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R1 Mk2 questions & answers
- 1. Radio reception on my R1 seems very poor! What should I do?
Most importantly, if you are using the supplied telescopic aerial, you should ensure that this is correctly fitted and fully extended upright for optimum reception. If your home is located in a dip or it is surrounded by modern building materials such as steel and reflective glass, then depending on your distance from a transmitter you may find that signal strength is not sufficient to provide a clear and reliable radio playback. To check DAB reception you can use our postcode checker (see 'check your DAB coverage' panel on the right) to see which DAB stations you should be able to receive.
If you’ve followed the above advice, but radio reception is still below expectation, then please do not hesitate to contact us so we can help to troubleshoot and resolve.
- 2. I only have a few DAB stations showing on my R1.
When our products are first powered up from new, they automatically scan the DAB network to see which services are available. During this process it is important that the radio is not touched and that the aerial has been correctly fitted and extended as instructed. If this has not been done then it is likely that not all stations will be detected and only the strong ones displayed. To correct this a new AutoScan/AutoTune or System Reset should be performed as instructed elsewhere in our Q&A’s.
- 3. I can’t listen to some stations shown on my R1 display!
When first turned on from new R1 will perform a scan of the airwaves searching for DAB/DAB+ transmissions near and afar. It is important during this scan that your radio is not touched and that the telescopic aerial is properly attached and fully extended upright. Stations from nearby transmitters should play without interference, but on transmitters which are further away, playback may burble or be muted due to the weaker signal. Time of day and weather conditions also have an effect on the reception quality of weak stations, but if ‘Signal N/A’ or ‘Service not available’ is displayed on the screen, then this shows that the signal is too weak for reliable playback.
- 4. How do I perform a new Station Scan on my R1?
Performing an AutoScan/AutoTune will start a fresh scan of the DAB channels and will add new stations to your radios internal memory. Please note that it is important to ensure that your radio is not touched and that the telescopic aerial is upright and fully extended to allow best reception.
On our original R1 manufactured between 2006 – 2010, there is a button located on the rear panel next to the power input. A short press (press and release) of this button will initiate a quick scan, which covers the DAB bands currently being used by most broadcasters. A long press (press and hold) will initiate a full scan. This scan covers all bands allocated for DAB transmissions, but please note that this original version of R1 will not play back DAB+ transmissions which are now being broadcast in countries such as Australia, Switzerland and Germany.
On R1 Mk2, AutoScan/AutoTune is called ‘Full scan’ and is accessed through the INFO/MENU button. Short presses of this button provides various information regarding the broadcast, but a long press brings up a sub menu for control and configuration settings. Options can be cycled through using the up/down buttons either side of the OK button, but in this case the first option shown is ‘Full scan’. Pressing the OK button when this is shown initiates a fresh scan of all DAB and DAB+ channels.
- 5. How and when should I perform a System Reset on R1?
A 'System Reset' returns R1 to its 'factory default' state and all station and user settings are erased.
In general use it should not be necessary to perform a System Reset, but in some circumstances it can prove useful. For instance, if you move to a new location then it is likely that some stations may no longer be available. Running System Reset will erase these stations and start a fresh DAB scan so only available stations are shown. Running System Reset can also prove useful to resolve system glitches! This is a rare occurrence, but if your radio behaves erratically then running System Reset can often cures these issues.
To perform a System Reset on our original R1, in DAB mode long press (press and hold) the INFO button until 'Manual Tune' appears and then short press (press and release) once so 'System Reset' is displayed and then press and release the OK button to initiate. Please note that timing is important when accessing functions such as System Reset. Pressing and holding a button too long or pressing too quickly may mean that functions are missed, but with a little practise you should quickly discover how it is done.
On our R1 Mk2, System Reset is accessed through the INFO/MENU button. Short presses of this button provides various information regarding the broadcast and signal strength etc, but a long press brings up a sub menu for control and configuration settings. Options can be cycled through using the up/down buttons either side of the OK button. Using these buttons cycle through until ‘System’ is displayed and then press OK to open System options. Again use the up/down buttons, cycle through until ‘Factory Reset’ is displayed and then press OK. Here you will see a message asking you to confirm ‘Factory Reset’. Select ‘Yes’ and then press OK to initiate. R1 will then enter standby mode, but when turned back on will perform a fresh DAB scan. Until this process is completed, it is important to ensure that the radio is not touched and that the telescopic aerial is upright and fully extended. To help further, we also have a short tutorial video.
- 6. In which Countries will R1 work?
R1 Mk2 uses a 'switch mode' type power adaptor and will work in any Country with mains voltage from 100-240v, 50-60Hz.
For radio reception, the FM tuner will work wherever FM is broadcast but the DAB/DAB+ tuner will only work in countries where this radio format is being transmitted. For information about DAB (Digital Audio Broadcasting) transmissions worldwide, please visit http://www.worlddab.org
- 7. Is R1 DAB+ compatible?
DAB+ is a development of the existing DAB platform (which we currently use in the UK) and has been adopted by many countries such as Australia, Switzerland and Germany as their choice for terrestrial digital radio. Benefits of DAB+ include improved sound quality with low bitrate transmissions and the ability to provide more services and stations.
In the UK DAB+ broadcasts are due to start in 2016 and it is our feeling that these will run alongside the UK’s current DAB platform for a number of years due to the large number of original format DAB radios that have already been sold. R1 Mk2 is ready to receive DAB+ transmissions, so you can rest assured that it is ready for any future changes.
Our original R1 built from 2006 - 2010 is not DAB+ compatible as this system was developed prior to DAB+ being launched.
- 8. Can I connect an iPod/iPhone or other audio devices to R1?
All iPod/iPhone models and other audio devices can be played through our R1 by using a 3.5mm stereo jack lead from the headphone output on the device to the AUX input on R1. These leads are available from most audio stores and also on our 'Spares and Accessories' page.
- 9. I can hear a burbling sound when listening to some DAB stations!
Burbling or break up of sound on DAB is usually a symptom of a weak signal, so firstly we recommend that you use our postcode checker (see 'check your DAB coverage' panel on the right) as this gives a guide as to which DAB stations you should be able to receive. Please note however that this does not take into account, local conditions such as obstructions or building materials and most importantly you should ensure that the supplied telescopic aerial is correctly fitted and fully extended upright. If you are having difficulty receiving a good signal, try moving your unit to a different location and if necessary perform a new AutoScan/AutoTune as instructed elsewhere in our Q&A's.
Like TVs, all DAB/FM radios require a good signal to work properly. In most cases, the supplied telescopic aerial provides adequate reception, but in areas of poor reception an external aerial will greatly improve results. We would like to point out that even in good areas an external aerial will guarantee optimum reception and is a worthwhile investment for best reception quality.
- 10. I can hear a slight whine coming from my R1 power supply!
R1 uses a modern 'switch mode' type power adaptor. These devices are more energy efficient but occasionally emit a low level, high frequency whine when not under load. This typically happens when R1 is in standby. If you experience such a problem, please contact us directlyfor help and advice.
- 11. Can I adjust the brightness of my R1 Mk2 display in standby?
When first released we envisaged that our R1 Mk2 would primarily be used as a bedside radio, so we set the screen brightness to be low in standby, so it would not disturb sleep. As a running update we made changes, so customers could set the screen brightness in standby to high, medium or low. Later versions of R1 Mk2 were mainly manufactured with this option already installed, but for customers who have our R1 Mk2 without this feature we have instructions and software which you can download by clicking here. This update only gives the facility to adjust the backlight level of the R1 Mk2 in standby and does not update R1 Mk2 any other way. If you do not need this function then we suggest that you leave your R1 Mk2 as it is.
Please note that a computer running a 32bit version of Windows XP or Windows 7 will be required to install this update. 64 bit architectures or Mac OSX are not compatible.
- 12. What is the power consumption of R1 when in standby and when active?
Our R1 Mk2 complies with the latest EU regulations and draws just under 1.5 watts in standby and an average of 5 watts when working depending on volume level.
- 13. Can I wirelessly stream music to R1?
R1 does not directly have the ability to stream music but if you want to do this we highly recommend using a Bluetooth receiver such as the QED uPlay which can easily be connected to R1's auxiliary input. Providing your mobile phone, laptop or computer has Bluetooth built in and Bluetooth is enabled, with such a device you can wirelessly stream music to R1 with excellent sound quality.
- 14. Why is there a delay between DAB and FM broadcasts?
This is because digital and analogue signals are broadcast in different ways. Analogue signals are transmitted direct, but digital signals are digitised before being transmitted and are then processed again before being turned back into sound. This processing adds a slight delay compared to analogue devices.
- 15. How do I store station presets on my R1?
To store a DAB or FM station in a numbered preset, firstly the station should playing. Decide which preset (number 1-5) that you would like to store the station in and then press and hold the button until 'Preset (number of button) Saved' appears on the screen. Repeat this same operation for the other presets. Please note that you can store up to 5 stations in DAB and FM mode, making a total of 10.
To recall a station, buttons 1-5 on the control should again be pressed, but this time only a quick press is required, as holding the button down is likely to overwrite and delete a previously stored station. To help further, we also have a short tutorial video.
- 16. Can I connect other audio devices to R1?
Any audio device that has a standard 3.5mm headphone output can be connected to the AUX input on R1 and enjoyed with R1's sonorous sound. Leads to do this are available through our online shop and most audio stores.
- 17. The display on my R1 has stopped working!
Very occasionally a jolt of static electricity can cause the display screen to blank out. R1 continues to function, but no information is displayed.
To rectify this, disconnect completely from the power supply, wait for a few seconds and then reconnect. When turned back on the display should function as normal. If the problem continues, please contact us for further help and advice.
- 18. How do I set the sleep function on R1 Mk2?
Setting the sleep function on R1 is an easy process, but to show you how it's done we have a short video clip you can watch here.
- 19. How do I change the EQ settings on the R1 Mk2?
Changing the EQ settings on R1 is an easy process, but to make it clear how it's done, we have a short video clip you can watch here.
- 20. How do I change the backlight settings on my R1 Mk2?
Changing the backlight settings on R1 is an easy process, but to make it clear how it's done, we have a short video clip you can watch here.
- 21. My new LED light bulbs are affecting DAB reception
An article in Which? magazine highlighted this issue and said that under the Electromagnetic Compatibility Regulations 2006, light bulbs which interfere with digital radios should not be sold. If new bulbs interfere with the digital reception on your radio, you should be entitled to money back or a replacement, depending on when you bought it.
- 22. I saw sparks when connecting the power supply to my R1! Is this normal?
Best practise with any electrical device is always to make all connections secure before turning on the mains power, as if the power supply is ‘powered up’ then it is likely that sparks may be seen. The actual power is extremely low and will not cause harm, but as the connector comes close to the power socket on R1 then there comes a point where the air gap between the two points is no longer insulating enough to prevent the flow of electrons and at this point they jump and ionize the air causing the sparks you see.
- 23. The reception quality on my radio has changed. What could this be?
Burbling or break up of sound on DAB and FM is usually a symptom of a weak signal, so firstly we recommend that you check that nothing has changed regarding the position of your radio and ensure that the aerial is properly connected and extended. Occasionally broadcasters make changes to their transmissions and in this case you may find that performing a new AutoScan/AutoTune (as instructed elsewhere in our Q&A's) will resolve reception issues. If this does not work we recommend that you visit the Radio and Television Investigation Service website. Here you will find lots of useful information about broadcasting as well as a useful feature where you can insert your postcode to find out if there are any issues with transmitters that service your area.
Of course you are also welcome to contact us directly for support if required.