Thursday, November 18, 2010

Uniwave Di-Wave 100: What went right (what went wrong)?

I was reading a review of the Uniwave DRM by N9EWO. I also recall hearing from one of our loyal DRMNA members that the build was very cheap. So what happened? Was it not sensitive enough for the North American market? Too many bugs? Cheap build? Really only a prototype? Too '^&#@' expensive? Too small of a production run?

After 5 years playing with DRM, I have seen them come and I have seen them go. DRM receivers are much like the band in This is Spinal Tap. "They are currently residing in the 'where are they now' file."

Remember these classics? Himalaya, TechniSat, Morphy-Richards, Mayah, Digital World Traveller, Sangean, Starwaves, Kchibo... the list goes on.

What will our radio need to have a lasting impact on the DRM market and be usable by the masses? Clearly we have an uphill battle to create a solid working yet reasonably priced set. Why have the big players in consumer electronics stayed out of the DRM fray? I'm thinking Sony, Panasonic, Grundig, etc.