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March 24, 2011



I have watched analog DXing opportunities vanish as HD hash infiltrates the AM and FM bands. Even station 50-60 miles away are being impacted. Turning off HD would markedly improve the AM and FM bands. One benefit: My HD Radio (unplugged) is in a plastic case and collects dust, and that keeps nearby equipment from becoming very dusty.

Harold Jensen

OMG, how can this company use the word "Research" in their name with a straight face?!

HD Radio is finally growing due to receivers in so many new vehicles, and a lot more after-market home and mobile receivers. It's not a fast process to replace all the existing vehicles on the road. It'll be a multi-decade transition, just like when FM radio first appeared.


Check out this Google Trends graph for HD Radio sales:


Struble claims that HD Radio sales are doubling each year.


@Scott: Interesting that you mentioned how station personnel are oblivious to HD Radio, too. As an example, some stations sampled in California reveal that only one is time-aligned, even though that is a requirement in broadcasters' licensing agreements:


Stations don't care. Consumers don't care.

Scott Gilbert

I am still a big proponent of HD radio. I think the reason that HD never really took off was the absolutely pitiful way the Alliance advertised it, using cutesy commercials ("You can hear the new radio stations between the radio stations." HUH?) instead of being straightforward and uncomplicated. That, and that most of the sideband stations are no more than a computer in a corner somewhere in the building carrying a centralized feed or playing like an unattended juke box. I keep up databases of stations and DO track the side bands, but when I call to update my data and ask about their HD sideband stations, 95% of the time, the STATION EMPLOYEE that I'm talking with HAS NO IDEA WHAT I'M TALKING ABOUT! If people at the stations don't know about them, how can we expect the lay public to know?


Try this Google Trends graph comparing HD Radio, Sirius, XM, and Pandora in the United States:


There never was any significant level of interest in HD Radio. You should have compared them together to get accurate, relative levels of interest.


Did you get the idea for these graphs off my blog? No problem, just curious.

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