Originally Posted by billmich
Try listening to WXYT-AM in downtown Detroit or under highway overpasses and hear how it switches between HD and Analog mode. It is SO annoying. Not to mention the sound, while 'clean", is rife with digital sounding artifacts - like it is bit-starved.
I sure do miss C-Quam stereo - we once had about 10 stations in Metro Detroit that would be regularly received in stereo, many of them music stations.
I liked C-Quam because it allowed for distant AM Stereo listening. But with music formats fading, I didn't see the point. I did enjoy WJR's baseball games in stereo. That was nice. But listening to them on DVD's subchannel, I don't think they're even using a stereo line. The commercials and bumper music are all in mono. Ditto WWJ.
WXYT-AM does hold the lock better on 97.1 HD 3 a whole lot better. I hear artifacts on CBS Sports programming, but not on overflow games. WXYT-AM has always had a crappy signal. I remember when they first got Lions broadcasts, but you couldn't pick up the station inside the Silverdome. So they put a closed-loop AM transmitter inside and put it 10Khz off from WXYT. You could hear the game ...along with 10Khz tone.
Now, with profanity delays and digital broadcasting, listening in the stadium isn't practical.
Originally Posted by Bookshelf
I'm glad to glad that a Cadillac, driven inside a major city, gets good reception. HD radio is far less prevalent else where. I do hope we see an improvement in audio quality but remain skeptical people will pay for the difference.
The old pickup kept the lock on a 18kw Detroit station almost all the way to the Flint Airport. The 2015 Silverado's radio doesn't fall back to analog until I'm at the edge of the coverage area. So, the myth about digital only working in metro areas is just that.. a myth. Just like with digital television, today's HD Radio tuners are a lot better than those from ten years ago.
Sure, people will pay for the difference. The upgraded audio is the biggest-selling option in new cars. So, while HD Radio might not be WHY they buy a better car radio, they will pay for it.
One thing I'm seeing is the displeasure with SiriusXM audio when compared to HD Radio. People never noticed how compressed XM was until they switched back and forth between XM and an digital FM channel. Night and day. That said, the general public thinks mp3s or streamed audio played on a Bluetooth speaker from a phone sound fine. So, there's no accounting for taste.