Law Firm Looking For Consumers' HD Radio Woes
September 3, 2010 at 4:13 AM (PT)
A NEW JERSEY law firm is asking car buyers who have experienced "problems" with their factory-installed HD RADIO receivers to contact them. Personal injury firm KEEFE BARTELS has posted an "investigation" of HD RADIO on its website that appears to be setting up a possible class action lawsuit over the deficiencies of HD RADIO.
In its investigation, the firm notes that iBIQUITY, the developer of HD RADIO, "claims to provide superior quality sound to FM and AM radio. In particular, it has been described as providing '"CD quality to FM and FM quality to AM."' HD RADIO, however, does not stand for 'High Definition.' In fact, according to iBIQUITY, the 'HD' does not stand for anything. Instead, iBIQUITY likely uses the 'HD' as a marketing device based upon consumers’ understanding and ever increasing desire for HD television. HD Radio and HD television are completely different technologies."
Problems enumerated with HD RADIO by the firm include the receiver bumping from HD to analog mode; echo sounds when the station goes between HD and analog; crackling or static sound when HD mode is inactive; Insufficient numbers of HD RADIO stations; signal dropouts and disruption; and adjacent channel interference.