HD Radio: Yay or Nay?

I'm confused by the Rangers and their uncharacteristic 2-0 start.

I'm confused by the Mavs and their 270 combined points and back-to-back victories after pratfalling in Memphis.

And I'm confused how new Britney morphed from horrible Britney into bad Britney into a Britney that's just as good as even original Britney? Or did I get that backward?

But mostly I'm baffled by HD Radio. You?

So I called an audio/visual expert buddy of mine for some answers to my naive questions. Like:

*I assume the HD, like TV, stands for Hi-Def?

Actually, no. It's clearer, digital reception, but the HD stands for a trademarked brand of technology. I won't bore you with the geeky details.

*Is it as good as HD TV?

Not even close.

*Can I get HD Radio programming on my existing equipment or do I have to buy an HD Radio?

Gotta get a new HD tuner.

*How much, installed?

About $200.

*Is the sound quality noticably better?

Absolutely. No static. Much bigger coverage area.

*Is it better than HD TV?

You already asked me that. Nope. The good thing is though, that there are very few commercials and no monthly subscription fees like with satellite radio.

*Why isn't HD Radio taking off?

There's just not that much programming yet. Not many channels.

*Assuming I'm a P1, could I pick up The Ticket more clearly?

Yep. It's a little confusing though. To get The Ticket in HD you gotta go to HD99.5. And 105.3's HD channel plays Indy rock. Who knows? This stuff is still in its infancy.

*So do you have HD Radio?

Yeah, but I rarely listen to it.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.


Join the Observer community and help support independent local journalism in Dallas.


Join the Observer community and help support independent local journalism in Dallas.