I’m experiencing poor radio reception with burbling on DAB

This answer applies to:

  • R1 Mk4
  • R1 Mk3
  • R1 Mk2
  • R2 Mk3
  • R2i Mk2
  • R3 Mk1
  • R4 Mk3
  • R4i Mk2
  • R5 Mk1
  • R7 Mk1 / Mk2
  • R7 Mk3

For DAB reception, firstly we recommend that you use this postcode checker to see which DAB stations you should be able to receive.

Depending on some of the circumstances listed below then you may find that signal strength is insufficient to provide clear and reliable playback. On DAB this will result in burbling sound and on FM you will hear background hiss.

Like TVs, radios require a good quality signal for them to work properly. In most cases and areas the supplied telescopic aerial when correctly fitted and fully extended will work fine, but if you live in a remote area or a building of steel construction or with dense walls, then you should consider the fitting of an external aerial for best reception quality. Even in good
reception areas an external aerial is often a good investment as this will provide best performance and will allow you to access stations which are out of range for an indoor aerial.

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