Do I Need A Stronger DAB Aerial For My Radio?

At BuyCleverStuff, our range of DAB Radios come included with antennas, so why do we offer more robust aerials for half price with all our DAB radios?

Despite 97% of the United Kingdom being able to receive a DAB signal, thanks to the latest installation of transmitters in 2015, it may not necessarily be a strong DAB signal in your area.

If you are thinking of purchasing a DAB Radio System from us at BuyCleverStuff, so that we can help get you up and running as soon as possible it’s always best to check before you order what your DAB reception is like.

One very easy method is if you already have another DAB radio in your house – if you are receiving a clear signal from it, the chances are you should be fine with your signal.

Bare in mind though what type of aerial it is that may be included as standard with the product you are purchasing; some are T (or Y) bar aerials, telescopic antennas or even simpler cut runs of antenna cable. It is always recommended to make sure these are fully extended and placed in areas or in the direction of where other FM or DAB radios you may have are known for having strong reception if possible.

Another way of discovering what your DAB reception is like is by simply entering your postcode below, which will open a new tab showing whether you have good, fair or poor reception for both BBC stations and also local commercial stations.

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Please consider though that if you are in a highly built up area, are planning to install your radio in a basement, if your building has a steel frame or is made of reinforced concrete, then these factors can all affect your actual DAB reception so the results that are returned only give a broad result and are not completely definitive.

HalfPriceAerialIf you think you may need help when it comes to a more robust aerial, then we can help, and that’s where our fantastic option to purchase a half price Omni-Directional DAB Radio Aerial Kit with Cable and Bracket comes in to play. It’s available with varying lengths of coax cable, starting with a standard 5 metres included, through to 100 metres should you require it. Another great option to consider is if you are looking to purchase other DAB radios, then we offer a 3 Way Splitter in order to use the same aerial for great reception to all of your radios.

If you do receive a good DAB reception and are happy to stick with any inclusive antenna aerial rather than opt to select the half price offer of an Omni-Directional DAB Radio Aerial Kit with Cable and Bracket then there is absolutely no problem. Our main aim at BuyCleverStuff is to help our customers get the best, and simplest solution they need for their home audio visual, and if you’ve come this far down in the article and found you actually do have a suitable reception which you weren’t sure about five minutes ago, then we’d like to think we’ve helped you out just as much as if you’d added an aerial to your basket!

Featured BuyCleverStuff Demonstration Showroom Products

As part of our BuyCleverStuff Demonstration Showroom, we selected a number of different products to install that give as good a sense of what to expect if installed in your kitchen or bathroom.

With the sheer range of products we have to purchase over on our main website, it was a tough choice to decide, but over the coming weeks and months we will be showcasing as many products as possible through videos posted online, so keep checking back here and at BuyCleverStuff.co.uk.

If you are thinking of visiting us to see the products fitted and installed, but we have a product in stock that is not installed that you would like to view, we are more than happy to demonstrate this for you.

Below is a short guide of the products we have installed and how they look in our demonstration showroom:

SoundMaster DAB2035A simple under cabinet radio with FM and DAB/DAB+ radio available. Finished in silver with brushed steel effect, it complements most other kitchen appliances you may have. Stations can be preset and it features useful functions such as calendar, alarm and cooking timer, all of which are displayed on the front LED panel.

 

SoundMaster UR2040Similar to the DAB2035, the UR2040, which comes in both silver or white, incorporates Bluetooth technology to pair with your smartphone or tablet to play audio from these devices. With handy LED under cabinet light to allow you to carry out quick kitchen tasks with ease in dim lighting, and double the amount of available presets for radio compared to the DAB2035.

 

SoundMaster UR2170For some, having the ability to play their CD collection is a major factor in their kitchen audio solution, which is why the UR2170, in silver or white, is the perfect answer. With similar radio functions to our other under cabinet offerings in our showroom, all three give you an idea of what potentially you can do to solve your kitchen audio headache.

 

VSKTV102B Flipdown TVOur smallest screen size in our range of Flipdown Kitchen TVs is the Visua 10″ Flipdown Kitchen TV with DVD Player.

Simple to install, with Freeview TV tuner,  and features additional connections for HDMI, USB and even SD Card slot.

Available in three colours, in Matt Black (as seen in our showroom), Gloss Black and also Gloss White.

 

VSKTV133P Flipdown TVSleek and stylish in design, this larger Visua screen provides a superb viewing experience through its LED Backlit 13.3” LCD Panel. With a host of useful input connections, it is adaptable for other sources, and comes with built in multi-region DVD Player; without doubt our most functional Flipdown Kitchen TV on offer at BuyCleverStuff.

 

SOVOS 15" Flipdown TVFor those looking for an even bigger screen to drop down from under their cabinet, this 15″ model from SOVOS ticks that box. Whilst it may not have the additional features our other units have, which its previous model had, the demand for a screen of this size was overwhelming and gives you, our valued customers, the widest range of Kitchen Flipdown TV sizes available.

 

E100 SystemlineWe have a range of in wall amplifier systems, but the latest E100 from Systemline is the next step in style and functionality. With integrated Bluetooth and amplifier (a development from the E200 predecessor), this touch panel also comes with built in FM and DAB / DAB+ radio. Combined with high quality 6.5″ Qi65CB Ceiling Speakers, this system is perfect not just in kitchens and bathrooms (IP54 rated), but around the home.

 

Mando In Wall Bluetooth ReceiverWhilst we do a range of double gang sized in wall panel systems, sometimes our customers look for a simple, single gang, Bluetooth only solution, which is exactly what the Mando BT In Wall Bluetooth Audio Receiver provides. Built in Bluetooth receiver and amplifier with 3.5mm front facing jack input for any other sources you may want to use, all able to fit neatly in a single gang back box. Available in different coloured fascias, featured black, white and grey, and also with smaller 2.5″, and larger 6″, ceiling speakers.
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S-Box Pop-up Kitchen Power PointS-Box Pop-up Kitchen units are fantastic products that can help your kitchen’s space saving problem with a space-creating answer; if it’s finding a home for your keys, spice rack, a handy place for your knife box or other kitchen utensils. For our showroom, we chose two to incorporate in our worktop; first, the Pop-up Kitchen Power Point with USB Port. Perfect for extra power in your kitchen space and great in our demonstration showroom in case you “pop-up” yourself to see us, it’s a power point for you to charge your mobile devices via the power socket or twin USB port as you take a look at our other products.

 

S-Box Pop-up 19" Kitchen TVOur second S-Box Kitchen Pop-up Solution is the Pop-up 19″ HD Ready Kitchen TV with DVD Player. This gives us the chance to show just how impressive S-Box solutions are. If you thought before you could not have a larger screen beneath your cabinet, why not have one come up from your worktop instead? With Nicam Stereo Sound Speakers, Freeview, DVD and HD Tuner built-in, we could not help ourselves but have one installed to show you how to really solve an audio visual problem in your kitchen.

Pitch Illuminated Bluetooth Bathroom MirrorIf you are looking for a simple, functional, Bluetooth Bathroom Mirror, the Pitch from Tavistock is just that. Controlled by hand swipe sensor beneath the mirror to switch on the illuminating LED edge strip, Bluetooth receiver to enable you to pair your Bluetooth smartphone or tablet and heated demister pad to keep your mirror fog-free.

 

BT550 Bluetooth Shower SpeakerA simple, yet effective Bluetooth Bathroom Shower Speaker which features the great sound quality you come to expect from SoundMaster, for those who are restricted from having ceiling speakers, would struggle installing a Bluetooth Bathroom Mirror in such a room, or just require something to fit safely within their shower – available not just in silver/grey but also green and blue, and at a fantastic low price.

 

19" Silver Infiniti Waterproof TVRelax and unwind in your bathroom, but never have to miss your favourite television show again whilst you do with this 19″ Silver Waterproof Infiniti TV by TechVision. Again, a very simple product to install and really complements other style elements in your bathroom such as taps and other fittings as you can see from our showroom image. It comes with ceiling speakers to fill your bathroom with audio and comes complete with splash-proof remote control.

 

Tenor Illuminated Bluetooth Bathroom Radio MirrorCombining everything you could want from a Bluetooth Bathroom Mirror, the Tenor Illuminated Bluetooth FM DAB Bathroom Radio Mirror really does have a lot to shout about. FM and DAB radio with Bluetooth connectivity plays audio through high quality built in stereo speakers with 20 Watt amplifier, and the ability to connect to an external stereo ceiling speaker if preferred, together with multiple recess options when installing; it makes this Bluetooth Bathroom Mirror from MIER an obvious choice to display in our demonstration showroom.

 

KB iSelect 5" Bluetooth FM DAB Ceiling Radio SystemWe know from our feedback when customers come to us that there are many options to choose from with the KB iSelect. In order to be able to demonstrate every function of this Ceiling Speaker System, we have chosen to install in our showroom the KB iSelect FM / DAB Radio & Bluetooth model. Through our switch system installed in our showroom, we can operate the KB iSelect through 2.5″, 5″ and also 6″ ceiling speakers in order to demonstrate roughly what you would expect to hear depending upon your choice of ceiling speaker.

 

Various Custom SwitchesThree-way and volume control switches are available to accompany a wide selection of our systems, control audio from room to room and also level of volume. This is just a small selection of switches which we have installed as examples to control the vast array of ceiling speaker systems, audio mirrors and visual products in our demonstration showroom, but if you have a particular colour and finish to your switches at home, we can custom match to complement the switches you already have either in your home or plan to have fitted at the end of your build.

 

iStoneShowroomSuitable to use with all iPad Mini models (1st-4th Generation), you can now control and play your music, and other applications that you may have incorporated in your home with ease thanks to this fantastic in wall solution that can expand beyond just being a ceiling audio solution, available to order now from BuyCleverStuff.