To find a cheaper product means trade-offs. You may have to do without HD or RDS; you may have to do without AM; you may have to use a line-in for audio; you most likely will have to deal with poor reception and have to fab your owm antenna interface(and still have poor reception). All these things cost time, money, quality, features. Its up to you to decide if you want to be like me with 5 or 6 radios in the trash cause they weren't good enough or buy the best at whatever it costs (which I've done and am extremely happy with it).
We are not talking mass consumption for these product. Its a small niche market and for that a premium is paid.
I think these last two posts were perfect. A lot of people will see the price and run but the true enthusiast will appreciate the product knowing what's out there. I agree, I don't think this product was aimed at the masses. It really is a premium considering what else it out there capability wise. But I also do agree given it's price point, it has fallen a few notches on my list. BUT it remains on my list because when I want radio for my CarPC I want it done right.
when i read about it i said "its a $120 msrp product" so mp3car.com tacking on another $50 is right in line with everything else they sell... so im not surprised. im not saying the 'mp3car.com tax' is wrong or anything though, i would do it too if i ran this site. if i could afford to spend a few extra bucks, i would buy everything from the mp3car store because i know they only sell products that should be sold for carpc's. they have good support too, obviously. basically, youre paying a little extra for convenience and insurance, and for many thats well worth it.
im glad i found a directed unit for $50 shipped though. i already have a hu, and i like having that. i couldnt imagine paying $200 just to add HDradio and nothing else... this unit sounds a nice for people that dont run hu's though.
I'm kinda of torn here between the price and USB audio and stable performance ..
Will this tune to frequencies like 100.6 or 104.2 ?