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Get this - you'll not regret it!
on 2 May 2007
My first new headunit for a few years and I decided on a DAB one for the bragging rights! I had a few worries that I'd receive no DAB stations or that if I did, I'd lose reception really easily - especially when on the move but I am *delighted* with it. I recieve all available 35 stations with no fade/hiss or drop in signal even when through a (small) tunnel, driving in the city or parked in the garage. This is all from a small unobtrusive windscreen aerial thats included in the package.
Installation was quite easy. You get all the bits in the box that you'll need - DAB aerial, remote control, wires etc. I was lucky enough to have standard ISO connectors on my car (2000 Civic) but some models will require you to purchase an ISO adapter - check before you rip your dash apart! There is also an 'auxillary-in' connector to connect an mp3 player.
The headunit doesn't require an external amplifier, but if you want to use one, all the connectors are present on the back (Left/Right/Front/Rear). You can also connect a remote control (Sony one shown in the manual but it could be possible to wire up existing steering wheel controls).
Sound quality is excellent from DAB, FM and MP3/CD. MW and LW were also surprisingly clear with no 'engine whine'.
All I will say is that its slighty tricky to scan for DAB stations first time. I scanned in the driveway and picked up only 4 stations. I drove down the road and rescanned and picked up 35 stations, saved them and went back to the driveway and could still receive them all so I think you need to have a strong signal for the inital scan. It takes a bit of jiggery-pockery to get all the statiions and multiplexes as you want them but it only has to be done once.
The aerial - its a small black box with 2 filements that attaches to the windscreen. Its really unobtrusive but a word of warning. Do what I did and stick in on with blu-tak until you're happy its getting the best reception. Then and only then remove the backing paper and stick it on properly - it would be really hard to remove once its on.
Finally, keep in mind that you need to run this aeriel down the A-pillar and behind the dashboard. I was really lucky and found an easy route and it looks like a factory install but with a lot of cars, it may be hard to do this without a professional fitter or a lot of headscratching.
Anyway I'll shut up now. I'll be uploading photos too so check back!