Don't believe your ears - DAB tuner resurrects dead stations
DAB tuners are big sellers around Christmas time; a new shiny radio to replace FM jalopies, new digital radio stations to listen to - marvelous. If you're tempted to upgrade your listening experience, and you haven't discovered the fabulousness of wi-fi radio yet, might we suggest perhaps the most magnificent DAB tuner on the market - the iRiver B30. Here's an advert for it in this month's T3 magazine:
The great thing is, not only does the iRiver B30 look the dog's bollocks, but it's capable of raising digital radio stations from the dead:
Even though they're advertised, Core, OneWord and CapitalLife are all defunct radio stations. Smash Hits Radio is only available on digital television and online, and you'll only hear Chill in London and Birmingham. Oh, and Virgin Radio hasn't been around for over a year - it's been replaced by Absolute Radio. In fact the panel listing the stations is from the latter half of 2007.
However, the mystical voodoo-like powers of the iRiver don't end there:
The product is advertised as the iRiver B30 DAB+. Sounds better than DAB, doesn't it? Except DAB+ doesn't exist in this country, not yet anyway. It's a new standard for digital audio broadcasting; although some new digital tuners are capable of receiving DAB+ transmissions, no date has been agreed for UK stations to begin broadcasting them. Far be it for us to suggest the iRiver marketing team crafted a fictitious product review out of pure bullshit, but unless Mister Lucas in rural East Anglia contacted them from the future, they did.