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Re: AM & FM to be killed off by 2016

Posted: 06 Sep 2011, 22:17
by astradyne
The Sony micro system I bought in 2005 has DAB and is still providing hours of listening pleasure. Some stations are lower quality than others, but my favourite stations all sound crystal clear. :D

Re: AM & FM to be killed off by 2016

Posted: 06 Sep 2011, 22:22
by wind in the antenna
DAB+, which uses AAC+ is not transmitted in the UK. We're stuck with MP2 due to the cost of upgrading the infrastructure.
DRM is not looking particularly hopeful. It's technically quite good but end users are not prepared to pay for the high cost of receivers. With most AM an SW listeners being in the non-industrialised world, the cost becomes even more prohibitive.

Re: AM & FM to be killed off by 2016

Posted: 07 Sep 2011, 01:06
by radiosification
wind in the antenna wrote:DAB+, which uses AAC+ is not transmitted in the UK. We're stuck with MP2 due to the cost of upgrading the infrastructure.
DRM is not looking particularly hopeful. It's technically quite good but end users are not prepared to pay for the high cost of receivers. With most AM an SW listeners being in the non-industrialised world, the cost becomes even more prohibitive.
Oh, I assumed that the newer radio I was talking about was receiving DAB+ because an older radio in the same room couldn't receive anywhere near as many stations. Maybe the older radio is just rubbish, although it is a proper Sony stereo not just like a really cheap radio.

Re: AM & FM to be killed off by 2016

Posted: 12 Jun 2013, 13:04
by phillmobile
Only reason the want rid is to sell of 88 to 108 but who do they think wants it? half of low and midband sat empty, they are crazy

Re: AM & FM to be killed off by 2016

Posted: 12 Jun 2013, 13:09
by MrWeetabix
Its all about money, aint that true!

I still think they'll have a massive job on their hands getting rid of either, just think of how many cars have AM/FM radios alone!

If it's not broke, don't fix it

......just flog it.

Re: AM & FM to be killed off by 2016

Posted: 12 Jun 2013, 17:28
by radiosification
2 years..... :lol:
2!.....YEARS!

...And not even a useful and informative post :lol:

Re: AM & FM to be killed off by 2016

Posted: 14 Jun 2013, 21:27
by neil-c
radiosification wrote:2 years..... :lol:
2!.....YEARS!

...And not even a useful and informative post :lol:
Meaning?

It may or may not happen, my opinon is that it will not. DAB is awful but the only post I have seen of yours does actually support DAB, or rather DAB+ which to be honest I do not think will come to fruition over here. DAB is bloody awful, I think that is enough to kill DAB+ off before it even gets started.

Re: AM & FM to be killed off by 2016

Posted: 15 Jun 2013, 07:30
by marcusabacus
Not going to happen for quite a few years , definitely not by 2016

Re: AM & FM to be killed off by 2016

Posted: 17 Jun 2013, 17:47
by pete_uk
phillmobile wrote:Only reason the want rid is to sell of 88 to 108 but who do they think wants it? half of low and midband sat empty, they are crazy
True.

Mind you, maybe they could designate it a PLT band??!!


CLOSE IT DOWN, CLOSE IT DOWN NOW! :twisted:

Re: AM & FM to be killed off by 2016

Posted: 17 Jun 2013, 19:46
by kr0ne
phillmobile wrote:Only reason the want rid is to sell of 88 to 108 but who do they think wants it?
And possibly to stamp out pirate radio while they are at it... :(

Re: AM & FM to be killed off by 2016

Posted: 17 Jun 2013, 21:49
by SadToes
MrWeetabix wrote:Its all about money, aint that true!
I still think they'll have a massive job on their hands getting rid of either, just think of how many cars have AM/FM radios alone!
If it's not broke, don't fix it
......just flog it.
Yas everything in this world is about money nowadays I hate it as its the man on the street that suffers :(

Re: AM & FM to be killed off by 2016

Posted: 24 Apr 2018, 15:14
by MrWeetabix
Sorry to dredge up an old thread, but interesting to see where we are some 2 years after the predicted end-date :-D

Re: AM & FM to be killed off by 2016

Posted: 26 Apr 2018, 17:47
by scanhermit
Both going strong. I bought a Roberts DAB/FM set to futureproof myself but use it mostly on FM.

Bugger - I've just made switch-off more likely, haven't I?

Re: AM & FM to be killed off by 2016

Posted: 27 Apr 2018, 08:36
by MrWeetabix
scanhermit wrote:
26 Apr 2018, 17:47
Both going strong. I bought a Roberts DAB/FM set to futureproof myself but use it mostly on FM.

Bugger - I've just made switch-off more likely, haven't I?


Yes... you're now going to get the blame when we lose FM! :clap: :lol: 8)

Re: AM & FM to be killed off by 2016

Posted: 23 May 2018, 18:42
by Transwarp
AM/LW no loss imo. FM switch off won't happen until proper digital coverage and good range of quality consumer goods available. In the home the options for receiving radio stations are plenty. Aside from an obvious radio / hifi there's internet based, cable, or satellite. We sometimes listen to radio via Freesat if can’t be bothered with what’s on the box.