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23Oct/15

Guide to DAB Digital Radio/Digital Audio Broadcasting

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Good news, some of Pumpkin Android car stereo will support the DAB function soon (extra device required). It’ll make your journey more enjoyable because of its unique features, so stay tune. Here’s a guide to help you know it better:

DAB

What is DAB Digital Radio/Digital Audio Broadcasting?

Digital Audio Broadcasting, or DAB, is the technology behind terrestrial digital radio. It brings a larger selection of different stations that broadcast in low, medium and high quality or in mono or stereo. Since there’s limited space on DAB at the moment, some stations must broadcast in mono or at a lower quality “bitrate” in order that there is space for other stations.

  • Stations that broadcast mainly speech or talk are usually heard in mono on DAB
  • Stations that play music can usually be heard in stereo on DAB digital radio, though there are exceptions

With DAB digital radio there’s no hiss or crackle

There’s no hiss or crackle to spoil the sound you’re listening to, though there may be the presence of digital “artifacts” in the sound you hear, depending on the broadcast quality of the station on your DAB digital radio.

You don’t have to remember frequencies

There’s no need to remember frequencies, either. You just look for the name of the station you want on the display of a DAB digital tuner and select it. Our radio station directory lists local, regional and national DAB services.

The DAB digital tuners that are available at the moment still leave quite a dent in your wallet. Prices have tumbled in the last few years, though. Once you’ve bought a DAB radio, listening is completely free.

DAB digital radio has other features that often aren’t available with ordinary FM radios.

You can often find out what’s playing next

You can display the name of the artist and track currently playing, or the current programme (if the station is set up to broadcast these things – most are now) and you can see what show or song is coming up next.

You don’t have to re-tune to stay with national stations

National radio stations broadcast on the same frequency up and down the country, so unlike FM there’s no need to keep re-tuning as a DAB digital radio in your car will automatically select the nearest transmitter for uninterrupted listening. If there’s no DAB transmitter nearby, a DAB radio in your car may be able to tune back to FM.

However, you will need to re-tune your DAB digital radio if you’re moving around the country listening to local DAB digital radio stations. If you enter an adjoining area whose local multiplex carries the same station, you can keep on listening to that station by re-tuning.

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Source: http://www.radio-now.co.uk/dab_radio_faqs.htm

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15Jun/15

Differences between Single DIN and Double DIN Android Car Stereo

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If you want to buy an aftermarket Android 4.4 car stereo, you should base on your car’s year, make and model. Normally, aftermarket head units are rectangular and the standard car stereo size is referred to as single DIN. Most cars have single DIN stereo slots. The measurement of a standard single DIN slot is 50mm height by 178mm width. Most car radios will slide directly into the single DIN slot without requiring an additional adapter kit. However, some DIN models may require an installation kit.

The second most common car stereo slot size is the double DIN. Double DIN slots are twice as tall as the standard single DIN slots, but they have the same width as single DIN stereos. We carry double DIN car stereos that slide directly into the double DIN slot. If you have the space, double DIN models are great because they usually feature LCD monitors for video playback and GPS navigation.

Actually, the double DIN Android head units have become more popular: many vehicle manufacturers (especially of Asian cars) created a DIN CD player for use with a DIN cassette/radio unit. The main advantage to an aftermarket double DIN is that it’ll look better in the dash of a vehicle that uses a stock double DIN head unit. A larger head unit can have larger controls and a larger display, which making it easier to use. The best in-dash mobile video and navigation units are double DIN, because they don’t require a flip-out mechanism for the viewscreen.

Regardless of classification (single DIN, double DIN, etc.), the stereo’s depth is unique for each model. The installation may require some customization if your vehicle has a relatively shallow cavity. Though you may wish to perform custom installs, it’s always wisest to choose a model that will fit your car perfectly. Check out our website to find out what will exactly fit your vehicle. This will save you a lot of time, money and hassle when it comes time to install your car stereo.

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08Jun/15

The Best Way to Play Music in Your Car

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The current crop of car stereos is as notable for what’s missing as what’s included. Pumpkin’s $370 “affordable” model, the KD-C0224, is typical in having neither CD player nor digital radio, but instead a large touch screen to control your Android cellphone.

The 6.95 inch display in fact is bigger than most phones, and works as a sort of giant remote control, streaming music wirelessly via Bluetooth and letting you adjust the sound on an inbuilt graphic equalizer.

It’s compatible with most Android phones, iPods, memory sticks and the like. The fact that it also sports an analogue radio is almost as an afterthought.

But the KD-C0224 really only scratches the surface. Further up the range, new and emerging models will offer connectivity with Google’s vision of the road ahead, respectively Android Auto. This platform combines communication, traffic information and music into a single unit.

The idea is that you install an app on your phone (only recent models will be supported) and connect it to a compatible car stereo using a standard USB charging cable. The phone then pushes information to the large LCD HD display on the dashboard.

Android Auto will connect to online radio services like TuneIn, and to music libraries such as Spotify, from where you can stream almost any song you can think of – whether stored on one of your other devices or in cloud. Depending which model you choose, you can also call up a conventional, inbuilt sat nav or Google Maps.

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