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July 26, 2016



Jay Allen reviews the Sangean DT-160 pocket radio.



I could get interested in HD radio --which I don't have-- very quickly if that HDR-18/16 gets some good reviews.


I bought a couple of HD radios several years ago, and while FM reception was fine, AM proved to be terrible, so I'm skeptical.


The problem with HD on FM is that most stations try to cram too many sub-channels into their bandwidth, so it ends up sounding like a poor quality mp3 file. HD on FM would sound great if stations would limit their broadcasts to 1 main channel and 1 sub-channel.


I was never impressed with my HD radios from several years ago and I am surprised they still sell today. I assumed they would be gone by now.

¾ Blind

The stand alone tuner is more expensive than the portable and table models. I wonder what features the tuner offers that makes it so expensive? Those in the Los Angeles area may be aware that long standing news/sports radio KFWB recently changed to an Indian pop format. You may not be aware that KFWB 980 broadcasts in AM HD . So you Indian techies, or anyone who likes contemporary Indian pop music can listen to KFWB in improved fidelity with one of these new Sangean radios. In 2008 I got a Sony XDR-F1HD AM/FM/HD tuner, but when Radio Disney ceased broadcasting in AM HD I put the Sony in storage, nothing left worth listening to in HD. j/k

Mark Roberts

I have an HDT-1X tuner. In analog, it sounded OK, though the AM had a real brickwall filter at 5 kHz, making it sound almost telephonic at times. AM HD - don't bother, especially if the station is talk or spoken word. The compression algorithm is tailored for music and sounds terrible with voices. On FM, digital sounds good as long as the broadcaster isn't broadcasting any subchannels. If there's an HD-2, it's marginal; any more than that has a bad effect across the board. I pulled the HDT-1X out of the stereo cabinet several years ago. My NAD 4300 sounds better, on AM and FM, has easier tuning, and just as good selectivity and selectivity.


Jay Allen reviews the Sangean HDR-18.


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