC? I use a TV
tuner card every day, but never a radio tuner card. I know there are cheap
cards out there for under $20 that do just FM, but that isn't what I'm
looking for. I need much better reception than they would offer.

Thanks!
 
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pcbuilder98

OhioGuy said:
I'm looking for a decent AM/FM (and possibly HD Radio) radio tuner card
for my computer. I'd like to be able to record programs to MP3 files.

Here is something someone suggested to me:

http://www.griffintechnology.com/products/radioshark2

I am worried that it might not work for me - two of the FM radio stations
that I listen to are weak. One is a low power station, and the other is
right on the fringe.

What I'd really like is something a bit more powerful - maybe something
that would let me hook up an external AM antenna and external FM antenna.
That would let me use a rotor with the FM antenna to pull in fringe
stations, and put a wire up on the roof for AM stations.

Does anyone have experience with radio tuner cards for a PC? I use a TV
tuner card every day, but never a radio tuner card. I know there are cheap
cards out there for under $20 that do just FM, but that isn't what I'm
looking for. I need much better reception than they would offer.

Thanks!



FM tuner card:
http://www.radio-xtreme.com/PCIRadioLink.htm

This FM (only) tuner card has hook up for an external antenna. I have no
experience with this product. If you buy it I would appreciate knowing if
you were satisfied. Suggest you convert files to MP3 with separate software.
Signed
pcbuilder98
 
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Peter

I'm looking for a decent AM/FM (and possibly HD Radio) radio tuner card
for my computer. I'd like to be able to record programs to MP3 files.

Have you not considered the internet radio stations and some sound
recording software? I've done this in the past and the results have
been good.
 
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Survivor

Have you not considered the internet radio stations and some sound
recording software? I've done this in the past and the results have
been good.

Check out www.Screamer-Radio.com

This is a compact freeware program which does a better job playing
FREE web radio stations than any commercial program I've been able to
find. There are hundreds of such stations, so there is no reason to
pay anyone a subscription fee. And the sound quality is MUCH better
than you will be able to obtain from an FM or AM radio tuner card.

Many of the web radio stations I listen to broadcast in 128-192 kbps
streaming MP3. A few broadcast in 129 kbps streaming AAC+ format. Even
the lower bandwidth broadcasts are remarkably free from any noise or
static. Most are free from commercials or DJ chatter. You probably
won't want to listen to commercial over-the-air broadcasts anymore.

The program uses few resources, so you can easily use your computer
for other tasks while playing music.

It does NOT play video.

Download the latest beta version; it's stable and supports plugins,
such as freeware graphic equalizers.

The pre-programmed web radio stations are user-provided with new ones
added every day. The preset list is updated automatically when you
start the program.

If you like the program, check out the user forums for tips (such as
how to add plugins, etc.) This program is a labor of love by both the
Swedish author and his worldwide loyal fans.

(I've NEVER gotten this enthusiastic about another piece of software.)

Survivor @ Ground.Zero
 

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