How to get a better home stereo FM signal

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How to get a better home stereo FM signal
You can get a clearer FM signal for your home stereo. (home cinema components image by Nikolay Okhitin from

Home stereo systems let you listen to FM and AM radio stations. The stereos also include jacks for connecting other devices, such as televisions and CD recorders. Home stereos are not immune to stations that might not come in clear --- you might hear static or two stations overlapping each other. It's possible to eliminate interference and get a betterFM signal so you can enjoy your music and other programming without having to purchase a new stereo.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • Electrical tape
  • FM stereo antenna (optional)
  • Flat or Phillips-head screwdriver

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    Press the "Stereo/Mono" button on your stereo's front panel to change the stereo to "Mono" and reduce the amount of static you are receiving on a specific station. Turn your stereo's fine-tuning knob to get the station to come in clearer.

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    Move your stereo to a location away from any metal objects, televisions, cellular or cordless telephones, computers and other equipment that is giving off radiation and signals. If you can't move the stereo, turn off any devices close to the stereo to reduce the amount of interference coming from the devices.

  3. 3

    Extend your stereo's antenna leads, if one is present, to its maximum height and place the leads horizontally or diagonally so the antenna can receive FM signals better. Move the antenna to the left or right as you adjust your stereo's fine-tuning knob.

  4. 4

    Check your stereo's speaker wires and antenna wires/connectors for cracks and cuts. Wrap any cracks/cuts with electrical tape. Interference can enter through cracks/cuts and cause a poor FM signal.

  5. 5

    Buy an antenna specifically designed for home stereos. Use a flat or Phillips-head screwdriver to loosen the two antenna screws on the back of your stereo. Plug the antenna's leads under the screws then tighten the screws.

  6. 6

    Open a nearby window if your stereo is in the centre of your home and can't receive a direct signal from outside. Aim your stereo's antenna horizontally or diagonally toward the window so FM signals can reach your stereo.

Tips and warnings

  • If purchasing a new FM antenna for your stereo, buy one that contains a signal booster and/or amplifier --- these components aid in receiving FM stations that are weak and far away.

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