Digital Radio launching in May 2009

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  1. driver

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    It seems Digital Radio is finally coming being launched in May 2009! :leet:

    http://www.digitalradioplus.com.au

    I've been wanting this for years - finally better quality(?) radio! Should be good for people with good HI-FI's and aftermarket car stereos.


    (PS: Hope there wasn't already a thread about this! :))
     
  2. Zee

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    I just hope it means I can keep listening to News Radio when they have parliament in session.

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  3. nexx

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    How is this different to the existing SBS & ABC digital radio stations? Which you can pick up with digital TV tuner.
     
  4. Geoff2005

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    I hope the introduction of Digital Radio is better then DTV.

    Who remembers the early days if you wanted to watch DTV you had to pay $800 for a crappy Thompson, no other options. :shock:

    I hope that we soon see a range of suppliers so there is a competative market at the start.

    Having said that, bring on Digital Radio and hopefully CD or better quality music. :thumbup:
     
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    Basically it's different encoding/compression, and it's designed to replace FM one day. It's also more suitable for portable devices without gaint antennas and so forth.
     
  6. MR CHILLED

    MR CHILLED D'oh!

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    Sounds like a really good idea to me, without having to rely on the stations I listen to having live streaming. And thw high quality sounds good :thumbup:
     
  7. SupremeMoFo

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    HOLY CRAP FINALLY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Only 8 years behind the UK. Good work. :rolleyes:
     
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    MR CHILLED D'oh!

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    We always unfortunately seem to be behind (or lagging) in implementing technology advancements and the like. But we get there eventually!
     
  9. nexx

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    Australia was pretty quick with HDTV. Much earlier than the UK and much of Europe.
     
  10. stitch512

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    Will this mean we would need a new head unit for cars and such? It wont be so bad if we did. Im still useing the same pioneer cassette tape head unit that came with my car in 97 (falcon xr6). Gives me a reason to upgrade :)
     
  11. SupremeMoFo

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    Given that analogue TV was meant to be switched off last year but now the federal government is looking at giving people free STBs so they don't have their free TV cut off, analogue radio's not going anywhere for a decade yet.
     
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  12. cevad

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    Free STBs bleh.. a STB is $40 from Kmart
     
  13. zebu

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    should be good if we can get some half reasonable sound quality out of it.

    Im sure the record companies will want us to have 32kbit streams so we cant pirate from it or some such

    Also that whole trend of completely integrating the radio into the dash on modern cars is sure going to pay off now :sick:
     
  14. hoges25

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    You might want to check your facts there mate :D

    To be honest I can't really see digital radio taking off. Given how poorly the DTV takeup rate has been, I can't see digital radio being any better. Then again, I'd love to be proven wrong!
     
  15. SupremeMoFo

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    And $30 from Strathfield, but you've still got all the jerks on Centrelink payments complaining they can't afford it.

    Maybe I do.
     
  16. HeXa

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    Thought unemployed ppl watched Foxtel :Paranoid:
     
  17. george!

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    >_> You would not believe how many people focus on TV rather than say, gas/electricity bills.
    My family is upper middle class and we haven't bothered with Foxtel, there's no need for us.


    However I'm really interested with the new Digital Radio format! Hopefully it'll take off if there's good incentives given to people.
     
  18. Geoff2005

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    OK so now it is May and Digital Radio Broadcasting has commenced but when I look in Harvey Norman there are no radios.


    Anybody seen Digital radios on a consumer level???
     
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    Harvey Norman had a catalogue recently featuring a 2 page spead of digital radios.

    So yeah, there's plenty out there! Ranged in price from around $150 to $500 from memory.
     
  20. Geoff2005

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    There a range on the Digital Radio Website as well, just not on the local HN shelf.
     

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