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Sony XDR-S3HD HD Radio (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

by Sony
82 customer reviews

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  • High-definition tabletop radio with FM multicasting and alarm
  • Digital tuning control
  • Backlit LCD display
  • Alarm time setting with radio, buzzer, or line-in source
  • Wireless remote control included
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Sony
  • Model Number: XDR-S3HD
  • Item Height: 8.46 inches
  • Item Length: 17.28 inches
  • Item Weight: 10.25 pounds
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Product Description

High Fidelity AM/FM/HD Digital Radio Technology with Clear static-free radio reception. Backlit LCD Display --- easy to see large, full-dot backlit LCD display has brightness, contrast and display mode adjustments. Wood Based Cabinet --- with simulated cherry wood finish is designed to fit into any decor with style. Data services --- text based information - artist name, song title, etc. are scrolled across the receiver display.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 17.3 x 9.3 x 8.5 inches ; 10.2 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 pounds
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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  • ASIN: B000ROKSN8
  • Item model number: XDR-S3HD
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #196,108 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at June 11, 2007

Customer Reviews

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168 of 170 people found the following review helpful By J. Hannah on August 17, 2007
I've been searching for a HD radio that I could live with for some time now. I finally found one that is worth the money. Sony did so many things right with this radio that other manufacturers should take note.

It has a beautiful wood cabinate with a cloth speaker grill. The display is very legible and shows a wealth of information at a glance. The sound quality is top notch. It fills my bedroom with a warm inviting sound that I could listen to all day. The reception is above average, never drifting off station and never any static. It pulls in distant stations with ease and even pulls in AM stations well.

The menu system is the best of any HD radio that I have tried. Very intuitive and easy to master.

I have tried other HD radio's from Polk iSonic, Sangean and Boston Acoustics. I like this one the best out of all of them. The iSonic had more features and a slightly better sound but it's software was buggy and it often did strange things not to mention that it ran so hot you could fry an egg on it. The Sangean only had one control knob to navigate through the numerous menu options. It was cumbersome to operate and the bass was way too overbearing for my liking. The Boston was a good little radio that was primarily designed to be an alarm clock. The display didn't show much information and overall I didn't like it as well as the Sony.

The Sony does have one flaw. There is a cooling fan on the botton of the unit that I can hear. Sometimes it sounds like the bearing is bad. When it is running correctly all I hear is a slight fan noise. If it were on my night stand it would be irritating. To combat this problem I placed it across the room on my dresser. I just wonder how long the bearings will last in that fan......
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159 of 163 people found the following review helpful By Thunderhead22 on September 5, 2007
I needed a table-top radio for my new office. I did a fair amount of research but was frustrated with the dearth of reviews (zilch on CNET, etc.). I did a test drive of a demo unit at a store and it sounded ok, and the HD aspect seemed to work. I ordered a unit and have had it for about a week. No problems with the reception. I am now able to pick up the local NPR FM station, along with its two additional digital "bands". I listen at low volumes at work, so I generally don't crank the unit. It seems to sound better when it's louder. The remote is nice and workable. One thing that bothers me is a slight hissing sound that is noticable at the lower volumes I listen to. It's not a reception problem. It's there when line-in is activated as well. It is lessened when the treble is turned down, but that, of course, softens the sound a bit too much. If the radio is beyond arms length, the hiss may be less of a problem, but my desk is such that the unit is fairly close. As a sidebar, I am annoyed by those posters who seem to have a chip on their shoulders when it comes to HD radio. I imagine that they are satellite subscribers who are invested in that technology. It's pointless to slam HD radio. It's not comparable to satellite. I just wanted a decent radio with some added options (the three NPR bands are worth it for me). I had XM for awhile but I'm tired of being "nickeled and dimed" to death.
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86 of 88 people found the following review helpful By Norman L. Donaldson on January 16, 2008
Packing is extremely good. The radio and power supply are enclosed in a hard fiber (like egg carton material, only thicker and harder). Plastic wrapped, etc.

Power Supply:
The power supply is separate from the radio. It is the heaviest power supply I've ever seen for this type of equipment (looks like it was designed by the Germans for the battleship Bismark!). There's a 6-ft cord from the radio to the power supply, then a 6.5 ft cord from the power supply to the electric outlet--it has a two-prong polarized plug. This is nice to have a regular electric plug so one doesn't have to figure out where yet another power supply can be plugged directly into the wall electric outlet.

FM Antenna:
The supplied FM dipole antenna works extremely well. It has plastic eyelets so that it can be tacked to the wall with push-pins or thumbtacks (takes 3). The antenna cord from the radio to the center of the dipole is 7-ft, so this should be adequate for anyone's setup. If one lives in an outlying area, I suggest either the Fanfare FM Antenna ( or the Magnum Dynalab ST-2 FM Antenna; whip antennas that can be installed indoors or outdoors. Or the Terk FM-50, installed in the attic or outdoors.

AM Antenna:
The supplied AM loop antenna works well. The instructions on setting it up could have been a bit more detailed. At least they were written in real, not pidgin, English!

Tone Settings:
I have Treble set to +1, Bass to +2, and Surround to ON. This gives really good sound. Piano, cello, violin and voice sound natural.

I have the Volume set to 30 and this fills the living room with wonderful sound. I generally listen to KBPS 89.
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42 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Jon on August 23, 2007
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1) works well, sounds great (I use an external amp, speakers and antenna)

2) internal speakers are ok

3) cabinet is ok (looks like wood without grain)


1) Has a clock and alarm, but is a few features short of a clock radio (snooze button, gradual volume increase, buzzer if music doesn't work)

2) Takes a strong signal to get HD. Roof antenna recommended.

3) display is way too bright. Plan on adding some film/gel if you like to sleep in the dark.

4) a little bigger than I'd like.
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