Directed "Car Connect" Universal HD Radio™ tuner
Product Overview: The DMHD1000 is an add-on HD Radio tuner you connect to your existing car stereo, factory or aftermarket. HD Radio benefits include:
- Sound Quality: Radio stations can broadcast more information more accurately with a digital signal, without static or fading in and out. HD Radio describes it as "FM stations with CD-quality sound and AM stations with FM-quality sound."
- Multicasting: Multicasting means stations can split their signal into two or more different feeds of programming. This potentially gives you two different radio shows or songs on the same frequency (for example, 95.1 would become 95.1-1 and 95.1-2).
- Text information: Stations can send digital text information to be be displayed on your radio, in this case the Commander LCD display. Typical broadcast information includes artist and song title, weather, or traffic information.
Reception Modes: Along with HD Radio digital transmissions, the DMHD1000 receives analog AM and FM stations, as well as RDS (Radio Data System) information.
Seek Modes: In addition to manual tuning, you can seek stations in three different modes; All (all stations), HD (HD Radio stations only), and Preset (only the stations you've programmed).
Preset Tuning: The tuner allows you to store up to 20 presets, five in each of the four preset banks. Toggle though the preset banks (A, B, C, and D) using the Bank button. Directly access presets in the current bank using one of the preset buttons (1-5).
Display: The Commander has a 4-line display with several different modes. The Status Line across the bottom is common between the display modes. The Status Line shows the preset bank, preset number, seek mode, reception type (AM, FM, RDS FM, HD), and signal strength. When tuning an analog AM or FM station just the band and frequency are displayed on the upper three lines. HD Radio stations offer three options; artist and song title both in a large font, Frequency in a large font and band, artist, and song title in a smaller font, and artist and song title for all the multicast channels on the current frequency. With RDS equipped FM stations you can display the station name and the RDS text, or the frequency and the RDS text. The display brightness and contrast are both adjustable. Dimensions: Width=4.727", Height=1.571", Depth=0.695".
FM Modulator: The receiver's built-in FM modulator can be set to any frequency from 88.1 MHz and 107.9 MHz (in 0.2 MHz steps). The FM modulator can be turned off if not in use. The modulator is wired and plugs into the antenna input of your radio. The benefit of using an HD Radio tuner even with no line level input on your existing radio is reception clarity. When tuning a digital station you'll hear no static and stations won't fade in and out, even AM.
Commander: The wired commander houses the display and controls, including:
- Power: Turns the receiver on/off
- Menu: Accesses the menu options (user setup menu)
- Display: Changes between the three display modes
- Band: AM/FM
- Bank: Changes between preset banks A, B, C, and D
- Seek: Changes the seek mode; All stations, HD stations only, preset stations
- Presets: Direct access preset buttons; 1-5
- Up: manually step frequency up/change highlighted menu item
- Down: manually step frequency down/change highlighted menu item
- Right: seek next station up the dial/change highlighted menu item
- Left: seek next station down the dial/change highlighted menu item
- Select: Choose highlighted menu item
Remote: The wireless remote has the same buttons as the Commander with two exceptions; it has no menu button and it adds a mute button.
Tuner: The connections on the hide away tuner are all on the same side:
- Harness: Molex plug for constant power, switched power, and ground; each wire is 14-1/2 feet long and both power leads have a 2 amp fuse in-line
- Interface: Connection for the wired Commander
- Audio Output: Left and right line level RCA jacks
- Antenna Input: Female Motorola jack, connects to the antenna
- Antenna Input: Female Motorola jack, connects to the radio