SYDNEY, NSW: Sony Australia has today released its first DAB+ digital radio receiver. For the first 12 months of digital radio in Australia, the specialists have had the rails run, but now competition from the Big 4 suppliers is beginning to increase.
Sony’s first DAB+ model is the CMTFX350i (RRP $279). This is a micro hi-fi system with both DAB+ and FM tuners, an integrated iPod dock, 10-watt RMS stereo sound, top-loading CD player and MP3/portable audio input.
Talking about this release is Sony Australia product manager, home audio and video, Hassan Mahdi.
“Without a doubt, digital radio has injected a new wave of excitement into the age-old medium, offering listeners more entertainment options and a new level of quality sound,” said Mahdi.
“Over the last year, we’ve been watching the growth of digital radio in Australia with great interest. As more digital stations and content have become available and consumers begin to understand the possibilities of this format, we feel it’s the right time to introduce our first digital radio product locally.”
According to research quoted by Sony Australia, 38 per cent of Australians in metropolitan areas are likely to buy a digital radio in the next 12 months.