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DAB+ bitrates in Australia

By James Cridland
Posted 7 July 2016, 7.39am edt

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Australia uses DAB+ instead of DAB, but sadly the Wornhort website is a bit out of date when it comes to listing what bitrates are in use on DAB in Australia.

So, if you're wondering, here's a snapshot I made today of the three multiplexes available in Brisbane. Not sure whether all these are stereo - I'm not sure whether I can work that out from the software I'm using. Safe to guess that most are.

4AAA 989 Country: 64kbps
4BC1116 NewsTalk: 104kbps
4KQ Classic Hits: 48kbps
4RPH Digital: 64kbps
4TAB ONE: 64kbps
4TAB TWO: 64kbps
612 ABC Brisbane: 64kbps
96Five Digital: 64kbps
97 3 Brisbane: 48kbps
ABC Classic FM: 80kbps
ABC Country: 80kbps
ABC Extra: 72kbps
ABC Grandstand: 40kbps
ABC Jazz: 80kbps
ABCNewsRadio: 48kbps
ABCRadioNational: 64kbps
Buddha Radio: 48kbps
Classic Rock: 48kbps
Coles CBD: 16kbps
Coles Radio: 40kbps
Coles TAS: 16kbps
Coles WA: 16kbps
CW Remix: 32kbps
Double J: 80kbps
Easy Radio: 48kbps
EON Sports Radio: 24kbps
Global: 64kbps
hit105: 56kbps
Kinderling Kids: 48kbps
Koffee: 40kbps
Magic 882: 104kbps
MBS light: 64kbps
MORE 80s and 90s: 48kbps
News Talk Sport: 48kbps
Nova1069: 64kbps
Oldskool: 48kbps
SBS Arabic24: 48kbps
SBS Chill: 56kbps
SBS PopAsia: 64kbps
SBS PopDesi: 48kbps
SBS Radio 1: 40kbps
SBS Radio 2: 40kbps
SBS Radio 3: 40kbps
SBS Radio 4: 48kbps
Smooth FM: 64kbps
Stardust Radio: 48kbps
Switch Digital: 64kbps
The 80s: 32kbps
The 90s: 32kbps
The Edge: 48kbps
TheRange-Country: 32kbps
triple j: 80kbps
Triple M: 56kbps
triplejUnearthed: 72kbps
ZedDigital: 64kbps

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Comments

10 months, 2 weeks ago

James, Let us pretend for a moment that legacy DAB in the UK had been regulated for minimum bit rates per channel, set at a minimum of 160kbps stereo & 80kbps mono for a mixture of channels! I then wonder whether data rates per channel would have ever been a topic of conversation for any radio listener?
Bit rates are rarely mentioned for Sky Digital, Virgin Cable or even Freeview services. Only DAB in the UK has a buzz about the thorny subject of data rates and mediocre sound quality!
It would be interesting to hear if data rates are an interesting topic of conversation for DAB+ in Australia? It certainly wasn't for Foxtel when I was in Sydney..

10 months, 2 weeks ago

Here's the thing, the bitrates these days on DTT and satellite for many services are low. Unless you have a PC receiver, or other specialist kit it is difficult to know the bitrate on DTT or satellite and perhaps that's why few anoraks complain? For example, on DTT, Classic FM and Absolute Radio are the only commercial radio services that operate in stereo, the rest are mono.

PRO10 months, 1 week ago

Let us pretend for a moment that legacy DAB in the UK had been regulated for minimum bit rates per channel, set at a minimum of 160kbps stereo & 80kbps mono for a mixture of channels!

Then we'd have no DAB to speak of today, and this conversation wouldn't exist. Choice is driving digital radio, not sound quality.

10 months, 1 week ago

' Choice is driving digital radio, not sound quality.'
Mr Cridland, the drive for UK digital radio is stuck in first gear in the slow lane! People are not exactly diving at the glass of electrical retailer windows to buy DAB after 17 years on the market!

The 50% per cent digital listener threshold to trigger a future digital migration plan is far too low. The DAB uptake is so slow, it requires the inclusion of other digital devices to be used as a ''technological crutch'' to help lift digital radio listenership above that 50% per cent threshold!

After BREXIT, the incumbent UK government & public may not have an appetite for 50% per cent thresholds for change of any sort!

PRO10 months, 1 week ago

I'm against an enforced government switchover. Always have been, always will be. It's why the DAB+ people don't think that I'm on their side. I know...

the drive for UK digital radio is stuck in first gear in the slow lane

Repeating stuff like this doesn't make it true. 30.9% of all radio listening is via DAB, more than four times as much as online.

10 months, 1 week ago

'Repeating stuff like this doesn't make it true. 30.9% of all radio listening is via DAB, more than four times as much as online.'

James, 17 years on the market for DAB at only 30.9% per cent share of listenership is not exactly a runaway success, is it? The majority of masses of the great unwashed still prefer analogue radio!
If all digital devices added together reach around 70% per cent of consumption, it is then time to phase out analogue radio as/was a prime means of delivery!

Personally, analogue radio can be switched off tomorrow because potential loss of radio services will not affect me or my family. I do not have an axe to grind about digital radio in general, I rarely listen to FM, AM or DAB..

PRO10 months, 1 week ago

Willie, I'm really confused why you continue arguing with me about enforced digital switchover when I'm against it as well.

Indeed, I don't believe the switchoff point is 70%. I think the switchoff point is whenever a radio station wants to. If a station wants to turn off right now, it should be able to (and that AM/FM frequency protected from any new uses). If a station wants to still keep on analogue when 95% of its listening is on digital, that's also great. Up to them.

10 months ago

Sound quality is less of an issue with the more efficient codecs on DAB+ which is why I'd like to see it adopted here. Yes it renders some sets obsolete but there's a lot of DTT boxes (including all of those from the On/ITV Digital era) that no longer work.

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