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Recycle your old radio and get 10% or more off a new DAB radio @Argos

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Found 24th May 2010
This weekend a new scheme, Radio Amnesty, will allow the UK radio-owning public to trade in their old radios and trannies for a voucher off on bran new digital tuners.

Backed by prominent UK retailers Tesco, Comet, Argos, and John Lewis, the programme aims to collect and recycle old radios for donation to RadioFix. The non profit RadioFix is working to co-ordinate radio use in coincidence with adult and childhood education in South Africa.

The digital radio industry hopes that with the scheme it can persuade larger numbers of UK radio owners to go digital whilst donating to a charitable cause. Manufacturers behind the programme include Bush, MagicBox, Panasonic, Pure, Roberts, Sony, Proline, and Alba.

Discounts for consumers will depend on make and model of the new digital radio being purchased. Digital Radio UK, the firm promoting the event, said most discounts will be about 10 per cent off the retail value. Old radios that can be reconditioned will be sent to the charity for reuse, while redundant radios will be recycled.

Behind the charitable cause, the Radio Amnesty is an attempt to reduce the UKs reliance on FM radio. The move will aim to ensure that digital coverage can begin to match or rival that of FM. The heightened popularity, the digital radio industry, hopes will encourage local, regional, and national stations to move towards digital broadcasting. A similar scrappage scheme to Radio Amnesty was recommended in the House of Lords last month by the Communications Committee.

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Apologies to OP but I think this is a last desparate attempt by the manufacturers
to push us to use DAB.
Other parts of the world have given up and gone to improved versions already.
(which are not compatible with DAB!)

Personally I find FM works brilliantly. Better reception, costs less and batteries last for ages.
DAB is a waste of money. If they decide to switch off anything, I hope it's DAB.

Just my 2p

Sadly they've already committed to switching off FM broadcasts, not sure of the date. With a bit of luck they'll change their minds. A decent FM set is unquestionably better quality sound than DAB, they're trying to push a poor standard on the back of the "but it's _Digital_, and everyone knows Digital=better" argument.

And how much is a DAB radio? £50? - so they're giving you a fiver, but you have to spend another £45 to get it.
Personally I think you'd be better off to wait a few years for the price of DABs to come down to the £20 mark, which I reckon they'll do as the turnoff of FM gets closer. That way, you save yourseld £30 and geta newer radio when you need it.
Bad deal.

DAB has been around for about 15 years now. Bout time they gave people more of an incentive to buy one.
They are also now bringing a new standard here like with freeview.

AFAIK the switch off date has been taken out of the Digital Britain bill.
So FM is NOT being switched off.
Unless things have changed again.

Unfortunately the only thing DAB radio brings is more choice of stations although that is dwindling with 6music asian network and some commercial stations shutting down.

Everything else ie power consumption,sound quality,price, no local commercial stations are poorer with this 80s technology.

martin

Whatever you do, do not buy a DAB radio.

I wasted £150 on a DAB hifi separate a few years back. The sound quality is terrible compared to FM. The majority of stations use 128kbps MP2 (not even MP3).

There is a more modern digital radio standard called DAB+ on its way. This should give much better quality, assuming they don't try and cram too many radio stations into the spectrum. But current DAB radios will not work with DAB+ (unless they specifically say so, but even then I wouldn't trust them to get it right).

I think pjlhot has hit the nail on the head. This is a desperate attempt to foist an inferior system on a public who so far have seen right through the marketing and hype.

This means I have to rewire my old wireless (irony) again... I gutted the shell and spruced it up with a new FM receiver, and now I have to do it again for digital

Actually, I'll probably quite enjoy it =p

trade in a trannie ... whatever next

wiffles;8681645

trade in a trannie ... whatever next



Hermaphrodites.

Part-ex a Half-sex.

i saw it on tv a few days ago-that not many people have been buying the dabs-and not many radio stations signing up-hence the gov't trying to push them-even the guy being interviewed said the sound is rubbish n thats why they arent selling...(it was on working lunch).

I got both my DAB radios for about £20-25 a few years ago; they're out there at those prices if you look around and are patient. At such prices a 10% rebate is pointless - I'd rather keep my FM radio as a spare.

Original Poster

This is the most response I have ever had from a post. Pity it's all negative lol Will try harder next time :-)

Elise127;8682430

This is the most response I have ever had from a post. Pity it's all … This is the most response I have ever had from a post. Pity it's all negative lol Will try harder next time :-)

You have managed to bring this issue to the attention of the readership and probably saved them some money in the process so it's all good in the hood.

DAB has one advantage - (when not in range of WiFi) - listening to sport on DAB compared to AM. Worth buying a radio for. Also, for cricket lovers, coverage is not interrupted by the shipping forecast. Got one in the car (Pure Highway), works great.

They will not turn FM off because they can't. It would render nearly every car radio useless.

Abbielonglegs;8682327

i saw it on tv a few days ago-that not many people have been buying the … i saw it on tv a few days ago-that not many people have been buying the dabs-and not many radio stations signing up-hence the gov't trying to push them-even the guy being interviewed said the sound is rubbish n thats why they arent selling...(it was on working lunch).



Yes i watched that programme.

I think it might have been the first time i have heard someone sensible on the BBC talking about digital radio. BBC have a financial stake in the success of DAAB radio and unfortunately it seems to have influenced their comment on the subject via TV and radio.

MArtin

n217970;8684887

They will not turn FM off because they can't. It would render nearly … They will not turn FM off because they can't. It would render nearly every car radio useless.



There is an opinion page in "hifi World" magazine by steve green that agrees with what you said.
Have a quick read in WHSmith without buying it

He says he cant see analogue being switched off unless 75% of car radios are DAB and i think its in the 20s%

Martin

n217970;8684887

They will not turn FM off because they can't. It would render nearly … They will not turn FM off because they can't. It would render nearly every car radio useless.



They cant turn off the old tv signals. It will render every analogue tuner useless...

Same argument, different format. They can, but they wont because the adoption rate isnt high enough.
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