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Sangean HDT-1

HD Radio™/AM/FM stereo tuner

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Connect Sangean's HDT-1 component tuner to your home audio system, and experience the crystal-clear sound and expanded listening choices of HD Radio programming. This tuner gives you access to the new, free digital programming that many AM and FM stations now broadcast. When you tune in digital HD Radio signals, you'll hear a marked improvement in sound quality — FM can approach CD-quality sound, while AM nears current FM quality. Plus, the HDT-1 does a great job pulling in standard analog broadcasts, too.

The HDT-1 lets you access the additional digital-only channels some stations are broadcasting — channels which can only be received with an HD Radio tuner. And stations can send text information with their digital signals, such as station IDs, artist names, and song titles. The HDT-1 displays this text on its large, easy-to-read LCD screen.

Convenient controls let you search for all available AM and FM stations, analog and digital, or just those broadcasting in HD. Forty station presets give you plenty of room to store your favorite stations. And the included full-function remote makes tuner operation a breeze.

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Highlights:

  • AM/FM HD Radio tuner with multi-casting reception
  • 40 station presets (20 FM, 20 AM)
  • external AM and FM antenna input
  • signal strength meter
  • backlit LCD display
  • RCA stereo line-level output
  • remote control
  • 17"W x 3"H x 12-1/4"D
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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  • HD Radio AM/FM stereo digital tuner
  • 6' AC power cord
  • RC-P2 wireless remote
  • CR2032 lithium battery (installed)
  • AM loop antenna
  • FM dipole antenna
  • 37" Stereo RCA patch cord
  • Operating Instructions
  • Warranty information
  • HD Radio information

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Features

HD Radio Overview: HD Radio is digital FM and AM broadcasting, allowing you to enjoy your same favorite FM and AM stations with digital sound quality. FM stations offer near CD-quality sound and AM stations sound like today's analog FM stations. Because the transmission is digital, multi-path distortion (a common problem with analog radio, receiving signal reflections slightly later than the direct signal) is eliminated. Stations broadcasting HD radio can also pass along text information, such as artist name, song title, weather, traffic, etc. Another benefit of FM HD radio is a station's ability to multicast, broadcast multiple programs (up to seven) using their existing frequency. The display shows multicast stations with the frequency followed by the multicast number, 107.1-1, 107.1-2, 107.1-3, etc. Unlike digital satellite radio, there is no subscription needed to listen to HD radio.

Tuner: The Sangean HDT-1 has a Hybrid AM/FM tuner; it receives analog and digital transmissions, plus RDS information. There are several methods of tuning a station; the frequency and numeric buttons allow you to input the frequency directly, the tuning buttons manually step up or down the dial in 0.1 MHz or 10 kHz steps, the seek buttons search up or down the dial for the next strong station, and the HD seek buttons search only for HD Radio broadcasts. The tuner's frequency range coverage is as follows:

  • FM and HD FM: 87.5-108.1 MH
  • AM and HD AM: 520-1710 kHz

Presets: The tuner features 40 presets for your favorite radio stations, including primary and multicast HD stations and analog AM or FM stations. You can select 10 presets each from the FM1, FM2, AM1, and AM2 bands. Once you program the presets, you can quickly tune them using the numeric keys on the front of the tuner or the remote.

Display: The unit's large LCD display clearly shows the station frequency and radio band. Depending on the setting, it also displays:

  • Station information:
    • Analog: frequency and preset number (plus text for RDS stations)
    • HD: frequency and preset number plus other information the station can transmit; call letters, nickname, etc
  • Clock
  • Signal strength meter
  • Spectrum analyzer

Built-In Clock: The HD-R1 has a built-in clock that is displayed when the power is off and can be displayed instead of station information when the tuner is on.

Remote Control: The HDT-1 comes supplied with a full-function, credit card size IR wireless remote control.

Controls and Connections

Controls: The remote and front panel of the tuner have the same controls:

  • Power: turns unit On or Off
  • Tune up/down: manually tune the next frequency
  • Seek up/down: seek the next strong station
  • HD Seek up/down: seek the next strong HD station
  • Number Keypad: 0-9 buttons for preset and direct frequency input
  • Info: used to change the information displayed
  • Band: switch between AM1, AM2, FM1, and FM2
  • Preset: enter preset stations
  • Freq: input radio frequency directly

Rear Panel Connections: All the HDT-1's connections are located on the rear of the unit.

  • FM Antenna: threaded F-type connector
  • AM Antenna: spring terminals
  • Line Output: stereo RCA jacks
  • AC: 2-pin jack for included cord
 
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1 out of 5

Bad product

Written By Ross, San Francisco,CA on Monday, June 29, 2009
 
Purchased a Samsung flat screen and Onkyo receiver from Crutchfield.As we live right in the city,thought it would be nice to have an HD Radio as well. Ordered the Sangean HD-1 with the other items. The first day the HD radio worked and picked up several HD radio channels.After the first day never worked well again.Couldn't receive any HD stations and barely able to receive regular analog stations. Contacted Crutchfield product support. Crutchfield could not have been better.They immediately shipped a replacement HD radio.After installing the replacement,it performed worse than the original.It made no sound at all(not even static) and did not receive any HD stations. Have since shipped back the replacement radio and given up on trying to have an HD radio.
I would definitely NOT recommend this radio. Crutchfield was absolutely great,this is just a bad product.
2 out of 3 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Nice tuner

Written By Frederick, Ohio on Saturday, April 11, 2009
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I like this tuner for the price. The HD stations sound excellent. Being 50 miles from Cleveland I will need to put an antenna in my attic to recieve all the HD stations. The Akron and Canton HD stations come in clear as a bell.I enjoy the streams that the stations put on HD 2. I have bought $300 tuners that haven't sounded as good as this one.
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

great hd tuner

Written By Darrel, Kent,wa. on Monday, October 06, 2008
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Had the tuner for 2 weeks and has worked flawless even picked up a fm station 180 miles from me just could hear it.have ext fm and rotor high gain ant....didnt think a tuner this low cost would be very good but cant complain.
4 out of 4 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

A wonderful solution for FM listening

Written By James, Charlotte, NC on Saturday, August 23, 2008
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I bought the Sangean HDT-1 and it did away with the interference I was experiencing on my classical music station and gave me access to HD channel for my all jazz station. The sound is extremely crisp and clear and I couldn't be more pleased with the product and the excellent service and guidance from the Crutchfield staff. Jim
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5 out of 5

works as advertised

Written By Bear, Attleboro, Ma on Tuesday, July 08, 2008
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1st the good. I ordered on Saturday, it's Tuesday, and I'm listening to my new tuner.
At the moment, I'm not getting all the HD channels in the area, I get more channels if I select Analog. Part of that it the piggyback of a digital signal on an analog source (source limitation), and part of it is the antenna. It comes with a basic di-pole that has been converted to 75 Ohm use. I'm guessing that one is an easy fix.

Once I get a HD station (only got FM so far) it is TREMENDOUS... FM never sounded like this. Got Maroon 5/Rhianna pumping (and I'm over 50). Love the RSS feed of Artist/Title.

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5 out of 5

Great Product- Happy as a clam

Written By Jamison, Manteno IL on Monday, May 26, 2008
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I want to thank Crutchfield staff for recommending this product to me. The first day I got it was super. I hooked into my house antenna and it just played like a champ. There are a few stations in HD that have a bit of a struggle but others come in like a blaze of glory. I feel like I'm living in downtown Chicago while living in the far south burbs of our great city. I whole heartly recommend this product to anyone who desires to listen to HD Radio . when you get the product, I encourage you to download the HD radio station list off the HDradio.com to make it easier to find the stations featuring this service too.
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5 out of 5

A GOOD TOY

Written By billw, RT 195+RT 9 on Monday, November 12, 2007
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I have nifty home system 5 recievers 2 Sony's 120 watt & Niles 6 Way spliter+ six extra pair of speakers, 3 pairs outside, basement, bedroom, garage, livingroom diningroom & hooked up to 120 mile long range FM antena with a Chanel Master rotor and a Philps preamp 4 way spilter . I like Philly stations. HD is Clear as a bell. Can not wait till the leaves drop. Hope to pick up MD stations in winter.
9 out of 16 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Sangean HDT-1

Written By Urs, Philadelphia, PA on Wednesday, October 10, 2007
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This is one of the best things I purchased !
Great reception, great features, just fun to own.
I don't know how to be without a home HD radio. I have one in my
car as well but for home it's even better.
The price is good, Crutchfield was good with availability and shippment.

Only one downside, everytime we have a powerfailure the clock has to be reset.

Bottom line, if I need a new HD radio I look for SANGEAN first !
7 out of 7 people found this helpful
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2 out of 5

ok but.....

Written By kelley, Madison Wi on Monday, September 10, 2007
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I am not as impressed as the others seem to be.

The clock function has to be reset if power goes out, even momentarily.

The sensitivity is no better than my other three receivers.

The sound quality is not as good as my other receivers.

I'm sure I will not own this for long.
16 out of 24 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Almost perfect

Written By Sandy, Robertsdale, Al. on Friday, August 31, 2007
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Great sound from an easy to use product and a great buy for the price. Only two minor flaws which certainly do not detract from the great sound.

First, the instruction book could be more exact on where to put the RCA cables. I first tried them in my receivers tape input. I could hear the radio from two channels but after about 30 minutes it seemed like something was missing. I pulled the cables from the tape input and put them in the CD input. The music came alive...wow what graat sound.

The other thing that I do not like is the lcd display that stays lit even when the system is off. It is bright enough to use as a night light. I solved that problem by plugging in the system to a power strip which is controlled by a wall switch. When the system is powerd back up it remembers all the pre sets.

With these minor problems I still rate it at a 5.
Get it.....enjoy it.
8 out of 9 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

I love the RDS

Written By don, Jacksonville, Fla on Thursday, August 02, 2007
 
As others have noted, this is a great little receiver. I have found many of the radio stations in my area broadcasting the RDS(radio data signal) rather then Ibiquity's HD signal and for that reason alone it is well worth the purchase(The conversion to the Ibiquity HD signal is much more expensive for the radio stations then adding just the data informaton to the AM or FM transmitter's subcarrier). Many times while listening to my radio I would wonder who's singing a certain song, now I'll have that information. Although, this receiver does receive HD signals, don't expect the sound of your local philharmonic to sound the same coming thru this receiver and your stereo. I have found overall sound to be close to mp3s with a low bit rate(equal to or lower then XM or Sirius's transmissions). But because radio stations are now adding additional formats to their HD transmissions, you will find a better chance of finding your taste of music or news program if you purchase this receiver. You might also consider going to Ibiquity.com to see what HD stations are available in your area(please note: these are HD stations broadcasting HD and RDS and not the stations broadcasting RDS only.)Sangean has also made available ($50.00 more) another model of the same tuner with an optic out. It is my opinion, unless you have run out of analog inputs on your receiver, it would not be worth the additional money to purchase the HDT-1X. It is because of the low bit rate, you would not be able to tell the difference. I might also add...the more a station adds to it's HD signal(HD1 HD2 HD3 etc...the lower the bit rate and further degradation of the quality.
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5 out of 5

Sangean HDT-1 tuner

Written By Robert, Newhall Pass,CA. on Friday, April 27, 2007
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I live in the Mountains in Newhall Pass CA. and FM reception is hard to get here, my current collection of tuners include Sansui TU-7900 analog tuner, Sansui T-1100 digital tuner and a Fisher 400 vacuum tube stereo amplifier with FM tuner, I have owned many other tuners in the past that were very good FM multiplex receivers.
When I first connected the Sangean HDT-1 I was amazed at the selectivity and sensitivity that this unit possesses, I was pulling stations that I good never get with the other tuners and did not know they even existed. I did find that many of the popular LA stations had sub channels in HD2 that were non commercial and the sound quality far surpassed my other systems with crystal clear audio, I also picked up 91X from San Diego CA. just strong enough to get a very clean mono sound.
I still find my Fisher 400 hard to beat for that full warm rich sound that tube amps have and with the HDT-1 connected to my AUX input I am very pleased with the sonic bliss.
This Sangean HDT-1 tuner is awesome.
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4 out of 5

Great HD Tuner

Written By Robert, New Jersey on Tuesday, March 13, 2007
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The HDT-1 tuner is very good at pulling in stations even with the supplied dipole antenna. I connected it to a large attic mounted antenna (Terk TV-36) and it gets even more stations! The HD stations are great and more are being added each month. Most likely, some of your favorite FM stations are already broadcasting in HD. Some stations are multicasting different programming on sub-channels - these are often commercial-free! This tuner is great for the non-HD stations as well because most have RDS (radio data) information so the artist & song title are displayed on the large screen.
I applaud the idea of having the controls on the front of the unit match exactly what is on the remote & vice versa. This is the first product I have seen like that. The 'credit-card' remote control doesn't use standard size batteries; it uses a small CR2032 lithium battery. The manual isn't very detailed but is sufficient for a tuner device. When the unit is turned off in stand-by mode, the time is displayed on the screen at reduced brightness. I happen to like this feature but some folks might prefer being able to turn the display completely off.
I was anxiously waiting for an HD tuner component to be available to give HD Radio a try and I am very happy with this product. I suspect the price will come down in time as competing products become available but this seems worth the money.
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5 out of 5

Sangean, Best HD FM tuner on the market

Written By Jerseyradio, Mid state New Jersey on Wednesday, January 31, 2007
 
This Sangean HD tuner is the finest tuner I have ever known. It beats my Audiophile tuner of the 25 years hands down. The selectivity and sensitivity of this tuner is second to none. I never knew there were stations in between the stations I normally listen to. In addition to this you get all of the second and third channel HD stations. All without commercials. The Sangean has a large blue display that shows text of the station, artist and song title. This is a welcome addition. It is so large, I can see it from across the room. I dare you to compare this tuner to anything you have. The Sangean will pick out stations you never knew were there. All for $ 199.99. Great job Sangean, you have put new life into my 25 year old stereo system.
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