We talk about HD Radio a lot here at opbmusic. It's not complicated and it has lots of perks (the biggest one being the opbmusic stream, obviously). It's also pretty affordable. Here's an overview of what it is, what it isn't and how you can get one. Please, save your questions for the end.
HD radio is high-definition radio, right?
It's not exactly the same thing as high definition television, but it IS digital. HD Radio uses the same FM frequency you're used to, but with multiple channels and higher quality sound.
How much is the monthly subscription?
Nothing! Unlike satellite radio, HD Radio doesn't require a monthly subscription. Once you invest in the tuner, you're good to go. Car tuners start around $150 with installation. It's just a few bucks more than a standard analog tuner and you get so much more.
What's "so much more?"
A seamless stream of opbmusic, commercial-free. No more fumbling around with your iPhone app and auxilary cord. Just turn over the ignition key and opmusic is waiting for you like an old friend.
Will I lose my old favorite stations?
Nope. HD Radio tuners get both the older analog broadcasts and the new digital ones. You can switch between the two. Most stations with HD Radio transmitters, like KOPB at 91.5FM, broadcast their analog station on the first digital channel (91.5-HD1). opbmusic is 91.5-HD2.
Buying a new car?
Many new cars offer HD radios as an option and some even come with them standard! Check out this list of cars that offer them. We're not saying buy a new car for the radio, but if you're looking why not?
I don't own a car.
Here are some of the HD Radio vendors in Portland (Mostly car audio):
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