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    Question HD Radio Suggestions needs

    Which HD Radio do you recommend?
    How's the sound quality compare to XM or SIRIUS Radio?
    I'm leaning toward HD Radio because of the $50 rebates and no monthly fee.
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    I think, with my wife's parents living in the mountains, that one of the big advantages of satellite is that you get it everywhere, like satellite TV. HD radio still has the shortcomings of poor reception in remote areas I believe. That said, I voted HD just because:

    - I think the sound quality will certainly be good enough for my needs in a vehicle.
    - I don't want another subscription service on top of all the others.
    - I don't generally drive in areas where poor reception is an issue for very long.

    I have no idea which of the two actually contribute to better quality listening in a well equipped vehicle. Most rental vehicles I use have satellite radio, but significantly worse quality sound than my own car, which does not have satellite radio.

    I also have not looked into programming preferences either way, so I'm probably a very uneducated voter.

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    HD does not mean High Definition.

    I voted Sirius,

    1. no commercials
    2. you can use it anywhere in the lower 48 states most of Canada and some of Mexico. Awesome for those that take long car trips.
    3. Sound quality is as good a CD. Especially hard wired in a car or through a dedicated tuner at home.
    4. Did I mention no commercials.
    5. All the sports that are covered. Baseball, Basketball, Football, NHL and Auto motive sports like Nascar.
    6. Hair Nation, you get to choose the type of music you want to hear (Rock, POP, R&B, Classical, 50's - 90's. Not just what stations are available in your area like terrestrial or HD radio.

    I know the cost can be an issue for some but my Sporster Replay cost 100.00 3 years ago and is even cheaper now. And the yearly subscription is I think 130.00 a year. To me it is worth it and cheaper than cable tv.
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    That's like working your way through Katie Perry in order to get to Rosie O'Donnell.

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    I would check first and make sure HD radio is available in your area. My Onkyo 885 had an HD tuner, but not a single channel availabe in my area.

    If it is available, it has better sound than XM or Sirius, according to everything I have read. And of course, it's free.

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    forget to mention that I am planning to use it for home.
    I think there is 28 station available in New York area. And I believe Satellite radio is better than HD from what I read online but I've never heard both of them. Correct me if I am wrong.

    http://www.hdradio.com/find_an_hd_di...io_station.php

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    The only reason I would consider satellite radio is if I were constantly on the road or lived in a rural area. I just don't like the pricing structure, unless one absolutely can't receive a signal any other way.

    Now HD is a different story, my kind of FREE signal with more and more station adding it to their existing signal. The current $50 rebate is good till the end of Sep, and is paid within a month of submission....at least that was my experience.

    I purchased the Sony XDR-F1HD tuner to use with my existing system, but there are many HD table radio and car options including Polk with one of the best and most pricey.

    Amazon and JR sell the Sony XDR-F1HD for $100; making it only $50 with the HD Radio Rebate....an amazing value. It has turned out to be the best tuner I have ever owned!

    Be aware though that the digital HD signal requires a solid signal. stations with marginal reception will revert to standard AM or FM; still this Sony turner is much better than any tuner I have in the house.



    A couple links of interest:

    Sony Test Report

    Polk Audio I-Sonic HD table radio (also sat radio & DVD player)

    Sony, AVS Forum Thread
    SDA SRS 1.2
    Adcom GFA-5802
    Adcom GFP-750
    Sony DVP-NS999ES

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    How about this Cambridge?

    I just need the tuner like Sony but this has higher MSRP and optical out.

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    I didn't vote but it would have been XM. It comes down to what you wish to listen to, the music or the talk shows. If just music why not HD radio, if talk hell yes XM. If you travel just 60 miles from your house often why not XM just to avoid the radio search issues.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MKZ View Post
    How about this Cambridge?

    I just need the tuner like Sony but this has higher MSRP and optical out.
    The Polk Audio I-Sonic "Link" I listed above has a table that compares the 820HD to several others.
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    I voted for HD for the following reasons:
    1. free
    2. slightly better sound quality(sq) than standard AM/FM
    2a. much better AM reception and sq
    3. same station can broadcast multiple sub-channels
    4. station can broadcast text info about songs
    5. I don't subscribe to satellite, so I don't know what it broadcasts. I hear it's good.

    Actually, this vote mis-frames the issue. HD Radio is just the same old plain (free) radio stations with a digital signal. The question should simply be: Is satellite radio worth the cost?
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    Default NO HD REception . Radio problem or Reception problem???

    I just got an I-sonic radio which is nice bnut I don't receive a single HD station.Could this be likely radio malfunction or area poor reception? the regular AM?FM stations sound awesom but when I tune into HD I get nothing Nada. Any ideas? Also , How does the isonioc compare with the Canmbridge i765. I just bought the very last I765 that was available online and got the special $249 price so I had to grab it. I'll have the answer to my question myself in a few days but mostly I was curious if anuyone has done a comparison. Does my lack oh HD reception imply radio malfunction ? Regu;arradio sounds awesopme as does the ipos dock whicjh required some coaxing to sound good. Any help would be highly appreciated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joe08867 View Post
    I voted Sirius,
    3. Sound quality is as good a CD. Especially hard wired in a car or through a dedicated tuner at home.
    This is absolutely NOT true. The following is a response from Sirius customer service following an enquiry as to what Sirius uses for bitrate. I was not the enquirer but found this online but this is common knowledge.

    Dear Brian,

    Thanks for your recent email. We appreciate the time you have taken to
    contact SIRIUS in regards to our bitrate. Currently at this time our
    system is using a 34 Kbs bitrate. We understand any inconvenience this
    may cause. We are trying to accommodate listeners of all types. We
    hope this information helps.

    We are committed to providing you with the best in customer care. If
    you have any more questions, please feel free to contact SIRIUS
    Customer
    Care. For your convenience, we are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a
    week at:

    1-888-539-SIRIUS (7474)

    As well as by email at:

    www.sirius.com/customercare

    Sincerely,

    Michael B
    SIRIUS Customer Care


    The bitrate of a redbook cd is 1411.2 kb/s. There is no comparison in quality even hard wired. XM is similar.
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    I would go with the SIRIUS/XM.

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