Originally Posted by LightBulb
I'm strongly considering the JVC KD-HDR1[/url]. Does anyone have any personal experience to share regarding this unit?
I bought one from Crutchfield and hooked it up to my home stereo (using a 12-volt power supply). I may buy a 2nd one for my car, but I bought it for home use because it seemed like the most versatile unit that was available (outputs, IR remote, etc.).
I have not tested any of the MP3 features. I rely on my Empeg for that kind of stuff. I bought it simply to listen to the 2nd and 3rd channels of my local NPR station (particularly some music shows that aren't played on their primary channel).
The JVC seems pretty well designed and fairly easy to use, Not sure the color scheme is what I would choose, but that's OK. Alpines look nicer, but they don't have something like this with a built-in HD tuner.
I soldered up a 2-foot length of RG58 coax with a Motorola connector on one end and a F-type connector on the other so I could hook the JVC up to a few antennas I had on hand. HD reception for a number of local stations was *great* with a simple dipole. Except that HD reception of the *one* NPR station I wanted was nonexistant. I live behind a big hill that is between me and that station's transmitter, so this was not a big surprise. So I tried about 4 other antennas -- an omnidirectional Antennacraft "turnstile", a directional RatShack 15-2163, a cheesy Ratshack amplified antenna, and an old Bic Beambox 10. While several of these produce great, multipath-free analog FM on an old Pioneer tuner I have, they produced zilch HD for that station.
Anyhow, I went to the hardware store and bought some parts to build JUHA (Jim's Ultimate HD Antenna) and now all is good. I have all 3 HD channels for that station running without any problems.
So, I think the JVC is pretty nice.
One thing I will say: The JVC runs *hot*. I might need to play around with this a bit, but you could fry an egg on the JVC, even after 2 hours with the volume/gain turned all the way down. I may need to build an enclosure with a fan.
Anyhow, hope this helps.