thepittman wrote: ffemtreed wrote:
thepittman wrote:Also HD I don't see how HD radio is a scam. Nearly every quality head unit comes with it standard now. Also many OEM cars stereos have it as well.
How many stations are actually broadcasting in Radio HD and how many stations have recently started broadcasting in radio HD?????? Its a dying fad and I wouldn't spend any extra money picking a radio that specifically supports it.
Crutchfields extra price isn't worth the extra they charge you for their cookie cutter instructions. If you can't do the install by using the instructions that come with the stuff and what is available on the internet, DIY probably isn't for you.
It comes with wiring harness and installation kit which easily equals $20. The head unit that I posted is $140 on crutchfield with free shipping, superior customer support in case something breaks or anything random happens, and everything needed for installation. Amazon costs $114 + shipping + wiring harness + installation kit. I don't see where your savings comes into play.
I would say 75% of the stations I know of in philly are HD. Not that I care because I don't really use the radio. Should you buy a radio just because it has HD? no. Is it a scam if it is already included into a quality head unit that has all of the features you need? no
Just beware the kit that comes with the crutchfield is JUNK, I installed a couple kits from there for friends. The plastic mounting kit is really thin and has tabs that easily break off compared to a good quality kit that you pay 20 dollars for. You get what you pay for. As for your pricing, The radio I bought was 249 on Crutchfield and i got it amazon prime for $179. I don't remember the model # but it was a pioneer unit. Even add in the wiring harness (6 dollars) and the mount kit (13 bucks) it was significantly cheaper than crutchfield. Install took me less than 30 minutes and that included soldering my harness, removing old unit and putting new one in and testing it.
I may be a bit jaded about HD radio because I lived in rural areas most of my life and virtually none of the station would even broadcast digital song info, let alone simulcast HD and analog radio. I always had siruius XM so i never really monitored it much.