Buying Guide: Digital Radio

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      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

      Grundig digital radio

      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.

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