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Subject: Re: Good Electronmagnetism Books?
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Date: Sun, 15 Dec 2002 15:16:42 -0000
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Organization: blueyonder (post doesn't reflect views of blueyonder)
"DAB sounds worse than FM" wrote
in message news:firstname.lastname@example.org...
> 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"
> I don't mean external, just not a piece of wire.
> Do you have a wire aerial for FM by any chance?
On my old FM tuner I was using an indoor dipole. But dipole antennas are not
an option for most portable radios, where I was getting most of the
multipath distortion. External antenna is not an option as I live in a block
of flats. And the multipath interference is caused by the surrounding
hi-rise blocks of flats.
> Purchasing a £15 FM dipole aerial is guaranteed to significantly improve
> 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.
In my case I found that the 128k rate to be very acceptable, much better
than the multipathed reception I used to get . I also find no problem with
128k MP3 files.
> My FM reception is perfect with an FM single-element dipole in my room
> 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
> 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
> 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.
I do use a Wavefinder on my PC. And I have a VideoLogic Evoke for portable
use, which works anyplace in the flat, with no problems, except occasionally
in the kitchen where there is occasional bubbling sounds. FM in the same
kitchen works but very hissy and distorted. I also have a WorldSpace
> You seem to be lucky, but from reading the newsgroups a lot of people are
> having similar problems with reception on DAB as myself.
I think I am lucky. Even Freeview TV worked straight away thru the communal
antenna system. I like listening to Talk Sport, Five Live, BBC 6 Music and
Brunel Classic Gold which you can't get on FM anyway.
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