Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Whitby, Ontario
My New HD Radio
I spent the weekend installng an HD Radio in the Car.
It's an Alpine TUA-T500HD with an Alpine CDA-9887 Head unit.
AM & FM reception is better than the head unit alone, maybe because the tuner is in the trunk, away from all the cars electronics in the dash and closer to the antenna. The antenna is in the rear window and amplified, the car came that way.
Here in Ajax, I get 3 Buffalo stations in digital, 98.5, 102.5 & 106.5. All have HD2, so six progams.
Sound quality is definately better than the analog, just because of the extended frequency response. (Hey, there' cymbals on those drums!)
Driving around town here, it drops out of digital quite often, buildings & bridges. But it is better near the lake. When it drops digital it goes to the regular FM, very noisey and muted, but the timing is better than i expected. When I was on the second channel HD2 and it dropped out it goes to silence, I thought it would still go to the FM.
The radio has a choice of 6 or 56 character SCL display. The 56 is a bit ridiculus, its scrolls or flashes because it can't fit it all on the display. I don't need the stations and slogan flashing at me again and again. I shut that off pretty quick, I can't stand anything flashing at me from the dash.
Samsung TV, Pio-Elite AVR, OppoBD, Wharfedale Speakers, Kicker/Crown Subs, DB-4e OTA:)