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Old 9th July 2024, 08:07 AM
Horrgakx Horrgakx is offline
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Default Poor DAB and DVB reception (standard MMI)

Hi, I'm getting very poor DAB radio reception and DVB TV reception.
In my area I would expect the DAB National broadcasts to have a good strength of signal and so receive it wherever I drive. And probably the same with DVB too, a transmitter is high up on a nearby hill.

However I constantly see the DAB dropping back to FM, and the DVB signal drops out more than it's in.

Are there any common issues with reception in the A8? What can I do to check?


PS - worth noting that the passenger is viewing the DVB when driving, not the driver
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Old 9th July 2024, 09:08 AM
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Not specific to the A8, but from what I've read, the usual culprits they put the issue down to is extra items you may have in the car, such as a dashcam or phone charger. One suggestion is to remove these to see if it improves any, and the other is to fit ferrite rings to the USB cables feeding these items. The last option is to reset the station list, as apparently the stations can sometimes change frequency up or down.

It appears that DAB was never the big hit is was meant to be, with coverage being patchy at best.
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Old 9th July 2024, 09:58 AM
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Oops this should have been in the D4 section - can it be moved please mods?

I had a new A4 previously and DAB reception in that was excellent, and the same DashCam was installed (Nextbase 522GW twin camera). I can unplug it but I don't think it'll make any difference. I'm wondering if there's a loose connection somewhere...? But where...
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