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Old 21st August 2013, 07:25 PM   #1
steve69 is offline steve69  United Kingdom
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Default DVB radio (yes video) - does it exist?

DAB is a bit nasty and unlikely to change (IMHO) using MPEG audio
at 128Kbps.

DVB-T (Freeview in the UK) carries a respectable range of radio services
all transmitted at 256 Kbps.

I can listen to these with a TV but I want a Radio (HiFi) appliance, somthing
with a tuning knob and some preset buttons) I also have a Quad FM4).

Is no such thing available, and if not why not?

I am toying with the idea of buying a cheap STB and pulling it to bits,
adding an SPDIF output, and a PIC to interface a user interface to the
STB's IR remote input.

Have I missed a product that does this?

Why is no one manufacturing them?

Have I missed something?

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Old 21st August 2013, 08:01 PM   #2
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I would guess the closest thing might be a Freeview HDD Recorder, but it's unlikely to have the tuning knob.
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Old 22nd August 2013, 02:49 AM   #3
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You could combine a DVB receiver card or USB device with some kind of mini-PC, like a Raspberry Pi or Cubieboard. Or an old laptop or compact desktop.

For a while I listened to (and captured) DVB-S radio on my computer using a Broadlogic DVB tuner card (model 1030 or 2030). However, the encoding was MP2, which seemed to be less efficient than MP3, and bit rates were only around 128K to 160K. Here's the program I used:
DVBApps I think it worked with Broadlogic and Twinhan cards, and was a command line application that had to be invoked with the frequency and transponder and stuff. I just had batch files for the channels I listened to.

But, an FTA receiver, and a channel listing taped to the remote control may be the easiest. Some should have S/PDIF outputs. You might be able to program a universal remote or old PDA with macros that work as presets.

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Old 22nd August 2013, 08:15 AM   #4
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Bit old now but something like the humax F2-Fox T should be good for you. Has a front display that shows the selected channel, remote control for channel selection and analog audio out. Possibly you may be able to take digital audio from the scart.

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