Digital radios are now as popular as ever as people are now starting to catch on that the sound quality and amount of stations to choose is epic. You can also pick up a base model for really cheap, so what you waiting for.
Radio has been the most popular medium of choice for well over 70 years now, and this trend may have fallen since TV, and more recently the internet, but don't be fooled into thinking it's going away any time soon.
Why a DAB Radio is Better
One of the best and easiest ways to think of DAB radio is to compare it to digital TV. DAB radios are to normal radios are what digital TV is to normal analog TV. You get far more channels and interactive features and this is the same with a cheap DAB radio, all the way up to a high end DAB radio.
The quality of audio clarity is by far the biggest advantage. Because it's a digital signal you get zero static interference and if you have a good signal, the sound quality is as close to CD quality as you can get. The downside to a DAB radio is that you either get a signal or you don't. AS oppose to an analog radio where the interference may be present, but you'll still get some form of noice. But we feel this is a trade off that's well worth having.
Tuning is another advantage of a DAB radio. You don't need to keep on turning a dial to a frequency. You can choose stations based on menus of what you want to listen too. It may be pop music, or talk radio, all will have their own menus. Simply push the button on the want you want and the DAB radio will automatically tune into the frequency.
If your DAB radio has some sort of display screen, which even base models do, then there is also other information thats send along with the sound. Things like what song is playing, what station you're on, what's up next. Higher end models will feature some album art work, news feeds and so on. Some even come with features similar to live TV. So you can pause and rewind stations, and save programs and so forth.
To listen to digital radio you will require a DAB radio, older radios do not have this technology in them. Analog radio is also in the pipe line to get turned off at some point in the near future, just like analog TV has had this done. So if you don't have a DAB radio yet, you might as well get one as you'll be needing it at some point.
One thing to note is it really pays to make sure that you can receive a signal before rushing out to buy one. Most places in the UK can get a signal, but more rural areas may struggle. If this is the case then you can go for a internet radio, providing you have a good enough internet connection that is.
Nearly every station that is on the radio in analog form has a station in DAB form to. Plus there are far more available, so don't worry about your favourite station not being available.
You can get the benefits of a DAB radio for cheap. Base Logic ones from Currys start at £20, and Argos has an Able DAB radio for even cheaper. But when you look at the higher end of the market the features are massive and make for an inviting, if not expensive, purchase. If you have around £100 to spend them you'll want to get one with bluetooth capabilities too. This way you can play the music from your phone, as well as the massive amount of stations available.
DAB Radio Brands
There are so many brands of DAB radios, all with there own pros and cons. Some with iPod docks and bluetooth, others feature an alarm clock to wake you up to your favourite station.
Abla are a budget brand that you can get really cheap from Argos. They have a few different colours to choose from to match the style that you like. We feel they are really good value for money. For under £20 you can get a DAB radio that also has bluetooth. The reviews that they get from previous Argos customers are excellent too.
Bush are another of the budget brands that still make a decent quality DAB radio. This makes Bush DAB radios really good value for money. Argos have a Bush DAB radio that is also an alarm clock, with a walnut trim for under £25. This is a great looking DAB radio.
Philips are a really well known electrical brand and have some great mid ranged DAB radios that are pretty good value for money.
Roberts make some of the most innovative DAB radios and some really good high end ones too. WE love the Roberts DreamDock. You can connect your iPhone to it to charge it while listening to your music.
Pure have some of the nicest looking DAB radios on the market. The Pure Pop Maxi is probably one of the best examples of this. It's a cool grey looking DAB radio. It is around £100, but for that you're getting an alarm clock and bluetooth also.
These are just a few of the great brands that are making quality DAB radios, and we feel shopping for these at Argos, Currys and Very is the best way to make big savings on a cheap DAB radio.
Argos are probably the one you want to look at for the cheapest possible DAB radio. The Abla brand might not be the most attractive brand around, but they are well made and do the job perfectly. Very is a good place to go for the higher end stuff. A Roberts DAB radio or Pioneer DAB radio for example are great buys from Very. Currys is good for those who want to see it before they buy it. Most of the ones from Currys are on display in most of their stores up and down the UK.