Written on: 25/02/2003 by Alligator.
Sound quality, ease of setup, ease of use, good looks, features, value for money
Poor quality remote control (costs extra) and a software bug
DAB (digital audio broadcasting) is fundamentally limited - most stations broadcast at a highly compressed 128kbps, similar to MP3 files. However, this little fact simply makes the DAB300 from Cambridge Audio all the more impressive.
The sound is superb, with real detail and depth in the bass and clean, unobtrusive treble that manages to avoid sounding compressed on most stations. The slim, silver hi-fi seperate has a clear display with genuinely useful features like a signal strength meter.
The optional remote control is simply the poorest quality remote I have ever used and I feel like throwing it at the unit sometimes. There is also a bug in the software that very occasionally makes one of the buttons on the unit do the function of another button, mains disconnection being needed to reset the software.
However, I still absolutely love it! The sound is simply superior to any radio except a carefully set up FM tuner with a roof antenna aimed directly at a transmitter (or maybe a Tag McLaren DAB tuner costing 10 times as much).
What this tuner does is generate a genuine hi-fi sound from a source (DAB) that uses 90% less data than a CD. Excellent product for the money, but DAB tuners are only going to keep getting cheaper!