Radio Problems

The radio reception is not as good as the original stereo.

Aftermarket stereos no matter what brand can demonstrate reduced reception. This can be due to the original stereo driving an external amplifier (particularly if the antennas you have are window mounted). In some vehicles there is a separate wire running from your antenna that should be Earthed or powered please check with a professional.

Other options to try are the AM FM Boosters from DIG Options or failing that you may need to consider an aftermarket antenna (in rare circumstances).

The first tell tale sign is to check is the AM radio. AM radio needs a decent antenna whereas FM can work with a coat hanger

Many new cars have radios antenna built into the windscreen and these antennas have their own amplifiers and so the task is to repower them.  The methodology is quite simple and a multimeter needs to be used.
With the old unit still connected you simply tap each wire on the back of the plug and look for 12V power wires.  Then when the new unit is connected test these wires and one of these wires will not longer be powered and this is the antenna amplifier wire.   Run a accessories wire to this.  Some models will have an AMP or ANT wire which can be used.   If not check if your cigarette lighter runs only on accessories and use this.

Other known problems can be the antenna plug in your car may not be the standard Motorola sizing, but may look similar.   

Also check the earth to the antenna and the stereo itself.

Lastly when in doubt connect a standard cheap rod antenna.

Depending on your model Google is also a good source of information


On the DIG Options Platinum system when I listen to particular station (for example 94.5FM Perth, Australia) the system will crash.

This is a problem with how the radio station sends RDS Info. Please go into settings on the digoptins platinum system, factory settings, password 1234 and turn off RDS.

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