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Why is FM radio better than AM?

FM uses a higher frequency range and a bigger bandwidth than AM. Each FM station is allocated 150 kHz of bandwidth, which is 15 times that of an AM station. This means that an FM station can transmit 15 times as much information as an AM station and explains why music sounds so much better on FM.

Which is better to use AM or FM?

AM has poorer sound quality, and a lower bandwidth but is cheaper and can be transmitted over long distances as it has a lower bandwidth that is why it can hold more stations available in any frequency range. FM is less affected by interference, but FM signals are impacted by physical barriers.

What is difference between AM and FM receiver?

The main difference between both modulations is that in frequency modulation, the frequency of the carrier wave is modified as per the transmit data, while in amplitude modulation, the carrier wave is modified according to the data.

What are the disadvantages of AM?

Disadvantages of Amplitude Modulation:

  • An amplitude modulation signal is not efficient in terms of its power usage.
  • It is not efficient in terms of its use of bandwidth.
  • AM detectors are sensitive to noise hence an amplitude modulation signal is prone to high levels of noise.
  • Reproduction is not high fidelity.

Why does AM sound worse than FM?

AM stands for Amplitude Modulation and has poorer sound quality compared with FM, but it is cheaper to transmit and can be sent over long distances — especially at night. The lower frequencies of the band we use for AM signals creates a wavelength that is extremely large.

Why is AM reception so bad?

The main problem affecting AM signals is electrical interference. Also, the bouncing pattern causes AM signals to fade under bridges or in tunnels. The high-frequency FM signal is limited to a smaller reception radius, around 50 miles.

Is AM radio necessary?

“AM is too important to us though. The fact of the matter is that AM content is already moving to the FM band, either on full-power FM stations or FM translators. Young people don’t know what the AM band is. It’s just a poor listening experience.”

WHY IS AM used for broadcasting?

AM is used for broadcasting because its use avoids receiver complexity. Only a diode and a capacitor are sufficient to separate the audio signal from the AM wave.

What is FM frequency range?

The frequency band for FM radio is about 88 to 108 MHz. The information signal is music and voice which falls in the audio spectrum. The full audio spectrum ranges form 20 to 20,000 Hz, but FM radio limits the upper modulating frequency to 15 kHz (cf. AM radio which limits the upper frequency to 5 kHz).

What is the bandwidth of FM broadcast?

The reason different FM systems have different bandwidths is so that to maximize the efficiency of the intended usage. For business band and VHF/UHF amateur radio the bandwidth is either 5 or 10 kHz. For FM broadcast it is 100 kHz.

What is FM broadcast band?

The FM broadcast band, used for FM broadcast radio by radio stations, differs between different parts of the world. In Europe, Australia and Africa ((defined as International Telecommunication Union (ITU) region 1)), it spans from 87.5 to 108 megahertz (MHz) – also known as VHF Band II – while in the Americas…