Good Questions: HDTV Audio Broadcasts and HD Radio?

Good Questions: HDTV Audio Broadcasts and HD Radio?

Gregory Han
Jan 20, 2009

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.

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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).

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