1/2 Price Pure One Portable DAB/DAB+ Radios Eg $99.50 @ JB Hi-Fi
Who listens to the radio? That's what I'd like to know - given the low sampling rate broadcasts & availability of internet radio.
SBS (eg Chill, PopAsia, PopDesi) & some ABC (Double J, Jazz) DAB+ is available on digital TV - handy with a soundbar etc.
Make sure you live in good DAB+ reception area - in a capital city. Often drops out if not in line of sight to transmission tower.
(Well, I listen to DAB+. Have a few - $9 Kmart, $10 Target & $13 Sangean (RRP $120+) DAB+ radios from Deals, fed through amps to reasonable speakers in house & car. It sounds OK.)
ABC Grandstand is great for the cricket. Quality is a significant bump over AM obviously and there isn't the 30-60 second delay that internet streaming services have, normally only around 7 seconds.
The low quality audio suits talking rather than music. Some comments that FM radio sounds better than DAB+ for music. I only listen for the music.
It really depends on which station but yeah I agree sometimes the DAB+ signal can be a bit hollow in the bottom end. It does typically sound a little more spacious (hard to describe) overall I think. The other advantage are Buddha and Koffee stations which aren't available otherwise, nice chill ad-free stations since no one listens to them.
@raiamino: Yes - some good choices. I listen to SBS Chill a bit.
Many DAB+ radios use the same radio module, adding different amp, speaker, case etc. Can see the similarity by looking at LCD screen & options on buttons. I posted photos of the circuit boards for the $9 Kmart DAB+ Radio ages ago. Have seen some of those boards in dearer units!
The quality of the broadcast signal & output of the module will dictate quality of sound. No wonder most are mono!
TBH a 60s delay in cricket isn’t much of a deal (unless you’ve also got the TV on in the background)
I was going to get a DAB radio for The Ashes, but I believe the silly “ABC only has radio broadcast, not internet broadcast rights” has been over come (since they couldn’t broadcast grandstand cricket on the internet).
I get excited about the idea of these. But the radio reception range is too short for me in a semi regional area to pick up anything.
I’m 10km from the CBD and I had trouble getting DAB signals when I tried a few years ago.
It’s the fed govt’s fault, they want to extract a premium for radio licenses, so the regional stations kicked up a stink that the city stations would make them unviable, so they crippled the DAB signal range.
DAB+ has the potential for reasonable audio fidelity, but due to providers preferring to run more streams the end result is pitiful bitrate.
In Melbourne on the 9A Melbourne Multiplex the highest bitrate station is Nova @ 112kbps, the rest are between 24 and 64 kbps.
192 - 256 kbps should be a rough approximation of a good FM Stereo signal.
Quality at the lowest bitates will be like a good AM signal at best, but is not even in the same planet as far as AM is for range.
You have to rememeber also that we broadcast in AAC+ which is generally half as big as MP3 for "equivalent" audio quality, if we broadcast in 128kbps I think would be enough generally to improve on FM.
I've heard that alot, but really don't believe it.
Minor research seems it's a little better, but not as much as many claim it to be.
In all honesty i haven't looked deeply into it though.
My reasoning is if it was that efficient then why isn't it replacing MP3?
Midi cheaper elsewhere.
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