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How are we going to adjust to DAB radio in cars, a dashboard top box or another solution if the government rush through the switch over

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I've been looking at the options for the DAB switchover nothing good happening so far, looks like best option to change the machine not get a dash top box.

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Re: How are we going to adjust to DAB radio in cars, a dashboard

Snappy, concise topic headline of the day...

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Re: How are we going to adjust to DAB radio in cars, a dashboard
Andrew Everard:
Snappy, concise topic headline of the day...

However................a valid question, any takers?

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Re: How are we going to adjust to DAB radio in cars, a dashboard

And, knowing of the impending switch over, why aren't car manufacturers supplying DAB radios NOW?

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Re: How are we going to adjust to DAB radio in cars, a dashboard
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And, knowing of the impending switch over, why aren't car manufacturers supplying DAB radios NOW?


Car audio is always a couple of years behind. When a new type is made ready for production, the cost and specification of parts is fixed in contracts with suppliers. This includes car audio manufacturers. Car manufacturers have to do this to ensure the supply of parts and make sure the total cost of the car is kept in check. This means that the equipment in a car is set well before a car makes it to buyers, and it will remain unchanged for years.

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Re: How are we going to adjust to DAB radio in cars, a dashboard

As I'm currently sitting in a Land Rover showroom waiting to be relieved of the GNP of a small South American country for an annual service, I asked the question, and got directed to this site...

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Andrew Everard:
As I'm currently sitting in a Land Rover showroom waiting to be relieved of the GNP of a small South American country for an annual service, I asked the question, and got directed to this site...

Interesting...............

Looks as if DAB will be fitted to "top of the range" vehicles and as an optional extra for the masses............

Doesn't augur well for a massive take up of DAB does it..............?

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Re: How are we going to adjust to DAB radio in cars, a dashboard

Life's like that...

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Re: How are we going to adjust to DAB radio in cars, a dashboard

so what about all the European Visitors?

 

I think this has been very well thought out.

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nads:

so what about all the European Visitors?

 

I think this has been very well thought out.

In what respect...........?

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Andrew Everard:
Life's like that...

Agreed .............but does not address the thread issue

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Re: How are we going to adjust to DAB radio in cars, a dashboard

I actually have a DAB radio in my Mini.  It's pretty expensive as a factory-fitted option new, but it was one of the features I looked for on Autotrader when I was searching for a used vehicle.

 Pros:

I listen to 5Live and the improvement over AM is vast - and I get Sports Extra. 

R3 reception is terrible locally, so although it might not be the last word in hi-fi, it's great to have clarity and no hiss or whistling. 

I can also listen to to 6 Music and other digital stations.

Leicester Tigers commentaries are normally only on Radio Leicester DAB (football on FM!) 

Cons:

The radio interface is horrible and there aren't even any proper instructions.  I had to look on the internet and find a Mini forum!  The main problem comes when you try to switch between multiplexes.  Unlike that being done for you (as in Pure radios), you have to do it yourself before you can get to another set of stations.  The only solution is to grit your teeth and do it once, saving stations into the presets.  Then, if you only use the presets, you don't have a problem!

In practice, I hardly ever use anything other than DAB, although the radio has AM and FM too.  There are hardly any drop-outs and they occur in strange places like the roundabout coming out of Tesco for about 20 metres, so I can live with that!!!

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Re: How are we going to adjust to DAB radio in cars, a dashboard

its relativly cheap and easy to retrofit a DAB unit to a car, most units on the aftermarket are a standard size (DIN) and while most cars use a custom fascia to stop car radios getting stolen, if you take the standard radios out, most cars still have a DIN slot in the dashboard so its not so much of a challenge as youd think, all you will then need is a custom fascia to suit the car.


One thing that is easy to overlook though is the aerial, i fitted a DAB radio to my car 3 years ago and used the stick on antenna, it was great driving to work but awful coming home !!! in the end i ended up drilling the roof to fit a proper DAB antenna (i used to do this for a living but its not that hard if you follow simple rules) , this worked perfectly ... until the DAB unit died a month later !!!


 Listening to 5 live on DAB is great so its well worth the effort


 


 

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Re: How are we going to adjust to DAB radio in cars, a dashboard
Andrew Everard:
Snappy, concise topic headline of the day...


How about "Coalition to ban Car Radios"


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whiskywheels:
How about "Coalition to ban Car Radios"

Snappier, but totally innacurate.

whiskywheels:
G'is a job.

Is H a job, too?

 

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Re: How are we going to adjust to DAB radio in cars, a dashboard
Andrew Everard:

Snappier, but totally innacurate.


Too tabloid for you, eh?