Most of us probably still see our parents and grandparents listening to the radio for up to date music, news, sports events and other trivial information. Radio sets have been very popular not only then but also until today that it is very interesting to learn the different types of radio sets or receivers and the functions each performs.
Several different types of radio sets are available in the market the radio lovers can choose from. It doesn’t matter whether you are a short wave listener, an AM fanatic or an FM lover, there is an available radio set that suits you. A radio set is defined as an electronic receiver that detects and demodulates as well as amplifies transmitted signals. A radio set has different parts that help in clearly receiving signals. The different parts of the receiver include, namely, the amplifier, detector, demodulator, and receiver or receiving system. The amplifier is the part of the radio set that increases the strength of the signals passing through it. The detector and the demodulator on the other hand, works together to detect the presence of radio signals or radioactivity and act as a rectifier that extracts modulation from a radio carrier wave, respectively. Lastly, there is the receiver or receiving system which is the set that receives radio or even TV signals.
Generally, radio sets come in three types: DAB digital radios, clock radios, and portable radios. Digital Audio Broadcasting (DAB) digital radios-which are regarded as the future of radio broadcasting-are a type of radio sets that employ digital signals broadcasted as groups of data known as multiplexes. Transmitted to various frequencies, each multiplex includes a number of stations which are then decoded by DAB radios. Greater sound quality is provided by DAB radios and stations in this kind of radio set are also easier to find.
On the other hand, there is the clock radio which is a perfect alternative for those who hate waking up from the sound of an alarm clock. This type will wake you up with your favorite radio station and also allows users to listen to your favorite station any time of the day. They have different models like the DAB digital clock radios and CD clock radios which give the user a choice on how he/she would want to wake up. Lastly, there are the portable radios which are popular among all age group. This radio set is small, lightweight, and can be placed anywhere around the house, in your garden or even in the beach or park. This model allows users to listen to music anytime and anywhere and come in different styles. Most portable radios also have headphone sockets, so you can listen to whatever you like without disturbing anyone else.
Choosing which type of radio set can be a bit difficult but is definitely not impossible. In choosing one needs to carefully scrutinize the sound quality, features, designs and warranty of the radio set. Budget is also an important consideration as one has to decide how much he/she is willing to shell out to buy a radio set. No matter which type you buy, being satisfied with what you chose is still the most important.
Lucius Finnegan is a college student from Minnesota. According to Lucius, studying becomes easier and faster when he listens to music coming from his Baustellenradio.