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What Are The Different Kinds of In-Car DAB Radio?

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Here at Car Communications, we are to hand to help you make an informed purchase. Today’s guide is the first of a series of articles that can help you convert your car radio to digital DAB car radio. 

There are lots more insightful tips and information on the way to enhance your in-car experience, so stay tuned!

But in the meantime, there are five ways to get DAB capabilities in your car stereo from low-cost, low-hassle ‘Plug and Play’ options, units that integrate seamlessly with your current stereo; and full replacements for your current stereo’s head unit. 

Whatever your current setup and needs, there’s an option to suit you. 

But what are the different kinds of digital radio available to you?


Option 1: Portable DAB radio


AutoDAB Go

Prices start from around £69...

One of your options is to have a portable DAB radio fitted onto your dashboard. They plug into the 12v socket and work independently to the radio in the car.

An example is the AutoDAB Go in-car DAB Receiver. It is a Universal digital radio receiver and has built-in bluetooth. It’s compatible with all vehicles and is the quickest and easier solution if you want digital radio in your car. 

Elsewhere, the Pama PMG1220 Portable DAB Radio Receiver is a great option. It’s only going to be a matter of time until standard FM radios are phased out and this little beauty could save you a lot of money!


Option 2: Integrated DAB Adapter with wireless RF Remote Control


 Auto DAB


Prices start from £99, excluding fitting...

Fitted discretely behind the car’s dashboard and integrates with your existing radio. A neat solution that doesn’t leave visible wires or clutter on the dashboard. For example the Dension DAB+R

The universal unit converts your existing AM/FM radio into a car DAB radio and is operated using a wireless RF remote controller. Messages that relate to the DAB station are displayed on the screen of your in-car audio system and it displays radio text and songs.

This product also has AUX input to connect an MP3 device to your car speakers. 

If you want a best buy in terms of value for money and ease of fitting, this is definitely the one for you!


Option 3. Fully Integrated DAB Adapter

Integrate DAB with Dension DAB+U

Price starts from around £119.90...

The Dension DAB+U receiver is an USB powered solution for receiving DAB broadcast in your car, which works like a USB flash drive with mp3 files. The DAB+U is compatible with most cars like Audi, BMW, VW, etc, with an USB port, but to ensure the best result please check the compatibility. Go to product

Similarly, Fistune from Kufatec is the most advanced system on the market but it is also the most expensive and these DAB kits are not compatible with all vehicles so please check availability.


Option 4:  Integrated DAB with dashboard display


Alpine EZi-DAB


Prices start from £150, excluding fitting...

You can buy a DAB tuner that is integrated with your existing radio and that has a display fitted on the dashboard. 

A great example is the Alpine EZI DAB Add on Receiver which is pictured above. It provides superb digital radio reception and lets you connect and control your Apple products such as your iPod, iPhone or iPad.

5 illumination colours for controller buttons are available, so you can switch the colour to suit your mood:


Option 5: Car Digital Radio


Kenwood KDC-BT73DAB-2


Prices start from £80 excluding installation...

And finally, you can just consider a full replacement of your current stereo’s head unit.

You may also want to consider replacing your factory radio with aftermarket DAB radio for cars. This option is recommended if you are looking to add other features to your car at the same time such as:

  • Satellite Navigation
  • Bluetooth
  • iPod
  • USB
  • MirrorLink etc.


DAB car radio head units can be fitted in most vehicles and just replace your current radio directly, as easy as 1,2,3!  They are an extremely cost-effective option but may require stereo fitting kit and accessories.

For example, the Kenwood KDC- BT73DAB, pictured above. This is a CD MP3 DAB digital radio iPod Bluetooth stereo and is the complete solution allowing you to connect a whole range of external devices. It has to be said, we absolutely love this product as it is great value for money and offers fantastic features!

So there you have all the information you need on the different types of DAB car radio. If you’re unsure which one is right for you and your vehicle, give our experts a call on 01254 694537 for friendly, professional advice. 

And stay tuned for part 2 of our DAB series on how to fit a digital radio by yourself!


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