Originally Posted by k2koq
I have the Radio Shack,the BA and a Radiosophy. The radio shack actually required the least antenna diddling but still was difficult to find a sweet spot. I live in a single family home just over the city line.
I am a radio geek and will do whatever it takes to get thing to work, but most people won't I am afraid. I do not see a bright future for HD radio.
You make a good point. However, consider the following...
When digital satellite (DirecTV, Dish, Primestar) was released, the companies charged $500 for the equipment and expected the customers to climb on their roofs to install the equipment. They also expected customers to install $200 outdoor antennas to receive local stations or waste time getting waivers from local affilates. I went through this with my father in '97.
When I first got satellite radio in 2003, I paid $200 for the radio, a tuner, and to have it installed. Also, I have to pay a monthly fee on top of the upfront costs.
In 2005, I paid $200 for my BA Recepter. It is hooked up to my HDTV to output sound. Everyone that hears it is highly impressed. When I have parties, I play a local HD station that also generates interest in the radio. It has costs me some time to adjust the antennas to consistently receive all the stations that I want.
Conclusion: My father is happy with his DirecTV even though he still can not receive ABC and FOX with his $200 outdoor antenna. I am extremely happy with my XM and my BA Recepter. My father and I are the most impatient, stubborn consumers around. We would rather not deal with the initial headaches of adopting new technologies. In hindsight, we are glad that we did so that we can now enjoy what these technologies have to offer. After testing my radio, two of my friends purchased a BA Recepter. They also had reception issues at the beginning but they also enjoy the radio now and are happy with their purchases.