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First Portable HD Radio Receiver Hits Stores

MINNEAPOLIS -- July 13, 2009: The first portable HD Radio receiver debuted at Best Buy stores on Sunday. The Insignia receiver has a rechargeable battery, a color LCD screen, and an armband, and it can handle up to 10 presets. The price? About $50.

"We applaud Best Buy for setting a precedent in the audio entertainment marketplace by offering the first-ever portable HD Radio receiver," said Bob Struble, President/CEO of HD developer iBiquity Digital. "With new HD2/HD3 digital channels, crystal-clear sound, no subscription fees, and now, thanks to Best Buy, the ability to take digital radio on the go, it's a total win for the consumer and one more indication that the HD Radio momentum is continuing."

iBiquity recently said in comments with the FCC that it would like to see an immediate authorization for HD Radio stations to increase their power, partly on the grounds that portable receivers were soon to be released.

(8/14/2009 12:38:57 AM)
"HD" Radio...what a joke. The bit rate is no better than the existing analog signal. You get more chanels, sure, but don't expect anything like true HD.

- Michael
(7/14/2009 11:20:36 PM)
No AM band, and it does recharge via USB, so most people would just plug it into a computer. It does come with a cable.
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<br />It can handle the analog channels, of course, but reception on the HD signals and subchannels will probably be pretty spotty until/unless a power upgrade is approved. But I've seen and listened to one, and it's a pretty decent, good-looking little radio.

- Mifty
(7/14/2009 11:03:18 PM)
Digital over the air technology of all types, including broadcast radio and TV, must be cured of arbitrary signal loss or drop-out for this to be a reliable replacement for analog communications. The big question is can it ever be made whole from this problem? Furthermore, analog FM radio has been static free since its invention by Edwin Armstrong in the late 1920's. It is able to have excellent Hi-Fidelity sound and stereo, and it does not experience sudden and unexpected reception loss. AM is fine for clear channel night time transmissions over hundreds to thousands of miles. So, the question is why are we being told that analog radio technology is flawed and outdated when digital radio is less reliable for real, everyday listening conditions than its older parent? With the fundamental deficiency of this and every other digital wireless medium and long distance communication item I question where this technology will be in the future.

- T.L.
(7/13/2009 7:28:35 PM)
Good news. Some questions: where is the AM band? Only FM? Rechargeable Lithiun batteries. Charged by USB. Radio comes with the USB cable. No USB charger. Shall I use my computer ro recharge the batteries? What is the cost of a wall USB charger? 10 hours of listening on batteries. At what level on the headphones? How much time to full recharge the batteries? May I use normal alkalyne batteries? If yes, how many hours of sound until the batteries go full dead? This receiver tags musics?
How is the reception, without power increase to HD-RADIO not yet approved? Will power increase approved? Blend to analog on HD-1? Or radio goes mute if signal is not good? No specs...No FR, Distortion, S/N ratio, sensitivity....May someone answer these simple questions? Thank you.

- Jose Claudio Barbedo

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