"Superior Performance at an Affordable Price"5.0 starson by w1895
Pros: Fantastic performance. Picks up distant stations with easy using the supplied dipole antenna. Great price that makes HD radio something of a reality and less of a laughing stock.
Cons: Backlight remains on even when radio is off. The screen is hard to read from afar - could benefit from more contrast. 20 preset limit is too small. The lack of optical or digital output is frustrating.
Summary: After quite a bit of research, I decided that this was the best consumer-grade radio out there capable of receiving HD. Throw in the fact that it's less than $100 and the value this radio offers is undeniable.
Please note this this is a tuner. It must be connected to a receiver or some similar device. It has no speakers. Hook up was straight-forward using RCA cables. (Note that cables and batteries for the remote are not included. Boo, Sony!)
I'm about 18 miles from Boston and it easily pulls in HD signals from Providence and Worcester (30+ miles away). The sound quality is superb and Its small size fits nicely into a cabinet or on a table. It runs circles around my receiver's tuner.
The backlight is kind of bright, even at its lowest setting. It'd be nice if you could shut it off entirely. Hardly a deal breaker, but a minor annoyance nonetheless.
I highly recommend this product. It's price should enable many more consumers to make the leap into HD Radio. I was skeptical at first, but the multi-channel offerings are nice to have.