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Sony XDR-S3HD

HD Radio™/AM/FM stereo table radio

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Item #: 158XDRS3HD
 

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by Ralph Graves
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Enjoy the clean, digital sound of HD Radio as well as standard AM and FM broadcasts with the Sony XDR-S3HD. This handsome tabletop radio receives the new, free digital programming many stations now transmit along with their regular AM and FM signals. HD Radio signals offer a significant improvement in sound quality — FM can approach CD-quality sound, while AM nears current FM sound fidelity. And the 'S3HD lets you access the additional digital channels some stations broadcast — channels you can only receive with an HD Radio tuner.

The XDR-S3HD comes with 40 presets so you can quickly jump to your favorite AM and FM stations. The built-in stereo speaker system features two full-range drivers in a ported enclosure for warm rich sound.

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Highlights:

  • stereo AM/FM clock radio
  • HD Radio tuner with FM multi-casting reception
  • 40 station presets (20 FM, 20 AM)
  • large LCD display with adjustable brightness
  • 2.8 watts x 2 channels
  • two 2-5/8" full-range drivers in a ported enclosure
  • external AM and FM antennas
  • remote control
  • 11-7/8"W x 5-1/2"H x 7-3/8"D
  • warranty: 60 days
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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  • AM/FM/HD digital radio
  • Wireless remote (RMT-CS3A)
  • AM loop antenna
  • FM wire antenna
  • FM dipole antenna
  • 20" Stereo mini cable
  • Operating instructions
  • Sign assembly instructions (for retail display)

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Features

Overview: The Sony XDR-S3HD Table Radio is a high fidelity FM/AM/HD Radio. The radio has an LCD display with dark characters, a lit background, and adjustable brightness and contrast. HD Radio delivers crystal-clear, all-digital fidelity HD FM/AM broadcasts including HD multicasting which brings near CD quality sound to FM, and current FM sound quality to AM. Text data, such as traffic, stock info, sports scores, song titles and artist names can also be sent out over HD Radio, providing you up-to-the-minute information. HD Radio signals are already broadcast by more than 1,000 stations nationwide in hundreds of markets to the majority of the U.S. population.

Note: There is no subscription fee required to receive HD Radio broadcasts.

Alarm: The alarm will sound with your choice of an AM radio preset, an FM radio preset, the line input, or a buzzer. When not using the buzzer, you can also select the alarm volume.

Sleep Timer: You can set the sleep timer to turn the radio off after 15, 30, 45, or 60 minutes.

Construction: The XDR-S3HD uses a wood based cabinet with a high gloss simulated cherry finish.

Full-Range Speakers: The XDR-S3HD radio uses two 2-5/8" full range speakers in bass-reflex enclosures to improve the performance of the system. The radio is also magnetically shielded, so it can be placed next to a CRT television.

Inputs/Outputs

  • Line Input: stereo mini-jack input on the rear panel; allows you to listen to external audio sources
  • Headphone Output: stereo mini-jack on the rear panel for listening with headphones; when this output is used, the internal speaker of the XDR-S3HD is muted
  • 75 Ohm FM Antenna: threaded F connector for one of the external FM antennas
  • AM Antenna: spring terminals for the included AM loop antenna

Specifications

Clock: 12-hour display with AM/PM indicators

Power Output: 2.8 watts x 2 at 10% THD

Weight: 7 lbs 15.8 oz, including power supply

Frequency Range:

  • FM: 87.5 - 108.0 MHz (0.1 MHz increments)
  • AM: 530 - 1710 kHz (10 kHz increments)
 
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1 out of 5

Poorest reception - Not Good at all

Written By Kit, Milford, CT on Sunday, October 12, 2008
 
I have purchased several HD radios, five to be exact, and this Sony is the
worst. It was the only one bad enough to return. Both the AM and FM
sensitivity are horrible, the equivalent of a cheap radio. Who cares if the
sound is nice and the radio looks nice if it only picks up a few strong
stations? I am surprised by the other reviewers. I think the one who rate
this radio high must be right inside a metro area and / or must not have
anything better to which to compare. With HD you must have a super-
sensitive tuner (and a good antenna).
About a year ago I bought the Sangean from here, and to date that radio
has the best performance.
I would "guess" that the newer Sony model, the one with the IPod thing
can't be any better.

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3 out of 5

Not bad, butnot great either

Written By Rod, San Diego, CA on Wednesday, July 16, 2008
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The reception is good when using the T antenna. The sound is not quite as good as the old Bose clock radios, specifically the low end. There is also no snooze feature so its use is better for a kitchen as opposed to a bedroom.
However for the price it is a good deal. If you are not in a hurry for an HD radio, I'd wait to see what other models come out later on.
4 out of 6 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Surprisingly satisified

Written By Barbara, Alexandria, VA on Wednesday, June 25, 2008
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Great, consistent reception on HD and regular FM.
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4 out of 5

Sony XDR-S3HD

Written By Richard, Newport News, VA on Wednesday, May 07, 2008
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Great sound! My first experience with HD radio. Bought it on the basis of
the thorough specs you offered in your comparison feature, and viewing
the users' manual on line. The unit was very easy to set up to receive the
HD stations in our area. I consider the XDR-S3HD a very good buy for the
money. I have not explored all the other features yet, such as
alarm/snooze, etc; have been enjoying the HD stations too much!
8 out of 9 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

HD Radio

Written By john, Springfield, Illinois on Thursday, February 21, 2008
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Very good sound - especially with the HD surround-sound. Remote works well. I am hoping we will have more HD channels in the future - right now there are only 2 on AM and 2 on FM in my area. Very happy with the sound and appearance of the unit.
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