Wall Street Journal: Goode On HD

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teac hd-1Lauren Goode takes a look at HD Radio in her current Wall Street Journal column and one of the things she loves is the lack of static.

It is an interesting review and one that I think should be shared around. Why? Because several of the standard features of HD Radio were brand new to her and I think her reactions resonate the experience of the common man in that regard. She even begins her piece with the question, “What exactly is HD Radio?”

She then goes on to illustrate the differences between HD and Satellite Radio (no fees or subscriptions in HD),  and to talk about her experience trying out the TEAC HD-1:

When I first turned on the TEAC HD-1, it took several seconds for the receiver to transition from analog to digital (this also depends on the reception in your location). A small HD symbol flashed on the radio’s screen while it searched for the signal. But once the receiver picked up the HD signal, the difference in sound quality was obvious. FM sounds as clear as a CD, minus the skipping. Some static bled through while I was listening to AM stations, because the HD signal can fade in and out.

I’d like to note here that HD radios generally take a moment to scan available station options, something I find usually only happens after the unit is unplugged.

Her conclusions are that this a great unit for those many Americans that are reacting to the economy by “nesting.” A great option for increasing your stay-at-home entertainment options without incurring additional fees beyond the purchase price. She does note that those interested in more portable options wait until such time as the new Microsoft Zune debuts before making a final choice.

Unfortunately, her iPod was too old to support iTunes tagging, but you can tell the concept is an appealing one to her. I hope she decides to write more on the subject.

Photo courtesy of TEAC

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