Headphones for good radio reception

Discussion in 'Headphone & Earphone General Discussion' started by Howie2208, Aug 2, 2010.

  1. Howie2208

    Howie2208 Casual Listener

    Aug 2, 2010
    I like to use a portable DAB radio which uses the phones lead as an aerial,I often suffer from signal strength problems.Does anyone know of any phones that are 'high gain' with respect to radio signals and reasonable sound quality.
  2. Shaun-HiFi

    Shaun-HiFi Administrator Staff Member

    Aug 30, 2008
    How well a headphone cable works as an aerial is dependant on a number of factors, including the conductor material, length of the cable and how good the shielding is.

    I'm afraid I don't know what conductor works best as an aerial (copper or steel), or what lengths suit what wavelengths. I would think that less shielding on the cable would give better signal strength. Normally more shielding is a good thing as it stops interference from nearby electronic devices, but in this instance less shielding will give you a better radio signal.

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