With the government promising to switch off analogue FM and AM broadcasting in the next few years, a switch to DAB radio means that your car will be future-proofed against the next developments in the UK radio industry. Also, by switching, you can take advantage of a wealth of extra stations and the superior sound quality of DAB.
DAB technology for cars is still in its early stages. Short of buying a brand new car, which comes with DAB as standard, or doing a major overhaul of your car’s sound system, one of the simpler options to get digital radio on the move is to fit a DAB adaptor. Some of the key in-car technology brands offer adaptors, so we decided to put eight of them to the test to find the best and reviewed the best DAB adaptor systems from manufacturers including Pure Highway, AutoDAB and DABmotion.
Strong reception was vital – we wanted the best audio quality with no interruptions on motorways or in town – and good signal was key, so we could access as many stations as possible. We used each device’s own aerial, where possible, and liked easy fitting. Smooth operation was important, too. Prices are the best we could find from a range of sources as we went to press, and exclude fitting.
We've always been impressed with the Pure Highway 300Di, and it comes up trumps here again. AutoDAB Lite runs it a close second, and DABmotion earns a worthy place on the podium.
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