Anyone have digital radio ( dab+)?

Looking into purchasing a portable digital radio,
but the selection I've seen at the local Big W,
seems to be bulky and most without rewind function.
I don't get it when you can have mega pixel cameras
on phones with sometimes full HD video in a device
no bigger than you hand yet the digital radios huge
by comparison.
Is the digital radio technology more complex then
a combination of a phone + camera + video + mp3 + fm radio?
I have noticed there are more compact radios on the net,
with SD slots for recordings & mp3' replays.
This begs the question, are we a dumping ground for
1'st generation dab+ devices with limited features?
Reply to
Vox
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If you buy a portable make sure that you have plenty of batteries on hand......they love 'em.
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Metro
Not a lot for the user. Few extra speciality stations such as country, and you can avoid the sport rant on the ABC during major events. Fidelity is 'questionable', with the one I bought there's an aux output that I can run through the sound system, treble is OK but the bass is seriously suppressed, probably to suit the crappy speaker in the set. Why they didn't deemphasise it *between* the aux output and the speaker I have no idea.
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Noodnik
Is that a case of more 1st gen. poor power consumption design?
Reply to
Vox
Advertising made out there was more choice than that.
It would be good if ABC setup a dedicated
sports dab station, and stop them taking over ABC local.
Re: sound, I have heard this said before, that its week and tinny.
I may wait a while longer for the next gen. of these devices.
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Vox
Good point, the fact that they don't points ot the level of tactics that's being applied behind the scenes.
It may be significant that DAB seems to be mainly packaged as 'radio sets' rather than tuners. Could it be about protection of the domain of FM? If it is, then fidelity may not be addressed for a while...
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Noodnik
It's a relatively new application, so much of the chipsets are segmented (one for each section), and that takes up space. There's little available as a true "all in one" radio on a chip, just add water (or power as the case may be).
As time goes on, you'll start seeing single chip boxes that are reasonably sized, economical on power AND price.
Just not quite yet.
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John Tserkezis
The tactics as far as I can see is they are sacrificing "quality" for "populism", and its working for them. Today's radio ratings in Sydney has ABC702 Breakfast closely behind Alan Jones on 2GB.
Trying to match Alan Jones is not the direction ABC should be heading.
I thought the audio was meant to be an improvement over FM broadcast which can have annoying interference. The commercial FM stations could use the streaming text facility to push out more advertising to the consumer. On the down side for them, the pause rewind may enable people to skip the ads. like they are with PVRs.
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Vox
I have found some compact radios on the net. Australians may be reluctant to take up the new technology and that's why there are still the bulky ones stocked on the shelves.
May be the usual early adapters of new technology who got burned with the last technology improvement in radio i.e. "The AM stereo", that went the way of Betamax, and HD DVD, won't get caught again?
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Vox
I have two, a bedside/mantel Pure One Classic and a pocket Sangean.
I love the Sangean and it has a rechargeable battery. The Pure One Classic has a single speaker so it seems a bit pointless re sound quality. I use a Sony headset with the Sangean and the sound quality is excellent/
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aussiblu
They have; ABC Digital grandstand is its dedicated digital sports station see
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