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10-10-2006, 12:57   #1
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What does MW/LW PLL on a radio mean?

I was looking at cd players in the argos catalogue and most of them say FM/AM tuner but one that I was looking at says MW/LW PLL analogue tuner. Is this completely different from FM and you can't get the same channels - today FM, 2 FM etc??

Haven't got a clue about these things!
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10-10-2006, 13:10   #2
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yeah, MW and LW are different bands - MW: Medium Wave; LW: Long Wave. PLL: Phase. Locked Loop

Basically, if you want to listen to today fm etc, make sure you have FM. I'd be amazed if you could buy a stereo or tuner without FM tbh.

MW and LW (while loved by us who love radio) are better for speech than music. Hope that helps.
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11-10-2006, 17:57   #3
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Especially for the sports.
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12-10-2006, 19:52   #4
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AFAIK, AM means MW and LW.

Although AM can just mean that the radio has MW and not LW.

(Open to corrections on that)
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Thanks for all the help, i just went for an FM one in the end!
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...and here is a completely useless fact, LW (Long Wave) really is long, the wavelength can be in excess of 1000 meters!

AM/MW (Amplitude modulation/Medium Wave) is not so long and SW (Short Wave) is approximately 200 meters or less.

See, told you it's a useless fact.
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