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Old 05-24-2018, 2:30 AM
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Default What are some CB radio's with outstanding RX and TX audio?

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What are some particularly good sounding classic and modern CB radio's out there? When I say 'good audio', I mean both transmit and receive audio in AM mode and SSB mode as well as the audio coming out of the built-in, stock speaker in the cabinet or even the external speaker socket on the back of the radio. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
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A classic, the GE Superbase has outstanding audio from the internal speaker. In 40 + yeras of radio its the only one that I dont think sounds like a speaker in a tin can. run. Its smooothhhhh......
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SBE made some of the best sounding base stations back in the 70s
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The "best audio" CBs are those coupled with really good antennas.
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No matter how good the antenna, a poor quality receive section coupled with a grabage speaker in a tin box will sound awful.

The higher quality radios like the GE Superbase, SBE , CPi had great receive audio and superlative receive sections. It didnt matter weither hooked to a 1/4 wave, dipole or a beam.

This holds true for ham radios which is which in my other life in radio I run them through an external Kenwood speaker with a filter network. Even their internal speakers sound tinny. Its the nature of the beast. Best solution for sound quality is a good external speaker with a good quality radio.
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Best audio I ever had (still have the radio on a shelf) is a Sears 23. 3 knobs, no features, 23 channels, awesome audio.
Unden PC122 (not XL) sounded pretty good.
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So far in my 39 years of life 8 years driving I've been surprised by the so called cheap ones sounding really good ( most were most likely modified) I just literally switched to a galaxy from cobra. I will say receive clarity and volume are way better than the cobra 29 I had that gave up the ghost and stopped transmitting on me. Both radios came from CB shops ( two different ones) both peaked and tuned since most units sold in the box are well under the max regs according to fcc rules. Both are running max 4-5 watts( still haven't sat down to read the rules that came with new rig, it's been 20 years since I read them when I bought a radio shack special). And whatever their pep was set at, I wanna say 30 but dont quote me. The galaxy in recieve works a heck of a lot better than cobra. Transmitting is,according to fellow drivers, also better than my old cobra. With the price tag on the galaxy I would expect better quality and sound from it. Mine cost me 235 everything where the cobra cost m 129 but was used no mounting bracket or power wire so I had to buy those also.

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I really like the transmitted audio from the Tram D201A, the receiver is good, but probably not quite top shelf. The DAK X also has good audio, and the receiver on that is pretty darned good. The Stoner Pro-40 has both excellent TX and RX, but it is SSB only, no AM.

And of course, the Browning Golden Eagles always had good TX audio.

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The old Cobra 148 GTL. Sounded great Tx and Rx.
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