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Sangean HDT-1X

HD Radio™/AM/FM stereo tuner

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Connect Sangean's HDT-1X 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-1X does a great job pulling in standard analog broadcasts, too.

More features for HD Radio fans
Analog RCA and optical digital audio outputs make this tuner easy to hook up to almost any A/V system. A selectable analog mode lets you set the tuner to receive analog radio broadcasts only — great for steadier performance if you live in a deep fringe or difficult reception area.

The HDT-1X 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-1X displays this text on its large, easy-to-read LCD screen.

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

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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
  • force analog mode
  • split audio mode lets you listen to HD Radio on the left channel and analog radio on the right channel for comparison
  • backlit LCD display with adjustable brightness
  • optical digital audio output
  • RCA stereo line-level output
  • remote control
  • 16-15/16"W x 2-15/16"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-1X 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, Analog mode allows you to only search analog AM/FM stations 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.

Stereo/Mono Mode: For stronger reception of weak analog AM/FM stations you can choose Mono mode versus Stereo mode.

Split Audio Mode: Split Audio Mode provides a digital signal out of the unit's left audio channel and provides an analog signal out of the unit's right audio channel.

Analog and Digital Outputs: The HDT-1X features a Left/Right stereo RCA analog audio output as well as a optical digital audio output for connection between this tuner and your home A/V system.

Display: The unit's large LCD display clearly shows the station frequency and radio band. You can adjust the displays contrast and brightness. 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
  • Spectrum analyzer
  • Signal Indicator

Built-In Clock: The HDT-1X 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-1X 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-1X'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
  • SPDIF: optical digital audio output
  • AC: 2-pin jack for included cord
 
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5 out of 5

Sangean hdt-1x

Written By Anonymous, waldorf, md on Thursday, June 11, 2009
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I love it!!!!!!!!!! It waas simple to incorporate into my home entertainment center and works great from the existing broadband antenna. The sound quality is terrific, and there are many more stations available. I especially like the information available at the touch of a button (example, spectrum analyzer). HD am radio comes up short of top performance, in my opinion, but I do not attribute this deficiency to the Sangean unit itself.
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Sangean HDT-1X

Written By Joseph, Portland, Maine on Tuesday, July 29, 2008
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This is one of the best tuners I have owned:very sensitive, picks up lots of stations. I don't know if they(Sangean) did this on purpose, but it takes a second or so for the HD broadcast to lock in. This provides you with the opportunity to hear the difference between Analog and the Digital, and even though the Digital is lossy compressed, it still trounces the Analog, even when on the FM band! And especially on the AM band. More clarity, wider seperation, better frequency response and no noise! I also send the Toslink to my receiver with even better results. I've not encountered such an inexpensive component, that made such a huge difference in sound quality!
10 out of 12 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

DXs Well

Written By Van, Byers CO on Wednesday, April 09, 2008
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I live 60 miles east of Denver. Most of the stations that I listen to, with one
exception, broadcast from there. I was concerned about reception because
of the distance; non-HD FM reception was adequite with a high quality
indoor FM antenna; with HD I am amazed. There is no hiss even when the
tuner has to switch between HD and standard broadcast to maintain the
signal. This switching is more like blending. I've only noticed it twice (It's
displayed on the screen.) and sound quality is not affected. The high-fi
quality is good. There is no hole-in-the-middle stereo separation. I'm
pleased with the tuner. Other, closer stations sound fine in standard
broadcast.
10 out of 10 people found this helpful
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1 out of 5

Radio behaves flaky when first powered up

Written By jbs659, Washington, DC on Sunday, April 06, 2008
 
The radio started
acting up within
about 2 weeks of
purchase. The
on-off switch didn't
always work,
necessitating
unplugging the unit,
plugging it back in,
then trying the
on-off switch again.
Could finally get
the unit to work by
repeating this
procedure enough
times, but that's
not a good sign in a
unit that is only 2
weeks old. Too bad
because the HD radio
reception and sound
is great.
4 out of 9 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Excellent tuner

Written By Michael, Little Rock, AR on Wednesday, March 12, 2008
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Purchased this some time ago when I learned that a number of local
stations were broadcasting in digital. I am pleased with the reception of the
HD channels, and enjoy the commercial-free multicasting on some of them.
The real surprise with the unit is its ability to pull in analog stations with a
great deal of clarity. I have compared the reception (using same antenna)
with my brand new $1200 Sony AV receiver, and my Niles dual tuner whole-
house system. The Sangean outperforms them both, hands down.
Construction and build quality are a little on the cheap side, but I did not
buy it for its asthetics.
8 out of 8 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Great Reception and Sound Quality

Written By Adrian, Lafayette, LA on Tuesday, January 29, 2008
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The Sangean HDT-1X HD Radio component tuner works great for us. I usually listen to our local public radio station, and their broadcasting in HD was my main motivation for this purchase. I have not been disappointed. An unamplified antenna in my attic brings in the signal for both this receiver and my OTA digital TV signal. The sound quality is impressive. I've heard many people question the rationale of upgrading to HD radio, but for avid radio listeners like us, it makes perfect sense.
4 out of 5 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Good Product, Great Service

Written By Bobby, Raleigh, NC on Thursday, January 24, 2008
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The Sangean HDT-1X HD radio does exactly what it was intended to do, and it does it well. In the Raleigh area, it picks up quite a few HD stations that are noticeably cleaner-sounding than their analog counterparts. I only wish this unit had a TV output or a larger display to make it easier to figure out what station you're on. As always, Crutchfield provided fast shipping and great service.
3 out of 3 people found this helpful
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3 out of 5

Sangean HDT-1X

Written By Tim, in an Over Processed Digital Market on Thursday, January 17, 2008
 
The best thing is the digital output and the RDS display is the best I have seen.
Now for the bad. C-Quam analog stereo on AM is poor at best.
( old car radios are better for this )
Scrolling text is to slow, one character per second.
Audio spectrum display is also to slow to be of any value.
The stereo indicator does not work correctly on AM HD.
AM HD has two streams one is mono and the outher is stereo.
The signal indicator shows half scale for the mono and full scall for stereo.
So at half scale the stereo indicator shuld not come on.
I read one review that if you rub your hand across the top it will leave a white mark.
Sangean tould me they had a few with bad paint jobs.
The manual says to unplug when it will not be used for a long time.
What is a long time?
If you still want the Sangean get the one with the digital output.
YES, I kept mine!
5 out of 5 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Sangean, a great tuner

Written By Jerseyradio, Between Philly and New York City on Wednesday, January 02, 2008
 
Want HD radio, and don't want to buy a whole new setup. Purchase the Sangean HDT-1X and add it to your existing stereo. This tuner is very sensitive. It is able to capture FM stations in the 60-90 mile range. This has to be one of the most senstitive tuners out there. It rivals the component tuners of the 1970s. The tuner has a large text screen that displays artist, and song title. The Analog FM section also displays RDS text. HD radio is all over the US now. There is nothing on the market that has the pulliong power of the Sangean. In my area I pick up HD-1 stations and HD-2 stations in addition to their analog regular broadcast. This is the DXers radio!
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