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      06.09.2011 19:33
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      A definite must have for all radio fans whether it is for music or talk shows

      In contrast to the previous reviewer I've never had a problem with DAB signal using this tuner at three addresses in the past few years in and around Newcastle. I also have a DAB car radio which never fails to get a reception while travelling further afield. It seems they may either be unlucky or signal strengths have improved since.

      The Cambridge DAB 300 is built to the usual Cambridge Audio standards and it provides great quality audio given the bit rate at which DAB is broadcast. I've rarely struggled with interference and the selection of stations exclusively on DAB is great. I'm a huge BBC 6music fan and enjoy XFM which isn't otherwise available in the north east. Radio 5 and Talksport are also favourites and sound crystal clear compared to their AM counterparts.

      The tuner doesn't include an AM/FM function that others have chosen to implement but when most analogue stations are now on DAB too I don't see this as a downside.

      The DAB 300 is easy to setup, simply switch it on, connect the aerial and hold the auto-tune button to start the tuning process which takes 1-2 minutes before you are ready to go. Navigating stations is just as straight forward with the scroll wheel to the right of the front panel and 10 pre-sets make it easy to set quick links to your favourite stations.

      The ease of use, sound quality and additional stations available have meant I am now unlikely to ever return to an FM tuner. DAB+ may be on it's way in the future but this still seems a few years away and until then this tuner is a perfect introduction to the world of digital radio.

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      31.03.2010 05:42

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      If Dab signals were a tenth as good as this product I would have three

      A top quality product let down by hype and tripe of the medium. DAB coverage and signal strength and quality claims are complete garbage. I live six miles feom central london and I can see the dome of St. Pauls, Tower Bridge,London Eye without binoculars and cant get a clear dab signal for radio one or capital from this viewpoint.Yet three floors down and blocked by houses both signals are clear. Bizarre. Only buy a Dab radio/tuner if you are able to return it for a refund or trial it exactly where you would be using it. And yes I have tried five different aerials and the best of all is the ratty looking bit of white wire supplied by cambridge.
      At its best dab is crystal clear but otherwise can be like guardsmen marching on gravel or two dozen "Station not Available" notifications which is even more frustrating than not knowing the station exists. I know people with dab radios who can only get a signal on the fm setting.
      I record ten hours of music per week so I can be relied upon as an arbiter in this field. Try before you buy, and if there is a reasonable dab signal where you live then the Cambridge will make the most of it for you.

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