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Question about HD Radio

Post by yeggo » Tue Mar 16, 2010 2:09 pm

I read Stereophile. It's pornography for audio buffs. Much of what is written about is easy to dismiss.........Loudspeakers for sixty-five thousand a pair, right.........but recently something caught my eye and any opinions would be welcome. HD Radio. A review of a Sony HD Tuner which can be had for less than one hundred and fifty bucks. Now for all the years I've read this silly magazine, they always palaver about how higher price/better quality components make for better performance, but this HD Unit has been called one of the best tuners available. I think HD Sound is like polishing a turd, but several local stations have converted to the format, so I suppose I"ve got to put up with it. It sounds glassy and compressed. Any thoughts?

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Re: Question about HD Radio

Post by engtaz » Tue Mar 16, 2010 2:32 pm

You actually find that there are a lot more stations to listen to when you get HD radio. Sound is clearer.

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Re: Question about HD Radio

Post by thuffman03 » Tue Mar 16, 2010 3:02 pm

I have not had the chance to listen to HD radio.
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Re: Question about HD Radio

Post by TNRabbit » Tue Mar 16, 2010 3:08 pm

My guess is the "glassy & compressed" sound is crappy original recordings. HD format is supposed to be the cat's ass~

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Re: Question about HD Radio

Post by BillD » Tue Mar 16, 2010 4:37 pm

I have a Sangean HDT-1x, which is one of the first units to output the digital signal in S/PDIF (the HDT-1 only had analog out). The best you can ever get out of a station broadcasting in HD is 300 kbits/sec - not very good and highly unlikely to be that good. Each station has that bandwidth to subdivide into its subchannels. So, what you are going to get is MP3 quality at best. The idea behind HD radio is really for cars where the background noise is so high that the lossy signal you are receiving won't be noticed. It will not fade out to static, which is the real benefit.
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