Music Sources Explained
Radio has allowed us to discover new music and hear the news for many years. It has evolved to spawn a digital format commonly called DAB, making radio better than ever. Radios come in three main size formats
- Traditional radios, designed purely for playing music and other audio from radio stations.
- Clock radios, offering the same features as a traditional radio but including a clock that makes them ideal as a bedside alarm and timekeeper.
- Boomboxes, designed with a distinctive shape and larger than your average radio. Many boomboxes support CD playback and may offer connections for devices such as MP3 players.
Explore our range of radios online or in-store, and read below to learn about the differences between DAB, analogue and Bluetooth radio.
DAB is a new way to listen to radio broadcasts.
It uses a digital signal rather than a conventional analogue (FM/AM) one, giving you easy, direct access to an incredible range of music, talk shows and sports broadcasts to suit your tastes.
Digital radio offers thousands more stations than analogue, and tunes automatically to the station you want, so you won’t have to retune your radio. Since stations are sorted by name rather than frequency bandwidth, you’ll be able find them more easily - plus DAB radios can also display information such as song titles and radio station details. These great features will save you time and hassle.
With DAB radio you’ll enjoy crisp, clear audio that’s free from hiss, crackle and other annoying analogue interference. Hear your favourite stations the way you want to.
If you‘re looking for a simple radio, then an analogue model makes a reliable choice.
Analogue radios do the same job they have for decades, and are also beneficial to have in regions that don’t offer digital broadcasts.
While some stations have switched to the digital format, you’ll still find many of your favourites across a range of genres when using an analogue radio.
If you’ve got an Apple iPod or iPhone, there are analogue radios that feature a docking system for playing your music collection directly through the radio. This is a convenient way to enjoy favourite songs or albums at home, and can be a compact alternative to using a larger speaker or Hi-Fi system.
Bluetooth radios come in both digital and analogue formats, and offer the best features of each. All DAB radios include Bluetooth wireless technology.
Radios with Bluetooth lets you connect with and play music from a Bluetooth wireless technology enabled device such as a smartphone, tablet or computer.
This gives you more music-listening options, as you can play songs from your digital music collections or use streaming services like Spotify, Deezer and Napster. You’ll be able to make your radio into a more versatile and enjoyable music-listening device
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