"Great Radio but HD Needs to BOOST BROADCAST STRENGTH!!!"4.5 starson by hono1974
Pros: Unit is packed with features and allows owners to customize with exactly what amps, ipods or line-in audio they want.
Cons: Amp needs to deliver stated wattage to all frequencies regardless of volume or music types.
Summary: Do not compare hd to satellite. I made that huge mistake! If you live 30 miles or more away from the broadcast, you'll only get lousy, noisy typical fm reception. I returned the HD Radio and bought another JVC deck without HD. I call it "red light" radio because only when you stop at a red light can you get the hd signal long enough to enjoy the upgraded sound and channels. Note to iBiquity: If you and your terrestrial broadcast friends want to compete with satellite, you had better mandate that broadcasters transmit your hd signal with as much or even more power than the analog broadcast - especially when the digital transmission is silent on regular analog radios!!! I have instead subscribed to satellite radio now because nowhere does it say that hd is useless outside 30 miles from the broadcast. Trust me on this point: You'll only get noisy fm reception that you get now because the actual power used to broadcast hd is minimal - at least sat. radio blankets the whole continent, absolutely guarantee reception and they also have ground repeaters to provide service in the major cities. I was very, very, very disappointed that the hd crowd didn't think ahead enough to make hd radio robust enough to guarantee delivery of the hd signal outside the metro areas of cities where the "other" millions of listeners reside. They also blew it for one major reason: guess who would benefit from the advertising to people who have long commutes? Answer: The RADIO STATIONS AND BUSINESSES THAT ADVERTISE!!! The "D" in HD must stand for DUMMIES!