Autoleads DAB Film Antenna SMB - DAB-AA1
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Autoleads DAB Film Antenna SMB - DAB-AA1The Autoleads DAB Film Antenna SMB - DAB-AA1 are terminated with SMB (Female) which suits the majority of head units around and are made in a right angled style to ease fitting to the rear of head units.
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- Cable length - 3.5m
Rated 3.9 out of 5 by 51 reviewers.Rated 5 out of 5 by Dab2 Not bad I too was a little sceptical after reading you should have an external antenna for best reception. However I fitted it in west London whilst visiting relatives then drove up to Manchester and reception was fine all the way up. Even when we drove a rural route for the last part bypassing traffic on the M6, reception was good. It's been fine driving around Manchester ever since. 29 March 2016Rated 5 out of 5 by Dennis22 Surprisingly good little antenna Was a bit sceptical about whether this antenna would be any good, as I live in an area with patchy DAB coverage. However I have to say I'm impressed, and it seems to pick up a good strong signal most of the time, even in rural areas. Installation was relatively straightforward, there are tutorial videos online to help which I found useful. Overall I'd definitely recommend this product if you're thinking of upgrading to DAB in your car. 04 March 2016Rated 5 out of 5 by Robbaddoo Spot on I bought and fitted my second one of these to my WRX recently. First time I read no instructions, simply slapped it bottom left of the screen and didn't bother with the earthing strip. I got a signal fine, pretty good most of the time but regular drop outs whenever in a valley or dip. Decided to try again, removed A post trim, rubbed through the paint near the top left of the screen where I wanted to locate it and stuck it on. Since then absolutely zero drop outs and no glitches etc. Running it with a Pioneer X3500DAB which powers it, no need to connect the thin black lead at all. It's well up to the job but just do it properly first time. 22 October 2015Rated 5 out of 5 by DanTheFixer A little fitting advice - or - How I got lucky. Thought I'd share my positive experience of this product to help anybody confused by the contradictory reviews. I'm not an experienced fitter and the way I went about it was based on a few bits of info I picked up here and there which all came together lovely. Firstly, I've been using it for 2 weeks now and signal has not cut out once, even in areas I'd consider poor reception. I've traveled through, Herts, Beds, Bucks, Oxfordshire, Wiltshire and London without a hint of problem. Which wasn't my day one experience by any means. Regards the orientation on left side of the windscreen, this matters not a jot. Just turn it upside down, it's not a problem. There were conflicting ideas about whether scraping paint off back to bare metal was necessary but as it was under the trim and inside the car I figured it couldn't hurt and the theory seemed sound if the purpose is to earth it. I left the power cable unconnected for now as the head unit powers it through the antenna cable. Here's where it got interesting. Turned on the radio and everything sounded good, until I actually tried to drive anywhere. I noticed that signal seemed to fluctuate as I pressed the accelerator, I guess the same way your lights might dim when you operate the windows. Unscientifically I figured that having the head unit power the aerial and transmit signal down the same wire was giving it too much to do. So I turned the power option off on the head unit and wedged the previously unused cable into the 12v switched connector, which Google told me was the yellow power cable coming out of the car loom :o) Boom, perfect signal! Maybe it's getting more power this way, maybe the power is not fluctuating as it seemed to be, maybe there's less interference by not using the same wire to do two things? I don't know, it works and I'm happy with that, especially for the price and 20 mins it took to fit. 02 October 2015Rated 4 out of 5 by Screaminlean Easy install Bought this to go with Pure Highway H260DBi Digital/FM/AM Radio with Bluetooth, was easy enough to install pulling the cables into the dashboard, people just need to make sure that the radio has active mode for the antenna (Supplies 12v down the center core) or tap into the switched 12v on the harness of the radio. Not a bad signal. DAB signals are affected by all sorts of things like humidity, buildings and emergency vehicle radios. 01 October 2015Rated 3 out of 5 by SimonTS Works reasonably well but some digital channels not received. Simple enough to install although running the wires can be challenging - removing pieces of trim etc.... Luckily I can receive all the digital channels I want, but I have noticed that some channels are found but not received. All the BBC channels work as do KissFM CapitalFM. Quite a few others work and most importantly - PLANET ROCK !!! Yeh !!! An external aerial would probably be better, but this is pretty decent and works well enough - at least for my needs. Overall, decent value but only gets 3 stars as I can't get all channels. 19 September 2015Rated 3 out of 5 by Paz83 An OK product I bought this DAB aeriel for my wife car and fitted it easy enough, plug and play really. However the signal it picks up is not great. Constantly cuts out and goes quiet and then kicks in again. The stereo doesn't so this on FM so I know its something to do with the DAB aeriel. However to add go the problems, recently the aerial foil section decided to get caught and tear which surprisingly still provides a signal but still the same cutting out. If only then did a converter for the aerial thats FM. 03 August 2015Rated 1 out of 5 by Tramway Product did not pick up DAB signal Purchased this aerial with Sonichi S100 DAB. Fitted product as manufacturer instructed but only ever got maximum 20% signal at very high point. Signal dropped out 90% of the time so I purchased Sonichi roof top aerial and got 90-100% everywhere i have been. Would definitely not recommend this product with Sonichi S100. 16 June 2015
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