Quality of Freeview Radio....

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  1. Johndm

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    Does anyone know if Freeview radio stations are of a similar (or lesser) quality/bitrate than DAB radio signals?

    Radio sounds very good via my new Pioneer box, routed to a VA555ES with Optical connection, but I assume its a differant signal than the DAB one?

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    DAB is supposedly worse than DTTV audio
     
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    Suprising! I expected the opposite....
     
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    From that site quote,

    So, for instance, Radio 1 on Freeview will always sound better than Radio 1 on DAB because Radio 1 on Freeview uses a bit rate of 192kbps whereas on DAB Radio 1 is transmitted at 128kbps, and apart from that everything else is the same.


    Guess that means I won't be bothering with a dedicated DAB receiver then....:D
     
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    I thought the same but you don't get the full compliment of radio channels on Freeview that you do on DAB... Shame as the quality is really very good.

    Mind you, I only ever listen to Mojo!
     
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    If you can get decent DAB reception, DAB is fine.
    What you do get is FAR better reception than MW.
    FM reception where I live is awful as well, so DAB suits me all ways up.
    It also means that I can listen to the radio while someone else watches TV.
    Unless you're an audiophile, DAB is ok.
     
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    Well I can also trivially record DTTV radio!

    And pipe it digitally to the amp
     
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    You are just as well hooking a freeview receiver up with a half decant sound system and you get much more variety than DAB minus regional stations which can be picked up perfectly clearly on FM, i can't see me ever buying DAB not unless it's included as standard when i get a new stereo.
     
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    John, I bought my Freeview box (Nokia 221T) purely for the digital radio aspect and with a view to piping the digital output of the 221T (RCA Coaxial SPDIF) towards my stereo TAG DAC 20, the sound from Freeview via the 221Ts own DACs is harsh & brittle but when piped towards a good convertor it’s a revelation for music fans IMHO, Freeview bitrates are quite a step above DAB (Generally 192Kbps v 128Kbps) as noted in the Digitalradiotech website, the only downside is that you lose local radio stations not under the Freeview umbrella as noted above & freeview is not portable like DAB. But with 30 odd Freeview stations (+ films & TV programmes available via the Freeview STB and your sound system) I will be surprised if DAB does not die a slow death in the long run, they need to up the bitrates as a bare minimum to compete with Freeview but they are not going to do that any time soon if at all. The TV side as well nobbles DAB IMHO, I mean I listened & watched Jools Hollands live at new year via my STB, Glastonbury, T in the Park,

    FWIW I find the 160Kbps bitrate & above as more than acceptable as a decent bitrate as a “serious” hifi source. The best quality I have heard is on Radio 2 & 3, 192Kbps via the DAC and at quite loud volumes quite excellent to my ears. Cant say what DAB would be at 128Kbps but I will never know TBH.
     
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    I read an interview a year or so back with a BBC engineer who admitted that BBC radio was better quality on FM than DAB due to the amount of channels squeezed onto DAB and therefore the very low bit rates used.

    Mark.
     

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