What Is Digital Radio And Will I Benefit?
In essence, digital radio is radio with much higher reception and sound quality. It doesn't replace the old analogue signal, but it does present another way to receive broadcasts.
- Digital radio is the most significant upgrade since the introduction of FM to Australia in the 1970s. At present, Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth all receive digital radio
- Commercial Radio Australia (CRA) is planning to roll out the technology in more areas nationally, with a trial of digital radio services in regional areas, as well
How Does It Work?
Australian radio utilises Digital Audio Broadcasting-Plus (DAB+) technology, which turns both sound and data into digital signals at transmission, and then decodes them using digital radio receivers.
- AM and FM radio quality can degrade from interference caused by signals bouncing off walls, buildings and hills
- Digital radio receivers, on the other hand, have built-in transmission filters and lock onto the strongest signal in an area to provide clear reception
Get More With Digital Radio
- More music: Extra channels available mean more stations and variety
- Better reception: Digital radio doesn't suffer the same interference issues as analogue radio, so you get consistent CD-quality sound
- Name that song: Forget waiting for the DJ to tell you the title of that catchy tune. Digital radio can give you the name as it plays
- Let's hear that again: Digital radios with onboard storage hold the last 15 minutes of play, allowing you to pause and rewind
- Easy tuning: No more fiddling with dials. Digital radio gives you a menu of all available radio stations
- The hits just keep coming: Digital radio stations can send news texts messages, album cover art, updates from sporting events, phone numbers for ads and much more
How Do I Get Started?
Your old analogue radio will still play AM/FM stations, but to get digital radio you'll need a Digital (DAB+) Radio player. This could be a clock radio, iPod dock or portable radio. Once you have one, then all you need to do is plug it in and tune in.