DAB

Simply more of the radio you love in digital quality

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DAB

Through a DAB digital radio there are over 40 national stations to choose from in most of the country and over 90% of the country can now receive DAB digital radio.

There are lots of DAB digital radios to choose from – such as a portable, kitchen, bedside or clock radios or integrated into a home audio system or hi-fi. DAB digital radios tune at the touch of a button, display station and track information and many have additional features such as Bluetooth, and you’ll find a range of prices to suit all budgets.

If you’re buying a digital radio, look for the Digital Radio Tick Mark. It means the product has been tested and approved and is future ready. You’ll find the Tick Mark on a wide range of products from leading manufacturers including Pure, Ruark, VQ, Sony, Philips and Panasonic.

DAB+ digital radio

It’s still digital radio just newer more efficient broadcast technology

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DAB+ digital radio

DAB+ is an upgraded version of the technology used to bring you DAB digital radio. It is more spectrum efficient than DAB, therefore enabling more radio stations to be broadcast within the same amount of capacity. DAB+ uses exactly the same transmitters and broadcast technology as DAB, it simply converts sound to digital in a different way and therefore requires sets capable of receiving DAB+.

The majority of digital stations will continue to be broadcast on DAB for the foreseeable future. DAB+ is compatible with DAB and can be introduced alongside existing DAB services and existing DAB radios will continue to receive all the DAB stations broadcasting.

Currently, the majority of DAB digital radios will receive only stations using DAB. However, many newer DAB digital radios can receive DAB+ channels and, over time, that number will grow organically. There are numerous radios available to buy in the UK which are DAB+ compatible, and all radios with the Digital Radio Tick Mark are future-ready and enable listeners to receive the available DAB, DAB+ and FM radio stations.
Some models are upgradeable to DAB+ via a firmware download and DAB+ capability can generally be checked with the manufacturer.

The UK’s first national DAB+ stations launched on 29 February 2016 on the second national DAB commercial multiplex, Sound Digital, as part of a line-up of 18 national DAB services. There are now over 140 stations broadcasting on DAB+ in the UK, including 5 national stations – Fun Kids, Magic Chilled, JazzFM, Union Jack and Forces BFBS, a number of local commercial stations, plus around 100 ultra-local community and commercial stations on small-scale DAB.

To receive DAB+ stations you must have a DAB+ enabled radio. The simplest way to be sure, is too look for the Digital Radio Tick Mark on the radio or its packaging. All radios that bear that Tick Mark are able to receive FM, DAB and DAB+ stations.

You’ll find a list of radios which are Digital Radio Tick Mark approved, and that will allow you to listen to all your available stations including DAB+ stations, here

Products

Learn about the exciting brands behind digital radios

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Products

Approved Product

We recommend when buying a new DAB digital radio that you look for the Digital Radio Tick Mark.  It means the radio has been tested and approved, and is future-ready.

The following manufacturers make radios that have FM, DAB and DAB+.

The following manufacturers make radios that receive FM and DAB only. Radios from these manufacturers do not have the Digital Radio Tick Mark and will not receive DAB+ stations.

Your car

Go digital in your new or existing vehicle

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The Digital Tick

A certified mark for digital radios to reassure you that they’re future-ready.

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The Digital Tick
  • The Digital Radio Tick Mark is a certification mark for digital radios that requires the radio to be tested and approved.
  • The Tick Mark gives you reassurance that the radio you are buying is an approved product which is future-ready.
  • It means the radio is able to receive FM, DAB, and DAB+ stations so you’ll receive all the stations that are available at your address.
  • If you’re buying a digital radio, either for in your home or in your car, look for the Digital Radio Tick Mark.
  • You’ll find the digital tick on a wide range of products from leading manufacturers including Pure, Ruark, VQ, Sony, Philips and Panasonic.