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Old 12-12-2006
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Is HD Radio really that good?

So I need a new head unit in my truck. I've done all of my own installs and such. I've heard a lot about HD Radio? Is there another reciever that comes with the unit that will be the HD Radio (basically like a big antenna? I think it looks like another head unit, but its hidden somewhere)

Does anybody have HD Radio??? LIkes / Dislikes

The two units I'm looking at are:

Alpine 9856
Kenwood Excelon KDC-X590

I need 3 Aux outputs / HD Radio?? (possibly) / Ipod Capabilities.

Does anybody have any suggestions???
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XM or Sirius>HD Radio
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No HD radio is something different. You dont need a subscription and it's not satalite. Read this...
http://www.hdradio.com/how_does_hd_d...radio_work.php
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Most head units are HD radio READY. U will need to buy the HD radio transmitter and reciver. I have the same Alpine and the Kenwood will also need this. its like 200 dollars. so needless to say sattelite radio is about the same in clarity if not less the HD but its still not CD quality. MAKE MP3 CDs.
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save the money you'd spend buying the HD box and get a Sirius subscription... much better content, less commercials and crap.
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so needless to say sattelite radio is about the same in clarity if not less the HD but its still not CD quality. MAKE MP3 CDs.
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mp3 cds ftw.
i can fit 15+ albums on an mp3 cd, so im happy with it.
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hd radio is just another way for them to add more commercials get satellite
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No HD radio is something different. You dont need a subscription and it's not satalite. Read this...
http://www.hdradio.com/how_does_hd_d...radio_work.php
i know! thats why i suggested it. if i could count the amount of customers i have that regret buying HD Radio, i would be a rich man. i dont sell it for a reason.
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I have Sirius its great.
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There is one JVC model that comes with HD builtin for around $200, fwiw.
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Yeah, I've got the JVC with the built in HD. I don't really listen to the HD channels much, but it is nice. Most of the radio stations I listen to though DO broadcast their primary signals also in HD now, and I do notice a difference in quality on several of the stations.

That said, everyone can recommend satellite all they want. I can't stand satellite. It hasn't proved itself worthy enough of my money. If they offer any sort of demo/trial subscription, I highly recommend that. YMMV on satellite.
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Sirius + Ipod is the way to go IMO. I don't think I've listened to FM at all since I got both of those along with my Alpine head unit that controls both of them by itself and charges the Ipod while it's being used. All thats on FM is retarded morning shows and commercials and I don't have any desire to hear that in a clearer HD form.
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iv got 3600 songs on my ipod hooked up through my AUX funtion on my pioneer.. im good, if theres a new song that i want i get it
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