DAB stereo

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  1. Jagtazman

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    Got a pioneer stereo in my fiat rapido a class. Bog standard no usb no bluetooth. Does not appear to work properly as radio is poor to say least. Could be aerial not checked. However fancy a more modern unit.
    Can anyone recomend a replacement unit along with an aerial (should I need one)
    Also is it best to replace with another pioneer due to connectionsome or doesn't it make a difference. Assume all speakers will just be plug and play?
     
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    Have you got a DAB or are you wanting one ?
     
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    We've got a new 2016 Rapido van conversion (V68), which came with a standard Pioneer DAB radio. The sound and performance is excellent. Additionally we were amazed at how well it received BBC R4 (Long Wave) and Radio 5 (Medium Wave) whilst we were touring in the north and centre of France - much better than any radio we've had previously.
     
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    Not got one yet looking at
    Pioneer DEH-X7800DAB
     
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    I think we've got the Pioneer DEH-4800DAB

     
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    Good luck with the radio, ours is total crap even with a dab aerial stuck on the window.:mad:
    On the up side it picks up music from Mrs Badknees iPad and our phones via Bluetooth a treat. Plus there's a USB port on the front to stick a memory stick up its chuff. :LOL:
     
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    I've got a Pionerr DAB from Halfords and is superb. Was only about £80.
     
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    I have had DAB radios on my last 2 vw cars, reception on both was and still is iffy in East Sussex. Driving between Surrey and Eastbourne was frustrating, whereas good old FM only played up in specific areas around Brighton/Lewes. Thank god they haven't turned off the FM transmitters, yet.
     
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    It's called progress! ;)
     
  10. Forestboy

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    Good luck my experience of DAB radios is not good.
    Have one a Sony in my car and another in the m/home can't say either re particularly great. The one in the car is factory fitted and brilliant when it works but a lot of the time fails to get a decent signal but the one in the van is crap in fact its so bad we don't even turn it on just use it too play our own music through either cds or Ipods.
    The old original radio cd player from 2002 was far better.
     
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    Pioneer had an excellent name many moons ago - when I last bought an aftermarket system - and presumably have retained it. However, don't think that you have to keep to the same brand just to simplify connection. Any motor accessories shop that sells hi-fi will have a selection of short harness adaptors to enable a "plug and play" installation.

    As to an aerial, in my experience there's no substitute for a good one of these. GRP/fibreglass bodies don't help matters, best reception requires a good earth and I've been known to run an earth lead to ensure this in the past. Of course I'm old school and modern technology may have found a way round this.

    Hope this helps.
     
  12. Big Nick

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    Forget DAB if you are on the move, it's total crap in my experience and always drops out
    Good when stationary in a strong reception area though
     
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    My experience exactly.
     
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    aerial aerial aerial!!! DAB+ will and and does work fine IF it can receive a signal, on my A class i had very poor reception so changed to a DAB unit with no improvement, after trying out a variety of stick on aerials and a couple of post aerials i decided to fit a quality DAB/FM/ AM roof aerial from Dabonwheels, the reception was nothing short of amazing, i can pick up the stations i listen too LBC/BBC2345 Heart/magic practically anywhere in the U.K. I travel to the west country and Scotland regularly
    and get no drop outs, It's the same Sony head unit that gave poor or no reception and the only thing i changed was the roof aerial so do the maths!
    it doesn't matter how expensive the head unit, Without a quality aerial you will not get a decent reception,
     
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    I picked a roof aerial with a five star rating in my case an
    Kinetic DRA6002 suitable for my Sony head unit,
    the aerial need a ground plane to work any were near its full potential so in my case having a composite roof i drilled down into the wardrobe after cleaning away the insulation below i used adhesive copper tape radiating out from the base of the aerial with one strip going down the rear of the wardrobe and terminated with soldered wire to my metal seat base in the lounge that in turn is bolted to the chassis,
    it's seems a lot of work but took about a day to complete and in comparison to the time and effort i had already spent trying for a decent reception IMO time well spent,
    the copper tape is available from garden centres to stop slugs/snails climbing up flower pots and works a treat,
    obviously you will need extension cable for the longer run back to the radio and power to the aerial as well but in my case all readily available in the wardrobe,
     
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    This may be of interest...


    The Government has ruled out switching off FM transmitters for the foreseeable future, leaving the radio industry facing years of uncertainty over the future of digital radio.

    Ed Vaizey, the communications minister, told the industry much more needed to be done to persuade listeners to convert to DAB before a date can be set.

    It was a formal rejection of calls by the major commercial radio groups for FM to be switched off in 2018, already three years later than the original 2015 target. Bauer Media and Global Radio have urged the Government to set a date to force more listeners to migrate. They are keen to make savings by decommissioning their analogue equipment.

    The refusal was welcomed by independent commercial radio stations, however, most of which remain FM-only and fear the capital outlay a timetable would impose.

    Mr Vaizey said: “I regard my role as a supporter and enabler of digital radio but… the key point is the radio listener and I completely respect the people’s passion for radio and not being made to do something they don’t want to do.
     
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    It's a shame the same couldn't be said about general aviation! i have to effectively throw away a perfectly good 25mz radio next year and fit An 8.33mz radio at a cost of £2000 +fitting on the back of EU regulation to help the airlines have more frequencies, the cost to the airlines 1p per passenger whilst GA have to stump up there own cash,
    but the bottom line is Digital radio is being introduced country wide and FM transmitters shut down so if you plan on upgrading your radio then buy a DAB unit and future proof your installation,
     
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