About Retro DAB Radio
Digital Audio Broadcasting (DAB) is a digital technology concept which has been under development since 1981 at the Institut fur Rundfuntechnik, a research centre of German, Austrian and Swiss broadcasters. The first DAB transmission was made in Germany in 1988, and there are now over a thousand stations around the world broadcasting in this format, but the UK has been the country which has so far embraced the new technology most enthusiastically. DAB radio can fit more radio programmes onto the specific broadcast spectrum than can be managed by analogue FM radio, thereby increasing the choice available to the listener. The system also allows for high fidelity and gives greater resistance to inter-channel interference than analogue radio. Other advantages are that DAB radios automatically tune in to all available stations and present a menu from which to select, and there is no hiss on a weak signal.
Up until comparatively recently, lovers of vintage radio set designs were unable to pick up DAB stations. However, radio buffs can now have the best of both worlds with the upsurge in popularity or retro-styled DAB radios. The radios of yesteryear were generally more design oriented than modern versions, which tend to to be geared towards form following function, and therefore have considerable appeal both aesthetically and, of course, nostalgically. Retro DAB radios are durable and robust yet incorporate the charming design features of the past such as rotary controls, shiny chrome, trim, bright colours, leather cases, carrying handles and volume, bass and treble controls.
Available are a number of great looking radios patterned after the classic designs of the Fifties to the Eighties, yet combined with the advanced technology of today.