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I am looking for a preprocessor or a receiver to use in a 2.1 setup that has an HD Tuner. I was looking at the Outlaw 975, but it doesn't appear to have an HD Radio Tuner. Anyone have any recommendations? I'd like a unit that's compact as possible.

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HD for the home is hard to come by...

I have a SONY XDR-F1HD tuner. It is quite compact, and works well, with analog outs. Unfortunately it is discontinued and become something of a cult item.

http://www.ham-radio.com/k6sti/xdr-f1hd.htm

http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_odk...2.TRC1.A0.H0.TRS0&_nkw=SONY+XDR-F1HD&_sacat=0

I replaced it with a cheezy Auvio HD tuner, and use its digital outputs. It was sold by Radio Shack, seems to be a clone for the Sangean tuner (discontinued). There's not much inside, big empty case.

http://www.amazon.com/AUVIO-Auvio-HD-Radio-Tuner/dp/B004OHTNZI/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top?ie=UTF8 - was $50

http://www.sangean.com/products/product.asp?mid=31

Maybe HD will make a little comeback since they are putting it in cars now, but, I kinda doubt it.

Restricting yourself to an integrated with HD might make the choices really slim.
 

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HD for the home is hard to come by...

I have a SONY XDR-F1HD tuner. It is quite compact, and works well, with analog outs. Unfortunately it is discontinued and become something of a cult item.

http://www.ham-radio.com/k6sti/xdr-f1hd.htm

http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_odk...2.TRC1.A0.H0.TRS0&_nkw=SONY+XDR-F1HD&_sacat=0

I replaced it with a cheezy Auvio HD tuner, and use its digital outputs. It was sold by Radio Shack, seems to be a clone for the Sangean tuner (discontinued). There's not much inside, big empty case.

http://www.amazon.com/AUVIO-Auvio-HD-Radio-Tuner/dp/B004OHTNZI/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top?ie=UTF8 - was $50

http://www.sangean.com/products/product.asp?mid=31

Maybe HD will make a little comeback since they are putting it in cars now, but, I kinda doubt it.

Restricting yourself to an integrated with HD might make the choices really slim.
Thanks for the info. I'll probably have to get a separate tuner. I really didn't think they'd be that rare. My 2014 model car has one.
 

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Thanks for the info. I'll probably have to get a separate tuner. I really didn't think they'd be that rare. My 2014 model car has one.
Perhaps... but parking the car in your living room can create a problem. :D
 

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Thanks for the info. I'll probably have to get a separate tuner. I really didn't think they'd be that rare. My 2014 model car has one.
Yes, they are being pushed into cars.

If I have to do it over, I might buy a car unit and put it in the rack.

An old computer power supply would have plenty of power to run it.

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Unfortunately, as I read it, HDRadio receivers depend on one company's chipset (or patent) - Ibiquity, who somehow rammed their system and theirs alone through the FCC. And HDRadio is only used in the US.

So, while it works pretty well, there is also a lot of resistance.

The rest of the world has different and apparently incompatible options for digital radio.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HD_Radio
 

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Yes, they are being pushed into cars.

If I have to do it over, I might buy a car unit and put it in the rack.

An old computer power supply would have plenty of power to run it.

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Unfortunately, as I read it, HDRadio receivers depend on one company's chipset (or patent) - Ibiquity, who somehow rammed their system and theirs alone through the FCC. And HDRadio is only used in the US.

So, while it works pretty well, there is also a lot of resistance.

The rest of the world has different and apparently incompatible options for digital radio.
That's interesting information. My wife loves Country and there are a lot of country stations that are in HD. I guess I don't need it that badly then.

I have an old Nakamichi RE2 that's in very good shape and I might just use that with a Mini DSP with the pre out / Main In. Anyone foresee any issues with this?
 

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Sirius/XM is an alternative to consider. There are a few audio receivers and add-on standalone tuners available.
 

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Sirius/XM is an alternative to consider. There are a few audio receivers and add-on standalone tuners available.
We had that in our car and while it's nice on road trips, I can't justify the price, it's not for us. If I'm going to pay, I rather just pay for Pandora as it's much more customizable. Plus I live in the mountains and Satellite radio is very spotty.
 

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Sirius/XM is an alternative to consider. There are a few audio receivers and add-on standalone tuners available.
You've piqued my curiosity. How's the sound quality on satellite radio with a standalone tuner?

We had a free trial of it when we bought a new car, and we thought the sound quality was so bad as to be effectively unlistenable for music. Talk radio was okay, but only because the poor quality doesn't detract from the listening experience as much as with music. I'm not even much of a stickler for sound quality in the terrible listening environment of a car, but it was far too bad for me.

I sort of wrote off satellite radio after that experience and never gave it another thought. It never occurred to me that the tuner might have been the problem rather than the signal. Based on your suggesting it, it must be possible for it to sound better than what I heard in the car.
 

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You've piqued my curiosity. How's the sound quality on satellite radio with a standalone tuner?

We had a free trial of it when we bought a new car, and we thought the sound quality was so bad as to be effectively unlistenable for music. Talk radio was okay, but only because the poor quality doesn't detract from the listening experience as much as with music. I'm not even much of a stickler for sound quality in the terrible listening environment of a car, but it was far too bad for me.

I sort of wrote off satellite radio after that experience and never gave it another thought. It never occurred to me that the tuner might have been the problem rather than the signal. Based on your suggesting it, it must be possible for it to sound better than what I heard in the car.
We bought a car in 2014 and it came with 2 years free of Satellite Radio. The quality was good.
 
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