Summary: I bought this Sony XDR-S10HDiP about 2 years ago for the IPhone docking and charging capability and because many reviews liked the sound quality. Alas the tuner has died, no HD radio or any radio for that matter. Unfortunately this is the second Sony product that has disappointed, the other was a $3000 dollar 51 inch Xbr LCD projection tv that developed a yellow blob in the screen which wasn't covered by the warrantee.
Summary: I spent quite some time looking at reviews, different companies, and different kinds of HD radios and settled on this one, and it was definitely a good decision. The reception is pretty good, but it took some playing with the antenna to find a good spot, but now all of my favorite local stations come in quite loud and clear! Though, sometimes I've noticed the song title information comes in garbled.
Summary: Our classical music station went off the air in St. Louis, sold to a contemporary religious music station. We were devastated but our NPR station dedicated their HD band #3 to classical music programming. My husband received the Sony HD radio from our children for Father's Day. We love it and now we have classical music 24/7. Thanks so much.
Summary: This radio is awesome, even if one lives in an area without any radio stations broadcasting in HD. Here in the Boston-area, we are fortunate to have several HD2/HD3 stations worth a listen, such as 100.7 HD-2 Radio Mojo (Blues) and 102.5 HD-2 Classic Country. The sound quality on the HD stations is phenomenal, especially for the AM stations that are broadcasting in HD. WBZ 1030, for instance, sounds exactly like an FM now.
Summary: I bought this to replace a GE clock radio that was having a hard time picking up my favorite NPR station since it turned digital, and in that regard it works fantastically. I began using the FM whip antenna, which was adequate, but when I switched to using the large T antenna (now embedded in my wall with thumb tacks) that also came with the unit, it tripled the number of stations available and made some HD stations more stable.
Summary: When I unpacked this radio I was suprized by its size, weight and feel. I realized that it was a higher quality product than I expected. I hooked up the AM and FM antennae and read the instructions. The only downside of this SONY radio was that it took a little time to understand the operation via the remote. However I continued practicing with it and soon was able to program all of the stations I wanted.
Summary: I listen to lots of news, sports and talk on AM. When I found out most of the programming I consume (The Ticket, Ranger baseball) was simulcast in HD in FM I made the jump to HD. I live in the western half of the Dallas/Ft Worth metro area and have no problem picking up HD stations that I want to listen to. For this reason alone, this Sony is indispensible now. Fighting through low wattage AM broadcasts is no longer an issue.
Summary: I bought this because I really wanted an HD radio and I trust Sony's quality. I am happy with the HD and the ease of use of the radio and the fact that it works fine with my old iPod mini but am very disappointed with several things. There is no battery power supply to preserve the time and presets when power is interrupted - every radio with presets should have this!
Good radio, until it stopped working. Then the "fun" began
Dave Spitze, Amazon
21 July 2010
Summary: I bought this radio for my wife for Christmas 2008. She has an iPod (so do I and one of our sons) and wanted the HD capacity to listen in the kitchen. The radio got good reception, even on non-HD stations. We were happy with it. Fast forward circa 16 months to April 2010. The radio signal started dropping out (I read the other reviews and another reviewer had the same type of issue). Then it completely dropped out; if you try to tune in a station, the LED just blinks.
Summary: This HD radio sounds incredible! Others have complained the power inverter box hums, mine doesn't! Others have complained the digital read out is too bright to and interferes w/ sleep. Mine is adjustable, and I close my eyes when I sleep when so even the brightest light level doesn't get thru my eye lids. The iPod is easily controlled w/ the remote. I live on a hill outside DC so I'm getting all the HD stations in the region with the included wire antenna.