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JVC KD HDR1The JVC KD HDR1 in-car stereo delivers HD Radio and most other digital-audio playback options for a very competitive price.
[ Music ] ^M00:00:02 >> Hi, I'm Kevin Massy from CNET.com. And today we're taking a first look at the JVC KD HDR1. It looks like any other car stereo. But in fact its one of the very few car stereos on the market that comes with a built in HD radio tuner. It takes about 10 seconds to lock on to the HD signal. And while this is happening, a small light in the bottom right hand corner flashes on and off. It goes solid when the HD signal is found. Now the stereo quality is very much better with HD compared to the regular FM signal. Another element of HD radio in addition to its superior sound quality is its ability to multicast more than one channel over the same frequency. Here we have KFOG HD1, but using this D paddle, little jog switch on the, one the left hand side of the stereo, we can go through to HD2 which is another channel broadcast on the same frequency. Players with HD radio receivers in can be used to show digital information which is also broadcast by the radio stations on artist name and song title. In addition to its HD radio reception, the KD HDR1 is a regular disk playing car stereo. It has a single disk slot on the top. And it can be used to play satellite radio via an add on module. It can also be used to play iPod audio via the JVC KS PD 100. And with this connected to the back of the stereo, you get a proprietary iPod USB connection. The JV CKD HDR1 can be bought today for 200 dollars or less, which is a bargain if you're looking for an HD radio tuner and a stereo that can be used to play all kinds of digital audio sources. I'm Kevin Massy and today we've had a first look at the JVC KD HDR1. ^M00:01:59 [ Music ]