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Sony XDR-F1HD HD Radio Tuner (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

by Sony
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  • High Fidelity AM/FM/HD Radio Technology
  • Clear, static-free radio reception
  • FM multicasting with no subsciption fees
  • Audio Out jack
  • Full function remote control included
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Sony
  • Model: XDRF1HD
  • Power Source Type: AC
  • Item Height: 2.38 inches
  • Item Length: 6.38 inches
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 7.1 x 2.4 inches ; 2.7 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B00168Q248
  • Item model number: XDRF1HD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (334 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #77,229 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: October 2, 2001

Product Description

Product Description

Experience more choices, crystal clear sound, and no subscription fees. Enjoy music the way it was meant to be heard with AM stations that can deliver FM sound quality and FM stations that sound like your favorite CDs. With static-free sound and an easy-to-read dot matrix LCD for viewing important information, the XDR-F1HD receiver is the perfect choice for adding HD radio reception to a home audio system. Includes remote control.

From the Manufacturer

Add subscription-free HD Radio to your home audio system with this high-fidelity receiver. Features an easy-to-read display and includes a wireless remote control. Experience more choices, crystal clear sound, and no subscription fees. Enjoy music the way it was meant to be heard with AM stations that can deliver FM sound quality and FM stations that sound like your favorite CDs. With static-free sound and an easy-to-read dot matrix LCD for viewing important information, the XDR-F1HD receiver is the perfect choice for adding HD radio reception to a home audio system.

High Definition Radio with No Monthly Subscription Fees

HD Radio programming is free, unlike satellite radio where you have to purchase a subscription. It’s the most significant advancement in radio broadcasting since the introduction of FM stereo. HD Radio technology enables AM and FM radio stations to broadcast their programs digitally--unlike the analog broadcasts of the past, HD Radio gives you the clarity of a precise digital signal for ultra-high fidelity and reception. And it's all free.

The Sony XDR-F1HD Radio
Easy to see, full-dot backlit LCD display with display mode adjustments

The XDR-F1HD works with most audio systems. Just connect the receiver to most systems using the audio out jack and enjoy the many HD radio stations available now, all on your existing stereo or home theater equipment.

Increased Sound Fidelity, with 20 Station Presets

AM radio sounds like FM quality, FM radio sounds like CD quality, and HD radio is static-free digital quality reception. An HD radio doesn't just give you access to free, new broadcast content--it improves the sound and reception of the stations you already listen to. Set up to 20 of your favorite AM and FM radio stations using the memory presets.

FM Multicasting

HD Radio provides the ability to receive multiple program streams over a single FM frequency, expanding the range of available free radio content. Discover channels you just can't find with a conventional AM/FM radio.

Backlit LCD Display with Remote Control Included

An easy to see, large, full-dot backlit LCD display has brightness, contrast and display mode adjustments. In addition to displaying stations and song information, the screen also shows a 12-hour clock with the date and time. A full function remote control is included for controlling playback when you can't reach the display controls.

Technical Specifications

  • Antenna System: 75 ohm for FM, AM
  • Frequency Range: AM: 530 - 1,710 kHz, FM: 87.5 - 108 MHz
  • Output Power: 2.8 W + 2.8 W (at 10% harmonic distortion)
  • Power Requirements: 120 V AC, 60 Hz
  • Dimensions (Approx.): 7-1/8" x 2-3/8" x 6-3/8" (180 x 60 x 160mm)
  • Weight (Approx.): 2 lb 6.8 oz (1.1kg)

Customer Reviews

Sony XDRF1HD HD Radio This is a very good HD Tuner!
Amazon Customer
After a little fiddling around with antennas I now get 3 bars (out of 3) and great reception from an FM station 60 miles away using the included wire dipole antenna.
Alan R.
And even the HD signals of the analog FM stations sound quite good.
Winfred Farrell

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

341 of 351 people found the following review helpful By John Thomas on May 21, 2008
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First of all, yes, this is a tuner, NOT a radio, and Amazon should correct that! Also, HD radio is NOT High Definition radio. The HD stands for Hybrid Digital. So don't assume you'll have better sound in HD than analog radio! That said,

I have been interested in getting an HD radio to try out the format. Being an audiophile, I checked several audiophile review sites for the Sangean tuners, and they weren't getting too good of reviews. Also, their price is $200-250.
Then I came across a review for this tuner, and how much better it is, saying the FM analog portion alone is worth the price.
I have to agree, the FM tuner is much better than the tuner in my $1000 PrePro! Analog reception picks up more stations and the sound is great! Haven't heard analog FM sound this good since the 60's! Analog AM is also better than my Prepro (though not by much). Great sound, and only $99 ! This is a steal, grab it before they jack up the price! Audiophie FM tuners go for $200 & up. All this performance, and it's about the size of a car stereo!

There are about 20 FM HD stations here in Chicago, and it pulls them all in great, except for one, which keeps switching between analog and HD. There are some AM HD stations in Chicago. It would show which were HD, but none of them had enough strength to switch the tuner from analog to HD, so I couldn't judge AM HD.
Now for some things that need improving: there are 40 presets; 20 for FM and 20 for AM....not enough for FM and too many for AM. If you want to hear a HD station in analog, there's no way to switch it back to analog, you have to listen in HD. The dial glows like a cellphone, which is great while you're using it, but when you turn it off, it still glows, like a night light in a dark room. When powering down, it should dim.
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274 of 288 people found the following review helpful By Kris on October 1, 2008
The receiver is a tuner that is very small and intended to plug into your existing stereo system in a living room setting and it does this very well.
Acquiring HD is the fastest I've experienced, not the 8 seconds it should be, but close enough.
There is a really handy arrow that tells you if there are more subchannels and if you should tune 'up' or 'down' to hear them. This is really handy since it takes a while to tune HD signals, even on the best tuners.
Sound is excellent. You hear the talk radio host sip his coffee.
Remote is handy and not as useless as others think.
Presets can be set to HD subchannels. This is a major, crucial feature, and I'm very happy with it.
On AM Radio, even if the analog signal has static and interference, the HD Radio signal still comes on with crystal-clear audio. This is a huge advantage.

Some issues:
The unit runs extremely hot when tuning HD, hot when running, and very warm when off.
The back light cannot be turned off and remains lit when the power is turned off--this is a major flaw.
No optical output is a major omission for something that is just a tuner.
You cannot input a frequency. You must tune up or down one step or use presets.
The radio does remember its presets when AC power is removed, so I'm not seeing what other reviewers said.
The tuning buttons are to the left of the preset buttons meaning that I accidentally hit the preset when I want to "tune up" or "tune down".
Tuning off an HD channel is easy to do accidentally and tuning back takes a while for the HD to come back.
The tuner machine picks up alot of its own digital hash on AM.
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77 of 81 people found the following review helpful By R. Airhart on June 9, 2008
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Compared to the current Sangean, the Sony XDRF1HD is smaller, costs less, and gets as good of a signal. I have it on my computer desk plugged into my PreSonus Firebox amp.

Nice features:
* sleep button
* remote control

Not so nice:
* no volume control from Sony itself (would not matter if my PreSonus amp had a remote control)
* does not remember channels or time after a power outage

If you have HD channels in your area that you enjoy, then this is a good box. I live in D.C. and basically got this box for the extra WAMU channels.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Rich Wood on August 12, 2008
This is an amazing analog FM tuner. A few stations are listenable in stereo even when there's no signal indication on the display.

There are a couple of annoying things that have nothing to do with the quality of the analog FM reception. There are three display brightness settings. The highest will light up the room. The dimmest is hard to read.

In the Northeast we've had an unusual number of severe thunderstorms with power outages. When power is lost the tuner loses its memory and you have to reset all your presets. Since my total cost for it was $49 after the rebate I can deal with it.

The HD reception is average and, as with most HD radios, you'll need an outdoor antenna if you're not close to the stations' transmitters. The antennas supplied are OK for regular FM but inadequate for HD. This is common for HD radios and not unique to this tuner.

It's a tuner, not a radio, so you need to connect it to an amplifier and speakers. If you connect it to a high quality stereo system you'll love the analog quality when tuned to a high quality station. I find the artifacts created by HD Radio to be annoying and you can't force this tuner to analog to avoid them. They bother me. They may not bother you, especially if you're used to MP3.

It's well worth the few dollars you'll spend, especially if your stations are distant. It has a very effective ability to eliminate noise in a regular FM signal.
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