As many have stated, and regardless where the collective minds of the radio industry take us, I believe that you would benefit from the FM tuner performance for the money spent (on a stand-alone table-top form factor radio set). If you're just coming into the fold as far as HD Radio tuners go, you'll get very good sensitivity and selectivity in general just because of the requirements of tight bandpass of a broader station frequency spectrum. I knew I couldn't say it correctly in one sentence, but my LAYMAN's take on this HD stuff tells me that if you need to "hear" nearly triple the analog bandwidth in order to digitally process that which can't be placed "smack dab in the middle" of the analog signal, then you'd better have hot front-ends with TIGHT IF filtering (digital or otherwise). Guess what?, whether you're fortunate to hear HD signals in your area or not, you'll still have decent capture of comparatively more FM stations at least. AM reception has always been fickled and harder to predict depending on now more on external + in-band interference issues; a subject for great controversy regarding HD AM implementation . My feeling has always been as far as HD AM goes is FIND YOUR UMBRELLA AND PROUDLY STAND UNDER IT! Translation: local AM HD radio coverage is just fine by me and I love 24 hour service for that reason. Add 100 miles to your distance and then the equation changes significantly at night due to AM's fading tendencies.
The skinny: I have an Accurian, I like it to listen to all signals on and I'd recommend it for a all-in-one solution if you're not particular towards a component tuner solution (That new Sony with the blower fan in it! COM'ON CHIPSET MAKERS.
Try it take it back if you don't like it. I think they really tried to provide reasonable tonal balance with its 2 inch speakers that can groan as low as 80Hz or so not bad. You find the right corner to plunk that thing in and you just may amaze yourself with its "self-contained" sound that's not coming out of a superior "shoebox-shaped" table-top musicbox! (don't need to mention brands here) The AM analog sound is also reasonable (with the Rock setting of the EQ) in comparison to my JVC car radio which stinks on ice where AM analog sound is received. For FM and all HD modes, the Normal setting provides the most natural rendition of audio spectral balance that this little squawk box is capable of (I say with an affectionate pat on its remote control).
....enjoy.....Unlike an 8track recorder, this puppy IS backwards compatable so you CAN'T LOOSE NO MATTER WHAT HAPPENS. My bet is that the world will end first (prior to HD) what's yours!!!!http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/images/smilies/wink.gif