Better HD Radio - 2012 Subaru Impreza Long-Term Road Test
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2012 Subaru Impreza Long Term Road Test

2012 Subaru Impreza: Better HD Radio

June 12, 2012

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The Impreza's Mary Poppins audio system wouldn't let Takahashi adjust bass and treble while he was in motion, but it will let you explore HD Radio options. There are a couple public radio stations in SoCal that use their HD2 and HD3 bands to broadcast interesting programming that's different from what they serve up on their main channels.

The problem I've had in my own car is that HD signal is frustrantingly intermittent: One minute I'm tuned into La Matinal from Radio Netherlands Worldwide, and the next, I'm listening to dead air. It can take minutes for the signal to restore itself.

But last night and this morning, the HD Radio signal in the Subaru brought in BBC Mundo loud and clear. It never cut out and it wasn't tinny or hollow-sounding.

Carroll Lachnit, Features Editor @2,218 miles


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