Maybe you have better quality FM stations where you live now. Or maybe it's the absence of high frequency hearing...I love FM over modified 70's tuners...
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Just a thought for my own curiosity, but could it be the lack/reduction of UHF and VHF channel broadcast due to digital TV? If I interpret what I have learned about FM and V/UHF through the years. That, they very close in bandwidth and maybe less pollution of overlapping frequencies allow the tuner access to a cleaner signal, resulting in better sound quality.
Again just a thought not an explanation, no science degree involved.