ZNF reader Larry C recently inquired about the HD Radio reception from Best Buy’s Insignia NS-HD01 portable ($50):
what is the range of reception – hopefully good clear sound within 50-75 mile radius
And I’d glad he brought this up. Because only after writing my mostly positive review did I learn how bad the HD Radio reception is. It appeared that I had excellent coverage at our old place (DC metro, suburban Maryland), yet I have zero coverage at our new place (suburban Virginia). More importantly, I have no HD Radio reception at my gym. Regarding Larry’s specific question, I’m not sure what my actual distance to the transmitters is. But I assume I’m well below even the bottom of his range (50 miles), probably by half. Furthermore, to address a follow-up thought he had, my gym has no large buildings or similar obstructions in the immediate vicinity. So I’m left to conclude this radio just isn’t very good at tuning programming. Coupled with horrible earbuds and a requirement to charge the unit via USB, I can’t recommend an Insignia HD Radio purchase. Even at a low $50.
However, the NS-HD01 might be worth trying out if you could get one for free… Perhaps there’s a firmware update somewhere out there or maybe you can hotwire an external antenna to improve reception. Better yet, maybe you live next door to a transmission tower. Regardless, if you’d like a shot at my HD Radio, simply leave a comment below. (US residents in the lower 48 only, please.) We’ll choose the winner at random in a few days.
66 thoughts on “Question of the Day and HD Radio Giveaway”
Please! I’m a long time follower and supporter of zatznotfunny.com, and I follow you on twitter!
I’d love to give it a try. I live in SE DC, but haven’t heard anything about HD Radio in the District.
Thanks for passing along your gadgets! :)
Dave, I’d love to give it a try.
If you want to try wide open spaces, I’m in Indiana – but close to Indianapolis. I will give it a go and report back.
Free is good – thanks!
I’ll take it off your hands. :-)
I would be more than happy to try it out
Did you know that the HD in HD Radio stands for nothing at all?
I’d love to try it out. I keep wanting to get an HD Radio for work, but this place is a random collection of signal highs and lows.
Would love to try it out here in NYC.
I’ll give it a shot in the Boston area
Great offer. I’d love to try it here in Pittsburgh, PA. I have thought of picking up an HD unit a few times but free would be great :)
It might work for me.
I’m in Philly suburbs, glad to give it a shot up here!
Portable HD Radio, nice.
I’m interested in checking out the alternate HD stations (-2, -3, etc.) in my area but have not been interested enough to spend money to do so. Count me in. Thanks!
Oh sure what the heck, if your just giving it away. I get most of my audio from XM and Pandora, but I’ll give HD Radio a shot.
I’ll Give it a Shot.
I’m actually not entering the contest, but wanted to comment on the range. I’m around 25 miles from the local Philadelphia radio towers, but I’m up high and likely have good “line of sight.” With the ZuneHD, I can usually pull in an HD Radio signal, but it occasionally cuts out. I’d say, I’m on the fringe in optimal conditions, FWIW.
Free… I’ll take about anything for free. It’s the right price.
I would like to win the HD radio.
Interesting, I didn’t know they made portable HD radios. I’m interested ;)
I’ll take a shot.
i’ll try it. i know we have at least one hd station in okc.
HD radio signal will be up to 10 times stronger come Spring 2010 as the FCC has just approved stations to increase the power at least 4 times stronger and 10 times stronger in most cases. This will mean HD radio coverage will outperform analog coverage especially in HD car radio. Imagine crystal clear stereo reception at double the distance of analog FM stereo. All the swishing and mono blending will be a thing of the past. I would request that you reveiw this radio again next year when many stations will have increase their digital power by up to 10 times.
I’d be happy to try it out (outside of Philadelphia, PA). If it doesn’t work for me, I’ll let you know and I’ll send it to someone else on your list.
I’ll take anything free…well, almost anything.
Been wanting one of these for a while. Would be great!
I’d love to listen! Thanks, Dave.
Would love to try among the hills near Seattle.
I’d take it…
I’d use it in Frederick!
Like to test it…
I’d be curious to find out what the HD Radio coverage is in the Bay Area
I would love to try it… Thanks, Dave
I’d like to try this out. Hope I win!
The reason that you get such bad reception out in the suburbs is because HD Radio only operates at 1% of the analog transmitters power. So for instance WAMU would only be operating the HD Radio part of the broadcast at 500 watts versus 50,000 analog. The FCC did recently approve a voluntary power increase to 10% so it should help HD Radio reach most of the suburban areas.
We have great reception and would love to finally try out HD Radio.
I would love to try out a free HD radio.
I’d love to find out that radio isn’t dead…
Free, that’s for me. As crass as it sounds I want to try HD radio but don’t won’t to spend $ to be disappointed.
Wonder if it will work in LA?
Dave. I live in your old digs. It would work great for me.
I’d like to try it up here in Long Island
Will like to try in Memphis and then, in 5 months, Savannah, GA. Twofer.
yay! free hd!
We have a couple of stations in our market that are broadcasting some really good material on their X.2 channels. I’d love to have this in the car so I can get them!
I would like to try it.
I’m about 15-miles from NYC. This would be a great treat!! Thanks for the opportunity.
Thanks for sharing, I’d love to try one.
I’m an HD Radio lover.
Sure, I’ll give it a shot. HD Radio’s advertised around Austin so I imagine I can get reception.
The radio works fine! I have one. I live in metro NYC-Newark area. The HD stands for high audio definition as well as hybrid digital. I dont know why Ibiquity is afraid to say so, but then again these people have made the stupidest weirdest commercials for hd radio. Commercials featuring bimbo strung out female voices about “self replicating amebas and sea creatures and hd stations giving birth to little digital lives…enjoy?” What the hell is that? You come away remembering the weird storyline but not what hd is about! NOW in 2010 they are finally releasing serious informational hd radio commercials. Anyway the signal power boost has been approved. However NOW we have to wait for publication in federal register, which can take as long as september! then by, law,30 days must pass AFTER publication to take effect. By then , enough poeple unnaware of the power handicap will blame the radio and spread the damaging negative press, just like we see here in this blog.
I’ll make no bones about it: I’m just commenting so I can get the radio.
Hey – you gotta love my directness :)
I am in NYC and HD stations are always messing up my iPod listening thru the FM adapter so maybe this will work for me
Free HD radio! I want to go to there
What!? Give up your HD radio when you could use it to listen to the superbowl? Tune it Dave, tune it!
Anything would be better then my cassette player ;)
I would love to have one of these. My friend has one and loves it, and has been trying to get me to buy one. A free one would be great!
I love HD Radio
I have one in my car, one in my house and would love to see if I can pick up Boston 15 miles away!
Nicholas (#31) is the big winner! But stay tuned… We’ve got a Pogoplug and MagicJack to also giveaway later this month.
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