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post #1 of 9 Old Mar 29th, 2007, 10:04 am Thread Starter
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What the heck is HD radio????

Okay I keep hearing ads on the radio for HD radio. Hi def, not Harley....

What is it? They say it's free, but you have to buy the radio? I'm not going to pay for satellite radio and I doubt I'll go for this either. How can radio be hi def?

Anyone playing with it yet?

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post #2 of 9 Old Mar 29th, 2007, 10:12 am
 
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Could be digital radio? Becoming the standard in the UK but absolutely cr*p for cars/bikes -- analogue signals, either FM or AM, can be detected over quite a wide range of signal strengths, but with digital signals you need a much higher input or it simply isn't detectable. On moving vehicles in areas which for an analogue signal would just be a slight reduction, often accompanied by a bit of hissing and crackling, digital radios just quit receiving.

Yes, you need a new radio to receive digital signals...

We're also going over to digital TV here. I had to replace my cheap 10 element antenna with a 48 element just to get a strong enough signal that the tuner could detect. Forget rabbit ears! And another thing, because digital radios incorporate computer circuitry etc they consume a lot of power - as much as 20 times as much as your ubiquitous transistor radio. So, they need heavy duty batteries, which don't last as long; or you have to run them off the mains. Yet another bad idea being foisted upon us by our wonderful socialist government...
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Thanks. WE're in a weaker area anyway for the major markets and the analog signal wis spotty at best with all the hills and dales. So HD radio probably isn't that good a thing.

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"Available on all new BMWs"

The radio ads say that HD radio is available as an option on all new BMWs. I was just wondering how many people are getting it on their LT's (or GS's for that matter).

Don't believe everything you hear on the radio...even in HD.

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Interesting.

I listen to NPR a lot. Recently, their stations identification breaks have included something like "Now -- in HD radio!" I thought it was a marketing gimmick until I read this. Learn something new every day...

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I think it is a way for terresterial radio to compete with sirius and xm. They can not offer the variety of programming, so they go for trying to duplicate the quality of the sound.
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I think it is a way for terresterial radio to compete with sirius and xm. They can not offer the variety of programming, so they go for trying to duplicate the quality of the sound.
Well it's not hard to compete with the quality of sound at an average of 50kbs... XM and Sirius quality is much worse then your average MP3.

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Okay I keep hearing ads on the radio for HD radio.
When I "test drove" HD radio, the sound quality was excellent. BUT, subject to the same reception limitations as analog radio. Drive a few miles and the signal is gone.

Not competitive with sat radio.

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