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post #1 of 42 Old 01-28-2010, 08:27 PM - Thread Starter
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Listing at $109.99 and apparently not quite yet available in stores, this unit appears similar to the Insignia component tuner with optical and coaxial digital output as well as analog. No real specifications; some may like the spinner tuning knob.

http://www.radioshack.com/graphics/u...0134_PM_EN.pdf

I don't expect this to be a Sony-beater, though it does look more like a "real" tuner.
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Not exactly the prettiest thing I've ever laid eyes on, but feast your eyes at that "power consumption" factoid: 3 Watts! Now that's incredible I guess thanks to those new-fangled chips. If you can't make a WELL FILTERED power supply, switching or otherwise at THAT power load level, heaven help you. That AM section had better SING! I sure hope that it's a "sleeper hit" based on future performance analysis.

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Seems Sangean may be coming out with a new HD tuner as a Crutchfield rep said the 2nd gen current tuner came in as 'discontinued' on his computer

Sony XDR-F1HD -- any insiders here know if Sony is coming out with a refresh to this Tuner?

I really want them to address the deficiencies in this that everyone talks about.
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Really? Hmm. Today, I just about pulled the trigger on my second HD tuner, the Sangean second gen. Certainly they can make alot of cosmetic improvements with their box, and let's hope the wait isn't long. I think I am going to call an engineer at Sangean and see if obtain can get a release date.

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That XDR-FHD1 gave a lot of bang for the buck including exquisite adjacent channel selectivity and spine-curling fm stereo 30dB quieting specs. Of course the analog AM audio response reeked like a dozen rotten eggs. I hope that even though the AM HD band appears to be shrinking in population, better care has be taken to expand the AM analog audio frequency response in Auvio's latest offering as well as Sony's future 2nd generation HD tuner. I'm waiting for a technical review ont eh Auvio. May it put the former Accurian to shame. Four years of technological progress should do more than just reduce the power consumption 20 fold!

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RadioX is offering a new and improved version of their Sony XDR-F1HD active filter upgrade with better quality parts, new opamp and direct connection to the RCA output jacks. Details:

http://www.radioxtuners.com/

Might be the best we can hope for in the immediate future. I'm not sure the Auvio isn't a rebadged Insignia, except for the claim of very low power.
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More direct Links to info:

Quick Start: http://www.radioshack.com/graphics/u...0134_QS_EN.pdf

Manual: http://www.radioshack.com/graphics/u...0134_PM_EN.pdf

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This thing is now on rat shacks web site as in stock.
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Did anyone buy this tuner? I'm just curious to see how it compares with the Sangean HDT-1/DHT-1X and Sony XDR-F1HD.
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Just got this tuner and compared it to the $400 Integra TUN-3.7 and Yamaha TX-1000U. I used an outdoor TV/FM antenna with a 3way splitter swapping the outputs often.
I must say the reception in the low fm band (87.5-92Mhz) is problematic (HD or-and analog). I couldn't get at all 2 stations, and 2 came in with a lot of noise. My other tuners could get them clear in mono, or with some static in stereo.
The Integra locks on HD faster, Auvio blinks alot on distant HD.
The analog output quality is below average, highs are lacking and stereo image is weak. Optical and coaxial outputs are great, as good as the Integra's outputs ( Tun 3.7 has only analog outs).
The Integra gets hot during operation, Auvio stays cool to the touch. I guess the interior has some room to breathe.
Yamaha sounds nice and warm, but cannot compare to HD channel of a good quality broadcast.
Of course this tuner its all plastic and light weight, but it looks good and the remote is big and feels solid.
AM HD reception and quality is the same (good) on both tuners.
Overall a good City tuner for the price, if you don't use the analog outputs and don't need super sensitivity and selectivity.







Edit: Pictured is Yamaha TX-930, i moved the TX-1000U to another room, both tuners are comparable.
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The Auvio Radio Shack model appears the exact same as the Insignia tuner I Purchased at Best Buy a year or so ago...Insignia not as sensitive as Sangean; power supply does not appear to be grounded as well, more subject to noise/interference. Since they appear identical, did not purchase Auvio version. Will stick with Sangean and Sony; better tuners, higher sensitivity.
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Some of the best HD Radio tuners on the market can connect to equipment that you already have.

If you plan to buy an HD Radio tuner you should focus on well-known and respected brands.

http://hdradionow.com

http://hdradionow.com/HDRadio/HD-Rad...at-to-look-for
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http://www.radioshack.com/product/in...ductId=3899229

I just noticed that this is now $59.97 at Radio Shack. It is under the "In-store Clearance - Music & Audio" area.
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http://www.radioshack.com/product/in...ductId=3899229

I just noticed that this is now $59.97 at Radio Shack. It is under the "In-store Clearance - Music & Audio" area.

It's actually been "stuck" at that price for at least 4 months now. I've actually been waiting for it to go lower, then jump on it.
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It's actually been "stuck" at that price for at least 4 months now. I've actually been waiting for it to go lower, then jump on it.

You're in luck. The price has droppoed to $49.97.
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I work as an engineer for a well-known audiophile quality tuner manufacturer that currently produces gear for HD radio, so naturally I was curious about this unit. After finding not much information online about the item, I was forced (oh no!) to buy it and see for myself.

This is a quick review and some measurements taken. I won't post pictures of the insides, as this has been done already and my unit did not look different than any other unit pictured on the interwebs.

The tuner seems to be based upon the new Samsung 2023-CR low power module, although finding specifications on this module or any information seems to be hard as well. http: // www . ibiquity . com/press_room/news_releases/2008/1246


FM Performance:

The measurements below were taken using a HP8656A signal generator and a Sound Technology ST1701A distortion measurement system. Of course, with this gear, we are measuring analog RF front end performance as well as the analog output section.

The analog output level seems low, only @0.48 V. Consumer level devices should be set for @2.0V.

On the left channel:
THD: .26%
S/N: 69dB
-30 usable sensitivity: 21.0 dBf (2.51 uV)
-50 usable sensitivity: 22.8 dBf (3.09 uV)

On the right channel:
THD: .205%
S/N: 69dB
-30 usable sensitivity: 21.0 dBf (2.51 uV)
-50 usable sensitivity: 22.9 dBf (3.13 uV)


Interface

The formatting of the display seems to be slightly off-center to the right. RBDS data does not always decode properly, but this may be due to inadequate signal strength.

Setting presets is a chore, you need to select the preset you want to use, tune to the frequency, then push SAVE on the remote. Normally, I would expect to tune to the frequency, then press and hold the desired key for the preset for a few seconds to save. I've also had some of my presets revert back to their factory default setting (but the others were still retained).

If you program a HD-2 station as a preset, expect a delay for the module to lock on to the OFDM sidebands before you hear any audio output.

Also, regretfully, there is no way to save a preset along with your prefered method of reception (i.e. Analog or Digital). So if you have a HD station you wish to assign to a preset but is just on the fringe, you will need to force Analog in order to prevent the constant blends back and forth between the two. The forcing appears to be a global setting and will still apply if you tune to another HD station or another preset.

Sometimes a message is shown on the screen "The selected channel is no longer available" when listening to analog only stations.

Overall, it seems to be a good value for the money.
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The price has dropped to $39.97. There's also a $10 off $40 coupon so net price is ~ $30.
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Thank you for the tip on the price drop AND the coupon. I picked up one of these this afternoon for a little over $30 with the local sales tax. I will see how it works out for me.
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Good lookin out. Just picked one up with said coupon for 34 bucks after tax. Was the last one so they threw in a 2yr warranty for free for what its worth.

First impressions, I installed this unit in my office receiver (rx-v467) via optical cable on AV4 input. I live in the City (Cincinnati) and it picks up every known HD broadcast here. I compared the sound quality of it to the built in HD tuner in my older RX-V863 and it doesn't quite sound as good as the Yamaha. Completely acceptable for the price, but on some quieter passages, the higher frequencies have a bit of the digital mp3 compression sound to them. My 2cents.
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$30? I'm in. Did you guys have to find something for 3 cents or more to get the sub total over $40 to use the coupon?
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$30? I'm in. Did you guys have to find something for 3 cents or more to get the sub total over $40 to use the coupon?

Yeah, you have to find a filler item. Look around for other clearance items or look in the parts drawers for something under $1.
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I found a compact flourescent light bulb on clearance for about $3.00.
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I bought a bag of zip ties for $2.49, needed them anyway.
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Found an iGo tip for 87 cents. And I can actually use it. Thanks guys!
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I don't think that Radio Shack in Ohio believes in stocking HD radios. They had to order my little JVC unit.

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Maybe just northern Ohio? I've purchased 4 of these units at my local (Cincinnati) Radio Shacks' since this past weekend.
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They are still available in some FL stores; the online inventory worked for me, but isn't always accurate so one should call. Bought a 2pk of NiMH C cells on sale for $2.97 which I can use in a flashlight to make the coupon work. I actually received the $10 off $40 coupon in the mail today, but the online coupon will work also. A GREAT deal, and a nice tuner, for a bit over $30.
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Wow, these things do AM HD too, sounds great but sensitivity is poor, keeps switching between analog and digital.
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Wow, these things do AM HD too, sounds great but sensitivity is poor, keeps switching between analog and digital.

Related: Is there any way to adjust the muting circuit that seems to be on the AM band? Weak stations and any stations with interference are just totally cut out.
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I just bought a Auvio receiver from Radio Shack.
I have tried a number of antennas and reception is from poor to non-existant.
I'm in a first floor apartment so a outdoor antenna is not a option.

Any recommendations for a antenna and reception

Live in Tampa, Florida

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