PC-DAB1-4 Multi-Ensemble DAB+/DAB Radio Capture PCle Card

Multi Ensemble DAB+ DAB Radio Capture Card



The PCIe DAB+/DAB radio capture card receives and decodes the entire contents of up to four DAB+/DAB ensembles, rendering each audio service as a virtual Windows audio capture device for use with multi-channel recording or monitoring software.



Broadcast data services, including DLS text and MOT slideshows, are also available through a simple application programming interface.
The card supports both legacy DAB MP2 audio coding as well as the new HE-AAC v2 encoding used with DAB+ broadcasts.

Any application that records from standard wave input devices can be used to record the audio streams from the DAB+ Radcap. A recording level and mute control are provided for each service through the devices’ mixer ports.

A sample monitor application is included which displays a control panel for each card and creates buttons for each audio service. When a button is clicked, it plays the audio through the default output device while displaying information obtained from the service and any DLS text and MOT images being broadcast.

The number of ensembles is factory-set as 1 (PC-DAB1), 2, 3 or 4 (PC-DAB4) but is field-expandable through a purchased expansion key. Multiple cards can be installed, allowing simultaneous monitoring or recording of more than four ensembles.

A sample application is provided with the card, allowing monitoring of DAB+/DAB audio and data as well as providing diagnostic ensemble spectrum displays, signal quality indicators and an uncorrected error counter. Each card panel displays the ensemble name and identifier, along with the phase reference correlator level and signal spectrum.

Technical Specification

Technical Specification

Operating Systems Supported

Platform: Windows Vista, Server 2008, Windows 7, Server 2008-R2, Windows 8/8.1, Server 2012/2012-R2 and Windows 10 (32-bit and 64-bit versions supported) (Note: Windows XP and Server 2003 are not supported)
Processor: 2GHz quad-core or better
Memory: 1GB minimum
Motherboard: PCIe socket, single lane or greater
Other: Sound card or motherboard sound port for monitoring


Tuning Range: Band III (174-240 MHz)
DAB Format: Mode 1
RF Input: BNC connector
PCIe Interface: Single lane PCIe 1.1
Number of Ensembles: Factory-configured for 1, 2, 3 or 4 ensembles (field-expandable for an additional fee)
Total Number of Services: 128
Error Correction: Soft-decision Viterbi inner decoder, Reed-Solomon outer decoder
Audio Decoding: MP2 and HE-AAC v2
Audio Format: 48kHz 16-bit stereo (other application sampling rates and bit depths supported through the Windows SRC) (24kHz and 32kHz services are internally up-converted to 48kHz)
Decoding Latency: 3 seconds

Equipment Type

PC-DAB1 Radcap DAB+PCIe Radio Capture Card – 1 ensemble
PC-DAB2 Radcap DAB+PCIe Radio Capture Card – 2 ensembles
PC-DAB3 Radcap DAB+PCIe Radio Capture Card – 3 ensembles
PC-DAB4 Radcap DAB+PCIe Radio Capture Card – 4 ensembles
PC-DABUP Radcap DAB+ 1 Ensemble Upgrade

Physical Specification

Dimensions (Raw):
14cm (L) x 12.5cm (H) x 2cm (D)
5.5” (L) x 4.9” (H) x 0.8” (D)
Dimensions (Boxed):
27cm (L) x 22.5cm (H) x 6cm (D)
10.6” (L) x 8.9” (H) x 2.4” (D)
Nett: 0.10kg Gross: 0.20kg
Nett: 0.2lbs Gross: 0.4lbs

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