New HD Radio Receivers Break $100 Barrier
Jul 10, 2008 10:17 AM
The Coby HDR-650
Columbia, MD - Jul 9, 2008 - The $100 price point for HD Radio receivers has been reached. The new under $100 HD Radio devices from Coby, Iluv, JVC, Pioneer, Radiosophy and Sony cost 30 percent less than one year ago. Many of the same manufacturers are offering receivers for less than $200.
Coby, Dual, Iluv, Insignia, Jensen and Sony have new receivers priced between $119 and $179.95, some of which include Itunes tagging, Ipod docks and Iphone compatibility. These and other HD Radio receivers are listed in a buyer's guide at www.hdradio.com/buyers_guide.php. There are now more than 60 unique models available from manufacturers.
Less than $100
Here are some of the new home receivers priced for less than $100.
- The Coby HDR-650 is a palm-sized, tube-shaped model with a brushed-aluminum chassis and RCA outputs to existing stereo systems that will be released this summer. Cost: $99
- The Iluv i168 features a digital clock and date display with dual alarm function. Cost $99.99
- The Radiosophy HD100 features an MP3 input, standard clock radio functions and HD Radio-exclusive scanning option. Cost: $99
- The Sony XDR-F1HD includes a wireless remote control and is available now. Cost: $99.99
Here are some of the automotive receivers priced for less than $100.
- The JVC KT-HD300 is compatible within the new lineup of in-dash units and adds HD Radio tuning to all JVC HD Radio-ready receivers. Cost: $99
- The Pioneer GEX-P10HD is a hideaway module that connects through the Pioneer head unit's IP-BUS interface. Cost: $99
- The Sony XT-100HD automotive tuner module will work with most Sony car stereo units. Cost: $99
Additional receivers in the works include the Coby HDR-700, a battery-powered, portable tabletop unit that provides up to five hours of play time, a remote and a splash-proof case ($149, summer); the Iluv i169 incorporates a digital clock display with dual alarm function and an Ipod dock ($169.99); the Jensen JIMS-525i will feature video-out functionality, Itunes tagging and Iphone/Ipod compatibility ($149.99); and the Sony XDR-S10HDIP that will include Itunes tagging ($179.95). Several new automotive receivers will also be unveiled from Dual and Insignia.