Is Digital Radio Really the Radio of the Future?
Even the FCC says that digital radio is the radio of the future. Hopefully, our old battery powered radios will still work in case of an emergency, unlike our older TV sets that do not have a special box that has to be plugged in. We shouldn’t be forced to change everything, in my opinion, just because it might be better.
This is what the FCC says about digital radio:
Digital radio is the transmission and reception of sound that has been processed using technology comparable to that used in compact disc (CD) players. In short, a digital radio transmitter processes sounds into patterns of numbers, or “digits” – hence the term “digital radio.” In contrast, traditional analog radios process sounds into patterns of electrical signals that resemble sound waves.
Why Switch to Digital Radio Anyway?
Well, the biggest reason to switch is that the sound quality is better. Comparing digital radio to regular radio is sort of like comparing modern compact disks to old LPs. The sound quality is as good as a good digital FM station can broadcast, and this is supposed to be much better than what any AM station can broadcast. It is also more resistant to interference and can get broadcast further than analog radio signals.
Yes, you do need a new radio to pick up digital radio signals. Even now, some radio stations have mirror stations that broadcast in digital. But they still have an older analog stations for listeners without a digital radio.