Norway To Switch Off FM Radio

Norway Becomes First Country To Switch Off FM Radio

Norway will become the first country in the world to start the process of switching off its analogue FM (Frequency Modulation) radio network to adopt the cheaper and wider covering DAB (Digital Audio Broadcasting), from this Thursday, 12th January 2017.

The move has attracted a lot of attention, and is splitting the opinion of many in the Scandinavian country. Over 70% of the country are now using DAB as their main source of radio listening.

DAB radio is considered to be a better alternative to FM; producing a better quality of audio and allows more channels to be available. However, in a recent poll, 66% of Norwegians felt the government is moving ahead with these plans too quickly – the two largest opponents being motorists and the elderly.

It is believed that two million cars on the road in Norway are not currently able to receive DAB radio, and a total of 15 million radios in homes, businesses and on sea vessels could be made redundant by the time the expected switch off is complete in five years.

Motorists are being advised to purchase new systems at an average cost of 4,000 Norwegian kroner ($464; £382), or adaptors at 1,500 Norwegian kroner ($174; £143).

Future Of FM In The UK

Interestingly, the UK Government has for a long time considered following the same route, with three national digital multiplexes already in operation – one for which holds BBC stations and two for commercial stations.

However, any potential decision to do this depends the listenership of DAB radio reaches 50%. Currently, that is estimated to reach this landmark in 2018, but any decision to start a switch off would more than likely be around 2020 and needs to be agreed in Parliament.

Another way of listening to radio beyond DAB is via the Internet, and many DAB radios already incorporate Internet radio, including a great range at BuyCleverStuff. It is even more reliable than DAB and provides even more choice than what is available currently on digital multiplexes.

As the switch off in Norway rolls out over the next five years, with national broadcasts expected to be turned off by the end of 2017 and local broadcasts urged to switch over to DAB within the final four years, the UK and other countries will be keeping a close eye on what takes place.

If you want to get ahead of the game and enjoy digital radio via DAB or Internet – take a look at our great soundmaster® Home Audio Internet Radio range:

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Under Cabinet Kitchen Radio: What To Think About

Under cabinet kitchen radios are a fantastic answer should you wish to bring audio into a small kitchen area where space is extremely limited, and at BuyCleverStuff, the official UK distributor of SoundMaster products (inclusive of their range of Under Cabinet Kitchen Radios), we can direct you to the right product.

Depending upon your needs, under cabinet / counter radios have a variety of different functions and capabilities that can suit your needs.

Whether you need a basic radio that makes us of empty space beneath your cabinet, or if you are in need of multi-source unit, we can still help determine which product would be best for you.

  • Purpose

Under cabinet kitchen radios are perfect if you require audio in order to keep busy in the kitchen or if life gets in the way of your favourite radio programmes or events being broadcast on the airwaves. They work well if you gather around a nearby breakfast bar in the morning with your family before the day gets under way, but if you are looking to host guests in a more sociable setting, we would advise instead to look at our ceiling speaker systems.

  • Size of room / speakers

When it comes to size of speakers with our Under Cabinet Kitchen Radios, our SoundMaster products all feature the same speaker within the chassis.

With our vast experience in audio visual products, we are fully confident in these products compared to other similar Under Cabinet Kitchen Radios on the market, and test stock on a regular basis so we know they are of a consistently high standard. This goes across the board with all products we stock on site.

As previously mentioned, under cabinet / counter radios are perfect for more personal audio, or if you are in close proximity, but not for larger rooms where you may wish to entertain house guests.

This is only meant to be a rough estimation in terms of speaker sizes and room size, and at BuyCleverStuff we are hoping to bring in the future a standardised guide relating to the decibel output for all of our speakers that we currently stock on our website.

  • Functions

FM radio is a standard feature on all of our Under Cabinet Kitchen Radios, however should you wish to pick up more stations, then DAB radio functionality on some models is available, if you have a good DAB reception in your area.

One other major feature with our higher end radios is the built-in CD player, and also USB ports for MP3 playback. This is a wonderful feature if you want to spend afternoon listening to your own music rather than being completely reliant on radio stations.

Bluetooth connectivity is also available should you wish to stream music direct from your smartphone or tablet device; a fantastic alternative to searching through your CD collection, or if you are unsure whether a Bluetooth ceiling speaker system is beyond what you require.

Alarms and cooking timers can be found within settings on these units, which are handy additions going beyond this just being a purely audio focused product.

  • Appearance

The biggest draw in terms of appearance is how an under cabinet radio saves space beneath a kitchen cabinet. Of course, you will also find colours of units to match your appliances that you have in your kitchen area.

The speakers on the unit can be found at the sides of the chassis so sound is dispersed around the room to its fullest, and the clear LCD screen helps display time, station and music information and much more.

Now that you have gone through the four main aspects when thinking about purchasing an Under Cabinet Kitchen Radio, why not make your way over to the BuyCleverStuff website to see the range we have on offer.