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Autodab have finally released details of the integrated DAB radio setup. You can find some info at their website - AutoDAB ...digital radio on the move.

It looks like it's going to be around £200 fitted - one of their recommended installers is currently advertising it : AutoDAB DAB Digital Car Radio Factory Upgrades From Car Audio Direct

My only problem is that I don't want a stick-on window antenna (can't spell aerial!) so I'd have to see if the Autodab bee-sting would be an acceptable replacement.
 

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Im not sure how much things have improved in the last 3-4 years but having paid for a DAB receiver for my aftermarket headunit in a previous Punto i'd be inclined to suggest people find a way of trying it in their locality before forking out.

Mine was utterly useless. Worked ok in London but outside of the Capital it'd break-up continuously. I had to drive in the middle lane of Motorways if their were embankments as the signal seemingly got blocked by the higher ground. Passing lorries would stop the signal and in most built-up areas (except London) the tall buildings would too. It worked best in the rain for some reason :confused:

Except for BBC, many stations came & went (including Capital Life & Core). There was a trial of BFBS Radio which was good, but that just ended & wasn't replaced so all i could get was BBC Radio 1 & 2 plus TalkSport most of the time.

Also be warned that some areas (including Oxford) don't have their own Multiplex so FM stations don't broadcast in DAB aswell here. In areas where there is a Multiplex be warned as the DAB signal is slower than FM so if one signal goes & the stereo automatically switches, the song will be behind/infront of where it was, which makes you feel like a right burk if you're singing along :lol:

Until it's under £100 i wouldn't be inclined to pull the cars' interior around for it. I paid £150 for a JVC system & felt very short-changed, mostly by the DAB concept simply not working on the move, rather than any fault of the stereo/receiver itself.

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The aerial is critical, I had a Pioneer DAB unit back in 2001 when signal was even worse had good results in my 156 with it mounted on the rear parcel shelf (did not want to drill the body).

Have a look at Panorama Antenna's, you can usually change the OEM aerial for a combined DAB/FM aerial thus solving the aerial issue.

EDIT: Oh, and you may have more luck in the ICE forum.
 

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I've had a highway and more recently a sondichi DAB unit in both my Brera and Scirocco, both work very well in my area, as stated its about the quality of the aerial.

I've been following auto dab for a while now as it itegrates with the standard head unit. :thumbs:
 

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Interesting stuff, thanks for the pointers :) Mine was a strange looking aerial that stuck to the windscreen, covering about 25cm's down the left side of the screen. This was a JVC system, matching the head unit and DAB receiver. The other option at the time which i thought would be more sucessful but the audio specialists detered me from was a Blaupunkt system that had an aerial to be mounted in the headlining of the car. They didn't seem keen to pull the headlining apart & i wasn't thrilled with the idea either, so went with JVC.

Sounds like i might've had more luck if i'd gone with the more substantial aerial :( I must admit that listening to our local (non BBC) station today made me remember how much clearer the DAB was compared to FM, when it was working. Radio 1 and Radio 2 sound OK but our local stations are really poor quality & make me quickly reach for a CD, as the standard speakers in the Fiat (like with many Alfa's) are actually pretty impressive.
 

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If DAB is anything like digital TV you just get loads of new stations/channels none of which are worth watching or listening too... I dont need more adverts in my life thank you!
 

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I just stream from my phone. Don't have many drop outs, usually just two or three 10 second buffering points on a 3 hour trip. Driving local and it stays on all the time.

Not just DAB as can use any audio app. You've got iPlayer, Soundclound etc. too choose from.

I've got an unlimited data plan. If you haven't, how much would it cost you to add? Gotta be less than £200.
 

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Has anyone had this autodab fitted yet AutoDAB - Range

Is it any good with a decent aeriel?
As I really want DAB in my car.

NB I know a specialist in Kent who told me that DAB is about to updated and changed in 2012.
Is this well known or shall I find out some more details from him and post?
 

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streaming?

darrenh, how do you stream....bluetooth has no A2DP, I've tried plugging my Zune in the 3.5mm socket next to the USB port but no joy, don't know if it doesn't like the file types...I have an HTC on unlimited data plan and would love to get streaming to work
 

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Has anyone had this autodab fitted yet AutoDAB - Range

Is it any good with a decent aeriel?
As I really want DAB in my car.

NB I know a specialist in Kent who told me that DAB is about to updated and changed in 2012.
Is this well known or shall I find out some more details from him and post?
Yes please. Had DAB in my Scirocco and loved it so if someone in Kent can fit a decent aftermarket kit, I'd go for it
 
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chris you had a scirocco!!!!!

i have one now, and your going to a Giulietta too. can i ask why?
 

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+1 from me!!

I bought a cheap portable DAB from ebay and play that through the Aux In socket. Mostly ok reception and a damn sight cheaper at less than £50 (I think!).


What portable DAB did you get mate? Looking for one myself for the 159. Missing BBC 6 Music!
 
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