Sony XDR-F1HD HD Radio Tuner (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
- 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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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.
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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 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.
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.
- 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)
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It does lose saved channels if power is out but for the cost I can live with that. There may be others that have more ease of use features but again for the price I can't complain, am very happy with it.
It does get warm with HD signals, but mine's never had problems from overheating. I'd added extra feet underneath, to raise it and allow more air to circulate, seemed to cool it some but you wouldn't have to. That or adding a fan may give you more years of use out of it but it could be unnecessary.
All in all a great tuner at a great price. Truthfully I'd rather a superb analog tuner than the compressed HD instead but the cost would be absurd plus you couldn't get the extra HD piggy-backed sub-channels that some HD channels add. So for the price it works great and sounds fantastic
Regarding the FM HD sound quality, I give it a b minus. Of course, comparing it to one of the all time great FM tuners (which cost me 6 times the price used) is not a fair "value" comparison. Having said that, I find the sound quality to be somewhat "flat" and not very musical in HD mode compared to my McIntosh analog FM sound. Not harsh, which is a good thing, but no comparison really to the Mac. However for many mid-fi systems this is probably a perfectly good sounding HD tuner. The reception in HD is fairly good. Using a high quality in-room FM dipole antenna, I get 3 bars (the maximum indication of signal strength from this unit) on most stations in the bay area. But you will need a good strong HD signal. Like digital TV, a marginal HD signal will result in a basically unlistenable signal. Two bars certainly won't cut it.
For example, if the reception is marginal for HD digital signal, the unit may annoyingly switch back and forth between analog FM and HD, if the station broadcasts in both. This completely interrupts the sound for a few moments each time it switches modes...
For the AM tuner, I am using a simple straight wire, and again, the reception is fine and I get 3 bars on most AM stations in the bay area. For talk radio and sports, this tuner is very good, no complaints at all.
Regarding the controls and user interface, it is a bit tedious to get stations setup for preset. However the manual control on the remote to step through the frequencies up or down works fine. But if you unplug the unit or it does not receive power for any reason, your presets are quickly lost and you will have to repeat the complete scanning/setup process.
The remote is small but I have small hands so no problem there. The unit does get surprisingly warm, and I would expect this to shorten the life of the unit. Capacitors on circuit boards definitely experience shorter useful life as the operating temp rises. Don't expect to be handing this down in 15 years to your kid going to college...
Overall I personally rate this 3 stars. If you are not a music quality fanatic however, you might very well add another star for your rating as the price is good, sound quality is fine *for mid-fi*, and you get three tuners in one: AM, FM analog, FM HD.
Unit has good build quality, is well made, and looks good, It's small and takes up little space though it does get warm on top so you can't put it in too confined a space. The numerals on the LED display are large and easy to read but the HD indicator is small and difficult to see. (Take note, Baby Boomers, who, like me, are now wearing glasses to read the paper.) This is only an issue when you are setting up your presets; after that, you probably won't look at the display. Controls are intuitive and I didn't really need the manual at all.
Unit works very well. Reception is good. Note: in HD the antenna is highly directional: Stations that could not be received at all with the antenna in one direction came in flawlessly with the antenna rotated 90 degrees. If a station that you know is there doesn't come in at first, don't give up, try rotating the antenna.
The only thing in the box is the unit, and an FM and AM antenna. Audio output is RCA jacks and no cable is included, and you will need to get your own pair of AAA's to power the remote. Not a biggie.
There are two benefits to HD radio: 1) significantly better sound on HD stations and 2) substations that are HD-only content on secondary channels for certain stations and that cannot be received at all with conventional FM receivers. Both of these benefits are real, even substantial, but there's not enough of them. The basic problem is that HD radio is not a very well-accepted or common format and the programming is not very good. I live in the SF Bay area and even here there are not a lot of HD stations, at least not-playing anything I want to hear. KCSM (jazz) sounds significantly better in HD than regular FM - the noise floor is noticeably lower than on straight FM -- but there is no secondary programming. KDFC (classical) has a secondary channel (with commercials) for extended cuts - plays a whole concerto, yippee! -- and is very good as compared to their main programming which plays about three minutes of the overture. KLLC ("Alice") has a secondary "chill" channel that is commercial free (at least I did not hear a commercial during an entire day of listening) and very good. KKSF has changed formats from smooth jazz to "The Band" -- Classic Rock MAN!!! ! - which sucks, but KKSF still maintains its secondary channel of traditional jazz with limited commercials and a good music selection (although "traditional jazz" is a misnomer in my opinion because Diana Krall - and don't' get me wrong I love me some DK - is not trad jazz, Miles, Trane, Dizz and Monk are trad jazz). Who knows, though, how long "The Band!" will keep broadcasting this channel which is not related to their new format.
There are only two AM HD stations and these are both voice, which is a waste since the improved fidelity does little to enhance that kind of broadcast. It's a shame that the limited market (mostly foreign/ethnic) music stations on AM don't broadcast in HD since it would be cool to hear obscure music like that in high fidelity instead of the very limited frequency spectrum of AM .
There are a number of other FM stations in the Bay Area that broadcast HD, but these are hip hop and contemporary and other carp not to my liking. The point is, whatever your content preference is, there will be limited programming of that content even in major metro areas. So, Google your area to find the programming and to decide whether the purchase is worth it to you. For me, the $85 was worth it if only to get the better sound on stations like KSCM and KDFC. YMMV.