Looking to get a crimbo pressy for Aunty (93 years old) who lives out in France
She want to listen to the BBC world service ( Personally I didn't know it was still going ?? )
So I am thinking a DAB radio , but have read that they are not so good ??
Any one have any recommendations or personal experience ??
All dab'd up here, the only thing that doesn't have one built in is the caravan, but that might happen, take the bailey head unit out and have dvd in me works van?, not sure if you would british dab services in france,might have to get a sat. receiver and hifi sepeate to use for wireless reception.
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Reference BBC World Service, if you go to www.bbc.co.uk/worldserviceradio and look at the homepage, there is a section where you can input the country, (in this case France) then select the nearest town from the list. That will point you in the right direction and give you the local frequencies and a choice of access methods. There is a wealth of information on the BBC website. In other words, do a bit of homework before dashing out on a purchasing spree.
On the question of DAB, your source which said that DAB radio is not very good is correct. The system leaves a lot to be desired. As far as I am aware, there is no way to access the BBC World Service on DAB radio in the UK but I could be wrong. Unfortunately, the cheap DAB radios such as one may purchase from, say, Argos, Amazon or Ebay, are not reliable. We had one from Argos which cost £25 or thereabouts and it developed mains hum and was replaced by Argos. The replacement went the same way and the third replacement eventually developed a marked reluctance to produce any kind of intelligible sound until it had been on for about 10 minutes. In the days of thermionic valve technology (my era) we used to say that the radio took a long time to warm up. Needless to say, it was out of warranty so had to be binned. The replacement was bought from Currys at about £50 (you have to keep management happy in the kitchen) and that has been going now for about a year with no problems. The old adage "you get what you pay for" applies. Quite frankly, I cannot detect much difference in the quality of the sound between DAB and FM. I doubt whether your relative in France will notice much difference either.
Perhaps you would be best to go to a radio emporium such as Currys, PCWorld or similar and ask questions. Some of the assistants are very knowledgeable, especially mid-week when the permanent staff are on duty. However, the fact that the radio is to be used for the world service in France may throw them into abject panic mode. Pick their brains then purchase on Amazon and have it delivered to your relative direct.
Post by andymacdonald30 on Oct 24, 2013 13:24:41 GMT
Thanks folks lot of usefull info there will rush off to currys just to see this look of terror on the staffs faces ...LOL I keep telling her to just go buy a radio in France ,from a big shop about 2 miles away .... But the problem is '' The instructions are not in English ''
Cant argue with that one can I ??
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Living in France I tried listening to BBC world service on SW. gave me a headache after 15 mins! I find the only useful way of listening is via the WWW that is for World Service. Does the 93 year old have UK telly? either via a Sky pace box or a Free sat box? if so a full range of BBC i.e. 1-7 is on those platforms. DAB radio in France? no it don't work over here.
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