The two international bodies responsible for promoting digital radio standards worldwide have commented on the launch of a new multi-standard digital radio, the Morphy Richards model 27024.
Quentin Howard, President of WorldDMB, stated: “This is a significant step in progress towards the digitisation of radio in all markets. With this new dual standard DRM and DAB digital radio receiver available at under 200 euros, it is at last an affordable way for listeners to enjoy hearing new and favourite radio stations in digital quality without having to think about the technical standards which are being used by radio broadcasters”.
Peter Senger, Chairman of DRM further added: “DRM is a great way to enjoy not only international radio stations, but also some local and national radio. In many countries, particularly those with large rural areas, the combination of DRM and DAB gives broadcasters a tailor-made way to upgrade to digital radio and give their listeners access to a greater range of stations than ever before.”
The two organisations, WorldDMB and DRM, see their respective digital radio technologies as complementary to each other and not competing. Peter Senger commented: “In countries like Australia, but also some European countries, a combination of DRM and DAB is the perfect solution for public and private broadcasters, and for urban, rural and international broadcasting.”
Quentin Howard added: “There are a number of technical similarities between DAB and DRM which makes dual standard receivers more easily made. A DAB only digital radio can be bought for less than 50 Euros, and if this dual standard approach proves popular then it shouldn’t be long before receivers with both DAB and DRM inside will be selling at attractive, low prices.”