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Anyone remember HD Radio?

Discussion in 'Tech Talk - Gadgets, Gizmos and Technology' started by Mark Holtz, Mar 21, 2014.

  1. Mark Holtz

    Mark Holtz Day Sleeper

    Mar 23, 2002
    Sacramento, CA
    Does anyone remember HD Radio? I remember hearing commercials on it a while ago. Yet, when I was doing some research on a replacement car, I am more likely to see a car equipped with a satellite radio receiver than with a HD radio receiver. Wasn't this supposed to be a digital version of radio?
  2. TheRatPatrol

    TheRatPatrol Hall Of Fame

    Oct 1, 2003
    Phoenix, AZ
  3. dualsub2006

    dualsub2006 Icon

    Aug 28, 2007
    Sirius pays car manufacturers to include satellite radio in their cars, and nobody does the same for HD radio.

    In some models, HD is included. In some others, you can add the option for HD or satellite for a few hundred dollars.

    HD radio was the industry response to satellite and streaming music options, but most people just don't care about it.

    Sent from my Galaxy Nexus using DBSTalk mobile app
  4. Stuart Sweet

    Stuart Sweet The Shadow Knows!

    Jun 18, 2006
    HD Radio is still out there. It's not as common, but I've seen it in a number of rental cars.The big benefit at the moment is that if you are listening to a station with an HD simulcast, it will switch over when it can.
  5. Jim148

    Jim148 Godfather

    Jun 22, 2004
    I have some HD radios. They are a digital modulation standard on the broadcast bands. We do discuss it on AVS Forums from time to time.

  6. fleckrj

    fleckrj Icon

    Sep 4, 2009
    Cary, NC
    My 2014 Honda CR-V has both XM and HD radio. My Denon AVR-1911 also has HD radio. There are many HD radio channels in my area.
  7. RAD

    RAD Well-Known Member

    Aug 5, 2002
    Wifes 2013 Audi has HD + XM/Sirius radio.
  8. Laxguy

    Laxguy Honi Soit Qui Mal Y Pense.

    Dec 2, 2010
    I like it a lot. Glad for the link above, which led me to download an app for finding more stations in HD. I like the soundtracks name and artist.

    My car has it and a trial Sirius, the latter dropped like a hot potato when the trial was up. Even their traffic info is poor.
  9. fleckrj

    fleckrj Icon

    Sep 4, 2009
    Cary, NC
    I keep XM radio in the car because I drive the I-77 corridor frequently, and with AM or FM radio, every time I go around a curve I have to search for a new radio station. In many areas along that route, I am lucky to find even one station, and more often than not, it is not something I want to listen to. Around town, I rarely listen to XM, but it is nice to have when I am on the road.
  10. harsh

    harsh Beware the Attack Basset

    Jun 14, 2003
    Salem, OR
    The same information is often available on conventional radio stations with modern car stereos using the RBDS protocol. My 2005 Lincoln factory car stereo gives artist and title information for many of my local FM stations.

  11. Cholly

    Cholly Old Guys Rule! DBSTalk Club

    Mar 22, 2004
    I have had an Insignia HD radio tuner in my bedroom home theater system for a few years. Unfortunately, Best Buy withdrew it from their stores. I also have a Kenwood HD radio in my Hyundai Santa Fe, having swapped out the original radio (which had XM). There are quite a few stations broadcasting HD radio in the Charlotte area, some with as many as 3 different program channels. Most of the time, I listen to WFAE HD1, which broadcasts jazz 24/7.
  12. 4HiMarks

    4HiMarks Hall Of Fame

    Jan 21, 2004
    Laurel, MD
    I had one of those Insignia shelf systems too. The tuner went south on it though. I do still have an HD tuner in my Denon 3311, and had it on a Kenwood aftermarket unit in my old car that I pulled and gave to a friend when I sold it. I also have a little POS portable thing about the size of an oreo, but it didn't work very well, and the battery only lasts a day or so.

    Ford was supposed to have a deal to put HD tuners as standard equipment in every vehicle made after around 2008, but that lasted less than a year, as my 2009 Escape doesn't have one. I think you can get it as an upgrade though.
  13. scooper

    scooper Hall Of Fame

    Apr 22, 2002
    Youngsville NC
    Without satellite radio - in areas like that - we get out the MP3 player and hook it up to the car stereo.
  14. Mark Holtz

    Mark Holtz Day Sleeper

    Mar 23, 2002
    Sacramento, CA
    In all the 2013 cars that I had checked, practically all of them now include a 3.5mm audio input jack for hooking up a external audio device. Some also included Bluetooth, although I don't know if it was just for the phone functions or if it was actually for the audio.
  15. dennisj00

    dennisj00 Hall Of Fame

    Sep 27, 2007
    Lake Norman, NC
    HD Radio didn't get traction because the radios or adapters were (are) expensive and it just wasn't enough improvement - particularly in a car to justify the cost.

    Our 2012 Leaf (EV) had XM, USB and 3.5mm jack in addition to Bluetooth for both audio and phone functions. We just traded for a 2014 and it has all the above and a screen for Pandora (from the smartphone).

    We loaded up an old iPod and leave it connected to the usb or BT to the phones.

    With Apples recent CarPlay announcement puts most of the functions of the iPhone on the dashboard.

  16. Laxguy

    Laxguy Honi Soit Qui Mal Y Pense.

    Dec 2, 2010
    M-B has had full functionality of iPhones/pods for several years, both Bluetooth and USB connections. I am not sure if CarPlay will add anything or not! There's also a 3.5 jack, but I've never needed it and don't see that I will.
  17. billsharpe

    billsharpe Hall Of Fame

    Jan 25, 2007
    My barber listens to KJZZ-HD1, the Long Beach jazz public radio station, with an HD radio. Much better reception than the regular FM channel.

    I listen to KJZZ-HD2 on my iPod Touch using the iHeart Radio app. They play "vocal jazz" 24 hours a day and don't even stop for pledge breaks. No announcers, just an occasional station ID.
  18. B Newt

    B Newt Icon

    Aug 12, 2007
    HD radio is so much better than FM. Sounds better and reception is better. Also get the song tags when music plays.

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  19. wingrider01

    wingrider01 Hall Of Fame

    Sep 9, 2005
    All 3 of the fords(2013) I own/lease have HD radio in them and all of the fords I rent when I travel have it.
  20. Dude111

    Dude111 An Awesome Dude

    Aug 6, 2010
    HD radio really messes up the analog bands!! (Especially at night)

    This stuff SHOULD NOT BE ON AM AT ALL!! (.53 to 1.7Mhz)

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