HD radio with a readable display in a convertable
1981 Mercedes-Benz 380SL
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)
Ease of Use
After buying a Sony HD radio for my truck, I was disappointed at the dim display that I could not easily read in daylight. The reviews said as much, but I ignored them thinking that the radios were early production units and this flaw would be corrected in later versions. So when I started to shop for an HD radio for my convertible, the display brightness was my top priority. And guess what? The reviews still complained about dim displays on almost brands and models that would fit in my car. The Alpine radio had maybe one complaint about a dim display. So I decided on the Alpine given it had the fewest display complaints. I am very happy with my choice. The display is very readable during the day even with the top down and the HD FM reception is terrific.
Pros: The display is readable during the day even with the convertible top down. The FM reception is great including the extra HD channels. The user interface on the Alpine is much more intuitive than the Sony I have in my truck. I don't need to read the user manual to do something simple like set the clock. The Crutchfield supplied installation kit was perfect for connecting the Alpine radio to my car's existing wiring. It could not have been made easier given the differences between
Cons: None so far.