On 03/16/2014 10:30 PM, Chris Bannister wrote:
I couldn't tell. I don't think I've ever heard stereo AM. They probably
compress the bejesus out of AM stereo transmissions, too, because they
have to overcome the same problem regardless of frequency range
(variable signal strength), right?
When I was listening to AM radio on old portable battery-powered AM
radios, there was no AM stereo. FM was the only broadcast option for
stereo at the time. I quit listening to AM radio in 1970 when the local
Top 40 station's listeners voted a very young Michael Jackson "male"
vocalist of the year.
But regardless of the signal type, the radio circuitry that converted it
to audio generally wasn't even close to the best, and they certainly
didn't put a pile of money into the single, typically small, speaker.
Then add in the possible effects of aging on components.
Someone on the list must have an old portable AM radio still hanging
around in a box in the attic. I might have one, but it's off somewhere
on the mainland if it even still exists. Well, my mother probably still
has the old AC/Delco "battery" AM radio my dad's former employer gave
away ages ago. What an eBay-collectible item that would be now!
David W. Jones
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