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I recently forked out £270 for a Marantz ST7001 DAB tuner. I was all very happy with it until I recently plugged my digital tv into my Marantz PM6002 amplifier and found I got immeasurably better radio off the telly compared with the highly rated (and highly expensive) DAB tuner. The difference is astonishing.

I'm beginning to think the whole idea of a seperate DAB tuner and CD player is a waste of time. It seems to me to make more sense to just invest in a decent DVD player for both films and CDs and a decent digital TV for both telly and radio. The amplifier remains immensely impressive. But if anyone's interested in a brand spanking new Marantz ST7001 and (award winning) CD6002, I'm going to put both of them up on ebay!

I would also be interested to hear of anyone else's experiences and opinions' on this kind of issue?!

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Re: Marantz DAB Radio

Depends on what you listen to, but in general DAB bitrates and therefore sound quality are lower than those on Freeview radio, all other things being equal.

So no reflection on the Marantz tuner - blame it on the broadcasts. 

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Yes, DAB radio - the format - sounds incredibly bad. It's not the tuner's fault. I love some of the DAB-only radio stations but just can't stand the sound quality enough to listen to them. As for the cd player, it will sound better than most combi players unless you're spending a sizeable whack. I'd sooner have a separate DVD player and keep the CD6002...

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Re: Marantz DAB Radio

garageland, please please stop posting the same thread over and over again. It's been answered...

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Re: Marantz DAB Radio

Yes its more a question of stations available than anything else. DAB can sound decent but its certainly no improvement over (quality) fm or any digital tv broadcasts. It can sit happily besides the two though.

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Re: Marantz DAB Radio

FM with a proper reception is still the best IMHO.

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Re: Marantz DAB Radio

No I've been trying to post it in the DAB radio forum to see what DAB enthusiasts have to say about this issue. Apologies if I've been mistakenly posting it back into the Hi-Fi forum.

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user="garageland" wrote:
No I've been trying to post it in the DAB radio forum to see what DAB enthusiasts have to say about this issue. Apologies if I've been mistakenly posting it back into the Hi-Fi forum.

Now moved to digital radio forum section 

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user="garageland" wrote:

I recently forked out £270 for a Marantz ST7001 DAB tuner. I was all very happy with it until I recently plugged my digital tv into my Marantz PM6002 amplifier and found I got immeasurably better radio off the telly compared with the highly rated (and highly expensive) DAB tuner. The difference is astonishing.

I'm beginning to think the whole idea of a seperate DAB tuner and CD player is a waste of time. It seems to me to make more sense to just invest in a decent DVD player for both films and CDs and a decent digital TV for both telly and radio. The amplifier remains immensely impressive. But if anyone's interested in a brand spanking new Marantz ST7001 and (award winning) CD6002, I'm going to put both of them up on ebay!

I would also be interested to hear of anyone else's experiences and opinions' on this kind of issue?!

I have had this tuner for about 1yr now and its a fantastic piece of kit, excellent on fm and as good as it can be on dab given the poor quailty signals. Nothing wrong with the tuner at all.