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Is DAB radio dead?


ams4127
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Interesting article

I've tried it here on Anglesey, signal is very poor (when you can get it at all), so I'm sticking with good old FM.

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interzone55

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st-clares

Not everyone listens to the radio at home. The beauty of radio is that it's portable, not a feature of Freeview TV or internet radio, which is either tied to a PC or WiFi, don't want to be sapping my mobile bandwidth limit listening to the radio.

Also, even when I'm at home I don't want to be using the huge amount of electricity my TV consumes to listen to 6 Music or Test Match Special.

DAB suffers from the fact that too many stations are tied to each multiplex, thus reducing the available bandwidth.

Also there's not currently enough transmitters so signals are patchy in many areas, and early radios sucked up far too much power, so battery life for DAB radios is perceived to be very poor, new radios are not too bad, but they still use much more power than analogue radios. I have a Sony radio in the bathroom that is used for at least an hour a day, and the current set of 3 x C-cells have been in for 18 months, which is at least 450 hours running time...

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chub_tor

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Personally I can't see why DAB radio is necessary Well I can, for I now have a choice of 32 different stations available at the press of a button or two and they cover all my listening needs from local news, traffic reports, sports, music of all genres (although as I have said before these channels are little used). Interference free and all the stations come with scrolling displays of the programme I am tuned into. The only FM I use is in the car as that is what is fitted in my ancient Ford Focus.

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morddwyd

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"If any one wants digital radio it can be received through a TV or a PC. "

TV reception is pretty poor in the car, and the broadband signal is, at best, patchy!

If you have never listened to DAB then obviously it isn't necessary, for you.

It is of particular use in a car, where the background noise makes sound quality a second consideration to quality of reception.

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Quickbeam

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I wouldn't be without DAB in the car.

The number of rock based stations is huge compared to the old late night Radio 1 John Peel slot for getting something different away from the mainstream. The commercial stations play the same top 40 pap aimed at teenagers (I know I was one once, but now I'm not!) and on a Sunday, Radio 2 is like travelling back in a time warp to the Charlie Chester/king's Singers era!

It's true that some of the stations use a lower quality transmission rate, but for me the content quality outweighs the broadcast quality.

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KremmenUK

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The one, big, drawback for me is the battery life.

I have a FM radio in the kitchen that is used every day but only needs it's 4 'C' batteries changing every year.

The DAB radio in the bathroom needs re-charging every 10 days !

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Quickbeam

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You could always fit a 13 amp mains socket conveniently above the taps!

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Quickbeam

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...and in this H&S dominated world, I suppose I should add, don't try this at home...

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interzone55

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Quickbeam

"and in this H&S dominated world, I suppose I should add, don't try this at home"

Could always fit a shaver socket & use an adaptor

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proudfoot

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Alan14 stated "Not everyone listens to the radio at home. The beauty of radio is that it's portable, not a feature of Freeview TV or internet radio, which is either tied to a PC or WiFi, don't want to be sapping my mobile bandwidth limit listening to the radio." The point I was making was that there are many millions of perfectly serviceable FM radios inuse today. I understand the government's intention is to switch off the FM transmitters eventually. Also there have been comments about battery life being excessive again not very environmentally friendly.

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userious?

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Just bought one....why are the radios so dear????

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