HD Radio…am I missing out?

I’m far from being a Luddite, yet I don’t hop on every technology that comes along. For example, HD Radio. I’m more of an Internet radio supporter, so it would be hard to imagine buying a receiver just to listen to something I can already get for free. Though I am loving XM Radio’s offerings, I’m waiting to subscribe until the merger with Sirius either happens or dissolves.

I know 94.7 FM offers a second station only available via HD Radio and OPB has a station for its music offerings as well. Anyone out there have an HD receiver and can tell me if spending the cash for a receiver is really worth it?

3 Comments so far

  1. wakako (unregistered) on February 17th, 2008 @ 9:50 pm

    i know my friend eecue was talking about it. I think he got one.

    Here is a link to his website. (www.eecue.com) I think you can search his blog to get some info on this.

  2. Robb (unregistered) on February 18th, 2008 @ 2:28 am

    I’ve had HD Radio for about 1 month now. I bought the Alpine CDA-9883 iPod receiver and the extra Alpine HD Radio unit, which was $200 + installation costs. There are definitely cheaper ways to go, though. I NEED my radio, though, and so this was a worthwhile experiment for me.

    I really like it. The stations I happened to listen to most broadcast in HD, and it makes a difference:

    KMHD – the jazz station. When it switches over to HD, there’s a definite difference – truly a jump in the sound quality.

    OPB – there are three channels transmitted over HD – the standard one, plus a ‘rock’ music station, plus one that’s all book readings and news. I have not, though, been able to detect a difference in sound quality of the main channel.

    KBOO – broadcasts in HD … although I don’t detect a difference in quality. The HD broadcast also has a noticeably lower gain than the normal FM — I have to turn up the volume when switching to them. I’ve been meaning to let them know about this.

    KEX – an AM station … in HD it’s pretty much FM quality. MUCH more listenable. And there are a couple of shows (that lawyer guy) that I like listening to.

    Apparently, each station can decide how they use the extra ‘bandwidth’ that HD gives them.

    I live close-in and have no problems with reception. I’m open to any questions if people have them. I’m happy with the Alpine HD unit, but not so happy with the CDA-9883.

  3. Random Citizen (unregistered) on February 18th, 2008 @ 12:59 pm

    Thanks for the info!

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