Pros Compact, good sensitivity and intuitive operation.
Cons Can be a little delicate around high power RFI. Ear buds don't do it justice.
Summary Bought on sale at best Buy to listen to the PBS HD station about 35 miles away and couldn't be more pleased. Pulls in analog signals better than my Grundig YB and HD signals are very clear. Only place I can't get an HD signal from the PBS station is the middle of the Home Depot. Took it to Chicago and was overwhelmed with HD stations.
Unfortunately I fried my first one listing to it while running my plasma cutter. The detector is very sensitive and the RFI from the plasma evidently cooked it but Best Buy replaced it without question. Probably not a problem for most folks but be warned.
Pros A nice alternative to an MP3 player if you live in an HD-rich reception area. Surprisingly full-featured for an FM HD tuner. More useful than the hyped Sony tuner (and 1/3rd the price).
Cons No AC adapter included. Must be charged using USB port of a computer (not especially logical). Another set of gratuitous, inferior earphones (I have dozens).
Summary We have a 24/7 HD station that I often find preferable to the tunes on my iPod. This little tuner pulls them in very nicely, using the headphones cable as an antenna. It's always there, ready to go, and dependable during those long walks on the treadmill. Major shortcoming is necessity of charging it in a USB port (!)
"Nice prize & size"on by julumemo
Pros Small and good battery life
Cons No AM tuner and that's my main concern
Summary Drop in my pocket and listen the radio
Pros Reception great initially
Cons a) Requires running computer to charge off USB, rechargable AA batteries would be better
b) NO AM stations
c) carrier makes difficult to use and remove
d) unit is poorly constructed - two units failed in four months. I was not harsh on these units.
Summary Better Construction and a useful removable rechagable batteries would make a better unit.
You don't have to look hard to find a rechargable AA battery
Pros This radio makes listening to FM great again.
HD significantly improves:
- Greater dynamic range (no audible compression)
- Greater stereo separation
- Multipath interference disappears -- HD rides-through conventional FM 'flutter'
Cons 1] No capability for 0.1 MHz tuning resolution, for use outside North America.
2] Needs better local strong-signal rejection.
3] A drilled hole or ring in the case for a cloth strap would be welcome.
Summary I use this as a passenger on a multi-hour daily commute in the Colorado Front Range, where there are about 12 commercial and 3 non-commercial stations broadcasting HD.
The battery lasts about 8 hours, re-charged by USB (a 5 V interface only-no audio is sent via USB). There is no way to open the case to replace the battery.
Sensitivity is amazing with the headphone cord antenna. On travel in Rock Hill, SC, I received distant, full-power stations from North Wilkesboro and Raleigh.
However, it DOES NOT give satisfactory reception through the Aux-In system jacks of 3 cars that I tried.
Also, some features not indicated in the manual are:
It also receives RDS (giving basic id only). Some stations do broadcast both HD and RDS. When a signal is weak, only RDS will be decoded.
When the indicator shows HD1+ or HD2+, that simply means there is another 1 (or 2) more HD program(s) "above" the current one.