[opendtv] An HD Radio stereo AM/FM tuner at last

  • From: "Manfredi, Albert E" <albert.e.manfredi@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 11 Oct 2006 17:37:42 -0400

FINALLY, I think this is the very first example of a fair dinkum IBOC
digital radio AM/FM stereo tuner. I mean, one designed for a component
stereo system, not just for the car or intended as an expensive clock
radio.

http://www.sangean.com/products/hdt1.php

Not much info available, such as dealers, but these guys did market a
very decent all-band radio under the Radio Shack brand name many years
ago. The MSRP of $199 is just about right for this sort of component.

There is a dealer registration online form but no registered dealers
listed yet, nor a user's manual online.

Here's the press release:

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HDT-1 Component Tuner and HDR-1 Tabletop Radio will both be available in
time for the holidays

Los Angeles, CA, September 14, 2006 - Sangean America today announced
that its two highly anticipated HD Radio products will be available for
the 2006 holiday season. The HDT-1 Radio Component Tuner, the first HD
Radio component tuner to be priced under $200, and the HDR-1 Tabletop
Radio, which will be priced under $250, are both multicast capable.

"With nearly 1,000 AM/FM HD Radio stations now on the air and more than
300 stations offering additional HD2 multicasts, it is clear that the HD
Radio rollout is moving forward quickly," said Kevin Wang, President,
Sangean America.  "The HDT-1 and HDR-1 represent an excellent value for
consumers who are ready to upgrade to HD Radio technology and experience
the superior sound quality and expanded programming choices it makes
possible.  And the best part is that it's all free, since there are no
subscription fees."

The HDT-1 tuner offers a PLL Synthesized Digital Tuning System, backlit
LCD Display and available FM RBDS capabilities with PS, PTY, RT and CT
features.  Consumers need only plug in the unit and attach the tuner to
their existing home theater system through a set of stereo RCA cables to
gain access to the HD Radio broadcasts in their area.

The HDR-1 Tabletop Radio is a stylish, wood-grained receiver featuring
an auto-tuning system, remote control and a digital output that allows
it to be extended to an existing home theater system.  The HDR-1 also
includes a plug-in to accommodate an MP3 player.

Both the HDT-1 and HDR-1 will feature screens for displaying scrolling
text, which may take the form of artist names and song titles or other
information broadcast from a radio station.  Each unit will also receive
analog signals from local AM and FM stations who have yet to upgrade to
HD Radio broadcasting.

HD Radio technology transmits digital audio and data alongside existing
AM and FM analog signals, allowing listeners with HD Radio receivers to
enjoy new HD2 multicast channels and crystal-clear sound, with virtually
none of the static or hiss often associated with analog radio; plus,
scrolling text on receiver display screens allow the display of
information such as artist names and song titles, local weather
forecasts and news headlines.  Other advanced features will be available
in the near future, such as the delivery of real-time traffic updates.
As of today, there are 974 HD Radio stations on the air with more than
350 of these stations offering multicast programming.  HD Radio
receivers are now available from manufacturers across the county. For
more information and to discover the HD Radio stations near your, visit
www.hdradio.com.

For additional information, please contact:

Clayton Scott
(888) SANGEAN
(888) 726-4326
clayton@xxxxxxxxxxx
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Bert
 
 
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