Classic FM is upgrading to DAB+ across the UK giving listeners superior sound quality
25 July 2023, 17:09 | Updated: 14 September 2023, 12:30
From January 2024, Classic FM is upgrading to DAB+ across the UK which will provide an even better listening experience.
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Classic FM is turning up the broadcast quality of its signal across the UK for a richer, higher definition audio experience.
From January 2024, Classic FM will be upgrading from DAB to DAB+ across the UK.
DAB+ provides superior sound quality, giving the best possible experience for those listening on DAB.
This change will only affect those with a DAB radio that does not have DAB+, which is a small minority of legacy DAB radio devices.
There is plenty of time to prepare for the upgrade in January 2024, but in case you need to change the way you listen to Classic FM, here’s what it could mean for you.
What is DAB+ and how is it different to DAB?
DAB+ uses the same transmitters and broadcast technology as DAB – it simply converts sound to digital in a different way.
In order to receive DAB+ stations, your radio must be DAB+ enabled.
How do I check if I can get DAB+?
Anyone listening on DAB radio will need to make sure it’s DAB+ ready before the end of the year.
If your radio has a Digital Radio Tick Mark (see below), this means your radio is DAB+ enabled and will receive the available DAB, DAB+ and FM radio stations. The majority of newer devices can receive DAB+ stations.
If the product does not have the Tick Mark, read the product description carefully and check that it specifies DAB+.
If your DAB radio is not DAB+ ready, you can recycle your old device. Find your nearest donation or recycling point here.
Here’s a handy link for anyone wanting to know more about DAB+.
What if I listen to Classic FM in the car?
If you listen via FM in your car, your listening experience will stay the same.
For those listening via DAB in the car, most cars that have DAB will be DAB+ compatible, and most cars will automatically retune.
There are some DAB adaptors for cars which can plug into power in the car and convert DAB/DAB+ into FM. This ‘Pure’ adaptor on Amazon is one of the most popular, and is DAB+ capable.
What if I listen to Classic FM via FM, TV, Global Player or smart speaker?
Those who listen via FM, TV, Global Player, or smart speaker do not need to do anything. Your listening experience will stay the same.
On Global Player and smart speaker, you can already experience the new High-Definition sound of Classic FM by using the new HD option. This is available on your smartphone, tablet, desktop or smart speaker.