HD Radio

Any of you have OTA HD radio hitting your rigs? If so, what component are you using to get it?

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  • tratlifftratliff Posts: 653
    Good question.

    I would like to have a HD tuner but they are rather difficult to find.

    I don’t really think the broadcast quality will actually be that great. Works good in cars but I question it in a high quality system.

    McIntosh has the MR88 that is awesome but I can’t pull the trigger for the price.

    Rotel had one. RT-1084. You can find them on eBay from time to time.

    I have not studied them much but I know my dads Marantz reviver has built in HD.

    Few others exists but the quality of the component is questionable.

    If you find something let us know.
    2 Channel
    Legacy Focus SE, McIntosh C50, McIntosh MC601's, VPI Prime w/SoundSmith Zephyr MIMC, Parasound Halo JC3, Marantz SA-14s1, Oppo BDP-105, Technics RS-1500, Furman Elite 15PFi, Douglas Connection Alpha Interconnects, Douglas Connection Alpha Speaker Cables, Pangea Power Cables

    Theater
    Yamaha RX-Z9, Legacy Focus SE (same as 2 Channel system), Def Tech C/L/R 2500, Def Tech BP-2X, Def Tech Pro-Monitors, Vizio M-75

    Office
    Teac NP-H750, Parasound Ztuner, Audio Engine P4N, Grado SR80, Grado iGrado, Audio-Technica ATH-M50, PC running High Rez files

    Living Room
    Yamaha YSP-4100 digital sound projector, Sharp Aquos 60"

    Bed Room
    Yamaha YSP-5100 digital sound projector, Sharp Aquos 70"

  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 19,383
    I recently picked up an HD (hybrid digital) Sangean tuner from a member of these august fora. :)

    It sounds pretty good, but reception with my current (wussy) indoor antenna is marginal -- a solvable problem (albeit on I haven't yet tackled).

    The Sony XDR-F1HD is (still) held to be the sine qua non, AFAIK -- there may be HD tuners in (aftermarket) car radios that are good, too.

  • Tony MTony M Posts: 6,286
    mhardy6647 wrote: »
    I recently picked up an HD (hybrid digital) Sangean tuner from a member of these august fora. :)

    It sounds pretty good, but reception with my current (wussy) indoor antenna is marginal -- a solvable problem (albeit on I haven't yet tackled).

    The Sony XDR-F1HD is (still) held to be the sine qua non, AFAIK -- there may be HD tuners in (aftermarket) car radios that are good, too.

    I got one of those Sony XDR-F1HD tuners off of Craig's list 6 months ago or more for 25.00 I think it was. I don't know where it is now. :# :s I need to find it asap.

    It did sound very good when I got it home and tested it!
    Most people just listen to music and watch movies. I EXPERIENCE them.
  • tratlifftratliff Posts: 653
    Tony M wrote: »
    mhardy6647 wrote: »
    I recently picked up an HD (hybrid digital) Sangean tuner from a member of these august fora. :)

    It sounds pretty good, but reception with my current (wussy) indoor antenna is marginal -- a solvable problem (albeit on I haven't yet tackled).

    The Sony XDR-F1HD is (still) held to be the sine qua non, AFAIK -- there may be HD tuners in (aftermarket) car radios that are good, too.

    I got one of those Sony XDR-F1HD tuners off of Craig's list 6 months ago or more for 25.00 I think it was. I don't know where it is now. :# :s I need to find it asap.

    It did sound very good when I got it home and tested it!

    Let me know if you would like to sell it. I’ll pay well above $25.
    2 Channel
    Legacy Focus SE, McIntosh C50, McIntosh MC601's, VPI Prime w/SoundSmith Zephyr MIMC, Parasound Halo JC3, Marantz SA-14s1, Oppo BDP-105, Technics RS-1500, Furman Elite 15PFi, Douglas Connection Alpha Interconnects, Douglas Connection Alpha Speaker Cables, Pangea Power Cables

    Theater
    Yamaha RX-Z9, Legacy Focus SE (same as 2 Channel system), Def Tech C/L/R 2500, Def Tech BP-2X, Def Tech Pro-Monitors, Vizio M-75

    Office
    Teac NP-H750, Parasound Ztuner, Audio Engine P4N, Grado SR80, Grado iGrado, Audio-Technica ATH-M50, PC running High Rez files

    Living Room
    Yamaha YSP-4100 digital sound projector, Sharp Aquos 60"

    Bed Room
    Yamaha YSP-5100 digital sound projector, Sharp Aquos 70"

  • joecoulsonjoecoulson Posts: 725
    Yeah me too. Wow $25
  • lightman1lightman1 Posts: 9,903
    Rotel HT-1084 in the rack at the warehouse. Clean and clear reception.
  • pitdogg2pitdogg2 Posts: 11,163
    lightman1 wrote: »
    Rotel HT-1084 in the rack at the warehouse. Clean and clear reception.

    35.00
  • rooftop59rooftop59 Posts: 4,640
    I’m genuinely curious, why OTA radio? The only radio I listen to is the news in my car...
    HT Rig:
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    Master Bedroom
    Marantz SR-5007; Peachtree Audio NovaPre; Audiosource Amp Two, PSB Imagine B, Boston VR-10 center, NHT Super One CI surrounds, ACI Titan subwoofer, Squeezebox Touch
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 19,383
    you turn it on and it plays. Instantly when I use the soiled state Parasound tuna :)
    No clicks, no booting up. No cost, no un-desired changes in user interface or user experience.

    I've yet to find an on-line way that does that.
  • mlistens03mlistens03 Posts: 2,244
    rooftop59 wrote: »
    I’m genuinely curious, why OTA radio? The only radio I listen to is the news in my car...

    I like using the radio to listen to 89.9 FM... all kinds of jazz, and it doesn’t sound awful. Other than that, I don’t use radio.
    Micah

    Main system: Technics SL3200, Shure M97xE, Lafayette LR1100 for tuner, Hagerman Audio Labs Bugle 2 phono stage, NAD C352 integrated, Boston Acoustics VR 2, Boston PV500, generic ICs, and BJC Belden speaker cables.

    Desktop: Dell Precision 690 running iTunes, Yamaha RX-v665, Monitor Audio R90s, Velodyne VA-907, generic ICs and speaker cables.
    I've always thought the goal of high-end audio was not to have your neighbors bang on the wall and say, 'Turn that darn music down' but to have your neighbors bang on the wall and say, 'Tell your friends to go home and you can practice later this week'.
  • joecoulsonjoecoulson Posts: 725
    To add to Hardy's comments: I like some of the ATL stations and their track listings, I know I could track down all of the songs on streaming, but I forget how many great songs there were growing up and radio helps me track some of those lost gems down. Also, I like the local news casts and the GA State radio station os great for new local artists.
  • Tony MTony M Posts: 6,286
    Radio Station DJ personalities are still nice to listen too. Most are funny and so informed with tidbits of behind the scenes info about songs and artists that you wouldn't know unless you're a diehard fan of those songs and artists.

    I listen to the radio every night taking a shower. Some talk shows and some classic rock. It's great.
    Most people just listen to music and watch movies. I EXPERIENCE them.
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 19,383
    well -- in total fairness -- most OTA radio stations stream content as well.
    This is a nice thing when one is away & wants to hear stuff from home (or vice versa).

    But, dagnabbit Jim, I'm a doctor not an IT professional! :) A regular ol' analog radio (or tuner) is so darned easy to use.

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  • mlistens03mlistens03 Posts: 2,244
    I think that at least for me, HD radio would be pointless. I only use the radio if I want background music, or if I want to hear some new songs, and for neither of those things do I need the best sound quality. I like the tuner in my Lafayette quite a bit, and it is handy that it is alreayd being used as a phono stage, so just switch to tuner and there it is. Doesn’t take up another input.
    Micah

    Main system: Technics SL3200, Shure M97xE, Lafayette LR1100 for tuner, Hagerman Audio Labs Bugle 2 phono stage, NAD C352 integrated, Boston Acoustics VR 2, Boston PV500, generic ICs, and BJC Belden speaker cables.

    Desktop: Dell Precision 690 running iTunes, Yamaha RX-v665, Monitor Audio R90s, Velodyne VA-907, generic ICs and speaker cables.
    I've always thought the goal of high-end audio was not to have your neighbors bang on the wall and say, 'Turn that darn music down' but to have your neighbors bang on the wall and say, 'Tell your friends to go home and you can practice later this week'.
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 19,383
    edited October 16
    HD = "hybrid digital" not "high definition" in the case of radio. The system in use in the US (iBiquity) is known as IBOC (in band, on channel), allowing both analog & digital content on the same carrier.

    While it may improve AM fidelity (at least in the sense of improving signal to noise ratio) HD FM does not improve audio quality. It does pack more channels of
    content into one analog channel, but at the expense of sometimes audible artifacts in the analog domain :(

    This being said, HD radio can provide, it is said, more robust signal reception for some listeners. For example, Vermont Public Radio, which has to deal with difficult terrain and low density of listeners on its home turf, often recommends HD radio for some of their fringe-ier listeners (believe it or not).

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  • Viking64Viking64 Posts: 3,521
    ^^^^^ I KNOW THAT TREE!!!!!!!!!!
  • audioluvraudioluvr Posts: 464
    edited October 18
    I really like my Sangean HD tuner! Has optical out which I like. I actually listen to it more than other sources. Like Doc says, DJ's always keep it light and I can occasionally catch local news / gossip without all the crap that TV news dumps on you
    Home System:
    SDA 1C's - Full mod with the help by Dave...
    B&K Reference 50 Pre
    B&K M200 Sonata Monoblocks
    Cambridge Audio DVD 99
    Sangean HD FM Tuner

    Barn system:
    SDA SRS 2.3's Full mod done by myself
    Carver C-1 pre
    Carver M1.5t
  • DSkipDSkip Posts: 15,022
    HD radio is like tv in that you get more stations that are otherwise lost. I prefer some of the HD channels and would love to have them in the car. These extra channels often play deep cuts or more obscure artists that would otherwise go unnoticed.
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    Speakers: Harbeth: 30.2, SHL5+; Usher: Be-10, T-515; Rosso Fiorentino: Elba, Pienza, Certaldo, Fiesole, Volterra; Polk: T50, Signature S15, RTA 15tl, RTi12; Sonner Audio Allegro Unum, Legato Unum, Legato Semis, Legato Duo; Emerald Physics CS-2.8; Klipsch KLF-20
    Preamps: Shuguang S200MK, Dayens Ampino, Parasound P5
    Amps: Shuguang S845MK, Dayens Ampino Monoblocks, Parasound A23
    Integrateds: Triode Corporation TRV-88SER, MastersounD: BoX, Dueventi, Compact 845, Evolution 845; North Star Design Blue Diamond
    Sources: AURALiC Aries, Denon HEOS Link, North Star Design: Magnifico, Supremo, Incanto, Intenso, Venti
    Cabling: Wireworld
    TV: Sony XBR-75X940C
  • joecoulsonjoecoulson Posts: 725
    DSkip wrote: »
    HD radio is like tv in that you get more stations that are otherwise lost. I prefer some of the HD channels and would love to have them in the car. These extra channels often play deep cuts or more obscure artists that would otherwise go unnoticed.

    Which is exactly why I want it. The stations here play some killer forgotten tracks.
  • recoveryonerecoveryone Posts: 618
    Hmmm never thought about a HD tuner for the house, but I do have one in my old Crossfire I gave to my daughter. A much cleaner sound and many of the stations are commercial free. The ones out hear in SoCal are substations of a normal FM broadcast, so it like finding a hidden treasure.
    Family Room HT 7.2/i]:
    Vizio P55-E1UHD Pioneer Elite SC-LX502 Pioneer Elite BDP 85FD Pioneer Elite N-50 Panamax M5300-EX
    Living room 2ch:
    Integra ADM 2.1 Teac EQ MKII Squeezebox Touch Fluance SX Speakers Panamax M5100-EX
    Upstairs media room:
    Vizio D1 32" Pioneer Elite VSX 32 Sony PS4 Squeezebox Touch Polkaudio Rti 6's fronts Polk CSR Center Polkaudio PSW 10 sub Panamax M5300-EX
    Master bedroom:
    Vizio VF550M Pioneer Elite VSX 33 Pioneer Elite BDP 80FD Squeezebox Touch Polk audio Monitor 40 II fronts, Rears Optimus LX5s Jensen CCS center Polkaudio PSW 10 sub Panamax 5100
  • minerminer Posts: 1,105
    I have a HD tuner on my McIntosh MAC6700 Receiver - hardly use it though.
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