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    HD radio.

    Anyone have HD radio, is it worth having? I've read a lot of reviews complaining about poor reception and just wondering what your personal experience has been. Is there a difference in reception between H/Us with HD built in and ones with the separate HD adapter?


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    Depends on your area. Check out what stations are broadcasting HD, whether you listen to them, etc.

    The subchannels generally are not worth it except in a few cases - they know people don't listen to them, so they really just don't care yet. The quality on the main channels is often worth the cost by itself.

    If you don't listen to radio stations that have an HD stream, it's not worth it.

    There should be no difference where the HD tuner is, and in fact since the chips are the same in all HD receivers, there should be almost no difference between brands too.
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    I installed a new HU about 2 weeks ago and it came with HD radio built in and I haven't had any problems yet. I don't know if it sounds a whole lot different than a regular HU but I can say it certainly doesn't sound worse. I'm in the Washington, DC area though so maybe I have better reception.
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    Ive got a Pioneer headunit with a built-in HD tuner in my Nissan pickup. I live in rural NC, about 50 miles from Charlotte where most stations are. My HU auto-switches to HD when available, which is intermittent while driving around town. When it comes in, its very clear, near cd quality... 128kbps mp3 give or take. The alternative rock hd2 station here is awesome... "classic alternative" (for lack of a beter word) and NO COMMERCIALS. If signal fades it switches to the standard station which can be annoying.

    To sum it up, if you listen to the radio sometimes and get standard stations to come in clear you'll love HD. You wont pick up fringe stations... the signal is not stronger, and like HDTV over the air you either get it or you dont. In my area, its not worth investing any extra for the feature, but it would be nice to have closer to a city.

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    Personally...unless you actually listen to regular radio, it may not be worth it. Might be clearer but if the music you're listening to isn't to your pleasure, I wouldn't waste your time.

    I love having Sirius radio instead and much more variety.

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