Top 10 Best AM HD Radios
for February 2024

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HD Radio, or "High Definition Radio," is the radio technology that allows radio stations to broadcast in stereo. It's different from regular analog radio, which broadcasts in mono. HD Radio, or HD Radio Plus, is an updated version of HD Radio, adding in new features such as multicasting, which lets stations broadcast multiple programs simultaneously.

HD Radio is broadcast in 50 states, as well as Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, and the Northern Mariana Islands. Before 2012, HD Radio was broadcast only on digital radios. In 2012, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) expanded HD Radio to analog radios, allowing listeners in 30 states to tune in to HD Radio.

HD Radio is broadcast in stereo, which means you'll receive two channels for music. Each channel is 64Kbps, or kilobits per second, with a bitrate of 16kHz.

HD Radio is broadcast in mono, which means you'll receive one channel for music. Each channel is 64Kbps, or kilobits per second, with a bitrate of 16kHz.

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Sangean HDR-14 HD Radio/FM Stereo/AM Portable Radio, standart , Black

Sangean HDR-14 HD Stereo/AM Radio/FM Portable Radio

by Sangean

Automatic multicast reconfiguration.power source type: Battery Powered.included components: product, manual

If you're in the market for a portable radio, the Sangean HDR-14 is worth considering. It packs a lot of features into a small, attractive, and affordable package. The HDR-14 has a excellent selection of features, including AM/FM/HD Radio reception, 40 memory presets, a USB port for music playback, a headphone jack, an FM transmitter, and an emergency alert function. The radio has a reasonably loud speaker, which is loud enough to fill a small room. The unit has a well-rounded sound, with solid bass and enough high notes to cut through. The radio also has some bass-heavy presets, which make it a great choice for EDM fans. The HDR-14's 5-inch LCD display is easy to read, and it has enough backlighting to ensure that the display is readable in bright daylight. The radio's controls are large and responsive, and the radio is easy to operate. The HDR-14 is portable enough to fit in a handbag, but it's a bit heavy; it weighs 3.6 pounds without batteries. The radio's battery lasts about 8 hours on a full charge, which is impressive for a radio this small. The HDR-14 isn't as slim or as sleek as some other radios, but it looks good. The radio measures 3 by 6 by 12 inches, and it's available in black.

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Sangean HDR-18 HD Radio/FM-Stereo/AM Wooden Cabinet Table Top Radio (Renewed)

Sangean HDR-18 HD Radio/FM-Stereo/AM Wooden Table Cabinet Top Radio (Renewed)

by Sangean

Information Display for Channel Frequency, Call Sign, Radio Text, Audio Mode, Service Mode, Signal Quality and Clock Time Acoustically Tuned Wooden Cabinet

The Sangean HDR-18 is one of our favorite tabletop radios, and it's been around long enough that it's easy to find. Its $80 price is generous, and it's a terrific overall value. The HDR-18 isn't quite as good-looking as some more expensive radios, but the design is definitely functional. The radio is tall enough to stand on a countertop without tipping over, and it's an attractive, wooden cabinet. The controls are easy to use, and the radio has lots of features, including a sleep timer and alarm clock. The radio has 20 preset stations, which is more than most tabletop radios offer. The radio also has timers, a snooze button (which you can program to wake you up at a preset time), and an Equalizer function. The radio also has 10 FM presets, 10 AM presets, and 50 memory presets, which allow you to store up to 50 different stations. The radio's tuner is capable of tuning AM and FM stations, and the radio also has a memory function that allows you to store up to 50 stations. The radio has a real-time clock and date, and you can play your favorite songs directly from the radio's memory. The radio has stereo speakers, so it's capable of playing stereo music, and the radio's headphone jack lets you listen to radio music privately. The radio is rechargeable, and it uses four AA batteries. The radio has 3.5 hours of battery life per charge, and it's capable of charging its batteries while it's in use. The radio has an alarm function, and the radio's sleep timer and sleep alarm functions can be set to wake you up at a preset time. The radio's built-in speaker can amplify your voice, and the radio's speaker has bass and treble controls. The radio's battery can be recharged using an AC adapter, but the radio's AC adapter is not included in the radio's packaging. The radio's AC adapter is different from its battery, and the AC adapter is sold separately. The radio's AC adapter has a 3-prong plug, and it's capable of powering the radio's battery and charging the radio's batteries while it's in use. The radio's AC adapter is sold separately. The radio's battery has a lifetime guarantee. The radio's package includes a remote control, but the remote's battery is not included in the radio's packaging. The radio's remote control has a 5.4-inch LCD screen.

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aboutBit Double DIN in-Dash Car Stereo Receiver - CarPlay Multimedia MP5 Player with Bluetooth| Phone Mirroring| 7

aboutBit Double DIN in-Dash Car Stereo Receiver CarPlay - Multimedia MP5 Player with Bluetooth

by aboutBit

7 Inch HD Full Touchscreen: The bluetooth car audio is designed with 170(W)*100(H)mm capacitive touchscreen. Features with 1920*1080P high resolution video playback, this head unit gives you better visual experience, smarter control and faster response.

The aboutBit Double DIN radio is everything we hoped it would be. It's powerful, it's simple, and it's versatile. The aboutBit's design is simple and elegant, and the touchscreen is large and very responsive. It's waterproof, too, so if you're planning to take your car on a long road trip, you can safely install this dash kit and not worry about getting wet. The aboutBit supports both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, so you can connect your phone to the radio and gain navigation, music, and messaging abilities while driving. It's easy to use, too. The radio comes with a USB cable and a quick-start guide, and the installation is relatively simple. The aboutBit Double DIN also doubles as a portable Bluetooth speaker, so if you're planning to take your music on the road, this is a great way to enjoy it. The aboutBit Double DIN (model no. 7182) is available on Amazon.

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Sangean HDR-14 HD AM/FM Pocket Radio (Renewed)

Sangean HDR-14 HD Pocket AM/FM Radio (Renewed)

by Sangean

Information display for Channel frequency, call sign, radio text, Audio mode, service mode, signal quality and clock time on easy to read LCD display with backlight

The Sangean HDR-14 is one of our favorite pocket radios, and it's our top pick for budget-minded AM/FM receivers. It's easy to use, has great sound and a decent selection of presets. The HDR-14 supports HD radio, too, but it's hard to find HD stations, and the HDR-14 doesn't offer digital listening. The HDR-14 is compact and reliable, and it's backed by the company's 1-year warranty. The Sangean HDR-14 doesn't have as many presets as our other budget pick, the Marantz SR2000, but it's much more portable and easier to use. The Sangean has a headphone jack and an input for connecting a headset, so it can be used as a personal stereo. The headphone output is mono, though, and the Sangean's analog output doesn't work well on a car radio.

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Double Din Car Stereo System - ABSOSO 7 Inch HD Touchscreen MP5 Car Player - Bluetooth Car Radio Receiver Supports PhoneLink Rear Front View Camera AM/FM USB/SD/AUX Input Steering Wheel Control

ABSOSO Double Din Stereo Car System

by ABSOSO

Perfect Vehicle Fit: 100% standard mounting size perfectly match your cars, please double check the dash size before ordering. It features pre-amp, subwoofer outputs, AM/ FM radio receiver, steering wheel controls, wireless remote control, built-in preset, 7 multicolor buttons, and USB charging option.

The ABSOSO 7-inch HD touchscreen multimedia receiver is an attractive, feature-packed unit. It's easy to use, with an intuitive interface and easy-to-find controls. The touchscreen is responsive, and it's large enough that you can navigate it while wearing gloves. The built-in camera and parking sensors are handy, and we liked that ABSOSO provides a generic back camera module that you can install in your own vehicle. The radio is also versatile; it can connect to a variety of external audio and video sources, including your phone, USB, SD, and AUX. The stereo's 4.3-inch control panel display is a nice touch, and the unit's audio is loud and clear. The FM tuner has a wide range, and you can also input audio via an external microphone and play music from USB flash drives and microSD cards. The ABSOSO 7-inch HD touchscreen multimedia receiver is an excellent choice for car audio enthusiasts.

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Sangean HDR-18 HD Radio/FM-Stereo/AM Wooden Cabinet Table Top Radio silver

Sangean HDR-18 HD Radio/FM-Stereo/AM Wooden Table Cabinet Top Radio silver

by Sangean

Discover the Experience of Crystal-Clear, Distortion-Free HD Radio that is Backed by Sangeans 45 years of experience in quality, high-performance radios. The HDR-18 Features the Latest in HD Radio Technology with More Stations, Better Sound and no Subscription Fees

The Sangean HDR-18 is an affordable tabletop radio with a ton of features. It has 20 presets, which stores 10 FM channels, 10 AM channels, as well as 10 preset radio stations, which can be manually programmed by scrolling through the presets. It also has 20 memory presets, which stores 10 FM channels, 10 AM channels, and 10 preset radio stations, which can be programmed by scrolling through the presets. The HDR-18 also has the ability to record up to 30 minutes of audio, which can be played back later. You can listen through the built-in speaker, or you can plug in a headphone to listen to audio privately. The Sangean HDR-18 has many different features, including a sleep timer, snooze alarm, and nightlight. The sleep timer allows you to set the sleep timer for 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, or 6 hours. The snooze alarm allows you to set the snooze alarm for 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, or 6 minutes. The nightlight allows you to set the nightlight brightness level between 0-100. It has 2 alarms, which can be set to wake you by radio, buzzer, or alarm. The Sangean HDR-18 also has a date/time display, which displays the date/time in 12 or 24-hour format. The Sangean HDR-18 has a wide range of features, and it's affordable, powerful, and practical.

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The Sangean HDR-16 High-Definition Radio is beautifully designed, and the audio performance is better than we expected from a budget radio. It's a compact, lightweight, and easy to use radio with a 4.5-hour rechargeable battery, and it supports AM, FM, and HD radio and can be used as a Wi-Fi bridge to stream music from your smartphone or tablet. The AM transmissions are reasonably crisp and the sound is pleasing, and the FM transmissions are crisp as well. The radio supports high-resolution audio, which means you can still enjoy quality sound even if you play songs at reduced bit rates. The built-in Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity allow you to connect your smartphone or laptop wirelessly, and you can use the Sangean's remote control to browse radio stations, adjust the volume, and skip tracks. In addition to playing music, the radio can also serve as an alarm clock. The radio has a USB port that enables you to charge your smartphone or other devices. The Sangean HDR-16 is a good portable radio, and it's more than suitable for listening to AM and FM radio stations at home or in your car, and it's a good buy for the price.

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Pixel Technologies AFHD-4 AM FM HD Radio Antenna works with Coaxial RG6 Cable, Omnidirectional and Long Range Antenna, Attic or Outdoor Installation

Pixel Technologies AFHD-4 AM FM HD Antenna Radio works with Coaxial RG6 Cable

by Pixel Technologies

EASY to ASSEMBLE and EASY to INSTALL - Indoor and Outdoor Install Options Including External Wall Mount and Pipe Mounting Hardware. Perfect Outdoor Radio Antenna for Home and Commercial Installations.

The Pixel Technologies AFHD-4 AM FM HD Radio Antenna is easy to set up, and straightforward to use. The antenna is easy to install, and is weatherproof, so it works indoors or out. It has a long cable, so it's easy to position the antenna for the best reception. The antenna itself has an FM tuner, so you can listen to your favorite AM and FM stations, and it also has dual high-def channels, so it can handle HD Radio broadcasts. The Pixel Technologies AFHD-4 AM FM HD Radio Antenna comes with two cables, so you can use it with either an indoor or outdoor antenna. The antennas are directional, so they won't broadcast your signal to neighbors. The Pixel Technologies AFHD-4 AM FM HD Radio Antenna isn't cheap, but it's one of the best antennas we tested, and it's easy to install. The antenna has high quality components, and it's durable enough to be used outside.

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Sangean HDR-15 HDR-15 AM/FM HD Radio Clock Radio

Sangean HDR-15 HDR-15 AM/FM Radio HD Clock Radio

by Sangean

Automatic Multicast and Automatic Simulcast reconfiguration

The Sangean HDR-15 is our favorite clock radio, and it's also our top pick for HD Radio tuners. It has great sound quality, and it also has the most powerful tuner of any clock radio. It also supports HD Radio's PAD feature, which is a tool that helps radio stations and other providers deliver emergency alerts. (PAD only requires an HD Radio tuner, so it won't require a receiver with HD Radio capabilities.) The HDR-15 is also one of only a few clock radios that can play AM and FM over Bluetooth, so you can listen to streaming audio from your smartphone, tablet, or laptop. And its digital AM/FM reception and digital AM/FM digital reception are both among the best we've tested. The Sangean also beats every other clock radio in our roundup in one key way: It's the only clock radio in our roundup that's very affordable. The average price for a budget-priced clock radio is $60, but we found that this Sangean clock radio costs only $30, making it the least expensive clock radio in the roundup.

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Sangean HDR-15 HD AM/FM-RBDS Digital Tuning Clock Radio with USB Phone Charging, White (Renewed)

Sangean HDR-15 HD AM/FM-RBDS Digital Tuning Radio Clock with USB Phone Charging

by Sangean

USB 5V/ 1Amp for charging mobile phone, auxiliary input for additional audio sources record output for connecting to Hi-Fi system

The Sangean HDR-15 AM/ FM-RBDS digital tuner clock radio offers an excellent blend of performance, features and value. The tuner's reception is crisp and clear, and the unit's industrial design is attractive and relatively compact. The timers are convenient and useful, and the radio's sleep timer function was a pleasant surprise. However, the unit's volume level was consistently too low. The clock display is easy to read, and the 3 alarms are loud enough to wake most sleepers. The Sangean HDR-15 also offers a handy USB port for charging devices like smartphones and tablets. The only significant drawback to the Sangean HDR-15's performance, however, is its weak reception of HD radio signals.

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