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doremi 12-06-2010 12:17 PM

Digital vs analog radio?
 
I admit I have not done to much research on the subject, but will a digital signal improve quality over my fm radio? Are there more stations? Or is it just a waste of money to make you pay for radio?

beat 12-06-2010 12:33 PM

I don't really use it either, but from what I gathered it has more channels, due to the fact that it's easier to set up a digital broadcasting station and there is no frequency pollution from other sources which makes fm crackle like a firecracker.

neutron 12-07-2010 09:20 PM

I'd also like yo add that you don't have to pay for digital audio broadcast, they are free. After the initial price of buying the equipment you won't have any problems with it. I also like the tags feature which displays the name of the song that is playing on the station.

stereotype 12-13-2010 10:27 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by doremi (Post 11917)
I admit I have not done to much research on the subject, but will a digital signal improve quality over my fm radio? Are there more stations? Or is it just a waste of money to make you pay for radio?

There are more stations, though that is about the only upside to digital radio, which needs more development. Those stations are anyway available on satellite TV and Freeview. The quality is not all that good, and there are reports that reception can be lost quite easily. A good analogue tuner with a good aerial, well set up, can give about as good a sound as can be got from any source, including vinyl.

doremi 12-13-2010 06:06 PM

Thanks for the info guys, I see the opinions are split about it's quality, but this would be for my car, I don't really listen to radio at home, to many commercials, 20-30 minutes a day during my daily commute is quite enough.

Othello 12-15-2010 02:31 PM

I only ever listen to one maybe two stations, so having the choice of multiple stations would be to no advantage for me. I think I will stick with my analog.

AudioJames 12-15-2010 07:55 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by doremi (Post 11917)
I admit I have not done to much research on the subject, but will a digital signal improve quality over my fm radio? Are there more stations? Or is it just a waste of money to make you pay for radio?

There are lots more stations and the quality is a lot better on digital. However, it is more expensive to set a digital radio up and buy a receiver so I think analog will be around for some time.

scratch 12-16-2010 08:03 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by AudioJames (Post 12160)
There are lots more stations and the quality is a lot better on digital. However, it is more expensive to set a digital radio up and buy a receiver so I think analog will be around for some time.

Well nobody said it was going the way of the dinosaur, but digital radio is a good investment in my opinion. There are loads more stations, but from what I gathered the range and coverage is a little more limited than traditional fm.

Maple 12-17-2010 01:13 AM

I believe digital has to either be on or off...so once you are out of range that is it. Analog will allow you a lot more leeway and let you keep listening (albiet with a lot of static) for quite a while out of range.

jonDanish 01-13-2011 12:15 PM

I assume there is no difference based on the context (analog vs. digital cable or analog vs. digital remotes or analog vs. digital radio).


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