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New HU, poor DAB reception.

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Hello All, finally got round to putting a new HU in after 12 years lol. The install has gone fine, I've got a non-Bose car, so with the right adapter harness it was pretty straightforward. The only issue being poor DAB reception ATM.

I went for a Sony XAV-AX3005DB, it included a generic DAB antenna, but this one just sticks on your windscreen, rather than needing an earth on the A pillar: Here

Antenna power is "on" in the menu, and the antennas plugged in.

 

I read in one of the guides there is a power wire for antennas, but that seemed to be for FM rather than DAB? 

Ideas welcome! 

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Might be just where you live mate, I’m in a pretty large town in Suffolk but even travelling the main A roads to Cambridge I get naff all reception on Dab and that’s in the BMW with OEM integration. 

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Yeah its not A1 round here, but i've got 2 DAB radios in the house, The Transit has a factory one, and the aftermarket Kenwood unit with a sticky foil antenna that was in my old Multipla runabout are all much better. Hence why i think there's maybe something wrong, it's really ropey. In fact the one in the Multipla was unreal how easily it got a signal.

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IMG_20200825_190715.jpg.eddf987874197e37b70ae66bc1a54dda.jpgHmm, anyone know if the non- Bose aerial is amplified? Might try one of those splitters if not, some people have had success with those.


Anyway here's a pic. Also turns out I got the pre facelift double din adapter, so that needs sorted too

 

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