The Gospell GR-216: DRM Consortium announces new DRM portable

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(Source: DRM Consortium via Alokesh Gupta)

Gospell announces the imminent release of GR-216 DRM/AM/FM digital radio

Chengdu, China, September 05, 2016

Gospell, a leading supplier of pay TV system and equipment, satellite TV receiving products and microwave products, is delighted to announce the imminent release of GR-216 DRM/AM/FM digital radio, the first model in its Global Radio series range of tabletop radio. The product is designed to meet the demands of easy access to high quality information for cost-sensitive market at an affordable price.
GR-216 is equipped to receive DRM broadcast, as well as traditional FM with RDS and AM in medium wave band and shortwave band. Featuring a high performance DRM/AM/FM tuner, GR-216 provides noise-free reception of even the weakest stations. It supports the latest audio compression standard xHE-AAC and traditional HE-AAC as well as SBR and parametric stereo.
Besides the built-in whip antenna and ferrite bar antenna, dedicated AM/FM external antenna terminals with switch are located on the rear side of the radio, this will help those who live or work in a metal or concrete building and enjoy listening to a radio.
This unique radio will automatically turn itself on and initiate its emergency-tuning process when the Emergency Warning Broadcasting is engaged. The radio will enlarge its volume, flash the backlight, play siren sound and tune itself to the emergency program.
In addition to DRM program recording, AM/FM are also supported. Recorded program will be stored on the attached USB pen drive and can be played back on other devices such as a phone or a tablet. The GR216 also includes a scheduler which allows the user to schedule regular and unattended recordings for their favorite radio programme.
The built-in high-quality 3 inch full-range speaker with enlarged magnet provides outstanding audio performance and room filling sound. With the help of state-of-the-art audio processing technology, GR-216 includes separate bass, mid and treble tone controls and a graphics equalizer, users can tailor the sound to their taste. We’ve provided an output for headphones along with an audio output on the rear side of the radio for line recording or to connect GR-216 as a radio tuner to a home audio system.
As a tabletop radio, GR-216 features dual independent alarm clocks with sleep timer. The alarm clock allows for once, daily, weekday and weekend settings. The alarm can be adjusted to the volume you prefer with buzzer or radio stations.
All aspects of set-up, time and program information are clearly shown through an easy to read large LCD display with white backlight, which is paired with an intuitive rotary control, enabling quick and easy navigation. The display brightness and contrast can be adjusted for a comfortable night’s sleep.
“GR-216 is designed with the purpose and vision of providing easy access to high quality information, while utilizing a simple and intuitive user interface”. Said Haochun Liu, director of DRM development department, Gospell. “With the help of a carefully design and concrete quality, GR-216 will be a durable device that supports long-term use.”
For additional information, please visit www.gospell.com or contact Gospell sales at
haojq@gospell.com
About Gospell
Founded in 1993, Gospell Digital Technology Co Ltd (GOSPELL). is a private hi-tech enterprise with R&D, manufacturing, business consultancy and planning, trade, delivery, project implementation and after sales service, acting as a complete DTV and triple-play solution provider for Digital TV/OTT related projects. Headquartered in GOSPELL INDUSTRIAL PARK at Chenzhou, Hunan Province for CPE related production manufacturing, GOSPELL also has its office in Shenzhen for business/marketing management and administration, in Chengdu for R&D and headend/transmitter system production/debugging and Customer Service Center, and in 12 cities
in China as well as international offices in India, Africa and Mexico.
Gospell announces the imminent release of GR-216 DRM/AM/FM digital radio
Chengdu, China, September 05, 2016
Gospell, a leading supplier of pay TV system and equipment, satellite TV receiving products and microwave products, is delighted to announce the imminent release of GR-216 DRM/AM/FM digital radio, the first model in its Global Radio series
range of tabletop radio. The product is designed to meet the demands of easy access to high quality information for cost-sensitive market at an affordable price.
GR-216 is equipped to receive DRM broadcast, as well as traditional FM with RDS and AM in medium wave band and shortwave band. Featuring a high performance DRM/AM/FM tuner, GR-216 provides noise-free reception of even the weakest stations. It supports the latest audio compression standard xHE-AAC and traditional HE-AAC as well as SBR and parametric stereo.
Besides the built-in whip antenna and ferrite bar antenna, dedicated AM/FM external antenna terminals with switch are located on the rear side of the radio, this will help those who live or work in a metal or concrete building and enjoy listening to a radio.
This unique radio will automatically turn itself on and initiate its emergency-tuning process when the Emergency Warning Broadcasting is engaged. The radio will enlarge its volume, flash the backlight, play siren sound and tune itself to the emergency program.
In addition to DRM program recording, AM/FM are also supported. Recorded program will be stored on the attached USB pen drive and can be played back on other devices such as a phone or a tablet. The GR216 also includes a scheduler which allows the user to schedule regular and unattended recordings for their favorite radio program.
The built-in high-quality 3 inch full-range speaker with enlarged magnet provides outstanding audio performance and room filling sound. With the help of state-of-the-art audio processing technology, GR-216 includes separate bass, mid and treble tone controls and a graphics equalizer, users can tailor the sound to their taste. We’ve provided an output for headphones along with an audio output on the rear side of the radio for line recording or to connect GR-216 as a radio tuner to a home audio system.
As a tabletop radio, GR-216 features dual independent alarm clocks with sleep timer. The alarm clock allows for once, daily, weekday and weekend settings. The alarm can be adjusted to the volume you prefer with buzzer or radio stations.
All aspects of set-up, time and program information are clearly shown through an easy to read large LCD display with white backlight, which is paired with an intuitive rotary control, enabling quick and easy navigation. The display brightness and contrast can be adjusted for a comfortable night’s sleep.
“GR-216 is designed with the purpose and vision of providing easy access to high quality information, while utilizing a simple and intuitive user interface”. Said Haochun Liu, director of DRM development department, Gospell. “With the help of a carefully design and concrete quality, GR-216 will be a durable device that supports long-term use.”
For additional information, please visit www.gospell.com or contact Gospell sales at haojq@gospell.com
About Gospell
Founded in 1993, Gospell Digital Technology Co Ltd (GOSPELL). is a private hi-tech enterprise with R&D, manufacturing, business consultancy and planning, trade, delivery, project implementation and after sales service, acting as a complete DTV and triple-play solution provider for Digital TV/OTT related projects. Headquartered in GOSPELL INDUSTRIAL PARK at Chenzhou, Hunan Province for CPE related production manufacturing, GOSPELL also has its office in Shenzhen for business/marketing management and administration, in Chengdu for R&D and headend/transmitter system production/debugging and Customer Service Center, and in 12 cities
in China as well as international offices in India, Africa and Mexico.

14 thoughts on “The Gospell GR-216: DRM Consortium announces new DRM portable

  1. Harald DL1ABJ

    soon there will be more different DRM receivers “announced” than stations actually broadcasting in DRM… 🙂

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    1. RonF

      By my personal reckoning, only about 20% of consumer-market receivers that have been publicly announced since DRM was launched ~14 years ago have ever been released. That’s not good odds…

      And of the ones that have been released, there haven’t really been any good ones since the Radioscape RS500 module went out of production back in 2008.

      (Don’t get me wrong; I think DRM was an amazing development that could’ve rejuvenated AM & SW broadcasting, and I’ve been catching it on and off since some of the early transmissions in 2005/6. But note my use of past tense there – the boat has long sailed, and DRM has missed its chance.)

      Reply
  2. Cap

    Interesting radio, the best looking DRM radio by a mile…..probably targeting India as that is where most DRM broadcasts are.
    Price? I would guess around 120 bucks at the very most.
    Good news for DRM.

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  3. TP Reitzel

    If it’s fairly easy to purchase the GR-216 in the USA, I’ll likely buy one to complement my new Sangean HDR-18 HD receiver. I’m still evaluating the HDR-18 and the GR-216 would look nice next to it!

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  4. Keith Perron

    A few facts.

    1: This company has the same address as the company that made the Newstar DR111. Chengdu Newstar Electronics is no longer around.
    2: The company profile for Gospell is verbatim of what Chengdu Newstar Electronics has as a company profile. Only difference is the name of the company was replaced.
    3: The picture of the building is the same that Chengdu Newstar Elctronics used.
    4: The email contact for the Newstar was haojq@newstar.com and the email contact for this one is haojq@gospell.com.
    5: Having check the the registration of the website with the Central Government Business Registration Office Guangdong Province Bureau. It’s the same details as that of Chengdu Newstar Electronics.

    Since the late 1990s over 20 DRM receivers have been released. None of them have been mass produced and this one like all the ones that came before won’t be.

    It would be like someone continuing to push the 8-track format after technology changed or SONY continuing with the BETA deck.

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    1. Thomas Post author

      Gospell Digital Technology Co.,ltd. acquires Newstar:
      http://drmnainfo.blogspot.com/2016/02/the-gospell-sic-according-to-newstar.html

      Here’s the press release:

      Dear Newstar Customers,

      We are pleased to announce Newstar Electronics has recently been acquired by Gospell Digital Technology Co.,ltd. Patents and technology of Newstar will be transferred to Gospell. This acquisition will further enable Gospell to leverage best practices and look at new opportunities in the digital radio receiver market.

      Gospell Digital Technology Co.,Ltd. (GOSPELL) is a private hi-tech enterprise with R&D, manufacturing, business consultancy and planning, trade, delivery, project implementation and after sales service, acting as a complete DTV and triple-play solution provider for Digital TV/OTT related projects.

      Gospell will continue on DRM development and business.

      For more information on DRM technology and products, please email liuhc@gospell.com
      For more information about Gospell, please visit http://www.gospell.com

      This is the end of our journey with Newstar, but we are on to new adventures. The management of Newstar would like to thank you for your past business and long time support. We look forward to these new opportunities and to working together in the future.

      Sincerely,
      Chengdu Newstar Electronics Co., Ltd.
      HC Liu
      CEO

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  5. Curt Schwarzwalder

    The title of this thread is: “The Gospell GR-216: DRM Consortium announces new DRM portable.”

    This seems to be an AC-powered tabletop clock-radio. How is it “portable?”

    I am a little leery of a consumer product announced by a “consortium”, for instance iBiquity (the “HD” Radio consortium) markets Sparc branded IBOC FM hybrid-digital radios in the U.S.

    I like the idea of DRM in theory, but it just hasn’t been widely adopted by either broadcasters or consumers. It is certainly not a replacement for simple, inexpensive analog radio, but can be a higher-quality parallel service.

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