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Installing a DAB car radio means you can listen to a wider selection of stations while on the move, including exclusive digital-only content. Read Halfords' handy DAB car radios buyer's guide to discover why you should upgrade to the next generation in radio.
Fitting an in car DAB radio means your car stereo system can receive stations using digital technology rather than analogue, offering many benefits. However, we know that choosing a digital car radio can be confusing, so use our simple guidance below to help get you started.
Just like digital television, DAB radio offers additional features not available on traditional analogue systems, including:
Whichever type of in car DAB radio you choose, make sure it's professionally installed by taking advantage of Halfords' great fitting service. Fitting is free on some models including the Pure Highway, while others can be fitted at your local store for a small fee.
Getting your DAB car radio fitted professionally by Halfords means it will be connected properly to your car speakers, the antenna will be fixed correctly and the cables will be neat and tidy - which is important for safety and to avoid damage to your car.
There are three main ways that you can get DAB in your car. One option is to buy a 'Plug and play' DAB adaptor, which fixes to your windscreen like a sat nav and plays digital radio through your existing car audio system. For example Halfords own Sonichi S1000DAB adaptor.
The second option is to still keep your factory car stereo and buy a more integrated, or hidden adaptor. Some, like the Pure Highway 300Di, come with their own discreet controls and display, others like the Connects2 AutoDAB, are hidden and use your standard steering wheel remote controls.
Halfords have a range of DAB digital radio antenna solutions, from Magnetic external antennas providing great signal, to discreet high performance internal glass mounted antennas to suit your needs.
The government aims to switch over to digital radio once certain criteria have been met, and buying a DAB radio for your car means you can prepare for this. If you choose one that also has FM, you can still listen to analogue in the meantime. See our guide to what the digital radio switchover means for cars for more details.