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Which portable audio is better?

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Which portable single band p25 & FM radio has better sounding audio at lo and hi volume?
Better as on cleanest, clearest audio?

My moto astro25 because of the EQ settings, and vp6/900s again because of EQ settings in CPS.
 

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Our officers were using a mix of Motorola XTS or older MTS-2000's.
When I switched them to Kenwood, several of them commented on the "better audio".

I've used many of the others, but not side by side like that.

Motorola makes/made great radios, but Kenwood has the lead on the audio side.
 

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Which portable single band p25 & FM radio has better sounding audio at lo and hi volume?
Better as on cleanest, clearest audio?

My moto astro25 because of the EQ settings, and vp6/900s again because of EQ settings in CPS.
I'd suggest the following: buy the scanner that has the features and capabilities you need for what you want to listen to, never mind the audio. After that, look at the audio as a separate issue: try different speakers by plugging them into the "EXT SPKR" jack until you find one that has audio that you like the best. Maybe even add an audio equalizer / amp / bookshelf (or car) speaker, if you want to go "whole hog".
 

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I don't think the OP was speaking of scanners. Their question was related to best opinion on audio for commercial grade P25 radios. My personal answer would be the XTS series hands down. I never cared for Kenwood, they sounded too full of treble and too much like a tin can effect.
 

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My efj5100 has better audio on the P25 simulcast system I monitor than any other, including Motorola xts3000.
 

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I don't think the OP was speaking of scanners. Their question was related to best opinion on audio for commercial grade P25 radios. My personal answer would be the XTS series hands down. I never cared for Kenwood, they sounded too full of treble and too much like a tin can effect.
Thanks for the clarification. Although with radios (all of them) having shrunk so much over the last decade or so, they share the common problem that built-in speakers have shrunk right along with the radios and those itty-bitty speakers aren't as good as their older counterparts in reproducing good audio, so what I said before might still apply.
 

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I've always came back to Kenwood when it comes to audio, specifically my NX 5700. I have owned many other brands and always seem to come back to Kenwood.
 

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I think alot of it also has to do with both the system design and the vocoders. My APX8000 on PA's new state system makes people's voice sound like some electronic robot. Even though I've been talking to these people for 20 years or more, I don't recognize their voice on the radio unless they use their unit ID. Motorola is the only brand I've used on a P25 digital system. BKTechnologies is the only radio I've used on a VHF digital nontrunked system, so my experience base is limited.
 

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I think alot of it also has to do with both the system design and the vocoders. My APX8000 on PA's new state system makes people's voice sound like some electronic robot. Even though I've been talking to these people for 20 years or more, I don't recognize their voice on the radio unless they use their unit ID. Motorola is the only brand I've used on a P25 digital system. BKTechnologies is the only radio I've used on a VHF digital nontrunked system, so my experience base is limited.
The APX has a lot of adjustments for audio quality.
 

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Only if you know how to get to it. The adjustments aren't anywhere I can get to. I probably need the software and codeplug to get to it, which PSP certainly isn't going to give me access to.
You're luck PSP is even issuing portables. With Open Sky half of the troopers didn't even carry portables.
 
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