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Old 20th June 2009, 02:35 PM   #1
AndrewT is offline AndrewT  Scotland
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Default UK to go DAB by 2015

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Old 20th June 2009, 04:43 PM   #2
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Andrew

Much as I agree with your sentiments about DAB I feel I must point out the following:

1. Commercial FM radio stations are not in business to furnish you with high quality music. They're in business to make money through advertising.

2. The Advertisers don't give a monkey whether their advert is in hi fidelity or not, it sells the same number of products.

3. Have you actually listened to FM radio recently? It's 99% garbage. Ultra compressed beatbox muzak equalized to death for people listening through 3 inch paper cones stuffed into a door panel while driving along on the M6.

4. Even the BBC, R3 Live at the Proms apart, is going down the same route because it has to grab Joe Public's attention with loud music as he's channel hopping in his Vectra.Listening figure determine the licence fee you see.

I recently modified a tuner to improve it's audio stage. Big mistake. It just showed me how poor FM output is now.

Forget FM and DAB. The only near audiophile quality music is from high bit rate satellite radio fed via SPDIF to a decent DAC.

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Old 21st June 2009, 08:46 AM   #3
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The only near audiophile quality music is from high bit rate satellite radio fed via SPDIF to a decent DAC.
Hi Gopher,
interesting point, do you have any recommendations ?
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Old 21st June 2009, 09:12 AM   #4
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Nothing specific, I'm still investigating them myself. If you look at the spec for sat radio programs are consistently broadcast at higher bit rates than DAB. Still compressed of course so not true hi fidelity but better than DAB.

Just pick any that have an SPDIF output.
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Old 21st June 2009, 09:56 AM   #5
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thanks, i'll give it a go !
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