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. Nighttime AM HD is currently banned by the industry due to adjacent channel interference so your AM radio will go to analog when local sunset occurs.
One word about talk radio: Even though HD Radio has been around for a few years most broadcasting equipment in my area is not upgraded well enough to provide clean broadcasting, especially on AM talk radio stations whose old analog signal covered up a world of audio hurt that you can now hear in HD. Talk radio is hard to listen to unless it's a national show that is well produced and processed. You'll hear background sound, hiss, hum, and feedback which would otherwise be masked by traditional AM broadcasting.
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