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Clarion BD416 has a motor boat sound when the volume is turned up

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Motor boating is a classic thing that has almost been eliminated by modern technology and I haven't heard it for many years until very recently when one of my DAB radios developed a fault.
It is a symptom of many possible faults from power supply to internal oscillators, all of which need an engineer...

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