- Brand Name: Sangean
- Model Number: HDT-1
- Tuner Technology: Digital
- Item Height: 3 inches
- Item Length: 17 inches
Sangean HDT-1 HD Radio Component Tuner (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
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- Backlit LCD display
- Program associated data services
- Auto preset system
- IR remote control
- External antenna input
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- Auto Preset System
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- Automatic Simulcast Re-configuration
- IR Remote Control
- External Antenna Input
- Line-out (Stereo-RCA)
Top Customer Reviews
Please don't consider HD Radio High Definition, it is NOT high definition, it is a digital format that means terrestrial radio broadcasters may employ multi-casting, more than one program stream on the same frequency, and that's very cool. HD radio may provide a cleaner signal with no hiss on moderately weak stations. The audio is not CD quality but it's quite good, it employs MPEG encoding, it sounds like an iPod, if that's all you've heard, HD Radio is fine. MPEG is also used on satellite radio, it's the reason they can cram so much in a narrow band.
The following is an addendum to my original review.
The following contains some techno gibberish, don't sweat it, it won't hurt.Read more ›
First off Amazon delivered the tuner in two business days - great job. The HDT-1 is easy to set up, simple to use and nice to look at. The remote works well. I have not noticed the problem with the display being too bright although I have noticed the clock lagging behind. Not a big deal.
As for the technology, the tuner tunes beautifully. I live outside of Washington DC in the Maryland suburbs and have had no trouble picking up all of the area radio stations and all with the strongest signal and in HD. There are lots of HD channels and secondary channels and virtually all of them come in with the strongest signal using the supplied antenna. As a comparison, the smooth jazz channel was inaudible on my regular stereo tuner but was crystal clear on the Sangean. This is a great piece of technology. But,
As for sound quality, I was concerned about the compression codecs used in this technology. I had read that HD radio encodes at 96kps and frankly this is what it sounds like. While crystal clear, the music is a bit dull and lacking in energy. It certainly is not "CD quality." In my opinion, 96kps is too much compression for someone who is into sound quality. I typically download my music at 256kps if not 320kps and there simply is no comparison in the quality of the mp3's streaming from ITunes wirelessly to the stereo and the HD radio direct connection. The mp3's encoded at 256 or above are far superior in sound quality to the songs encoded for HD radio. This is the unfortunate truth about HD Radio.Read more ›
In the Portland area, for example, there are now 12 FM stations and 2 AM stations already transmitting in HD digital, and 9 of the FMs transmit a (for now, commercial free) secondary channel. See the Ibiquity website to obtain a list of stations transmitting in digital in your area. In addition, there is now a HD station in Eugene (slightly over 100 miles away) that I can receive in HD about 80% of the time (using an outside FM antenna). KZEL (96.1) is the FIRST non-Portland HD station in Oregon.
I have had the Boston Acoustics "receptor" table model for almost a year. While the receptor is a fine table radio, I really wanted a tuner to plug into my audio system. The HDT-1 is a perfect choice for this application. This tuner is very selective and sensitive. Remember, however that due to FCC restrictions, the transmitted power of the FM HD signal is only 1/100 of that of its "host" frequency, so tuner sensitivity and a decent antenna are both important in receiving HD signals.
Sangean HDT-1 tuner does a fine job of decoding the HD signals, including the secondary channels.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Radio works pretty good. I use it as a monitor for the radio station(s) I work for. The one feature I find valuable is that on the AM side of the tuner, the frequency response of... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Mark Carbonaro
I never received it, I received a regular Sangean AM/FM Radio for the same price, but I've made use for it.Published 6 months ago by Jon Treichel
Received tuner in perfect condition. This model tuner has a very good FM section but The AM is noisy and not very good in low signal areas. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Joseph J Zaleski
Just got it and I'm returning it without even plugging it in! Somebody screwed up! When I ordered I was expecting the HDT-1 HD Tuner and I get a TB-100 portable radio! Read morePublished 15 months ago by MT Madman
I am totally happy with this tuner. It was simple to set up, it gets all of the HD stations in the area, and it sounds absolutely great. What else can you say? Read morePublished on April 20, 2012 by John R. Brown
I read a lot of negative reviews but decided to get it anyway and I must say this is a fine unit. Sound is as great as it can be,it picked up hd stations very well,having a blue... Read morePublished on January 16, 2012 by Harold
I bought the Sangean HDT-1X HD Radio Component Tuner from Amazon about a year ago as a gift for my wife. Read morePublished on November 17, 2011 by Ardel
I am completely upset about this purchase. We installed this radio in a commercial account. It worked for less than 24 hours. It is a piece of junk. Read morePublished on October 3, 2011 by Darrell