DAB car radio converted from a normal radio

When you are thinking of converting your normal radio to a DAB car radio you need to take into consideration a few things.

 Old car radio

In todays market there are 4 types of DAB radio adaptors.

 

stuck on dab car radio1) You can go for the kind of fitting where the wires are on show, like a sat nav stuck to your window. The cost of these are around £50 (fitting not included)

 

2) You can opt for the next best thing which is a fitted radio, which sits discretely behind the dashboard and has extra steering controls for easy control. This costs around £150 (again fitting not included)

 

3) The third option is a screen fitted, which integrates with your normal car radio. This is a cute design but it can be on show, thus making your car more attractive to thieves. The prices are around £150 upwards (fitting not included)

 

4) The last option is to replace the whole radio head unit. Take note that this is only available to cars where you have a certain sized car radio space so the dab car radio will fit into it, although, you can get blank plates to block up the space left if there is a gap. This can cost from £80 upwards depending on what make and model you choose (fitting not included)

Can i fit my own DAB car radio

 

Anythings possible if you have the knowledge. You would need to be able to understand the cars electronic wiring system and have good knowledge of fitting radios. I would suggest you just pay a professional to fit it, as if you have any problems you can always go back to them to fix it under the fitment warranty.

 

Where is a good place to go to get my dab car radio fitted professionally?

 

Yes there are lots of places where you can get your car radio fitted but after doing my own research and going through the process of having one fitted myself i would recommend these guy’s as the best dab car radio sellers and fitters.

 

Do i need to buy anything else for my DAB car radio?

 

DAB car Antenna Yes, most cars will need an antenna which is compatible with a digital radio and there are a number of these to choose from.

 

 

 

Inside Glass Mounted Antenna

 

These are about the easiest to install.

 

Cheapest price for an antenna ( about £20 )

 

Not very good performance

 

No holes have to be made in the car to fit

 

Not at all visible inside the car

 

Magnet Mounted Antenna

 

Magnetically fitted to the roof

 

Even cheaper than the inside glass mounted antennas ( about £15 )

 

Again no holes have to be made in the car to fit

 

Could be visible to thieves

 

Door rubbers are used to conceal the wires ( possible leeks in the future )

 

Outside fixed to the glass

fixed to the glass antenna

Again no holes are needed to be made in the car to fit

 

The cost of these antenna’s start from £30 upwards

 

 

Permanent fitted roof antenna

 

Unfortunately you need a hole drilled into your car’s roof if you haven’t already got one from the existing antenna

 

Needs to be fitted by a professional

 

Can be expensive as the labour of the installer will cost the most

 

The best reception from this antenna

 

Concealed and blends into the car nicely

 

Shark Fin Antenna

 

Again in this instant you need a hole drilled into your car’s roof if you haven’t already got one from the existing antenna

 

Needs to be fitted by a professional

 

Is very expensive due to labour costs

 

Because it is small the shark fin antenna is not as strong as the Permanent fitted roof antenna (above)

 

Concealed and blends into the car nicely

 

 

What is the price of a dab car radio going to cost me?

 

Pricing a dab car radio varies depending on the make and model that you choose. Each manufacturer varies in their pricing and as such some are better quality than others.

Additional reading http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digital_radio_in_the_United_Kingdom