Clarity on voice stations is also good - a real boon as digital has much to offer in that respect, particularly for sports fans who until now have had to make do with AM whilst in the car. The unit can store 20 stations, which are straightforward to programme in and three of which can be stored on the pre-set buttons on top of the unit.
Highway actually comes with four stations already programmed in, including Planet Rock and the Jazz. These last two are a bit unfortunate as both stations are facing closure - a big shame this, as both have strong listening figures. Planet Rock recently won a Sony Radio Award. News of the closure of these and other stations has been seen as a sign that the DAB format is seriously faltering in the UK.
Attachment and removal is nice and quick
But a quick look at the listening figures for DAB, and the amount of DAB radios sold, shows the format is alive and kicking.
Still, the little stickers that denote the plumbed in preset channels come off easily and the buttons themselves can be reset to an alternative favourite station.
The unit’s control wheel gives easy access to all the unit’s features and functions, and the DAB suite is topped of with several different on-screen displays allowing the user to choose from basic displays or enhanced scrolling text. There is also the ‘Re-Vu’ function, which lets the listener quickly replay what they've just heard.
Length of the Re-Vu segment varies from station to station, but at best it’s a few minutes and is suited mostly for hearing a favourite song again or repeating a traffic bulletin.
I want one
The difference between DAB sound quality and FM sound quality is going to be inaudible over traffic noise. FM is only better when you have a good signal, which I often don't. And DAB vs AM is no contest, even if it's 64kbps mono DAB.
I love the fact that it's got ReVu - I often listen to podcasts in the car off a CDRW and I've lost count of the number of times I've gone to rewind because I didn't quite catch something, only to realise I'm actually listening to the radio and it doesn't do that. Now if they only added a memory card slot so that I could record a good track or an interesting programme that came on, or listed to those podcasts with slightly less hassle than doing the CDRW thing, it'd be perfect.
Shame about the please-smash-my-window-in-the-hope-of-finding-my-satnav-in-the-glovebox windscreen sucker though - any alternative mounting options (other than leaving it to rattle around on the dashboard)?
FM and AM are both appauling.
At Home, Radio 4 is constantly intercepted by a cr*p pirate station - so bad I even called the mobile number and told them to shut up (in my best middle class RP voice).
In the car in London Radio 5 is impossible to listen to, and while driving north, around the Midlands there's a section where neither the 909 or 693 frequencies will work.
So I bought a freeview TV for the kitchen, for the same price as a DAB radio, and have TV and all the digital radio I want, and a DAB head unit for the car - the talk and sports reception (Radio 4&5) is reception is excellent and interrupted, and while an audiophile would contest the true quality of the music, they wouldn't have the sunroof open and the the wind in their hair while singing along....
Nice looking device though.
>> Works just fine for me!
Well that's good for you.
Personally, I like to listen to BBC 5Live without interference (as it's only available on AM) and TalkSport (ditto) when I'm in the car (so "online" SIN'T an option.
And I enjoy Planet Rock and BBC 6 and 7....and listening to some classical music on DAB is great coz there's no background noise....!
So, feel free to "put up with" the poorer signal receiving capability of FM and all the "nasties" you get if you live on the fringe for reception - in my neck of the woods, there's not a lot of choice at all on FM.
Personally, I like to have the choice when I'm out and about and to enjoy the benefits....