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From: "DAB sounds worse than FM"
Subject: Re: Good Electronmagnetism Books?
Date: Sun, 15 Dec 2002 11:39:49 -0000
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"g0mem" wrote in message
> DAB sounds worse than FM?
> Where I live the FM reception is very poor, and severely affected by
> multipath interference. Since I bought a DAB tuner and a portable DAB
> I get perfect reception.
The vast majority of people in the UK are able to receive very good FM
reception. But to receive very good FM reception you need a "proper" aerial,
I don't mean external, just not a piece of wire.
Do you have a wire aerial for FM by any chance?
Purchasing a £15 FM dipole aerial is guaranteed to significantly improve the
reception on FM when compared to a wire aerial.
Assuming that you get good reception on both DAB and FM then DAB does
definitely sound worse than FM on all of the 128kbps stations on DAB, and
95% of all the stereo music stations on UK DAB use 128kbps, so all the
simulcast stations on FM and DAB sound better on FM than on DAB.
Audio quality and reception are two totally different things.
My FM reception is perfect with an FM single-element dipole in my room (i.e.
not on the roof or anthing like that), my DAB reception suffers from the
boiling mud sounds which I'm sure you will have heard. I've got a VideoLogic
DRX601E which when fed with a DAB dipole isn't too bad for reception when
used in conjunction with an Antiference signal booster but does suffer from
boiling mud occasionally. I've also got a Wavefinder and a Modular
Technology PC card and both of these suffer very poor reception even when
fed with a DAB dipole.
You seem to be lucky, but from reading the newsgroups a lot of people are
having similar problems with reception on DAB as myself.
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