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Opinions on the Ford Dab Radio compared to FM
Posted 24 January 2009 - 11:27 AM
New to the forum and looking at a Ford Mondeo 2.0TDCI Ghia second hand from Motorpoint. Could go for an 08 plate but does not have the DAB radio whereas if I hold out for the 58 plates to come through then DAB radio as standard. Wondered if the unit justifies my wait/extra expense? Have used a Pure Highway before in my car and whilst it gets rave reviews and was easy to set up I was not impressed with the stereo separation compared to FM. More stations yes.... More engaging musical experience no..Have gone back to FM. If DAB sets not particularly good then can save myself some dosh and just have the FM version. Do the DAB radios have an FM option also?
Thankyou for reading my very first post and thanks in advance for your responses
Posted 24 January 2009 - 12:01 PM
I guess it may depend on what your taste in music is
Posted 24 January 2009 - 12:26 PM
The system is actually fairly good, as it has a good 'Service Link' system which will automatically drop you back onto the FM version of a channel if the DAB signal drops.
You'll notice the different dynamic ranges however. The FM broadcasts generally feel more rich in terms of emphasis on the lower frequencies, however I find there is a clear difference in quality and DAB is a more balanced sound across the spectrum, despite the low-ish bit rates in the UK.
Also, Five Live & Sports Extra are reason enough for me, as the AM versions of these are shocking.
Oh, also Tuned by CELTIC TUNING!
Posted 24 January 2009 - 09:11 PM
Posted 26 January 2009 - 10:28 PM
For me, the extra channels easily outweighed the quality issues but, if you're a hi-fi buff, you may think differently.
Embyonic kit-car with Ex-Mondeo 2.0 Zetec.