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Will a Portable DAB Radio Work in a Car? In Car Guide

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Before we even get into the details, I can tell you that the answer to the question of whether or not a DAB radio will work in your car is yes.

However, there are some things you need to take into consideration before you decide to pick one up – each of which we explore in more detail in this nifty little guide.

So, take a moment to relax, read below, and see what you make of the concept of a DAB radio in your car. 

Built-in or Portable? 

Some cars have a DAB radio built into them, which can be really handy as it means that you don’t need to bring your own along when you are travelling. As long as you are in a country that has DAB access (like the UK), your car radio will work perfectly.

The best portable DAB radio models are also a great choice if you don’t have one built in, and they will still receive great signal from inside your car. If your car radio has a port, you can even use an AUX cable to plug the portable DAB radio in for better sound.

The only thing you may find, however, is that they don’t change stations nearly as effectively as the built-in forms, so you might have to do the tuning yourself. 

How to Get a DAB Radio in Your Car 

If you don’t have a built-in DAB radio and want to make the most of your listening experience, here are some of the ways you can get one into your car.

Plug and Play: These are really popular because you don’t need any fancy tech, you just plug it in and get started.

They can be mounted on your windscreen or dashboard for easy viewing and access, or you can get those that plug directly into the lighter/socket of your car. Both types do have an antenna that needs to be placed accordingly.

Digital Conversion: These use the same tech as the above form, but they look way better and keep the aesthetics of your car looking as good as possible.

The fully integrated models mean that the only new addition to your car is an antenna, as you use the existing dash controls it is not suitable for every type of car.

The semi-integrated models come with a wireless remote so that they can be installed in every car, giving you more flexibility.

New Radio: For cars older than ten, this is a good option as you can buy a new radio and get it installed professionally for a reasonable price. The reason it is unlikely to work for newer cars is that the dash design tends to vary considerably.

Smartphone: If all else fails, there are plenty of apps on your smartphone that allows you to connect to the radio via an AUX cable (or USB) that is connected to your phone.

You can even use Bluetooth if both devices are compatible, and it is a great solution for modern cars with no DAB radio installed. 

Also Read: Best DAB Bluetooth Radio

To Conclude 

While a DAB radio will work in any car with ease, you may need to think about the way you are going to get the music playing, and anything that may need to be installed in order for you to do so.

Any option you choose is fairly straightforward to implement, so make sure you take the time to choose the one that is going to work best for you.