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post #1 of 64 (permalink) Old 2008-10-24, 04:10 AM Thread Starter
 
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Thumbs up Sony XDR-F1HD AM/FM/HD Radio Tuner - Exceptional!

I just read about the Sony XDR-F1HD Tuner and it looks like it might be a good way to modernize my home theatre for HD Radio reception from the U.S. for low bucks.

The only knock seems to be that it outputs only via RCA R-L jacks. There are some competing models from Onkyo, Sangean, and others that are much more expensive and offer digital audio connections, but the Sony XDR-F1HD sure has a good price.

CD audio quality with no satellite subscription!
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post #2 of 64 (permalink) Old 2008-10-25, 04:52 PM Thread Starter
 
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"performance of the Sony XDR-F1HD on stereo FM is spectacular and unprecedented"

This bloke tore one apart for testing:

http://www.ham-radio.com/k6sti/xdr-f1hd.htm

He says it is the best FM tuner on the market at any price regardless of analogue FM or HD FM.
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blows away the classic “super tuners” of McIntosh, Marantz, Sequerra, Accuphase, etc

I found another great review here:

http://theaudiocritic.com/plog/index...Id=35&blogId=1

I just bought one online from B&H after reading all these great reviews. My receivers all have FM tuners but not HD so I'm looking forward to getting the U.S. stations.
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Here's a video from Belgium displaying the Sony XDR-F1HD's amazing selectivity and sensitivity (at about 20 seconds he tunes it from 89.6 to 89.5 and then goes back and forth):

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Sony F1 is best fm tuner available and great price too.

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Too bad there'd be no hope of getting any HD radio stations here in Calgary -- and the compressed-sounding nature of our FM stations would just make a high-quality tuner ineffective.

.......unless, this could be used with Cable FM as well.
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Does Shaw still give you Cable FM in Calgary?

Regardless of the source, the superiority of this Sony tuner is audible according to the reviews linked earler.
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Where can I purchase one of these units?
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I just bought one online from B&H
Do a Google of "B&H photo" and you'll find where Onslow bought his.
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Hmmm are their even any HD radio stations in Canada?

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No, the IBOC (HD Radio) stations that this set receives are all in the U.S.

See this thread: HD Radio in Canada - Industry & Regulatory
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Thanks. Those posts are quite abit too technical for me. Can you sum it up in english.

I am in Vancouver. If I buy one of these will I be able to receive many channels from the US? I thought I had to be close enough to the station in order to receive?

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Yep, we were discussing it here a few weeks ago:

http://www.digitalhome.ca/forum/showthread.php?t=92945

So the definite, concrete, solid answer is "it depends..."
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Awww okay so u do have to be in the proper area. I was getting all excited thinking I could get stations from across the US lol.

I guess I will stick with my iphone and wunderradio.

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From the linked article in Post #3:
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This $100 Sony is a fantastic bargain and appears to be just what the doctor ordered. Unfortunately I don’t have the RF test equipment for generating and measuring FM frequencies, but Brian Beezley does (go to http://ham-radio.com/k6sti/xdr-f1hd.htm). He and his associate Bob Smith, both of whom know what they’re talking about, report that the XDR-F1HD outperforms on the test bench every known tuner under the sun, regardless of price.
In case you have any technical questions about the Sony XDR-F1HD tuner I'm happy to mention that Brian is now a member here at our site (k6sti) so go ahead and post them here.
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