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    Default Digital radio through PC?

    Just wondered, though haven't thought it through properly as yet, but what soft/hardware would I need to listen to digital radio from the PC?

    With the advent of digital radio comming to my area , well, I'm very fringe to say the least, it may be possible to pick it up here with a big enough aerial. Digital radios are still reasonably expensive, around the $200 mark.

    I'm assuming, like the FM tuner card I bought a thousand years ago, that I'd need some kind of interface to take an aerial, but from there I'd assume that the digital signal could be processed via software? There may even be digital radio software out there, I haven't looked as yet, just a flash thought at this stage.

    Any thoughts from the gurus?



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    Digital Radio as in DAB ?

    Different frequencies. You may however be able to use a TV card, but I'm not so sure it would be able to demodulate it unless it could handle direct I/Q baseband data.

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    Looks like Trash has misread your question.



    This is USB but there must be a PCI/PCIe version somewhere, I take it you would need to connect an external antenna? Although this says DAB it looks like it's upgradeable to DAB+.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Globe View Post
    Looks like Trash has misread your question.
    He may have been thinking of DRM.

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    Digital Radio, all you need to know.


    Yes that's right, DAB and upgraded DAB+

    I read somewhere about an app for a 3G phone for DAB(+) but I think it might be network based. Need to follow it up

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    No, not DRM, I was thinking of DAB.

    I think the difference in my train of thought to everybody else is that you're talking about computer hardware specifically designed to receive DAB.

    I was thinking about doing it, not specifically using that hardware.
    The initial digital radio services will use DAB standard Eureka 147. This is a technology that has been developed for use in two frequency bands VHF 174-240 MHz and L-Band 1452-1492 MHz.

    TV card can do VHF and satellite card for L-Band.

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    I assume there will be some hardware involved, like physical connection of an aerial. I suspect most of the job would be done via soft? I wonder if the codecs are open source for pc development?
    Could the Sony/Phillips-digital interface format input plug be utilised? (sp-dif)

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    Quote Originally Posted by trash View Post
    No, not DRM, I was thinking of DAB.

    I think the difference in my train of thought to everybody else is that you're talking about computer hardware specifically designed to receive DAB.

    I was thinking about doing it, not specifically using that hardware.
    The initial digital radio services will use DAB standard Eureka 147. This is a technology that has been developed for use in two frequency bands VHF 174-240 MHz and L-Band 1452-1492 MHz.

    TV card can do VHF and satellite card for L-Band.
    So Trash, are you saying that the digital TV PCI card hardware is already capable of receiving the signal, just not able to decode it, and for the decoding of DAB+ all we need is firmware/software?

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    That cannot be entirely right as I get two radio services on my TV card each from SBS and ABC. As for that I'm fairly sure it's just extra data in the Transport Stream for each Digital TV transmitter.
    Proper DAB+ would be a surprise to me if they are even broadcasting it here in the sticks.

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