The Digital Radio

I am very particular with music and will not just listen to any song or music, even if it is the most popular one of the moment, I only listen to music that is pleasant to my ears, and contrary to what other people say, there is a fine line between music and just plain noise. I can’t imagine life without the radio, I don’t get to watch tv a lot because life gets pretty busy, but with the radio, you can just have it in the background both during work time and play time. It’s not as distracting as the television but just as informative and entertaining. If you love music, you can listen to your favorite FM station and listen to your favorite songs and if you want to know what’s going on in the world, you can listen to an AM station, where news programs are aired, and if you like drama, well, you can have a listen at the most gripping drama story there too.

Today, thanks to the DAB radio people can listen to crisper and clearer sounds, access more radio channels, both locally and internationally through the internet, virtually anywhere in the world. Users can access these radio programs through an app on their smart phone or tablet, a digital radio, on a computer or laptop and even on a TV. I know, ironic right? Listening to the radio on your tv, it sounds weird but totally possible today.

The Digital Radio was conceived and tested in Europe in the early 80’s but it wasn’t until 1995 when it was actually put into action, and it was the BBC, British Broadcasting Corporation, who beat everyone else and went digital first.

Digital radios have better features than that of the traditional radio, here are a few:

* Can access more radio stations

* Equipped with radio text, which allows the radio to display real time information about a particular song, like song title, artist, music genre and news updates.

* It displays time of day and is able to detect if there are time changes, particularly useful for people who travel a lot to places with different time zones.

* Reception is clearer making sounds crisper and does not have a hiss sound when signal becomes weak

* Digital radios are smaller and portable

Although the digital radio sounds as awesome as it is, it also has its disadvantages, like:

* Coverage can be limited and is not as wide as what an FM radio covers

* Reception quality can be poor for people who live in remote areas

* Signal can be delayed, thus defeating the purpose of listening to “live” shows

* FM radio remains to be a tough competition for DAB radio

Digital radios can cost as low as £39.95 or as high as £139.95, depending on its features / brands. The one that costs more are able to access more frequencies, has a wider coverage and includes a bluetooth connectivity.

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