Best DAB radios 2023: Which? Best Buys and expert buying advice - Which? (2023)

A digital radio can be a great way to catch up with the news, listen to music or find out the latest drama in your favourite radio soap. But it’s imperative to make sure that any new purchase is not only easy to use, but also sounds great, too.

The best DAB radios we've tested offer crystal-clear speech, easy-to-read displays and simple buttons and menus. The worst radios sound dull, tinny and lifeless, with muffled speech. We’ve handpicked some of our Best Buy radios below, along with providing expert advice on how to choose the best one for you.

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Best radios to buy

Pricing and recommendations correct as of February 2023.

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Types of DAB radio

Tabletop radios

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Best for: Use in the kitchen, living room or study

Tabletop radios tend to be larger and heavier than other types, meaning they can often sound better.

Pros: Better sound quality on average

Cons: Often take up more space, awkward to carry

To see all our reviews of this type, head to our tabletop radio reviews.

Alarm clock radios

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Best for: Bedside use

Alarm clock radios are optimised for use on a bedside table. They usually have easy-to-read screens and large buttons on the top, which are easy to hit when you’re lying in bed.

Pros: The easiest design to use when you’re sleepy, often have large screens which are ideal if you have poorer eyesight

Cons: Usually have worse sound quality than tabletop radios

To see all our reviews of this type, head to our alarm clock radio reviews.

Portable radios

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Best for: Moving from place to place, such as in the garden or on holiday

Portable radios can run off batteries, making it easier to move them around and away from power sockets.

Pros: Easier to carry around and place anywhere, usually take up less space

Cons: Usually have worse sound quality than tabletop radios

To see all our reviews of this type, head to our portable radio reviews.

Personal radios

Best for: Listening when walking around or in the office

Personal radios are small, pocket-sized, Walkman-like radios that you typically listen to with wired headphones. They allow you to tune in to DAB radio while out walking the dog or down at the allotment.

Pros: Ideal for personal use without disturbing others, often include a built-in rechargeable battery.

Cons: Solo use only, reception can vary as you move about, headphones they come with are usually poor quality

You can greatly improve the sound of a personal radio by switching out the headphones they come with for a pair of our best wired headphones such as the Sony MDR-XB50AP, Apple Earpods or Sennheiser CX 100. Just note that if the replacement pair has button controls for making volume and other adjustments, these controls are unlikely to work with the personal radio, so you’ll need to use the controls on the personal radio itself.

To see all our reviews of this type, head to our personal radio reviews.

How much do DAB radios cost?

DAB (digital) radios range in price from a surprisingly cheap £15 to well over £500, but our expert lab tests prove that paying more is no guarantee of quality. We’ve found Best Buys available for as little as £70, and disastrous models costing well over £100 that would be an expensive mistake to buy.

Expect to pay £70-100 for a quality DAB and FM radio, and considerably more (£100-200) for a good internet radio.

Make sure you're not influenced by cost, style or brand alone when deciding on a radio, as you could easily end up with one you'll regret buying. Some budget, fashion or nostalgia-focused radios in particular may look great, but can have tinny sound and awkward menus and buttons that are a frustrating pain to use. We’ve also found a surprising number of disappointing radios from the biggest brands.

Best DAB radio features to look for

DAB radios are more than just broadcast devices. To get the most out of yours, consider models with the following useful features:


Some might think that all radios have alarm functions, but it’s not always the case. You’d expect to find them on non-budget radios including models that aren’t dedicated alarm clock radios.

The best will allow you to get out of bed in the nicest possible way: the alarm will gradually rise in volume rather than waking you up with a start, you’ll be able to select which days to set the alarm for (so you can have a lie-in at the weekend), and you’ll be able to choose how the alarm will sound – be it a buzzer or a radio station.

If you and your partner need to get up at different times, look for a model with dual independent alarms, an increasingly common feature.

Snooze button

Dedicated alarm clock radios are bound to have this, but if you’d prefer to use a tabletop-design radio by your bedside (for example, for improved sound quality), be sure to look for one with a prominent snooze button.

This way, you can easily buy yourself 10 more minutes in bed when needed. No one wants the frustration of groggily battling with a poorly designed radio when they’ve just woken up.

Battery power

Even if you intend to use your radio at home, battery power can be a useful feature. Whether it’s to listen to ‘The Archers’ in the garden or catch up with the news on a camping holiday, it means you don’t have to stay within reach of a power socket.

Some radios use dedicated rechargeable batteries which will recharge when the radio is plugged into the mains, even while you’re listening to it.

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We independently test the battery life of radios that come with battery packs included, or run on conventional batteries, to see if manufacturers’ claims stack up in reality. For some tabletop radios you can buy a separate battery charge pack, giving you the benefit of portability without the compromise on sound quality you often get with dedicated portable radios.

Bluetooth, NFC and aux-in

Bluetooth is the secret to making a standard DAB radio ‘smarter’, without having to pay more for an internet radio.

It allows you to stream internet radio, and any other audio on your smartphone, to your DAB radio – so you can listen to everything from podcasts and audiobooks to your personal music collection. NFC (near field communication) is simply an easier way of connecting via Bluetooth – instead of finding the radio in the Bluetooth menu on your smartphone or tablet, you can simply touch your device on the ‘N’ symbol on the radio.

If you prefer a wired connection or have an older MP3 player or other device, look for a model with an aux-in socket, although these are becoming rarer.

USB charging

Many DAB radios, particularly alarm clock models, have one or more USB sockets for charging portable devices including your smartphone or tablet. This is particularly handy if you want to save plug sockets when using your radio by your bedside.

Remote control or app

Some radios have a dedicated remote control, or an accompanying smartphone app that can act as a remote control. These can be very handy if you’re choosing a radio for a living room or dining room, so you won't have to get up every time you want to adjust the volume or switch stations.

They’re also particularly useful for radios with lots of functionality, such as internet radios, where performing a long series of button presses can get clunky.

However, not all remote controls are equally good: look for one with large, well-labelled buttons, where the most-used buttons fall naturally under the thumb. Some radios are compatible with the UNDOK app, which can act as a remote control, even if the manufacturer doesn’t supply its own app for the radio.


Most non-budget DAB radios are also compatible with DAB Plus, although the UK is well behind the continent in taking up this technology. For radio stations that support it, DAB+ offers improved sound quality.

Unfortunately, there are currently no plans to transition most BBC and commercial radio stations to DAB+, with both consumers and the industry generally happy with the audio quality of DAB stations.

You do also get a greater number of radio stations with DAB+, but they tend to be niche offerings. However, DAB+ is widely used in other countries across Europe, so the main benefit is if you go on holiday: DAB+ support means you’ll be able to continue using your radio when travelling abroad.

Do consider carefully which features you actually need – you’ll save money by avoiding those you’re unlikely to use.

Which brand: Roberts radio or Pure radio?

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Roberts and Pure are the two best-known British radio brands. However, our testing shows that their radios are not always the best, and that they even make some real duds.

Those two aren’t your only options – a third British radio brand, VQ, has been growing rapidly in recent years and is now seen as a serious challenger to Roberts and Pure. There are many other brands to consider as well, including Bush, Goodmans, JBL, John Lewis, JVC, Kitsound, Logik, Majority, Panasonic, Revo, Ruark Audio, Sainsbury’s, Sandstrom, Sony and Tesco – with many of our Best Buys coming from some of these alternative brands.

‘Portable’ radio charge packs: watch out for hidden charges

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Be especially careful here for hidden charges. Manufacturers can be very misleading with what they call a ‘portable radio’ – often you have to buy the manufacturer’s custom battery pack, which is sold separately – an extra charge you probably didn’t expect.

Check the tech specs tab of our DAB radio reviews to see what batteries the radio takes, and if it requires a rechargeable battery pack that’s not included in the box. Then you can add the price of the battery pack on to the price of radio, to find out what the full cost of buying the radio really is compared with other models.

When a radio is described as ‘portable’, it could be powered in one of three ways:

  1. Using conventional batteries, such as AAs. Choose one of our best rechargeable batteries to save money and help the environment. Most portable Roberts radios are powered this way. The Pure Elan E3 (pictured above) is an anomaly in the Pure portable radio family since it takes conventional batteries.
  2. Via a battery pack that’s sold separately. Most Pure and VQ portable radios are powered this way, as well as the odd high-end Roberts radio. VQ charge packs cost around £20, but Pure ones can be very expensive, at £35 or more – sometimes more than half the cost of the entire radio. Roberts battery packs can cost up to a whopping £45 alone. For more information, see our radio charge packs news story exposing this.
  3. Using a supplied battery pack. These are rarer, and you’ll usually only get a supplied battery pack when the built-in battery can’t be easily removed, such as with small pocket-sized radios like many in the Pure Move range.

At Which? we don’t accept that you’re buying a ‘portable radio’ unless the battery pack is included in the box, or it works with conventional batteries you’re likely to have at home – rather than being forced to buy a manufacturer’s bespoke charge pack.

For this reason, if a radio is advertised as ‘portable’ but requires you to buy a separate battery pack, we consider it to be a ‘tabletop’ model instead, as it’s not what we call ‘portable-ready’ out of the box. Look for the term ‘portable-ready radios’ in the tech specs tab of our reviews to be sure you don’t get caught out with hidden charges. For radios with sold-separately charge packs, the charge pack model you need is listed there as well. There are great radios with separate charge packs – so don’t be put off buying them.

By considering radios with sold-separately charge packs as tabletop models, it also means they go through our tougher scoring system for home-use radios – for more on this, see our how we test DAB radios guide.

What is the difference between DAB and FM radio?

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DAB radios are easier to use because you simply choose the name of your preferred station, rather than having to tune it in manually like you do with FM. The sound quality of DAB radio tends to be better because there’s no natural static. DAB radio generally has good coverage across the UK, but in remote areas you might still struggle to get a good signal and have to use FM or internet radio instead.

DAB radio benefits:

  • Wider choice of channels compared with FM.
  • Automatic tuning – simply choose a channel by name.
  • No natural static, as it picks up a digital signal.
  • The screen can display track title and artist name as you listen, if your radio has an EPG (electronic programme guide).
  • You don’t miss out – all models we review also receive FM radio.

DAB radio disadvantages:

  • Dependent on good coverage in your area.
  • Miss some features of internet radios, such as internet-only radio stations, podcasts, audiobooks, and music-streaming services including Spotify and Apple Music (may require subscriptions). However, if you get a DAB radio with Bluetooth, you can stream all these features to your radio from your smartphone or tablet.

My DAB radio has poor reception, signal or missing radio stations – what can I do?

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First check the DAB signal in your area – simply pop your postcode into Digital Radio UK’s coverage checker.

If you’re unlucky enough to live in a poor-signal area, we’d recommend getting one of these recommended best internet radios with a wi-fi connection that streams radio over your home broadband instead.

However, most radio reception issues aren’t due to coverage, but local issues. If you live in a valley between steep hills, or in an urban area surrounded by tall buildings, it will be harder for the radio signal to reach you. Our lab experts rigorously test the reception of radios so you can find out which have the best signal – look at the test results tab in our reviews to see how sensitive each model is to picking up radio stations.

Tips for getting better radio reception

  • Try putting the radio in a higher location, for example on a shelf or by a window.
  • Angle the aerial higher and towards the window.
  • You’ll usually get better reception with a long, rigid, telescopic aerial than from a wire aerial, so it’s worth trying a model with one of these.

If you’re still having trouble, buying an internet radio may be the answer – this will work in range of your home wi-fi signal, and most models have DAB and FM radio as well in case signal improves in your area in the future.

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Does DAB radio sound better than FM radio?

Since DAB isn’t affected by natural static that can add crackles or fuzz to the sound of FM radio, it generally sounds better than FM. It depends on how clear a signal you can get in your area, where you position your radio, and how good its aerial is.

However, if you’re lucky enough to get a strong, clear FM signal, it’s possible to get better sound quality than with DAB, as most DAB stations transmit with limited bandwidth. DAB+ also offers greatly improved sound quality over DAB, but unfortunately most popular stations (including BBC national stations) don’t have plans to use it yet.

It’s an academic argument, though: all DAB radios we review also give you FM radio too, so you don’t lose out. You can easily switch between the two to get the best sound quality wherever you are. Also it’s important to note your radio’s speakers have a far greater impact on the quality of sound than choosing between DAB and FM broadcasts – it’s more important to choose a DAB radio we recommend.

Theoretically, internet radios have the potential to have the best sound quality. In practice, we’ve found many excellent-sounding DAB radios and some dreadful-sounding internet radios, too, so for the best sound quality it’s more important to check our reviews than worry about the particular technology.

Avoid FM-only radios

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The UK government plans to switch off FM broadcasts for national radio stations such as BBC Radio 4 – see our DAB radio switchover guide for more information. While no definite date has yet been confirmed (and it’s been pushed back several times), it would nevertheless be very unwise to buy an FM-only radio at this point, as you may find it’s missing your favourite radio stations in a few years.

FM-only radios often look temptingly cheap and are usually found in less digitally focused high street shops such as supermarkets and DIY stores. Fortunately, it’s easy to avoid them – we don’t review FM-only radios, so if you pick one of our recommendations (or, indeed, any model from our radio reviews) you won’t have to even consider this issue.

Many cars are unfortunately still sold with FM-only radios. If you’re buying a new car, we’d strongly recommend choosing a trim level with DAB radio, or get it fitted as an option. You can also easily add DAB radio to your existing car – see our handy guide on how to get DAB radio in your car.

Should I buy an internet radio?

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Internet-connected radios have wi-fi, usually in addition to DAB and FM radio. They generally now have Bluetooth, too, to stream audio from your smartphone or tablet. This means you get a wide choice of ways to listen. The best internet radios tend to be sold at a premium as a result, and there aren’t that many internet radios on the market to choose from in the first place. They’re usually either tabletop or portable radios.

Pros of internet radios:

  • Widest possible choice – listen to web-based radio stations from all over the world.
  • Ability to listen to podcasts, audiobooks and music-streaming services such as Spotify (may require subscriptions) without a connected smartphone or tablet.
  • You don’t miss out – all internet radios we review also receive DAB and FM radio.
  • Potential for the very best sound quality thanks to streaming from the internet.
  • No reception issues as long as the radio’s in range of your home wi-fi (some also have ethernet sockets for a wired connection).

Cons of internet radios:

  • Very restricted choice – there aren’t many internet radios on the market.
  • Tend to cost £100-200.
  • Complex functionality makes them more difficult to set up and use.
  • If you have a smartphone, you can stream everything internet radios offer to a Bluetooth DAB radio instead, which will cost less.
  • You’ll need a stable broadband connection and a sufficient data plan.

It’s worth considering carefully whether you actually need an internet radio. If you have a smartphone or tablet, you can access internet features on that by streaming it through a standard DAB radio that supports Bluetooth. This allows you to access internet radio and podcasts from apps such as BBC Sounds, TuneIn Radio and others, without needing a dedicated internet radio. You can also access audiobook and music-streaming services including Spotify, Amazon Music Unlimited and Audible in this way (may require subscriptions).

People often find that it’s easier to access these internet features via your smartphone’s touchscreen anyway, as it can be fiddly to navigate them using the buttons on a radio. Some internet radios have an accompanying app to solve this issue.

For many, a Bluetooth radio is therefore a better choice, as you have a far wider choice of radios, and you save money as well.

Choose an internet radio if you don’t want to use a smartphone or tablet, or listen to internet-only radio for long periods on a daily basis – you won’t have to use two devices, or keep your smartphone in Bluetooth range of your radio, and you won’t have to worry about the Bluetooth connection excessively draining your phone’s battery life if you use it for hours at a time.

See our best internet radios guide for our top tested models and buying advice.

You should also consider getting a smart speaker instead of an internet radio. These are also connected via wi-fi, and you control them with voice commands rather that with buttons. You can use a smart speaker as an internet radio by asking for your favourite radios stations, and it will play them through services such as TuneIn Radio. This gives you more choice of models, starting at lower prices – the only disadvantage is that smart speakers don’t also have DAB and FM radio like internet radios typically do. On average, sound quality is often better on smart speakers, too. For more information, see our guide on how to buy the best smart speaker.

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Which is best Roberts radio? ›

What we look for to find the best DAB radios:
  • Roberts Revival RD70 DAB/FM Radio with Bluetooth in Leaf. ...
  • Roberts Revival Petite Portable DAB/FM Radio and Bluetooth Speaker in Midnight Blue. ...
  • Roberts Revival Uno BT DAB/DAB+/FM radio with Bluetooth in Teal Blue.

How do I choose a digital radio? ›

Choosing the right radio for your home depends on which room you intend to listen to it in. Kitchen Look for a DAB radio that's easy to use. Ignore models with touchscreens that are fiddly to operate with wet hands. Instead choose a radio with easy-to-operate knobs and dials.

Will DAB radio become obsolete? ›

However, many new stations are launching in the newer DAB+ format and a very small number of existing stations have switched to the new format in recent years. It is unlikely that your radio will be made obsolete any time soon – but it is definitely worth making sure any new radio can receive both DAB and DAB+.

What is the highest quality radio? ›

  1. Best Radio For Home – Bose Wave SoundTouch. ...
  2. Best For Internet Stations Grace Digital Mondo+ ...
  3. Best One Touch Streaming – Como Audio Solo. ...
  4. Best Value Tabletop Radio – Crosley CR3036D-CL. ...
  5. Best Reception – Tivoli Audio Model One BT. ...
  6. Best Stereo Radio – Sangean WR-50P. ...
  7. Best Tabletop HD Radio – Sangean HDR-18.

What is the difference between a DAB radio and a DAB plus radio? ›

What is the difference between DAB and DAB+? DAB+ is an upgraded version of DAB digital radio that gives you access to even more stations. To receive DAB+ stations you must have a DAB+ enabled radio. If you recently bought a new DAB radio, then the chances are you already have DAB+.

Are Roberts radios any good? ›

The Roberts Radio Revival Petite offers high quality audio without the need for external speakers and unsightly wiring. It also has a bass radiator which means it offers remarkable bass and clarity for such a small piece of equipment.

What are the top 5 radio stations? ›

Top radio stations in USA
  • 101.1 The Beat - BigR.
  • 104.3 Jamz - Bates FM.
  • 108.1 JAMZ - BigR.
  • 100.7 The Mix - BigR.
  • 100.9 Star Country! - BigR.
  • 100.8 The Hawk!! - BigR.
  • 100.5 Classic Rock - BigR.

What radios do the FBI use? ›

The FBI moved to APCO P25 digital mode. The FBI can also access state police radio and regional mutual Aid systems in many states.

Do you need wifi for a digital radio? ›

Digital radio is broadcast from a transmission site and does not need an internet connection. Digital radio is free. You simply need to check that digital radio services are available in your area and then buy a digital radio (also called a DAB+ receiver).

What radio frequency has the best range? ›

For most users who want their radios to be "good all-rounders", UHF is the best choice. But if you plan to use your radios only in open countryside (or at sea - maritime radio is VHF) then VHF is better for absolute range.

What is better digital or analog radio? ›


Digital radios provide superior voice quality at the reaches of coverage areas, double the capacity of an existing 12.5 kHz channel and up to 40% longer battery life on a single charge.

Is DAB radio worth having? ›

Not only is a DAB radio a worthy upgrade, it gives you access to countless more radio stations. Getting one for the house, or to take one on-the-go, can be a great way to enjoy even more of your favourite listening. We've rounded up the best DAB radios out there, each with varying features and advantages.

Why does DAB radio not pick up any stations? ›

You are in a poor signal coverage area. Radio positioning and/or telescopic aerial needs adjusting. A cable or connector is damaged or has become disconnected. A problem with your aerial installation.

Can DAB work without Internet? ›

Do you need WiFi for DAB radio? Nope. Although some newer DAB radios, including some of the radios on this list can be connected to the internet to allow you to stream music from Spotify or online radio services like BBC iPlayer.

What radio do Navy Seals use? ›

The AN/PRC-148 Multiband Inter/Intra Team Radio (MBITR) is the most widely fielded handheld multiband, tactical software-defined radio, used by NATO forces around the world. The radio is built by Thales Communications, a subsidiary of the France-based Thales Group.

What radio frequency had much better sound quality? ›

"FM, which stands for Frequency Modulation, has better sound quality due to higher bandwidth. Also, the way the audio is encoded for FM makes it less sensitive to interference from electrical activity from storms or electrical devices than AM.

Is DAB radio better than Internet? ›

More station choice: Internet radio gives listeners more variety. DAB+ has also increased the number of stations available to listeners. On-screen information: Listeners can get song information when they tune-in to their favorite radio stations.

Are all DAB radios the same? ›

Apart from that, there are no differences. DAB+ and DAB use the same transmitters, same multiplexing equipment, and so on, and DAB and DAB+ signals can happily live on the same DAB multiplex. A DAB+ radio will also happily decode DAB signals as well (although a DAB radio won't decode DAB+).

How long do batteries last in Roberts radio? ›

Finally, the Revival iStream 3 can also be made portable by inserting six AA batteries. Roberts say that these will provide between five and seven hours of listening, depending on the volume.

Who makes Roberts radios? ›

Roberts Radio was purchased by privately owned GlenDimplex Group in 1994. The company then moved headquarters and production north to South Yorkshire joining other GlenDimplex ventures. Roberts produced their first DAB digital radio in 1999 and their first internet radio in 2007.

Who makes Roberts? ›

No longer 'Made in Fitzrovia', Roberts Radios are in fact no longer completely British. Since 1994 they've been a subsidiary of the Glen Dimplex Group, which operates from the Republic of Ireland.

What is the number one radio station in America? ›

Top 40 radio stations in the US
RankOutletTotal Visits
1WKBC-AM (North Wilkesboro, NC)18,137,068,150
2WKNR-AM (Cleveland, OH)591,558,465
3ESPN Radio591,558,465
4WEPN-FM (New York, NY)591,558,465
36 more rows

Which radio station is number one? ›

The Free State has the longest tune-in time of 5 hours, while Gauteng listens for the shortest time at 3 and a half hours.
These are the biggest radio stations in South Africa.
#Radio stationAudience
1Ukhozi FM7 294 000
2Umhlobo Wenene FM5 208 000
3Metro FM3 968 000
4Lesedi FM3 440 000
35 more rows

What is the longest running radio station in the United States? ›

The longest running radio programme is Grand Ole Opry, broadcast on WSM Radio in Nashville, Tennessee, USA, since 28 November 1925, a total of 79 years.

What radio Does the US Army use? ›

Single Channel Ground and Airborne Radio System (SINCGARS) is a Combat-net radio (CNR) used by U.S. and allied military forces. The CNR network is designed around three systems: SINCGARS, the high frequency (HF) radio, and the SC tactical satellite (TACSAT).

What radios do police use? ›

  • Ritron Radios. VHF Mobile Radios. POC Mobile Radios (Push-to-Talk Over Cellular) Push-to-Talk Over Cellular.
  • Radio Accessories. Kenwood Two Way Radio Antennas. Ritron Two Way Radio Antennas. Motorola RDU2020 Antennas. Motorola RDV2020 Antennas. Motorola RDU2080D Antennas. Motorola RDV2080D Antennas. Motorola CP110 Antennas.

Can the FBI go through my phone? ›

Short answer, no. The only reason the FBI would ever “watch” your phone would be during a wire tap which includes a long legal process to get approved, sufficient evidence that illegal activity is occurring, and everyone involved must follow strict rules and guidelines as to what they can and cannot listen to.

Is it cheaper to listen to radio on TV or radio? ›

Current energy

Listening hours on FM and DAB were found to be up to 11 times higher than on AM and DTV.

Can I listen to DAB radio on my phone? ›

POPyourPHONE is a DAB+ tuner for all Android smartphones with OTG, the app is free and can be downloaded from the Google Play store. POPyourPHONE allows users to listen to digital radio wherever they are.

Can I listen to the radio on my TV? ›

You can listen to your favorite radio stations on mobile, web, desktop, smart TVs (Samsung, LG, Android TV, Apple TV, Fire TV, Roku and other set-top boxes), connected cars (Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, Ford Sync, ...), wearables, Alexa, Sonos and other.

Does higher frequency mean better signal? ›

Comparing two waves of the same wavelength, a higher frequency is associated with faster movement. Comparing two waves of different wavelengths, a higher frequency doesn't always indicate faster movement, although it can. Waves of different wavelengths can have the same frequency.

What radio has the longest range? ›

What are the Longest Range Walkie Talkies?
  • Midland 50 Channel Waterproof GMRS Two-Way Radio. ...
  • Uniden SX507-2CKHS Up to 50 Mile Range Two-Way Radio. ...
  • Cobra RX680 2 Watt Rugged Walkie Talkies. ...
  • Topsung K-10 Portable NOAA Walkie Talkies. ...
  • Midland T295VP4 X-TALKER GMRS Camo Long Range Walkie Talkie.
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Which frequency is best for long distance? ›

When it comes to high frequency two-way radios, you have two main options. These are Very High-Frequency radios (VHF) and Ultra High-Frequency radios (UHF). VHF radios have a frequency of 30MHz – 300MHz. These signals can travel up to 100 miles, making them suitable for long-distance use.

What are the disadvantages of digital radio? ›

  • In most caIses you can only have one two-way conversation going on at any given time using the same channel.
  • Receivers and transmitters are made to fit particular transmissions. ...
  • Software for business applications is not available for analog.
  • These systems does not make productive use of bandwidth.

Why is digital audio so much better than analog? ›

Digital audio eliminated all of analog audio's distortions and noise-related problems. In that sense digital is "perfect." When analog recordings are copied, there are significant generation-to-generation losses, added distortion, and noise; digital-to-digital copies are perfect clones.

Is a radio better than a phone? ›

Enhanced Communication Capabilities

When you communicate via phone, you are locked into one-on-one communication or a three-person call. Digital two-way radios offer prompt one-to-many communication, meaning users can communicate with the whole team much more efficiently than with a cell phone.

Is it worth getting a DAB car radio? ›

DAB digital radio offers several advantages over traditional analogue systems: better quality sound quality as more information is sent over quicker wavelengths. more channel choice as the digital platforms provides more space. easier to find channels as many stations have set channels (similar to your TV)

Do DAB radios pick up all stations? ›

If a station in your area is FM-only, though, you should still be able to tune in with one of our DAB radios. They all offer the option to switch between digital and analogue, so you can still enjoy all your favourite stations, whatever the broadcast format.


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Author: Foster Heidenreich CPA

Last Updated: 17/02/2023

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Name: Foster Heidenreich CPA

Birthday: 1995-01-14

Address: 55021 Usha Garden, North Larisa, DE 19209

Phone: +6812240846623

Job: Corporate Healthcare Strategist

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