Rega Brio...D.A.B. tuner question!

dmathome

Member
Good morning all, this is probably a "dopey/easy " question.....Ive no idea though!

I am wanting to buy a Rega Brio amp., plus a Rega Planar 2 as well................Can I simply "plug" a D.A.B. tuner into the back of the amp.? Then it will play digital radionstations! ...or do I need to get any sort of other "connections" or whatnot..........? Or ! will it not play digital radio stations at all?

Lastly! If, it is simply "plug and play". (for a D.A.B. tuner I mean!)...can I just go and buy any, D.A.B. tuner? Or is there anything "specific" I need to look for with the D.A.B. I buy?

Any advice gratefuly received..................as you can see..............Ive not got a clue!!

Many thanks.
 

Rambles

Distinguished Member
Yes! The Rega Brio has four standard analogue inputs, a phono input, and a record output.

You can add a tuner, or any other source device, via its analogue outputs, those are the red and white RCA connections.
 

dmathome

Member
Yes! The Rega Brio has four standard analogue inputs, a phono input, and a record output.

You can add a tuner, or any other source device, via its analogue outputs, those are the red and white RCA connections.
Many thanks for that.

I thought that was the case...I havent bought a decent stereo for almost 30 years now!! I think I was getting confused, where I read that the Rega Brio doesnt have digital...but of course, thats what the tuner will do!!

Thanks again.
 

RBZ5416

Distinguished Member
Can I simply "plug" a D.A.B. tuner into the back of the amp.?
Yes, but you really don't want to. DAB in the UK is generally pants, with many stations broadcasting very low bitrates & in mono. You'll get far better results & a hugely increased choice from a device supporting Internet radio.
 

dmathome

Member
Yes, but you really don't want to. DAB in the UK is generally pants, with many stations broadcasting very low bitrates & in mono. You'll get far better results & a hugely increased choice from a device supporting Internet radio.
Thanks for that...When you say "device"..do you mean a different amp. ? Or do I need another "gadget"! to go with the D.A.B. tuner?

Basically...Id like ..if possible...and with the least amount of "faffing about"!, D.A.B. from my amp.?!

Im really out of touch ,with this new fangled D.A.B. lark!!!!
 

RBZ5416

Distinguished Member
You want to forget about DAB altogether. For Internet radio you can either select another amp that has network connectivity & Internet radio support, or stick with the Rega & buy a streaming device instead of a DAB tuner. Many options available at different budgets.
 

dmathome

Member
Hmmn!

Maybe I will forget about the D.A.B. then!!

I would have liked to have had it, within the system...but it looks like it will be a pain, with the Rega..?

I may well spend another afternoon! browsing the web...to see what I should maybe get!

So far..Ive got (from the forum) Bower and Wilkins CM1 speakers, a Marantz CD6003...they are both second hand....

I was then going to get a new Rega Brio along with a new Rega Playna 2 turntable.............I just "assumed"! I could just get any D.A.B. tuner, bung it into the back of the amp...then listen to digital radio! D.A.B. isnt a "must have" for what I want...though it would be nice!

Thanks for the info...

I may well, have a good look around...it may well be a better idea, to get a second hand amp. and turntable.....Ah well....its pouring down..so may as well start looking online!

Cheers!
 

RBZ5416

Distinguished Member
Just to be clear, the issue isn't "digital radio" but the specific platform of DAB. As I said, DAB in the UK has been watered down to allow the maximum number of stations to broadcast as cheaply as possibly. This is achieved by low bit rates & often mono transmission, even for music.

There are numerous ways to get Internet radio into an analogue amp so that needn't be a consideration. It's also worth bearing in mind that the crucial aspect is usability, whether by app or remote. I have an Arcam SR250 that has Internet radio, but the implementation is so awful that I use an Echo Dot connected to an analogue input instead.

So if your set on the Rega go ahead, & worry about how to add Internet radio afterwards. The Rega won't limit you in any way.
 

acgingersnaps

Active Member
As long as a tuner that you buy has RCA outs, you'll be able to play it through the Brio. Assuming you have a smart phone, something like this would work well. Think they can be had cheaper than this if you look around.
 

Rambles

Distinguished Member
I use an echo dot also, connected to a Marantz amp in the kitchen. You get a lot of functionality for £50 and voice operation.
 

Ascotbilly

Active Member
I have the above connected to my Brio you need a phone / tablet for control, the above works very well.

another alternative below, you can get cheaper models on Amazon.

 

dmathome

Member
Just to be clear, the issue isn't "digital radio" but the specific platform of DAB. As I said, DAB in the UK has been watered down to allow the maximum number of stations to broadcast as cheaply as possibly. This is achieved by low bit rates & often mono transmission, even for music.

There are numerous ways to get Internet radio into an analogue amp so that needn't be a consideration. It's also worth bearing in mind that the crucial aspect is usability, whether by app or remote. I have an Arcam SR250 that has Internet radio, but the implementation is so awful that I use an Echo Dot connected to an analogue input instead.

So if your set on the Rega go ahead, & worry about how to add Internet radio afterwards. The Rega won't limit you in any way.

Many thanks for that....that makes sense to a no nothing like me!! lol....as I say, Ive not bought a stereo for years.! So Im not "up to date"! at all .

I want to get a half decent system, primarily to play records and C.D.s.......D.A.B would be nice...but not essential..

I asked (on another forum..I somehow didnt ask on this "specialist" forum?!) about systems....Rega kept coming up as a decent turntable........the more I looked into it..i thought may as well get a new one..as the ones I say second hand...werent much cheaper at all.............SO! Then I thought I may as well get a Rega amp...thought about the Lo at £399 new.......then decided to get the Brio at £599....(though I can get some discount off that)..............

I bought some B and W CM1 speakers , then yesterday bought a Marantz CD6003..


Which left me, with the "radio"!! The more I think about it though... the more I get baffled! lol!

i think...it may be a better idea though, for me to just go used for an amp.....maybe something like a Marantz, or Denon or NAD..................Damn this is a right old rabblit hole!! lol
 

gibbsy

Moderator
Your purchase of a Brio is a good one. It will do all you want and Marantz CD players will go very well with. DAB radio is a separate issue and many do not like how the format sounds and is why they are telling you to look for another avenue for radio.

I don't listen to a lot of radio and when I do it's either in the car or on a, deep breath, DAB radio in the house. Ken Bruce sounds fine to me every morning......that's my limit usually.
 

dmathome

Member
Your purchase of a Brio is a good one. It will do all you want and Marantz CD players will go very well with. DAB radio is a separate issue and many do not like how the format sounds and is why they are telling you to look for another avenue for radio.

I don't listen to a lot of radio and when I do it's either in the car or on a, deep breath, DAB radio in the house. Ken Bruce sounds fine to me every morning......that's my limit usually.

Thanks for that.

It makes sense really....I dont listen to the radio much to be fair.....in
the car, or when Im washing the dishes..........!

Cheers!
 

gibbsy

Moderator
Thanks for that.

It makes sense really....I dont listen to the radio much to be fair.....in
the car, or when Im washing the dishes..........!

Cheers!
I'm going to move this to the HiFi Separates section as it will be far better there. I'll leave a redirect for those who have already contributed. I have also merged the thread that you opened there because it is cross posting which is not encouraged and is against Forum rules.
 

Mr Broon

Standard Member
Try using a Chromecast audio - connect to Brio with 3.5mm to RCA lead. I used this quite happily for DAB before upgrading to Elex and Bluesound Node 2i. You'll get a CCA and lead for £30 or less.
 

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