DAB (Digital Audio Broadcasting) is now being installed into newly built cars but there are still a fair few million cars on the roads that are going to lose radio reception within the next few years. Here at GFUK we try to be a market leader in all new products and there has been an increased development in DAB products recently.
This type of system is ideal for the individual who may change cars often or for someone who just wants a cheap solution. They generally mount flat to the dashboard of the vehicle and come with an internal windscreen aerial. They are then linked in to the aerial connection of the radio and transmit via a wired Pro FM modulator kit to give you the audio through the vehicle speakers. With this being a Pro wired interface there is no need to re-tune any frequencies on the device fitted or on the stereo itself, unlike wireless systems where you can often get station bleed over or even interference in the sound. All the station controls are done on the device itself and favourites can be stored into memory. The one we like the best is the Alpine Ezi-DAB as this also gives you iPod connectivity via the Ezi-DAB screen with full control of the iPod.
Factory Add On
One of the latest technologies to arrive to the market is a DAB add on module that can be fitted to some factory stereo systems that have steering wheel controls for the stereo. All the controls are done from the factory steering wheel buttons so you don’t have to remove your hands from the wheel to change DAB radio stations. This can be programmed to allow quick access of your favourite DAB stations and will also give you information on the vehicle display. There is an option for either an internal or external aerial depending on the type of vehicle it is. This type of product requires professional installation and set-up, so for further information please call the shop.
DAB Add On To USB input
If you want to add DAB and have a USB input in your car we can install a product called Dension DAB U+. This will plug directly into the USB input and will work with steering wheel controls and show all details on the cars own screens. So if you wanted an integrated system that works like a factory fitted kit then this is for you.
If you also want a better sound in the vehicle, the better option would be to change the stereo for one that has integrated DAB. Not only will this give you better audio, it will also give you features the factory stereo may not have had, such as Bluetooth, iPod, USB and RCA pre-outs for amplifiers. This product comes with an internal aerial which works amazingly well for an internal option.