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Group Says Growth in U.K. DAB Sales Is ‘Dramatic’

Group Says Growth in U.K. DAB Sales Is 'Dramatic'

An advocacy group reports “dramatic growth” in DAB digital radio sales over the past 12 months in the United Kingdom. The Digital Radio Development Bureau said there are more than half a million units in homes in the U.K. and says this is spurring interest among car makers.
“Driven by consumer enthusiasm for new, digital radio stations, the level of sales has motivated several key car manufacturers to offer DAB as an option in 2004 models,” stated.
It also quoted research that found the top three brands of kitchen radio sold in December were DAB products.
“After several years of high prices and form factors limited to hi-fi tuners and kitchen radios, DAB is now available across the entire audio range, including boomboxes, pocket radios, clock radios, micro systems, home cinema and in-car units.”
Sony and Sharp have announced they will launch DAB products. Companies in the market include Philips, Samsung, TEAC, Grundig and Hitachi.