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First Portable HD Radio Receiver Debuts at Best Buy


The first portable HD Radio receiver became available at Best Buy on Sunday (7-12). The receiver, manufactured by Insignia, comes complete with a rechargeable battery and color LCD screen. The HD Radio set can store up to 10 preset radio channels and is very compact.

"We applaud Best Buy for setting a precedent in the audio entertainment marketplace by offering the first-ever portable HD Radio receiver," said developer iBiquity Digital President/CEO Bob Struble. "With new HD2/HD3 digital channels, crystal-clear sound, no subscription fees, and now, thanks to Best Buy, the ability to take digital radio on the go, it's a total win for the consumer and one more indication that the HD Radio momentum is continuing."

In comments filed with the FCC last week, iBiquity Digital urged the Commission to allow broadcasters to increase the power for FM HD Radio transmissions. iBiquity believes a power boost of 10db will enable stations to offer the full benefit of HD Radio to the largest possible audience while maintaining the integrity of existing analog FM signals, the company said.

NPR also called for a 10db increase in a separate filing.

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