HD radio, a new digitally delivered type of signal transmitted on top of existing AM and FM signals, has had a tough time gaining a foothold in the market. It has long been said that affordable portable HD radios need to be available to make the product a household name. That day has come, with the arrival of the Statica 9000 portable HD receiver.
Yesterday in New York, the radio broadcasting and fashion industries celebrated together as the first Statica 9000 was unveiled, complete with a fashionable accessory that's all the rage.
"You'll notice that they've disguised the once bulky HD antenna in the form of a trendy monocle," said famed designer Mr. Phyllis at the unveiling of the new receiver in New York. Internationally-known model Cyclops demonstrated the antenna/accessory, though she experienced a bit of trouble keeping her good eye precisely pointed toward a station transmitting a receivable HD signal.
The price of the receiver is just $49.99, "and you get what you pay for," said Gavin Lemmings, President of the HD Radio Rah Rah Association (HDRRRA). "Think about it - If you suddenly found fifty bucks you didn't know you had, and you had a choice between taking the family out to dinner, throwing the money toward your rent or mortgage, or buying a portable radio with a monocle for an antenna, I think the choice is obvious."