It was only a matter of time before radio finally came under the digital gun. Rotel’s advanced RT1084 takes advantage of all of the latest tuner technology, including HD Radio™ and Sirius™, to provide you with a solid audio performance unlike any analog tuner before it. HD Radio technology transmits digital audio and data alongside existing AM and FM analog signals, allowing RT1084 listeners to enjoy crystal-clear sound, while virtually eliminating the static and hiss associated with analog radio. The technology also provides a platform for interactive digital services that will deliver listeners information such as song titles, artist names, traffic updates, weather forecasts, sports scores, and more. HD Radio’s multicasting feature is an exciting addition that enables stations to divide their signals into multiple program streams (e.g., 97.3-1, 97.3-2, etc.). Unlike the current radio satellite services, HD Radio is subscription-free, assuring that AM and FM radio will continue to remain one of the best sources for local music, news, weather, and traffic information. Radio has finally come of age! But, that’s not all. Rotel’s RT1084 also includes a plug-in for up to three Sirius™ decoders. This CD quality, satellite based radio service has over 100 channels of advertising free music, sports, comedy and talk radio for a small subscription fee. RT1084 also sports the standard AM / FM bands for continuing analog service of your favorite stations. It also includes RDS (Radio Data System) for viewing your favorite stations call letters and music material that they are broadcasting. Complete with 12-volt trigger, RS232 and remote control, the RT1084 tuner is an important audio source component for expanding your entertainment choices.
I just bought the 1084 after considering xm satellite, squeezebox duet,
sonus and the sangean HDT1x. Got pissed at xm after they wouldn't allow one license to access both my car and home (car has xm built in). Told me i would need to buy a receiver and move back and forth, bypassing my built in car receiver. Ruled out the squeezebox and sonus since
i don't particularly want to burn my CDs to the computer and internet
radio sound quality is poor. Listened to the 1084 and the Sangean and
both are very good with an edge to the Rotel. Main reason i chose the Rotel is because it matches the looks of my Musical Fidelity A5 amp and CD player. Gotta say, HD radio was a great choice. I live in Denver and most stations have an HD signal, but best of all they broadcast 2 stations...the regular commercial BS and a non commercial simulcast. We have couple of really good commercial free stations and the sound quality is excellent. If i had known about the commercial free stations i would have bought one much earlier. I have no use for the Sirius though. Rotel says they will soon come out with an HD radio without the Sirius. It'll probably be about $600 ish