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Old 16th April 2004, 07:11 AM   #1
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Old 16th August 2004, 07:12 AM   #2
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i was wondering about the same thing after hearing one of those portable units at a local electronics chain.

the unit was indoors and sounded real clear, with those normal portable type of antenna.
Click the image to open in full size.

maybe some brave souls might want to order a DAB evaluation kit.
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Old 16th August 2004, 09:01 AM   #3
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No offence, but this strikes me as a bit pointless, unless the main aim is aesthetic (like those ones shown in the post above).
In the UK, DAB has appaling sound (mono in many cases!), as the bitrate is pathetically low in order to squeeze as many channels as possible into the available bandwidth.
Check out this link to see what I am talking about.

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Old 13th September 2004, 09:24 PM   #4
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I've just started looking into a DIY DAB radio tonight. I have contacted radioscape about the price of there evaluation kit and the basic RS200 module.

The Dab chip itself that is used in the above is a TI chip that could only be used with a professional PCB as it's a complex multiple row package. So building a DAB from components seems out of the question. Although phillips appear to do more lower level chips (dab decoder and mpeg decoder) built onto a board with a long row of pads down the side, to use these you would need to implement the microcontroller yourself.

I'll let you know what radioscape say about there module prices (if they sell single units), and keep looking for others.

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Old 21st February 2012, 09:36 AM   #5
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How to diy a DAB radio tunner?
In the meantime there are certainly a lot of suppliers for such components.
Here an example:
Frontier Silicon | Digital Audio

various PDFs:
http://www.frontier-silicon.com/prod...Venice7_PB.pdf
http://www.frontier-silicon.com/prod...enice7A_PB.pdf
http://www.frontier-silicon.com/prod...ter%208_PB.pdf
Frontier Silicon | Digital audio products | Venice 5 Lowest-power, lowest-cost module for DAB/FM radios
http://www.pressemeldungen.com/2011/...erfugbar-sein/

and another example:
Radioscape - End-to-end Digital Radio Solutions /

PDF files from Radioscape:
http://www.ok1mjo.com/all/ostatni/t-..._Datasheet.pdf
http://freepdfhosting.com/b790d452e4.pdf

I wonder, why until now nobody have realized a diy project by using this DAB modules.
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Yes, why? In the UK DAB is awful, worse than MP3, because of low bit rates. Much better to build an FM tuner and enjoy genuine high quality broadcasting while it still survives.
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Old 21st February 2012, 09:47 AM   #7
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another possibility it could be, to buy a cheap radio for tweaking like the DAB+ radio Microspot RA318 (RA-318) resp. King Champion "DB-32F" (DB32F) like by the showed pictures.
King Champion | Products

Here the associated CH threads in German:
http://www.mysnip.de/forum-archiv/th...io+RA-318.html
http://www.mysnip.de/forum-archiv/th...rbreitung.html

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Yes, why? In the UK DAB is awful, worse than MP3, because of low bit rates. Much better to build an FM tuner and enjoy genuine high quality broadcasting while it still survives.
"United Kingdom" is not the whole world. This year This year will be launched in Germany DAB+, maybe next month.
http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fernmeldeturm_K%C3%BChkopf

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Old 22nd February 2012, 10:08 AM   #8
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Default Evaluation Device Venus "FS4052" (Frontier-Silicon)

also of interest for diy a DAB+ tuner(supports also FM-Stereo/RDS):
http://www.frontier-silicon.com/prod...s/Venus_PB.pdf

Introduce of S/P-DIF (SPDIF) digital output by a DAB receiver
I have found by chance a gallerie for refitting a S/P-DIF output (SPDIF) for follow model from Argon-Audio in denmark:
http://www.hifiklubben.com/images/pr...AP1V3PBK_1.jpg
http://www.argonaudio.com/files/Down..._adaptor_3.pdf
about
http://www.minhembio.com/micma18/139168/
you will find all steps therefore.

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I've just started looking into a DIY DAB radio tonight. I have contacted radioscape about the price of there evaluation kit and the basic RS200 module.

The Dab chip itself that is used in the above is a TI chip that could only be used with a professional PCB as it's a complex multiple row package. So building a DAB from components seems out of the question. Although phillips appear to do more lower level chips (dab decoder and mpeg decoder) built onto a board with a long row of pads down the side, to use these you would need to implement the microcontroller yourself.

I'll let you know what radioscape say about there module prices (if they sell single units), and keep looking for others.

Matt
any news in the meantime?
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Old 29th March 2014, 10:02 AM   #10
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Hi.

I bought a Philips AE5252 which is built around the Verona module from Frontier Silicon.
The next step is to understand how the module is interfaced to the LCD and buttons. Also I need to figure out the pins of the module.
The Verona has an Atmel processor so recoding is a known procedure. The Verona has at least spdif out and R/L audio.

So far I have connected the radio thru the headphone connector to the stereo and atleast in Sweden SQ is quite good. I managed to find 7 stations sending digital.
Anyone interested to help dissecting the Verona modules secrets? I have emailed Frontier Silicon but haven't recieved anything yet and ain't sure I ever will

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