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Sony XDR-S10DAB digital/fm radio in M&S Lakeside - £29.50 In Store
Sony XDR-S10DAB digital/fm radio in M&S Lakeside - £29.50 In Store

Sony XDR-S10DAB digital/fm radio in M&S Lakeside - £29.50 In Store

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I've been looking for DAB radio for the last few days and just got myself a brand new Sony DAB radio in Lakeside's M&S for £29.50. It was in their Electrical's Clearance department and they had few more left. They took it off their website so it may only be In-Store. This radio costs £79.99 in Currys.

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Dab=fail

Good deal OP I shall have a look on Monday, my mums been wanting a DAB radio for a while now, could get one for her birthday =]

Mascherano;8282421

Dab=fail


Noone really cares if you dislike DAB... all you seem to do in your posts is criticise DAB or insult peoples deals. Might be wise to keep your opinions to yourself if they're meaningless.

Mascherano;8282421

Dab=fail



if DAB = Fail why does DAB > FM ?

CDR;8282895

if DAB = Fail why does DAB > FM ?



DAB is a fail. Sound quality is worse than FM and it uses a compression codec from the mid 1990s which is out of date and very inefficient. Ever wondered why DAB tuners use so much power?

The BBC have been pushing this format for years even though it's been using this out of date codec.

Having said that this looks a pretty good deal if you want DAB.

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I've tested this radio overnight and must said that sound quality is way much better than FM as I always had problems with tuning on FM stations so overall money well spend.

janosik;8282987

I've tested this radio overnight and must said that sound quality is way … I've tested this radio overnight and must said that sound quality is way much better than FM as I always had problems with tuning on FM stations so overall money well spend.



Sound quality is nothing to do with tuning, if you tune an FM and a DAB in perfectly the FM sounds better because DAB stations compress the signal too much and detail is lost. It's basically like low quality mp3.

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Well my last radio had analog tuning so I had problems with overlapping stations (there are loads of pirate stations in London) and for that reason I prefer DAB. Anyway Happy Easter everyone.

its always worth checking now that it says DAB+ on the box when buying a DAB just incase they change over to this in the future and you are left with a brick ! I know PURE ones will be OK and they also have USB upgrade ports.
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Cool radio, I paid £70 for this at Debenhams a little while back, I'd buy another at this price.

This has been £29.50 since Christmas at M&S Lakeside, when they had about 15 or them. I believe the OP probably bought the last one which has sitting in the Electrical department for the past few weeks.

Quite a good deal (although the radio looks a bit retro), BUT I think you'll struggle to find one.

hodondo;8283525

its always worth checking now that it says DAB+ on the box when buying a … its always worth checking now that it says DAB+ on the box when buying a DAB just incase they change over to this in the future and you are left with a brick ! I know PURE ones will be OK and they also have USB upgrade ports. http://www.which.co.uk/advice/dab-plus-explained/index.jsp



I don't think DAB radio could be made DAB+ compatible simply by upgrading the firmware via usb. If it was so easy, we'd have switched for long time now...

DAB is not the only example of broadcasting standard that, although far from being perfect, has been widely adopted. Think NTSC (Never The Same Colour), FM stereo (in car, stereo turns to mono as soon as you move a mile away from the transmitter), etc. That's how the technical progress works...

vitek;8284081

I don't think DAB radio could be made DAB+ compatible simply by upgrading … I don't think DAB radio could be made DAB+ compatible simply by upgrading the firmware via usb. If it was so easy, we'd have switched for long time now...DAB is not the only example of broadcasting standard that, although far from being perfect, has been widely adopted. Think NTSC (Never The Same Colour), FM stereo (in car, stereo turns to mono as soon as you move a mile away from the transmitter), etc. That's how the technical progress works...



Cant say I've ever noticed that.

DAB is horrifically outdated though.

What's the FM reception like on 6 music? What? None you say? DAB only?

A lot of people don't buy DAB for the sound quality.

I expect everyone but audiophilles wouldn't be able to tell the difference between FM and DAB anyway. In my area a nice stable DAB reception is better than the dodgy FM reception.

Are these definately new and not refurbs as the M&S OUTLET store at Lakeside have had Sony refurbished DAB radios at this price for ages?

I have one of these in the kitchen , it's spot on as a kitchen radio .:thumbsup:

the only thing that is annoying about DAB is that they might switch off FM!

FM switch off has been quietly dropped from digital britain bill. So your FM radios will be fine for a long time yet.

I do dislike DAB as well on my separates but its ok on portables like this one unless you get the bubbling mud sound when its badly tuned. I prefer hiss to bubbling mud sound myself.

It is annoying the BBC fund DAB with OUR money when other countries have dropped digital radio completely or moved to dab+

Martin

janosik;8283081

Well my last radio had analog tuning so I had problems with overlapping … Well my last radio had analog tuning so I had problems with overlapping stations (there are loads of pirate stations in London) and for that reason I prefer DAB. Anyway Happy Easter everyone.



good point about "pirate" interference

My mum and dad got a DAB radio as for the last 13 years in their area there's been a stange loud buzzing noise on the AM band where they live. Nobody has a clue what it is and even when you switch the trip switches off at the fuse box, so all the house's electics are off, it still persists. It basically rendered reception of 5Live and talkSPORT useless. Buying a DAB radio was the only way to sort it out.

DAB is great. At work the new roof now prevents any FM signals being picked up. DAB saved us.

HOT. Ans doubly so because DAB annoys the DAB grumblers :-)

trott3r;8285710

FM switch off has been quietly dropped from digital britain bill. So your … FM switch off has been quietly dropped from digital britain bill. So your FM radios will be fine for a long time yet.I do dislike DAB as well on my separates but its ok on portables like this one unless you get the bubbling mud sound when its badly tuned. I prefer hiss to bubbling mud sound myself.It is annoying the BBC fund DAB with OUR money when other countries have dropped digital radio completely or moved to dab+Martin



The fm switch off has not been dropped:

number10.gov.uk/Pag…663

My reading of the government's response is that they will switch off fm radio soon, as the number of dab sets sold will obviously exceed the number of fm sets in existence: it's pretty difficult to buy a radio without dab!.
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