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DAB Radio on PC?

Discussion in 'Sound City' started by noizeuk, Oct 24, 2018.

  1. noizeuk


    Joined: Feb 19, 2009

    Posts: 111

    Location: Birmingham

    Really odd question but is there any way to get DAB radio on the PC? I did a bit of googling but all I could find was Maplin links (RIP).

  2. Rozzy85

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Jun 27, 2008

    Posts: 1,516

    Yes, there is the Radioscape ZE5101 (one on eBay right now) which is a PCI based DAB card. It's rather old though with little info available so possibly only works on an OS like Win XP, I can't even find a link for the drivers.

    If you just want to listen to radio on a PC then alternatively you could get any DVB-S or DVB-T card and access the radio broadcasts over Satellite or Terrestrial. They aren't the same exact data streams that are sent over DAB and I don't know if all stations are available on each platform but you'll have the benefit of the higher bitrate. You'll obviously still need an aerial or satellite link.
  3. Tinders


    Joined: Jul 1, 2003

    Posts: 4,782

    Location: There's a voice that keeps on calling me.

    Would Tunein be an option, most radio stations are on there from what i can see.
  4. Marsman


    Joined: Oct 18, 2009

    Posts: 10,560

    As above; I would have thought all and more stations can be found on TuneIn or Radio player, etc.

    Unless there are specific stations that can only be accessed by using a DAB radio?
  5. DeeJay-Mo


    Joined: Jul 20, 2005

    Posts: 553

    Location: the dirty souf

    you can get cheapo USB DAB adapters designed to work with android devices. Probably wouldn't be too hard to find an appropriate driver / client application for your operating system of choice.
  6. Doug2507


    Joined: Sep 13, 2013

    Posts: 795

    Location: Aberdeen

    I thought all digital radio was available through the web anyway??
  7. Marsman


    Joined: Oct 18, 2009

    Posts: 10,560

    Yeah. Really can't the see the point of DAB on PC, unless of course it's for use in areas where the internet connection is iffy.
  8. Monkeynut


    Joined: Nov 7, 2007

    Posts: 6,287

    Location: Cheshire

    Perhaps it's easier to record as it's MP2 and unencrypted.