The FanSync Radio is a 4.5v Direct Current device. AC adapters will not work on the radio. Direct Current consumes less energy and therefore allows for a longer life of the AA batteries. Although not required for operation of the radio, a 4.5v, 300 milliamp Universal AC to DC Converter/Adapter that fits the FanSync Radio may be purchased from Radio Shack for about $20.
I listen to local radio between games to get all the latest information on the coaches and players
I WISH I COULD WATCH THE GAME AND LISTEN TO MY LOCAL RADIO AT THE SAME TIME WITHOUT THE DELAY!
If you’ve ever tried to watch a game on TV while also listening to your local play-by-play announcers, you’ve learned you can’t...the delay between the broadcasts is too frustrating so you’re forced to pick one. With the new FANSYNC radio you can adjust the radio broadcast by up to 16 seconds to match the TV broadcast. You’ll get the real-time action you want with the descriptive, knowledgeable and fun play-by-play calls of your favorite team.
How FanSync Radio works
FanSync is a portable radio featuring audio delay technology that allows you to manually delay hearing the radio commentary in 1-second increments up to 16 seconds by using the slide bar on the face of the radio. TV typically shows the play 10 to 14 seconds after the AM/FM radio commentators call it. Therefore the audio must be delayed that same amount of time to synchronize audio with video. That exact time will vary from game to game. It typically takes less than 30 seconds to manually sync the audio to the video after the game begins. It will then remain synchronized for the duration of the game.
The FanSync radio is easy to use. It does not require cable connection to your TV. It can be used as a stand-alone device. Simply mute the TV after the game begins; turn the FanSync Radio on and slide the audio delay bar to the right until the radio commentary is in sync with the play you are watching. If you slide it too far to the right and you see the play before you hear it then you simply slide the bar back to the left until you find the point of synchronization.
Any audio delay device will cause a decrease in the volume. Therefore, you must increase the volume on your radio to a desirable level. There is a “Hi – Low” switch on the left edge of the radio. To enhance the clarity of the audio you should set the switch to “Hi” after you sync the commentary to video.
Although FanSync can be used as a stand-alone device we recommend you connect it to your home surround sound system if you have one. We furnish the stereo cable. The red and white ends should be plugged into the “Audio In” ports of your Sound System Receiver. It will be necessary to unplug the stereo cable currently being used for your TV in order to use the “Audio In” ports. Remember to plug the TV cable back into your Receiver after the game is over. The black end should be plugged into the “Ear-Plug” port on the left edge of the FanSync Radio.
If you don’t have a surround sound system, the radio can be connected to inexpensive computer speakers or other external speakers using either the cable attached to those speakers or the stereo cable provided by FanSync. We suggest you experiment with these speakers to enhance your audio pleasure.
The majority of fans are able to receive game broadcasts from an AM or FM radio station located in the State or near the border of the State where the University is geographically located. There are typically dozens of affiliate AM or FM radio stations located throughout the State that air the games. We at FanSync will help you find a station in your area if your University Athletic Department hasn’t posted those affiliate stations on their website. However, in some instances there a fans residing in distant States and are unable to receive AM and FM broadcasts.
Using SmartPhone Apps with FanSync Radio
If you live in a distant State and you have purchased a proprietary App that allows you to listen to the game via your SmartPhone, the FanSync Radio can be connected to your SmartPhone with a 3.5mm male-end to male-end cable and the Audio Delay Function of the FanSync Radio will allow you to sync up with the TV by manually sliding the bar to the right or left as previously described. Check with your University Athletic Department for more information about obtaining such an App if you live in a distant State.
Contracts between the University and the Radio Stations typically disallow the streaming of College games over the internet and also disallow the broadcast of games via iTunes, iHeart, etc.
Using Satellite Radio with FanSync Radio
Because the signals of Satellite Radio bounce off satellites before being heard the user of Satellite Radio will see the play on TV BEFORE you hear the commentary on radio. You can time the difference and use your Video Recorder to delay the broadcast to approximately sync the audio to video. You can then use the FanSync Radio to fine-tune the synchronization down to the second. You will need a 3.5mm male-end to male-end cable to connect the FanSync Radio to you Satellite Radio source.
Up to 16 Second Audio Delay to Allow for Radio Audio – TV Video Synchronization for More Enjoyable Game Viewing Experience
Audio Quality - Similar to Surround Sound System Audio Quality when Connected with Stereo Cable
Auxiliary Input – Allows for integration of FanSync's Audio Delay Technology with SmartPhones (see "How it Works" for more information).
AM/FM/SW Digital Radio
Up to 16 Seconds of Audio Delay
520 - 1710KHz AM / 87.5 - 108MHz FM / 2.3 – 22MHz SW
20 AM Memory Presents / 20 FM Presets
24-Hour Clock with Day, Date and Time
Sleep Timer Function (10 to 60 minutes)
Battery Level Indicator
360 degree Telescoping FM Antenna
Internal AM Antenna with External Jack
May Connect to Home Theater Systems
(using either radio audio or external audio source)
Tuning Lock (prevents accidental frequency change)
FanSync Radio Frequently Asked Questions
Why can’t I receive the radio station I want and is there anything that can be done?
Radio reception can vary from location to location. Signals are affected by terrain, distance to the station, interfering signals or other stations sharing the same frequency. Being in a metal building, being near dimmer lights, flourescent lights, computers and other electronic products might cause interference. You should move away from these sources of interference. If you are having a reception problem try aiming the radio in different directions if you are using the AM band and/or extending and rotating the telescoping antenna if using the FM bands and try moving to a different room within your house.
How long does the TV delay the telecast?
If you are unsure whether the TV delay for the sporting events you are watching is greater than 16 seconds (the difference in time between what you hear on a regular radio and what you are watching on TV) please view a game before ordering FanSync and time the difference. The delays will typically vary slightly from game to game but if the delay is under 16 seconds then in all likelihood it will remain so. Satellite TV delays are typically longer than cable or over-the-air TV broadcast delays. Sometimes the delays are greater than 16 seconds.
What can be done if the TV delay is longer than 16 seconds?
Each FanSync Radio is able to delay the audio up to16 seconds. Delays longer than 16 seconds are very rare but not unprecedented. In such a situation a second FanSync Radio can be connected to the first via the auxiliary port with a 3.5 male to male to the audio output port of the first FanSync Radio. The first radio will act as the receiver and it should be delayed the full 16 seconds. The second radio can then be delayed up to an additional 16 seconds to sync with the TV video. The stereo cable should be connected from the second radio to the surround sound system or other type external speaker (e.g. computer speakers) to enhance the quality of the audio.
What can be done if the TV broadcast is before the radio?
In very rare cases a Local AM/FM radio broadcast will run behind the TV. However, this is typical of Satellite radio broadcasts. In such cases you should time the radio delay and use a DVR to record and delay the telecast by that approximate time. The FanSync Radio can then be used to fine-tune the synchronization of audio to the telecast.
The audio quality seems to diminish as I use the delay bar. What can be done to enhance the audio quality?
Delayed audio does not have the same quality, fidelity or range of "live" audio. You can enhance the audio quality by using the ‘High Tone’ switch and by using the stereo cable to connect to a surround sound system or an external speaker system. The audio will be tremendously enhanced to near the same quality as you typically hear through your surround sound. When not listening to a sporting event, the audio delay feature should be turned off by sliding the delay bar all the way to the left.
Why can’t I hear anything when I turn on my FanSync and the power LED indicator light is on?
The typical reason for this is that the Auxiliary Switch is in the on position and must be turned off. If you notice "A.IN" in the LED Display, the radio will NOT TURN ON. Your radio is NOT BROKEN. The radio is indicating to you that the remote audio input feature has been selected. You can de-select it by pushing the AUX switch on the side of the radio upward. If the switch has been set to the lower position, the radio will be set to expect a signal from an external source such as a SmartPhone or a PC.
Why can’t I change radio stations?
There is a lock button on the front of the radio which locks in the station to prevent accidental tuning and other changes. If you see a ‘flashing key’ symbol in the LED Display, the lock switch is engaged and you will not be able to tune to other stations. To de-select the lock feature simply press the lock button on the front right side of the radio. The ‘flashing key’ symbol in the LED Display will disappear and you should be able to tune in other stations.
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"No complaints, just wanted to say what a great quality radio this is. Thank you for rescuing my game day experiences!! Made my dads fathers day as well!"
of San Francisco
"The radio worked as advertised. I had to use about a four second delay to match up the TV broadcast. I didn't get home from work until after the game started and so I did not have
a chance to hook it up to a stereo system."
"I didn't realize just how much I enjoyed my FanSync Radio until I forgot to take it with me on a weekend trip last Saturday. I had no option but listen to the TV Announcers. They didn't even know the player's names! One of them kept repeating the same story about the same player over and over throughout the game. My local team commentators are simply more fun to listen to. They have the same enthusiasm I do about my team and I really did miss hearing that. You won't be disappointed if you get one of these radios. It syncs up exactly like they said it does."
"Worked fine. No problems. Liked listening to Todd Ellis & Tommy Suggs."
"I have one and after I figured out a few things, it worked great. I live in a remote area so I used a cable to hook it up to a more powerful receiver and used the Fan Sync to delay the broadcast. It has a switch to use an auxiliary input. That worked great. I have Dish and there was about a 5 second delay and once I set it, I didn't touch it again.
Much better than the clowns on TV!"
"I hooked it up to a speaker system and it worked fine. There is a jack on it to use a cable from the headphone jack to the speakers. Worked like a charm."
"I purchased one this week. Hooked it up the home stereo and had no problems. Pretty cool after the last couple of years hearing the action before seeing it. I recommend."