Sony Finally Goes DAB With XDR-S16DBP And XDR-C706DBP Radios - HotHardware
Sony Finally Goes DAB With XDR-S16DBP And XDR-C706DBP Radios

Sony Finally Goes DAB With XDR-S16DBP And XDR-C706DBP Radios

Just as Internet Radio starts creeping in to take the place of more conventional broadcast recipes, Sony is doing things a little backwards. The company is just now launching their first DAB+ radios, years behind other companies like Pure Digital. The retro-styled XDR-S16DBP portable radio and XDR-C706DBP clock radio definitely look the part, and if you need to spice up a retro room, these are the pieces to do it. These radios not only tune DAB and DAB+ (available across the pond), but also FM signals.

Both radios have 0.8W + 0.8W speakers, and the latter actually acts as a bedroom clock radio that enables you to wake to whatever you fancy. Both of these are available now in Europe, but pricing remains to be seen. We have to wonder if the stylish radio thing is something Sony's going to continue to pursue, or if the future of the bedroom clock really resides in things like the Dash. Widgets displays are obviously all the rage, and with connected units, it's easy to stream Pandora and other radio stations with the press of a remote. We guess there will always be the traditionalists out there keeping the tried & true radios alive, but it seems that these two would've been better served with inbuilt Wi-Fi Radio support as well.

Sony introduces first DAB+ radios

Retro-styled XDR-S16DBP portable radio and XDR-C706DBP clock radio

XDR-S16DBP portable radio with superb stereo sound and natural wood cabinet
XDR-C706DBP clock radio with large, clear display and four alarm settings

Two new DAB/DAB+/FM digital radios from Sony add more style to enjoying your favourite broadcasts.

Blending subtly retro looks with outstandingly crisp stereo sound, the AC-powered XDR-S16DBP portable radio offers beautifully simple operation and handy features. There's no excuse for oversleeping with the compact XDR-C706DBP clock radio that features a large, clear display and four alarms.

The XDR-S16DBP and XDR-C706DBP are the first micro radios from Sony that offer compatibility with the enhanced DAB+ digital broadcasting standard that's now rolling out across several European countries. Thanks to a more efficient coding scheme, DAB+ lets listeners enjoy an even wider range of radio stations, plus crystal clear, interference free digital sound. Both models offer a generous choice of 10 DAB/DAB+ presets for storing your favourite digital radio stations, plus a further 10 FM presets.

XDR-S16DBP portable radio
The XDR-S16DBP makes a distinctive design statement with its elegantly rounded natural wood cabinet. Clean, timeless lines emphasize the radio's simple, uncluttered controls that assure easy operation.

DAB, DAB+ and FM broadcasts are reproduced with clear stereo sound from the 0.8W+0.8W stereo speakers. The generously-sized 16x2 character LCD display gives a clear readout of DAB/DAB+ channel and programme information.

A Sleep Timer switches off the radio after a preset delay, saving power after you're dropped off while listening in bed. There's also a headphone jack for enjoying your favourite radio shows in private without disturbing others.

XDR-C706DBP clock radio
A smart addition to any bedroom, the compact XDR-C706DBP DAB/DAB+/FM clock radio lets everybody wake up to their favourite sounds in style.

The large, clear LCD display ensures you always know the right time. Up to four separate alarm settings can be programmed – ideal if you and your partner keep different schedules. There's also a snooze button and sleep timer.

The new XDR-S16DBP DAB/DAB+/FM portable digital radio and XDR-C706DBP DAB/DAB+/FM digital clock radio by Sony are available now.
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If you're in the U.S. and not close to Canada, like me, you probably just asked "What the hell is DAB?", like me.

So, today I learned...

DAB = Digital Audio Broadcasting (also called Eureka 147):

It's basically a standard that a lot of other countries use, whereas the U.S. went with a proprietary (sigh...) solution: HD Radio.

Apparently DAB is not as good as FM because at 128Kb/s the resolution and range of the MP2 codec kind of sucks by comparison.

DAB+ came out in 2007 and supports the AAC+ codec, which allows it to surpass FM in quality.

There also appears to be a TV equivalent to DAB called Digital Multimedia Broadcasting (DMB), in use in South Korea - whereas we in the states use DTV instead.

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It's basically a standard that a lot of other countries use, whereas the U.S. went with a proprietary (sigh...) solution: HD Radio.

Which basically very few people bought (despite the fact that almost every radio station has an HD Radio feed.) I don't get why they couldn't go DAB+, surely it would work well as the proprietary system and be compatible with thousands of receivers right?

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My sentiment exactly. Competing standards are good, but if you invent a new one it should have some clear benefit over something the rest of the world has already adopted.

But, perhaps there are some benefits to HDradio that I'm not aware of...

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I don't know I listen to music in a couple of ways, but they are generally on the computer which is now pretty much existent in a large percentage of houses. Generally I use Foobar or Live365 stream. I was thinking about this the other day with the way things are going it would seem on iteration of those methods would be available everywhere. You can stream music through a smart or feature phone, I personally wonder about the costs of that, but if you have a USB key you can just save mixes to it. Although currently MP3 is the default medium there are better formats that take more room, but produce signifigantly better sound unless that matters to you (many can't even tell the difference although to those of us who can it is a big difference) that means would be the best. A radio with a USB wireless adapter can do streaming to on a radio at a location if you have a wireless network.

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