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iRiver B20 personal DAB radio and iAudio D2 mp3 player with DAB digital receiver

Two flavours of personal DAB with colour screens and mp3 capability

Why should you want a DAB radio with colour screen? Well, the nifty thing about DAB radio is that, written into the spec, is the ability for slideshow images to be carried within the radio signal.

Although both the players here have mini screens primarily to play video files, the ability to display a DAB slideshow (DAB MOT) means that you could view the artist, track and cover graphically on the colour LCD screen - or any other type of useful information (weather reports, news flashes, etc.) of interest. This type of usability has been demonstrated earlier this year in the UK, but to set the record straight, the commercial radio industry in Australia has been working with manufacturers to first demonstrate the benefits of DAB MOT in 2005.

The iRiver B20 DAB personal radio with mp3/video player features a screen just under two-and-a-half inches diagonally, and is mounted with microswitches at its sides, which controls the player's functions and navigates menus. The iAudio D2 is similar, but uses a dedicated stylus with full touchscreen for navigating around the menus. The iRiver B20 handily packs in its own mini telescopic aerial and is future-proofed to display 7 day EPG information - just like the Virgin Lobster DAB mobile can do. It will also handle DAB MOT slideshows, mentioned above. The EPG feature, however, will require a firmware upgrade.

The B20 comes in 1GB, 2GB and 4GB flavours, whereas the iAudio D20 is already offered as an 8GB as well as the standard 4GB model.

The iRiver B20 handles MPEG1 / 2 / 2.5 Layer 3, WMV, ASF and the more recent MPEG4 standard video formats, as well as WMA (including DRM), OGG Q10 and MP3 music formats. The iAudio D2 offers AVI, MPEG4 and WMV video formats and will happily accept MP3, WMA, uncompressed WAV, OGG and FLAC audio formats.

Both can be hooked up to a TV via 3.5mm sockets and both offer DAB recording; the Cowon iAudio D2 to internal memory. The B20 sports a miniSD card slot, whereas the D2 takes the (physically) larger SD and MMC card variety.

The B20 also features an alarm clock function, as indeed does the iAudio D2.

The Cowon iAudio D2 is now shipping.
The iRiver B20 is now also available.



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Above: Cowon iAudio D2 DAB/mp3/video player images
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Above: iRiver B20 DAB/mp3/video player images



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The commercial radio industry in Australia has been working with manufacturers to demonstrate uses of DAB MOT in receivers.