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Old 2007-11-05, 12:44 PM
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Re: Digital FM?

We need a new category for Digital Radio.

DAB (Digital Audio Broadcasting) is the name given to Digital Radio here in the UK. There's a variety of ways to receive the broadcasts.

First is an aerial and receiver, similar to a traditional FM setup. The broadcasts are on a different frequency band to the FM signals, and obviously you require a dedicated receiver to tune in to them. It's generally accepted that, despite the broadcasters' claims, the quality of these is inferior to regular FM as the bitrates are too low, due to the broadcasters trying to cram lots of stations into the available bandwidth.

Alternatively, they can be received through Satellite and Cable setups; the broadcasting companies made space alongside the TV channels, and these digital radio signals are found in a dedicated menu in the EPG (Electronic Programme Guide). Opinions vary as to whether or not the quality of these signals is equal to, better or worse than the above. This sounds like the equivalent of the 'cable FM' that the original poster referred to.

Lastly, they can be received via the UK's Freeview service - this is primarily a DVB (Digital Video Broadcasting) service, but again, the programmers made space for the radio programmes alongside the TV. Again, opinions vary as to whether or not the quality of these signals is equal to, better or worse than the above.

I've uploaded a couple of torrents in the last category before now; one person protested that one track was lossy, but other than that, the quality seemed to be generally acceptable to all leechers.

Regards, Graham
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