HD Radio: Hi Def or Hybrid Digital?

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HD Radio: Hi Def or Hybrid Digital?

Postby Henry Vilas » Fri Oct 19, 2007 7:23 pm

105.5 FM has been running HD radio spots for several months and now they are offering Triple M Delta, an all blues channel. But what the hell is it? Triple M's site says it's high definition radio, while Wikipedia says it means hybrid digital and that the techology isn't that hot. So what do those forons in the know, know?

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Postby TheBookPolice » Fri Oct 19, 2007 10:12 pm

According to Crutchfield Advisor, it doesn't mean anything. It's like the S in Harry S. Truman. iBiquity trademarked the name "HD Radio," and it don't stand for shit except money.

They sure aren't stopping people from assigning meaning to it, though. "High Definition" and "Hybrid Digital" are techy sounding terms that do the legwork of making people think HD Radio is hot shit.

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Postby mcs_madison » Wed Oct 31, 2007 8:30 am

TheBookPolice wrote:According to Crutchfield Advisor, it doesn't mean anything. It's like the S in Harry S. Truman. iBiquity trademarked the name "HD Radio," and it don't stand for shit except money.

They sure aren't stopping people from assigning meaning to it, though. "High Definition" and "Hybrid Digital" are techy sounding terms that do the legwork of making people think HD Radio is hot shit.

Indistinguishable from magic, and all that.


Yep...Total marketing gimmick. Digital Radio in of itself is what allows for the multi-casting. HD doesn't mean the quality is any better. Digital is already above and beyond the old analog broadcast signal. An HD ready radio, allows you to hear all the new digital multicasts, as well as the old fashioned Analog.

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Postby Shipley » Mon Nov 12, 2007 8:18 pm

lets not overlook that the HD radio, as hyped as they are, aren't much less money than a commercial free XM or sirius subscription or for that matter an iPod.

if "the delta's" playlist is as limited as Triple-M, then for the $200 you'd pay for an introductory model HD radio you could go on iTunes or Amazon and probably buy more blues tracks.

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Postby TAsunder » Tue Nov 13, 2007 11:52 am

Or you could get an $85 zune and $115 in cds


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