AM Reception = Epic Fail - 2008 Audi R8 Model Long-Term Road Test
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2008 Audi R8 Long Term Road Test

2008 Audi R8: AM Reception = Epic Fail

February 09, 2009

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When buying a high-end audio receiver it's not uncommon to discover pathetic (or worse) radio performance. The reception and sound quality of the built-in AM/FM tuners these receivers offer likely keeps Nikola Tesla doing the twist in his grave. So maybe I shouldn't be surprised by the crackly cachophany spewing from the R8's speakers while trying to enjoy my favorite local AM radio station -- but I am.

Call my crazy, but when the sticker price passes $100,000 I expect basic automotive features, like clear AM reception, to be a non-issue. Alas, it was more like listening to a bad thunderstorm sound effects tape. At least the Sirius satellite reception worked as advertised.

Karl Brauer, Edmunds.com Editor in Chief @ 28,255 miles


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