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    Need recommendation for simple FM radio to plug into my Vizio soundbar

    I need a simple solution to a problem. I bought a Vizio soundbar for my HDTV and love it. I also use it to play music from my iPhone. But I still would like to have FM radio to play through it for a local station I live that plays oldies. Anyone have a suggestion on a cheap radio or receiver I could purchase to give me this capability?

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    What type of inputs do you have on the sound bar? You should be able to find a stereo tuner for cheap at your local pawn shop.
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    Quote Originally Posted by blackraven View Post
    What type of inputs do you have on the sound bar? You should be able to find a stereo tuner for cheap at your local pawn shop.
    Inputs on the soundbar are:

    Optical (Digital)
    Coaxial (Digital)
    Analog Audio (2 of these)
    USB

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    Quote Originally Posted by sandy_bauer@yahoo.com View Post
    Inputs on the soundbar are:

    Optical (Digital)
    Coaxial (Digital)
    Analog Audio (2 of these)
    USB
    You should be able to connect the tuner to the analog inputs as long as the Tuner has RCA jacks or cables.
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    Dual Martin Logan Original Dynamo Subs
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    Vintage Technic's Integrated amp
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    Since you already use your phone, there is a radio ap you can download. I can't remember the name but our local Rock station advertises it so you can listen and not run your battery down.

    If your area has a lot of stations you might search Amazon for a HD tuner in order to pick up the extra digital stations regular tuners can't get.

    If only interested in the one you mentioned I'd probably check like Craigslist or similar for something used for not much money.

    If you already have a radio with headphone jack just buy a connecter where one end fits the headphone jack and the other the analog input of your Vizio and you are in business.
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    You could also buy a cheap 2ch Onkyo receiver like this one-

    http://www.amazon.com/Onkyo-TX-8255-.../dp/B001AMSPQI
    Pass Labs X250 amp, BAT Vk-51se Preamp,
    Thorens TD-145 TT, Bellari phono preamp, Nagaoka MP-200 Cartridge
    Magnepan QR1.6 speakers
    Luxman DA-06 DAC
    Van Alstine Ultra Plus Hybrid Tube DAC
    Dual Martin Logan Original Dynamo Subs
    Parasound A21 amp
    Vintage Luxman T-110 tuner
    Magnepan MMG's, Grant Fidelity DAC-11, Class D CDA254 amp
    Monitor Audio S1 speakers, PSB B6 speakers
    Vintage Technic's Integrated amp
    Music Hall 25.2 CDP
    Adcom GFR 700 AVR
    Cables- Cardas, Silnote, BJC
    Velodyne CHT 8 sub

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Peabody View Post
    Since you already use your phone, there is a radio ap you can download. I can't remember the name but our local Rock station advertises it so you can listen and not run your battery down.

    If your area has a lot of stations you might search Amazon for a HD tuner in order to pick up the extra digital stations regular tuners can't get.

    If only interested in the one you mentioned I'd probably check like Craigslist or similar for something used for not much money.

    If you already have a radio with headphone jack just buy a connecter where one end fits the headphone jack and the other the analog input of your Vizio and you are in business.
    Tuners are among the most durable of hi-fi components and at the same time demand for them is declining: that makes used tuners are great deal. There are innumerable choices on eBay ... e.g. Sony FM Stereo Quartz Digital Synthesizer Tuner ST JX521 FM AM Tuner VGC | eBay


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    The vizio already has power so a receiver really would not work for this application.
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    Pass Labs XP-10 preamp
    Clearaudio Performance DC & Maestro v2 E, AcousTech Ph-1p
    Clarus Crimson loom - AC outlet to speaker terminal
    JBL 4367's & SAM3ha
    Revel S30's & SVS PC13 Ultra (sub)
    Marantz BD-7003 > AV-8003 > LINN 5125
    Transparent cables / Tributaries HDMI
    PS Audio Quintet & Surgex SA15&20

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