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DAB vs Sky digital radio??

Discussion in 'Music Streamers' started by ronancoll, Jan 24, 2003.

  1. ronancoll

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    Is there much difference in the quality between DAB and SKY digital and how do they compare to a good FM reception??
     
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    From what I've read, DAB is poor in comparison with Sky Digital. We use Sky Digital radio all the time and it sounds good to my old ears!

    Fman
     
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    I would agree with the above. Listen to Sky Radio all day, pretty much every day, and it's faultless.

    DAB has the potential to be of higher quality but in reality has been rubbished by the BBC in their bid to increase the amount of channels available that sound worse and nobody listens to.

    Christ, cater for any more minority interests and we'll all have our own personal stations!
     
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    DAB was actually very good when it first came out, but those in power lowered the bandwidth used so that more channels could be fitted in.

    Now DAB sounds quite poor, right at the time where there is a growing choice in receivers and in-car equipment :rolleyes:

    Radio off Freeview also sounds better than DAB.

    I'm going to guess that DAB doesn't last too long.

    Cheers

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  5. bob1

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    dab sound quality is the same as 80kps mp3(crap) it used to be more (cd quality) not anymore the sound was a big selling point what a mistake to add more channels stick to fm its better.
     
  6. makitamark

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    Sorry to bring back a REALLY OLD thread, but it covers exactly my issue.
    Is the information provided above still correct?
    I have listened to Radio thru mu Sky Box for some time believing it to be the best quality, well better than DAB.
    Lately however there seems to be a massive amount of compression applied, particularly Radio2.
    It's especially noticeable when the play music, it sounds similar to someone repeatedly turning the volume control up and down, very annoying, and almost unlistenable.
     
  7. filbert42

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    I use Freesat for radio 3 and find it good. I don't currently have FM to compare it to. I did find details of the bitrates for the various delivery methods but I've lost it and google isn't helping at the moment. IIRC, Freesat was much nearer FM than DAB is.

    I don't know if Sky work differently to Freesat...
     
  8. makitamark

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    I would imagine Sky and Freesat share the same Satellite feeds, so in theory there should be no difference in sound quality.
    The sound I'm getting really is Very Poor, the compression is extreme.
    I know Radio 3 is generally output at higher bitrates (certainly on DAB) but I'd be grateful if you could have a listen to Radio 2 and see what you think.
    Regards
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    Well that really surprises me, I've moved to Internet Radio thru my Sonos 'cos it sounds better!
     
  11. filbert42

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    I did try but I've no idea what I'm listening to or how it should sound. :blush:

    Rgrds

    Peter
     
  12. mike7

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    The BBC use a much higher bit rate on streamed services over the internet on certain shows, usually live music. This has been done for mainly BBC Radio 3 programmes and regularly for broadcasts from the Promenade Concerts. The BBC once termed this 'HD Radio' and the bit rate is 320bps rather than the usual 192bps. This is certainly much better than DAB or Cable/Satellite transmissions. Whether it is an improvement on good old FM is debatable.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio3/help/hd-sound.shtml
     
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  13. Wild Weasel

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    My DAB radio says that BBC Radio 5 and Talk Sport are broadcast as only 64 kbps mono. :(

    That's MP2 of course, so sounds worse than MP3 at the same bit rate.

    Still way better than lousy medium wave in my car though.


    Some of the others:

    Radio 1 is 128 kbps stereo
    Radio 2 is 128 kbps stereo
    Radio 3 is 192 kbps stereo (I think it is lowered when Radio 5 Extra is on)
    Radio 4 is 80 kbps mono

    Classic is 160kbps Stereo

    Planet Rock and Absolute are 112 kbps stereo
     
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    Still going nine years later.
     
  15. simon194

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    So far, as far as I'm aware, only Germany has ditched DAB.

    Here in the UK it remains to be seen whether analogue radio will go the same way as analogue TV has. 2015 was the original proposed date and I saw 2017 mentions a while back but I think there is too much opposition to it anyway at the moment.
     
  16. Wild Weasel

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    They re-introduced a DAB+ service last year.

    It's supposed to have better penetration of walls than DAB, so that domestic radios can get a better signal. This was the major reason for its initial failure.
     
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