VideoLogic Announces Follow-Up to Revolutionary DAB Radio Tuner

VideoLogic Systems – a division of Imagination Technologies – has announced its DAB Digital Radio Tuner DRX-601ES. The DRX-601ES builds on the success of the award winning DRX-601E with performance tuning and an elegant silver design. The DRX-601ES is being premiered at the Sound & Vision Show, Marriott Hotel, Bristol from 23 - 25 February 2001 and will be available from April 2001.

The VideoLogic DRX-601ES features a stylish silver anodised aluminium front panel along with silver finish casework and controls. Further enhancements include cool blue LED indicators and an easy to read blue/white display, which contrast the silver design.

Says Kevin Dale, president, VideoLogic: "The DRX-601E has been DAB's great product success story and the new DRX-601ES builds on that acclaim with its elegant design and our new PAC™ audio-optimisation technology. Never has digital radio looked or sounded this good at such an affordable price."

DRX-601ES also improves upon the audio quality of the award-winning DRX-601E with optimised PAC™ Technology for psycho-acoustic compensation, the result of which is a significantly more natural sound than other digital radio tuners.

The reaction from the press to the DRX-601E has been amazing, with top scores from What Hi-Fi and Stuff magazines and Best Buy Awards from Hi-Fi Choice and Classic FM already won. "In terms of sound quality this 'budget' DAB tuner can meet more expensive alternatives head on," decided Hi Fi Choice (Feb '01). "This is a real bargain," agreed Gramophone (Feb '01), "and comes with a solid recommendation for anyone considering a move into digital radio but discouraged by the high prices of hardware to date."

Analogue FM or MW radio signals suffer from several kinds of interference travelling between the transmitter and the radio, caused by tall buildings, the landscape or weather conditions. Digital radio selects the strongest regional transmitter automatically and then actually uses any obstacles as reflectors to create multiple path reception conditions that optimise receiver sensitivity and ensure users get digital-quality sound with no break-ups.

As well as crystal-clear reception and high-detail digital-quality sound, DRX-601ES can provide additional information including station identification, track listings, traffic and news data or other text (dependent on transmission content provided by the broadcasting station), which is displayed on the DRX-601ES' integral LCD screen. The DRX-601ES can be used with any standard hi-fi amplifier.

The stylish silver design of the DRX-601ES is intended to complement the user's hi-fi separates system, either as an additional input source to a hi-fi amplifier or as a replacement for an existing radio tuner. DRX-601ES has a high quality slim-line aluminium fascia with a very easy to use interface. The system is accompanied by a fully featured infrared remote control for the easy selection of main channel or secondary service broadcasts. Secondary service is a 'sub-channel' that can contain additional broadcasts like news, competitions or expanded information that enrich the user's enjoyment of the main broadcast.

DRX-601ES has high performance 24-bit / 96 kHz delta sigma digital to analogue converters for high-quality stereo digital audio, a low noise toroidal transformer power supply, fast auto-tune and service selection as well as nine station presets operated from the remote control.

DRX-601ES includes a full suite of input and output features for maximum connectivity including: S/P-DIF digital output (48KHz) via Toslink and phono connectors for direct digital recording to MiniDisc or DAT, loop through circuit for external FM/AM tuner, RF connector for DAB antenna connection. An RDI (Receiver Data Interface) optical port is also fitted for future expansion and connectivity.