A DAB unit that isn't there...
September 30, 2011 5:21 AM   Subscribe

I recently inherited a great sounding and incredibly attractive old AM/FM tuner/amplifier. Can anyone recommend an unobtrusive DAB unit I can connect to the AUX? (UK)

I've tried the normal Amazon/Google searches, but all component systems seem to be designed to be seen, and that's the exact opposite of what I want...

The unit is a lovely old fashioned system (allegedly tube driven, but I've never opened it) with a fantastic illuminated front, so I want something as unobtrustive as possible. If anyone can recommend a system I can hide in a cupboard and control by remote (without seeing the display) or control via an android device, then all the better.

I want something that will provide DAB. Internet or DNLA would be nice to haves but are by no means essential.
posted by twine42 to Technology (8 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I'm not familiar with the terminology - What is a DAB? :) Can you name examples? I'll ask some knowledgeable friends.
posted by krilli at 8:19 AM on September 30, 2011

DAB on Wikipedia for my fellow Yanks. It's a system for broadcasting digital audio over the air that we don't have here, though now I wish we did.
posted by contraption at 8:24 AM on September 30, 2011

I'm sorry that I cannot be of help, but I'd sure like to see a photo of this unit, sounds lovely.
posted by nofunnyname at 8:33 AM on September 30, 2011

That's difficult: if you're prepared to sacrifice the remote control, then perhaps a portable unit with a mains adapter and mic out that you just hide behind the old receiver -- DAB radios get pretty small these days. Or perhaps something complementary and old-fashioned in its styling that wouldn't look out of place on display, like the Roberts Revival?
posted by holgate at 8:54 AM on September 30, 2011

Can I request a picture of the item the OP is referring to? Completely selfish curiosity here but don't see how it could hurt to have an image...
posted by RolandOfEld at 9:22 AM on September 30, 2011

This chap has made a hidden solution for DAB in his car which might be right up your street. Seconding request for vintage hifi porn!
posted by prentiz at 9:56 AM on September 30, 2011

If you've got some linux expertise (or are willing to learn), you could use a small embedded device like the Pogoplug, a tiny computer that runs linux. You could run MPD on it to play music, easily controllable by an android app.
posted by Adamsmasher at 11:25 PM on September 30, 2011

I don't believe the Pogoplug has any hardware to receive radio frequency broadcasts.
posted by contraption at 10:55 AM on October 1, 2011

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