DAB reception in a classic car?
Starting in 2021, analogue FM radio (VHF-FM) in Switzerland will be gradually phased out in favour of digital audio broadcasting (DAB+). But what if there’s no DAB-compatible radio in your car? Never fear, we can bring you the right solution for your “veteran” of the road.
One solution involves replacing the original radio with a DAB-compatible radio. While the exterior looks unchanged, the technology is upgraded with DAB+, a USB port, an aux-in socket, Bluetooth audio streaming and a hands-free system for making calls.
A more affordable option is possible if the existing unit already includes an aux-in socket, enabling connection with an external DAB receiver. In this case, the volume and balance are controlled through the original car radio. Radio station selection is carried out with the new DAB+ receiver.
The right DAB antenna makes for good reception
The antenna must also be adjusted. While DAB reception requires a different antenna than FM, the original antenna can be supplemented with an invisible built-in antenna splitter. This allows the existing rod antenna to receive both DAB+ and FM radio.
The iconic Blaupunkt Bremen SQR 46 DAB car radio
The legendary 1986 Blaupunkt Bremen SQR 46 radio has become a kind of cult object. Now, the reinterpretation of the popular 1-DIN car radio not only features the USPs of the 80s model, but also boasts new technologies and functions. The ease of use, simple design and crystal-clear reception always accounted for the model’s popularity. The new edition adopts the original styling but adds modern Variocolor illumination for the buttons and display. The Blaupunkt Codem FM RDS tuner and DAB+ digital tuner ensure that first-class reception remains a strong point of the new youngtimer car radio. New interfaces include two USB ports, an auxiliary connection and an SDHC memory card slot. And with audio streaming via Bluetooth, the returning legend proves it is truly in tune with the times.
As the label states, the radio is made for the iPhone/iPod and guarantees compatibility. All settings are saved permanently, even when the battery is disconnected. A DAB+ window antenna (required only if there is no existing FM antenna) is also included – leaving no doubt that this legend is ready to take on 2021. The new Bremen SQR 46 DAB has a low installation depth, making it ideal for youngtimers with shorter installation shafts.
Back to the future: Special end-of-the-season deal
The DAB+ conversion should only be carried out by a specialist. You can benefit from our end-of-the-season deal. Until 31 December 2020, we will install the Bremen SQR 46 DAB radio, including antenna splitter, and have your classic car or youngtimer DAB-ready for a total price* of CHF 589 (if a new antenna is required, this will be billed separately).
*With its styling, the radio is especially suited for vehicles from the 80s and 90s.
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