Amanda writes in with an HD Radio question:
In February when the TV's are all converted to HDTV, I will lose the audio portion on my radios. One is on the kitchen counter and the other is for walking. I hate to lose the audio portion and definitely do not want a TV set or satellite radio. Is there an AM/FM radio available with HD audio capacity? I've looked and looked but only find portables in England, which has a different electric system and prototypes in Japan. I hate to give up the audio portion of the news programs and ballgames.
Hi Amanda, an interesting question, as it seems you're asking about continue receiving over the air HD television audio broadcasts without the picture. You could always just purchase a HDTV digital tuner/receiver without the TV set, though the form factor and size will likely scale to the larger end.
Another option is a HD Radio system, which may fill in the gap for HD broadcasts for sports games and HD broadcasts of NPR news (HD Radio is radio broadcast digitally with upgraded sound fidelity; FM sounds near CD, while AM sounds more like FM at no additional subscription price). Sony has announced the Sony XDR-S10HDiP, which allows for HD radio reception while also being compatible with the Apple iPod, all controllable with a wireless remote.
Also available is the iLuv i68 and i69 HD radios, one with a dual alarm clock, another with the addition of an iPod dock, ranging from $129 to $189. JBL offers a single small form factor HD radio model, the JBL On Time 400IHD for $299 (but more affordable online).