SATELLITE & HD RADIO
If you are pondering getting a new musical choice for your car, you may be wondering whether your better option would be to get satellite radio or HD radio. The good news is that most aftermarket stereos give us the ability to add either or both to the head unit. Recently coverage of HD radio has certainly expanded, promoting this new technology. At first glance it would certainly seem as though HD offers something that satellite radio never could; no subscription fee. For consumers who have struggled with the idea of actually paying for radio programming, the idea of not having to pay a subscription fee could certainly be advantageous. If you are giving consideration to which option might be best, it is a good idea to learn something about the technologies and how they compare with each other.
First, it should be understood that HD is not high definition as it is commonly used in today’s technology terms. In terms of radio, HD stands for Hybrid Digital. That said, HD does offer some advantages over standard radio signals. If your radio programming has been limited to standard radio you will find that hybrid digital certainly does offer a far better sound. Many have reported that the sound quality of HD radio is quite similar to that of a CD. Compared to standard radio, this is truly a giant leap. In addition, it is anticipated that a variety of sub-channels could carry different digital transmissions. This means that HD radio gives you two to three times as many stations as you are currently able to receive on standard radio.
The main advantage of satellite over HD radio is the amount and quality of coverage that you receive. You could literally drive from one end of the continent to the other and listen to the same program without any interruption the entire trip with satellite radio. It even has more specialized stations available. You can choose from a wider variety of sports and comedy as well as entertainment channels. If you are somewhat choosy about the selections that are available to you, satellite radio is often the best choice. You can choose from either XM or Sirius currently and you can have the advantage of the programming offered by both companies with the best of packages.