HD Radio home components a bust.

Added the HD-Radio tuner to the home theater system a little over a year ago.
Only to find that the tuners are flawed they lack venting or any heat sinks to keep the chips cooled down.
What happens after a very short time is the radio will no longer hold any HD signal for more than a few moments at a time before dropping signal completely and not reverting to standard signal like it is supposed to when a HD signal drops. Which once you are locked in it should not drop at all especially when your tuner is attached to an outdoor antenna that is 30+ ft high.
Most realize that there is a heating issue once they have this happen but is to late the damage is done cooling & heat sinks can’t repair damage already done they can only prevent heat damage.
Which left me to either re-purchase another HD-Radio Tuner and take it apart right away modify case add fans and also heat sinks before ever turning it on. Or simply just buy a SiriusXM Home tuner instead. Which does not have the overheating issues but will cost me a monthly fee.

There are only a few rack type HD-Radio tuners and all are made by 1 or 2 companies Sangean & Insignia there are a few different models but all have the same flaw. And both start at $150-$200.
There are a few different models each company makes one model has only analog output while the other supports both analog out and Optical SPDIF Output.
At $150 it should have the optical output anyhow.
HD-Radio not to be confused with Satellite radio they differ not only in hardware types but HD-Radio doesn’t cost you any monthly bills.
Sony does have a model that has outputs but is not a rack type tuner it has an alarm clock look or a modern boom box ipod dock.
Sony XDR-S10HDiP

As you can see this just isn’t something that will stack up in your home theater cleanly.
While the Insignia and Sangean models look similar but work in a rack setup.
Sangean HDT-20_
Insignia NS-HDTUNE

What I decided was to not replace the HD-Radio at that cost to have to modify it and hope it lasts a few years to get my $200 worth.
I  miss Howard Stern and the metal station the Polk Audio XRT12  was perfect it fits in a rack system and it only costs $60!
Sure a small monthly bill kind of sucks ass but it will work and not overheat and die in under or a little over the year mark.

Polk XRT12

 

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