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Author Topic: DRR ?? - Like DVR only for FM broadcast radio?  (Read 3208 times)

MilesAhead

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DRR ?? - Like DVR only for FM broadcast radio?
« on: December 21, 2012, 10:29:49 AM »
I know there are web radio capture apps. But what I'm curious about is portable FM broadcast radio with memory. Just like DVR it would have buffered the current station. If you miss what was just said, hit the back up button for a few seconds, then resume. Seems like it should be out there with the cheap memory available these days.

Anyone heard of it not costing arm + leg??

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Re: DRR ?? - Like DVR only for FM broadcast radio?
« Reply #1 on: December 23, 2012, 12:28:17 AM »
Roberts Record R DAB/FM RDS/SD Digital Portable Radio Recorder

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Technical Details
  •    Digital/FM Radio
  •    Pause Plus' - Allows you to rewind 'live' radio
  •    Record to SD card from DAB and FM (SD not included)
  •    MP3/WMA/AAC playback from SD card
  •    Record Timers

Mixed reviews, a quick search on Amazon.com couldn't find it - possibly not available in the USA, (I wonder why).

Doesn't do exactly what you wanted but at least it does record from FM.

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Re: DRR ?? - Like DVR only for FM broadcast radio?
« Reply #2 on: December 23, 2012, 09:51:45 AM »
Thanks for the reply. It is strange. I found one table top radio with RDR-1 model name. None of the features listed record to memory or HD off the air. But the reviewer said the record function makes it. Maybe he meant would make it if it had it? I don't understand.  Seems like some MP3 players with FM radio can record to the memory, but hand held the reception is likely to go in and out.

edit: plus I'm not sure if the MP3 kind have the rewind buffer feature like a DVR has. That's what I'm looking for. The radio show recorded often can be downloaded later.
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Ideally I'd like to get a digital tuner with keypad so you punch in the number. Not seek to next strong signal.  My Kenwood FM receiver has direct frequency input. But it's wicked obsolete.  Only plays the old standard audio CDs.

« Last Edit: December 23, 2012, 10:04:28 AM by MilesAhead »

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Re: DRR ?? - Like DVR only for FM broadcast radio?
« Reply #3 on: December 23, 2012, 07:47:50 PM »
Something you probably never considered but seems to be able to do what you want:

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FM Radio and Buffer Recording

Built in FM radio allows you to enjoy your favorite FM channels at anytime. Radio recording with buffer recording function, allow you to take 3, 10 or 30 seconds before the content, to help you relive exciting content.

There was also a short discussion on the Arduino forum here, (from Aug. 2010) - maybe you can contact the OP and see if he made any headway, (this looks like it could be him).

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Re: DRR ?? - Like DVR only for FM broadcast radio?
« Reply #4 on: December 23, 2012, 11:36:07 PM »
Thanks for the info. :)

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Re: DRR ?? - Like DVR only for FM broadcast radio?
« Reply #5 on: December 24, 2012, 09:24:24 AM »
Roberts Record R DAB/FM RDS/SD Digital Portable Radio Recorder
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Technical Details
  •     Digital/FM Radio
  •     Pause Plus' - Allows you to rewind 'live' radio
  •     Record to SD card from DAB and FM (SD not included)
  •     MP3/WMA/AAC playback from SD card
  •     Record Timers

Mixed reviews, a quick search on Amazon.com couldn't find it - possibly not available in the USA, (I wonder why).

Doesn't do exactly what you wanted but at least it does record from FM.

I think the US uses a different format for digital broadcasts so there won't be much crossover of products across the pond.

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Re: DRR ?? - Like DVR only for FM broadcast radio?
« Reply #6 on: December 24, 2012, 12:12:50 PM »
Thank you. :)

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Re: DRR ?? - Like DVR only for FM broadcast radio?
« Reply #7 on: December 24, 2012, 08:40:28 PM »
I use Total Recorder Pro to do this. It has all the features you are looking for and a lot more -- it outputs many file types on the fly (including MP3, and flac), a scheduler for unattended recording, and an excellent audio editor.

My radio source is a stereo receiver connected to a PC through a sound card. To get high quality sound, I use an M-Audio Transit USB sound adapter, which is no longer made or supported, but you can get a Behringer UCA222 for about $30, which should do just as well.  If you are not concerned about audio quality, you can connect any radio to the line input of your computer sound card.

Tune-In Radio Pro ($0.99) will allow you to record Internet FM stations, as will a number of other Android and iOS apps, but you won't get the quality you get by recording from an FM radio using Total Recorder and a good sound adapter.