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HD Radio’s Advances Generate Buzz

HD Radio's Advances Generate Buzz

“Today’s the day the baby finally leaves the nest.” That’s what Ibiquity President/CEO Robert Struble told attendees at its press conference at CES.
He was referring to Ibiquity’s technology being ready to transfer to development partners, such as receiver manufacturers and broadcasters, so they in turn can present it to consumers.
The HD Radio announcements brought together some folks who often are friendly foes.
CEA President/CEO Gary Shapiro said, “This show increasingly focuses on the digital lifestyle. Almost every American understands what CD quality is.”
He recalled that NAB and CEA both began in 1924 and shared an office in New York. Radio remains an important part of the industry, Shapiro said, and the dawning of HD Radio is critical.
NAB’s John Orlando said HD Radio would enhance the listener experience. “It’s all going to be brought to them for free.”
Tweeter representative Bernie Sapienza said terrestrial radio going digital gives receiver manufactures a chance to talk about the tuner spec and “rejuvenate those price points.”
Kenwood USA’s Bob Law said the dawning of HD Radio is an opportunity to replace existing product. “The potential we see is astounding.”
Delphi is testing various in-dash and aftermarket HD Radio prototypes with station WSHW(FM), Frankfurt Ind., near Delphi’s Kokomo plant.
Bob Schumacher said Delphi engineers are driving cars equipped with HD Radios to test for multipath issues, pops, fades, etc. The goal is to test under all conditions and stress the radio.
Delphi OEM’s and aftermarket HD Radios are available for automakers now, he said.