FM Signal Amplifier
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Works very well
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Item # 12044UA60 | MFR # 44-UA60
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Want to hear that distant radio station a little bit better? Here's a signal amplifier that will help, boosting FM signals by 15dB. This signal amplifier plugs in between your antenna lead and your radio. It is switchable on/off. Warranty: 30 days.
Note: Antenna boosters can improve reception of a distant station, but they work best in relatively flat country with few obstructions. They are not effective with interference caused by mountains or large buildings.
Average Customer Review(s):
Works very well
Seems to help FM quite a bit but if you're looking for AM gains I'm not real sure yet
Pros: Easy to install
Cons: No gains for AM
Stations are better with out it,makes good channels go out
Cons:Crutchfield response on 6/27/2017 Anthony, whenever you encounter a problem with anything you purchase from Crutchfield, please contact our tech support team right away. They can help you solve the problem or set up a return within 60 days of purchase. We forwarded this review to our Technical Support team for follow-up. Lifetime tech support comes with every Crutchfield purchase.
IT WORKS AS ADVERTISED. PLENTY OF MOUNTING OPTIONS.
Pros: WORKS AS ADVERTISED
Pushed the button and the guts pushed out the back
Pros: At least, it does work
Cons: Cheap made. Premium price.
It could be the area I'm in, but I haven't found a signal amp which does anything, including this one. Maybe it works if you're closer or farther from stations.
Pros: Cheap, easy to install
Cons: Waste of time and money (for me)Crutchfield response on 7/26/2016 Whenever you encounter a problem with anything you purchase from Crutchfield, please contact our tech support team right away. They can help you solve the problem or set up a return within 60 days of purchase. Lifetime tech support comes with every Crutchfield purchase.
Poor design, Button gets hung up inside. First time I tried to push the button the inside pusshed through the back side. Did not improve reception either.
Pros: Easy to installl
Awesome worked perfect,great doing business with you guys
The product is OK. Did not notice much of a difference, but it could be my antenna that is giving the problem. Product is also a little big.
Pros: Easy to instal
Cons: Did not notice much of a difference.
Poor function, pressing the button causing the button to get hung up inside the bezel that comes with the unit. Poor bezel button design and function.
Pros: Seems to work OK
Cons: Bad design and button function.
Does help receive stations I just leave the unit on all the time and radio on distant and I get stations about 20 % more than without the unit. I have this unit connected to the Jensen vx 6020 which was reviewed as not getting very good reception and this units improves it about 20% even in heavy timber area where I live.
Pros: helps improve radio reception very small amount.
Cons: does help a whole lot to improve reception.
It works pretty well, not a miracle fix, but definitely improved my signal reception.
This product did Nothing for reception!!
Pros: easy to install
Cons: Did Nothing for reception!!Crutchfield response on 12/2/2015 Once we saw this review, our Tech Support team reached out to help the customer. We'll either help him get it working the way it should, or help him return it for an exchange or refund.
We bought this amp to increase the raido in a car for a friend...but we got it hooked up and really didn't see a big sound change...so now I'm going to try it in my truck to see if it will boast the sound...we were dissapointed that it didn't do what we hoped but willing to try it again before returning it...
Pros: Not to hard to install
Cons: Didn't performed with the first try like we hoped
Easy install. Button quality is low. Minor improvement in signal
Pros: Easy instll
Cons: Questional quality build
Easy hookup install amplifies signal mount construction not good
Pros: amplifies signal
Cons: poor construction
the product does what it's supposed to but the quality is poor.
Pros: amplifies fm signal
Cons: cheap construction had to remove bezel case and the push button to make it operational.
After installing the product I can now pick up 31 stations instead of 14. So the product works, I was a little disappointed with the quality of the switch though. It's a little hard to actually get the button to press on and off.
Pros: easy to install increased the number of station I could receive
Cons: lacking quality of workmanship Had to install under the dash
Didn't work at all. No difference in signal strength.
I hooked it up in my 98 eclipse and it worked better than I expected. Actually when I had it of but still hooked up it seem to work alot better.
Pros: Clearer and stronger signal. cheap
Cons: Bulky and if you want to mount it any where you need room and an antenna cable extender
Boost the FM signal to a useable level.
I had purchased a Kenwood KDC-BT955HD in March 2013. End of April 2014 FM tuner section picked up less stations (AM was OK and I put an older head which FM HD worked OK). (Note I"m an RF broadcast engineer ) EX: I live 15 miles from an WCVE transmitter and usually get instant HD digital lock. I did a road test and got a HD Digital lock 2.5 miles from the transmitter. I was trying to troubleshoot if problem was the front end of the tuner or the AGC. Amp overloaded the front end to the point I couldn't pick up even the local stations. So I sent the Head to Kenwood for repairs. This test only validated my assumption to Kenwood that I was not just an average Joe in troubleshooting the problem.
Pros: Only cost me $23 to do a troubleshooting test. May have some use in the future for it for another application such as feeding multiple FM tuners in a house with the preamp close the antenna and before the splitter. It also may be useful if you live in a very rural area. If you live in a metro area with many FM stations already, the preamp will overload.
Cons: Since most tuners are sensitive to pick up most stations (we no longer live in the 1970's folks) most people do NOT need a pre-amp such as this. If you DO NOT know what you are doing, don't purchase it if you think you can get better reception with a tuner manufactured since the 80's OR you can use it IF you have a long down-lead between the antenna and the head unit (but really who has land yachts these days) or you plan to feed multiple tuners with the pre-amp before an 8 way splitter.
Live in the mountains of Colorado. Our radio station reception is horrible. You can see the tower and lose the station. Trying to pick up some station better. Lose them going into certain neighborhoods for work. Now the local stations overpower the one further away. Need to remove and go back to stock. Listening to iheart radio on my iPhone instead
Pros: As always adapters and tool made install a breeze
Cons: Does not work for fm signals in the mountains. Need to talk to Crutchfield and return product
I bought this because my HD radio fades in some areas of the valley. It does help, but not as much as I had hoped.
Pros: Price, ease of install
Cons: Not as effective as I had hoped.
Not what I was expecting. I was trying to reduce dropouts I get with some of the weaker HD signals. Improvement is marginal at best. If I paid full price out of pocket, I'd have been a lot more disappointed. Fortunately I had a Crutchfield gift card to cover the majority of this purchase.
Pros: Marginal signal improvement. Installation is a no-brainer.
Cons: Doesn't provide the signal improvement claimed in description. Seems kind of flimsy too. Not worth the money.
Hooked it up and saw no change. The hassle and cost of shipping it back was more than the effort, so its in a box in my garage with other useless electronics.
Cons: Waste of money.
Works as advertised as long as one follows instructions.
Made no difference in reception at all
Cons:Crutchfield response on 6/17/2013 We forwarded this review to our Technical Support team for follow-up. Lifetime tech support comes with every Crutchfield purchase.
I installed this antenna booster in my daughter's car, she already has an aftermarket CD/USB deck but was having trouble receiving weaker FM signals. She lives up in the foothills of the Appalachians and sometimes FM reception can be poor when driving. At first I did not know whether the booster would really help or not, but my daughter tells me her FM radio reception is a lot better and seems to be stronger now. I would say try the booster if you are having similar reception problems, it may help.
Pros: It worked and actually did improve the FM reception.
Cons: The plastic housing around the on-off button is kind of flimsy and it can bind up making it harder to turn the booster on or off. This is the only reason I rate the booster at 4 out of 5 stars.
I would not reccomend this signal booster. not only does it fall apart it does not boost the signal at all....
Pros: Easy to install
Cons: Dont work at all poor construction it falls apart and the spring pops out on the switch
Barely boosted the signal and the power button on all 4 I purchased . It was getting stuck.Poorly constructed .
Cons:Crutchfield response on 5/21/2012 We forwarded this review to our Technical Support team for follow-up. Lifetime tech support comes with every Crutchfield purchase.
I am using your products in a very remote mountain location. This RF amplifier helps me to obtain good quality signal reception to more stations than I could otherwise. Very good product for the use that I am implementing it for
I would have rated this a 0 but they don't give you that option. Bought an aftermarket radio with sub-par FM radio signal. Crutchfield sent this out to me to try to amplify the signal. IT MADE THINGS WORSE! I didn't do a hard install (thankfully!) because I wanted to see how well it worked first. Plugged in and turned on, fm quality on stations near by did not increase, only the sound level increased. Stations further away that I used to be able to hear in my original radio come in now with lots of static on the aftermarket radio; once the amplifier is turned on they go away completely! But at least I can hear the static loud and clear!!
After an hour's worth of work installing the unit, found out it made absolutely NO appreciable DIFFERENCE in increasing FM reception. In an area with only a half dozen FM stations, there was no improvement. With the booster 'off', when signal strength begins to fade, switching the booster 'on' only increases the static level. The construction quality is also to be questioned: On receipt the front panel decal was applied upside down, not allowing the on/off to shine through and, the on/off switch mechanism sticks badly impairing turning the unit on or off ... which is off little consequence now since I leave it off !! I would take it out but another hour underneath the dash is not worth the $15 effort. The laws of radio wave propogation cannot be enhanced with this booster - - Save your money and hope that you'll soon be driving into any area with better 'natural' reception!
I have installed a DUAL HD car radio in my off-the-grid home. It locks into the HD signal on three of the four FM stations of interest just fine. The forth station switches in and out of HD, holding pretty steady under ideal atmospheric conditions or when one stands in just the right place relative to our in-house antenna. I installed one of these amplifiers to get a slightly stronger signal (all I need). In "turned off" (bypass mode) there seemed to be a slight degradation in reception, turned "on" there was no improvement. It didn't work for me.
This was a complete waste of money. I hooked up power plugged the car antenna into it and then the boosters antenna into the radio. Turned it on and FM stations came in worse with more static. Unplugged it put the car antenna directly into the radio and the reception was much clearer. Forget AM reception because with it on not one AM station could be heard. Turn it off and reception returned. So it's a complete waste on money in my opinion.
It didnt help with my radio reception in my car at all!
I tried this product and all I heard was noise when I powered it up. The idea seems good, but the design is poor.
I would have liked to rate this unit a ZERO. I ordered the unit (I won't call it a signal booster/amplifier) on 9-20-2007. I began formally studying radio/electronics in 1975. I earned a college degree in electronics and have held the highest class FCC issued Amateur Radio license for over 10 years. And have been licensed for about 25 years. I have used some very good signal amplifier/boosters, But this is NOT one of them! I live in a quiet rural area 10 miles outside Bloomington, IN. I conducted multiple tests with this unit. On hilltops and in valleys with many different radio stations, with the cars engine running and with the cars engine off, on AM and FM bands. No detectable difference of any kind switching the unit on/off on FM. On the AM broadcast band I tuned in a station with the signal amplifier/booster off, then I turned the signal amplifier/booster on; at that point I totally lost the AM station and all I had was NOISE !
This is a very good product. I agree with those who say that this is not a miracle cure for bad reception and dont expect to be picking up stations from a few states away. This is simply way to bring up the power of a few weak stations. Since you can turn it on and off, it wont degrade your signal once you install it which was a deciding factor for my purchase. Works great and sounds great. I would recommend this product to anyone. Really nicely designed with a good looking bezel. Great for any cars interior.
This product is a very simple signal amplifier, not a signal processor. It amplifies the incoming signal by 15Db, it does not reduce extra noise, or cut out static, or improve signal quality, only signal strength.<BR><BR>This is a great product if you know what it really is and don't believe that it is a "magic box" that will solve all your static problems.
Just cruising through the site, I stumbled on a product I put in my Fiance's Mustang a few years back. We live in the High Desert of Southern California so we definately have lots of flat open space. I used the amplifier with a static filter and the sound was absolutely amazing, at the time it was the best radio sound I have ever heard. Then I could only listen to CD's because I hated radio quality. Now I can actually listen to Am/Fm in the Mustang. It came close to cd quality on many stations. With the static filter and amplifier, the combo could not be beat.
Like the other reviews, this thing is garbage! It just added more static & the signal didn't improve at all. If your make of vehicle requires antenna cable adapters for installation on your vehicle, then you will spend more on them than the item itself.
it doesn't work just makes the static come in better
This item was garbage for me. It boosted the signal alright. Right along with the static I was getting. Maybe it was cause of the radio I don't know, but it was useless to me.
FM Gain: When the booster is on, the FM signal is increased by 15dB.
Installation: In-dash installation requires cutting a 1.5" x 0.815" hole (if the included bezel isn't used), or a 1.995" x 1" cutout (if the included black trim bezel is used). The booster can be mounted under your vehicle's dash using the supplied bracket and bezel.
On/Off: On the front panel of the booster, there is an the on/off switch. A red LED comes on when the booster is on, and you can by-pass the signal amp when desired by turning it off.
Tuning Adjustment: The instructions mention an AM antenna trimmer adjustment. The AM trim adjustment is something done on your radio, the booster does not have a trim adjustment. Note that trim adjustment does not apply to digital radios
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Radio signal weak in some locations.[ Kenneth Aug 18, 2017 ]
So my FM stations come in clearer with my new after market radio I bought from you.[ Brian Jul 22, 2017 ]
Live out in country stations weak.[ RICHARD C Jul 20, 2017 ]
New receiver has poor reception.[ Randall Jul 10, 2017 ]
To Get Better Reception In My Area.[ Steven Jun 16, 2017 ]
This is a simple hook up for amplifying FM signal in remote areas when driving[ MICHAEL Feb 22, 2017 ]
Cause Brooke is the BEST!!!! She is the BEST salesperson I have ever had the pleasure of doing business with. I can say that because I used to be in sales. A more professional person is not available! I won't do business with Crutchfield again unless she can help me.[ ROBERT Sep 15, 2016 ]
my wife can't get her favorite station in this car but she can in her other car.[ Jeffrey Sep 09, 2016 ]
Had one of these before - they are great.....get twice as many radio stations as without it.....[ Tom May 04, 2016 ]
Pioneer receiver has too low of fm sensitivity.[ DRJFJR Mar 19, 2016 ]
I picked this item because I have used this item before about ten years . The booster worked fine in my semi mountain area. I left on the 12 v power on contionously and finally the booster failed after some 8 to 10 years. slight battery drain. Mark New Mexico[ Mark Jan 28, 2016 ]
I chose an FM signal booster because the mountains in Vermont make reception difficult. I chose to purchase it from Crutchfield because they are trustworthy and the most reliable audio reseller I can think of. Some boosters from China are total fakes.[ Robert Dec 25, 2015 ]
My Uncle is a rancher in south Texas and has a stereo in his tractor. He needs an antenna amplifier to get better signal on stations.[ Glen Dec 07, 2015 ]
An inline antenna booster will help with that problem. I have a booster on my system and have added about 30 miles more to the reception .[ Walt Mar 01, 2017 ]
It will help. As to how much more solid your signal will be, I can't say. But it is a noticeable difference. Good luck.[ Ken B. Mar 01, 2017 ]
Only one station? First check that the new radio Isn't set in the "Local" position. I assume you live in a rural area? If so, set the radio in the "distant" position so the senstivity is highest. Honestly, I have found that most aftermarket radio reception sucks. Not sure why. Adding a FM External Amplifer may help alittle but it will also increase the noise on the signal. If you truly are receiving only 1 or 2 stations something besides your radio is at fault. ( Or you live out in the boonies somewhere.) Sorry, I could not be of more help. Good luck! Patrick.[ Patrick Jun 21, 2016 ]
If you purchased the product from Crutchfield, feel free to contact our Tech Support team. They can walk you through the settings on the product and see if there may be a fix. Our toll-free Tech Support number is printed on your invoice, and is also available under the "My Orders" tab in the "My Account" section of our website. If you did not purchase the unit from Crutchfield, then you may want to contact the manufacturer. You can also post your question in our forums: http://community.crutchfield.com. Or try our online support center: http://crutchfield.custhelp.com/app/answers/list/kw/. [ Krissy Jun 19, 2016 ] Staff
It might, I have had some luck with the amplifier. It isn't a plug in and go setup it does require some tuning. Which may be the reason I'm not able to tell u it's great. If you're not in love with the Bose I would upgrade the receiver to a better unit rather than fool with the amplifier.[ KEVIN Feb 24, 2014 ]
Thank you[ Eddinger Feb 24, 2014 ]
I doubt that it will help. I found that it wall only a little better with it on.[ GARY Feb 24, 2014 ]
I tried this signal amplifier as an attempt to get better signal performance from a new Power antenna. The improvement is marginal. I do not think it is worth the time and effort. I would first look at the grounding situation of your antenna. In my experience as an installer of over 30 years I have found that the two primary reasons for poor signal are: 1.) bad ground at the antenna.2.) Inferior tuner in the radio.Bose Products are generally pretty good, so my bet is that the antenna is your best option to solve the problem. Another question is: Is this a power antenna?If so and you really want better performance from your radio I would recommend replacing it with a good simple stick antenna. That is ultimately what I did. You can perform a simple test before doing the installation by mounting another antenna to a block of steel or other highly conductive metal, then plug that into the back of your radio. If you see a dramatic increase in signal and clarity, voila you have identified your problem. I would bet you money that this will go much further toward solving your problem.[ DAVID J Feb 24, 2014 ]
Unfortunately, this probably wouldn't help. If you're already using a booster and the results aren't satisfactory, this device would probably only make the station as well as the static louder.[ Minnesota Lurch Feb 24, 2014 ]
I got this amplifier, but it didn't really help much with the static even though I am in LA... I'm going to get a new stereo with more FM power.[ GERALD Feb 24, 2014 ]