RDS / RBDS Decoder Reader with TCP/IP Connectivity

User-friendly and Remarkably Accurate

The DB5000 is a full-featured RDS/RBDS decoder with TCP/IP, COM, and USB connectivity, used for recovering/decoding of transmitted RDS information. The unit meets all the European RDS and American RBDS standards.

The device is in of two sections: A purely digital RDS/RBDS demodulator module with cascaded antialiasing and an 8th order bandpass filter for precise RDS/RBDS band selection. The composite port is suitable for connection to the MPX output of any FM receiver or modulation monitor.

The unit also is supplied with the respective managing software - the DB5000 Device Manager - providing an easy way to monitor one or multiple devices. This enables you to observe RDS/RBDS readings, perform band analysis, and to have the devices’ statuses at a glance. One of the DB5000 most impressive features is the option to send e-mails upon predefined conditions - a missing RDS/RBDS signal, RDS/RBDS or FM levels out of tolerance. These parameters then can be altered through the software.

User-friendly and Remarkably Accurate
  • Full feature RDS and RBDS decoder
  • FM Band 87-108 MHz Basic Spectrum Analyzer
  • Very high RDS Demodulation Quality
  • High Performance 8th order 57 KHz Bandpass Filter
  • Accurate digital readout of subcarrier injection level
  • Any Web Browser becomes a remote station
  • External composite MPX and RDS input
  • COM & USB Connectors for Local Connectivity
  • TCP/IP Connector for Remote Connectivity
  • Front-panel Keyboard for Local Setup
  • Purely Digital RDS Demodulation
  • Front-panel LCD screen
  • Built-in Tuner
  • E-mail Notifications on low RDS/RF Level
  • Easy installation and operation

The DB5000 recovers the additional inaudible RDS information which is transmitted by FM radio broadcasting stations and operates in accordance with all the European RDS and The American RBDS standards and specifications. The device is made up of two sections: Purely digital RDS demodulator module with cascaded antialiasing and 8th order bandpass filter for precise RDS band selection. The demodulating section performs the extraction of RDS data stream coming from the MPX composite and direct 57kHz input and built-in FM Stereo tuner module with own RDS/RBDS decoder for off-air reception. The DB5000 can be used as a very simple spectrum analyzer for remote investigation of the FM Band via Internet. The composite port is suitable for connection to any MPX output of any FM receiver or modulation monitor.

The RDS data is displayed on a superb 2x40 character LCD. It shows the program service name, format and program IDs, alternative frequencies, RDS clock, TP and TA flag status, scrolling 64-characters-long radio texts and in-house messages, traffic and emergency alerts. A rear-panel TCP/IP port allows remote using of the unit and further analysis or archiving of the received data. The DB5000 meets all the European CENELEC and American NRSC standards.

FM Antenna input
ConnectorBNC on rear panel
Impedance75 Ω
External attenuatorNo
FM frequency87.5-108.0 MHz
RDS sensitivity0 error at Vrf=-90dBµV, 4KHz RDS deviation, no modulation
Strong fieldsAGC
RF level evaluation±4dB from 20°C to 30°C, from 20dBµV to 60dBµV without modulation
Dynamic0 to 60dBµV
Attenuator6dB built-in
MPX & RDS levels
Multiplex levelPeak level displayed, 1000 samples over 1 second
RDS levelMean peak level, 1000 samples over 1 second
Accuracy of MPX deviation display ±5KHz, ±2KHz typ
Accuracy of RDS sub-carrier level display±10% typical and not guaranteed
ConnectorBNC on rear panel
Amplitudemax 10Vp-p
RDS data decoding
StandardsEuropean RDS CENELEC; United States RBDS NRSC
Error CorrectionYes
Group countingYes
Error countingYes
AF decodingYes
User interface
IndicatorsMonochrome LCD display, 2 lines with 40 characters each, front panel; 4 LEDs front panel, 1 LED rear panel
Keyboard5 buttons, front panel
Type, ConnectorUSB 2.0 compatible, B-type, rear and front panel; RS-232, DB-9 female, rear panel; Ethernet, RJ-45, rear panel
Operating conditions
Equipment operational between10° and 40°C
EMC immunity6V/m
Voltage105–130VAC or 210–255VAC, 50/60Hz; 10W
Size and Weight
Dimensions (W;H;D)483 x 45 x 180 mm
Shipping Weight540 x 115 x 300 mm / 3.100 kg
HS Code8527212000