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Old 13th May 2012, 08:24 AM   #1
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Default FM and DAB change over?

Just thought it would be interesting to hear peoples ideas,

In the UK DAB radio is going to replace FM broadcasting.

Looking at Web posts alot of people say this is a major down turn in stereo quality...

Does this mean all HIFI tube tuners are stuffed?

Has the quad FM4 had it's day?

When will this happen?

Are all car radios on the scrap heap?

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Old 13th May 2012, 08:28 AM   #2
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No need to panic, OFCOM plans to abandon FM have been put on the back burner, (probably indefinitely), so FM should be around for a good few years yet.
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Old 13th May 2012, 09:02 AM   #3
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UK adopted the older version of DAB which is inferior to FM due to its bandwidth.

Hi-Fi FM will be for the foreseeable future.
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Old 13th May 2012, 09:05 AM   #4
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This was a ludicrous idea. A reduction in coverage & signal quality so that the FM band could be sold off for other uses. Just greedy
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I can't locate the information at the moment,

However it said that when a preset percentage of use was reached then they would switch over..also possible plans to ensure DAB was the only radio fitted to new vehicles.. I guess to ensure the set point was reached?
Is this now not the case?

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Is this what you were looking for - The Carter Report ?

The great FM radio switch-off: Don't Panic! ? The Register

Basically there is no money to switch off the FM broadcasting.
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Old 13th May 2012, 09:22 AM   #7
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Is this what you were looking for - The Carter Report ?

The great FM radio switch-off: Don't Panic! ? The Register

Basically there is no money to switch off the FM broadcasting.
Thank's,

That wasn't the one I read, however it covers most of the points...

So here is a question would you buy a new FM tuner?

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Old 13th May 2012, 09:27 AM   #8
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If you are into Hi-End Hi-Fi then the potential quality of FM is far superior to DAB.

Mediocre Hi-Fi has its place as does MP3, but FM will rule the air until the UK go for DAB2.

Bit like Vinyl will have its place until SACD is adopted by the UK. Obviously there will always be lovers of vinyl but their argument will get weaker with SACD.
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Sorry that should be DAB + not DAB 2

http://uk.ask.com/wiki/Digital_Audio_Broadcasting

The annoying thing is that DAB+ receivers are compatible with DAB1 but DAB1 receivers cannot currently be converted to DAB+.

In time there may be slot in DAB+ tuner modules that UxE (Upkeep by Exchange) DAB1 modules. IMHO the manufacturers wont release the information so we will have to buy new tuners.

DAB hasn't been the money spinner that the UK expected, so will they help us. NO.

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Old 13th May 2012, 11:23 AM   #10
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I suspect that it has been a money loser. It would be interesting to know how much tax payers money has gone into DAB either directly from the UK or via the EU. Letting politicians or managers have any influence on technical matters usually ends in tears.
A good few years ago one of them claimed that DAB didn't need an antenna! Another reason given was that it would give car radios improved reception compared to FM.
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