UK: VW to install DAB Radio on all 2013 models image

DAB is the new way to receive radio – in the clearest possible sound.

The German automaker will install DAB (Digital Audio Broadcasting) radios as standard on all 2013-model year cars from the Polo to the Phaeton.

Digital or not, it’s not all about the radio, with many drivers demanding MP3 connectivity, and so, in another digital-driving move, every model in the Volkswagen range already comes with an aux-in socket for plugging in your player.

In addition VW said that all vehicles from the little Polo S will now come equipped with at least six speakers (most models have eight speakers), connected to a standard RCD 310 audio unit or better.

With digital radio, you can get all the digital stations bringing you extra news, sport, music, comedy, drama, children’s programmes and more.

As of 2006, approximately 1,002 stations worldwide broadcast in the DAB format.
DAB is traced to its origins in 1980s European research and development policy and its affinity with traditions of European public service broadcasting.

DAB is more robust with regard to noise and multipath fading for mobile listening, since DAB reception quality first degrades rapidly when the signal strength falls below a critical threshold, whereas FM reception quality degrades slowly with the decreasing signal.