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DAB Radio on PC?

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

  1. noizeuk

    Gangster

    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).

    Thanks
     
  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

    Mobster

    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

    Capodecina

    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

    Hitman

    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

    Hitman

    Joined: Sep 13, 2013

    Posts: 795

    Location: Aberdeen

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

    Capodecina

    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

    Soldato

    Joined: Nov 7, 2007

    Posts: 6,287

    Location: Cheshire

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