"HD Car Radio Investigation"
"The trial lawyers at Keefe Bartels, LLC are currently investigating
the marketing and sales of HD car radios by certain car manufacturers.
Consumer statutes and laws protect the purchasers of products such as
HD car radios. A party may be legally liable for statements, omissions
or misrepresentations of material facts that should have been known to
be false or misleading and promoted the sale of the product. Such laws
protect innocent consumers from unlawful and deceptive practices. The
victims of questionable business practices by parties such automobile
manufacturers are the consumers who purchase or lease cars with HD car
radios at significantly increased costs when these devices fail to
function as they are represented to work."
"The People v. HD Radio"
"It's not quite going in that direction - yet - but another law firm
has opened an inquiry into 'defective' HD Radio receivers in high-end
automobiles. The first firm on the scene, Keefe Bartels, is now
soliciting consumer complaints about problems with HD Radio reception.
Details are few, but there's always the chance - if a lawsuit is filed
- that the plaintiffs could push for class-action status. Both firms
appear to be working in concert. That would be a significant nail in
iBiquity's coffin: receiver manufacturers, already unenthused with the
product, will stay well away from the technology... There's also the
possibility that lawsuits could be filed between radio stations
suffering interference from other stations that have deployed HD side-
channels. Since the FCC is doing nothing with at least three pending
complaints, the victim-stations suffering HD-induced interference may
have no recourse but the courts. Were any of these legal
potentialities to be realized, 'game-changer' is not strong enough to
denote the consequences."
"HD Radio Not High Definition"
"Despite iBiquity’s claims of improved sound quality and transmission,
there have been numerous complaints about HD Radio not only from the
radio industry, but also from consumers. These complaints have
included: insufficient numbers of HD Radio stations... Automakers are
aware of the complaints associated with HD Radio. For example, in
2007, BMW released a Service Information Bulletin describing the
problems associated with HD Radio, but noted that there was no
retrofit kit or procedure available. The attorneys at Keefe Bartels
are continuing their investigation into HD Radio and whether consumers
are being forced to purchase technology that does not work as
"Law Firm's HD Radio Probe Still in Early Days"
"Keefe Bartels, the law firm that's looking into whether consumers are
unhappy with their new HD Radio car receivers, is hearing lots of
stories... Keefe became interested in the technology when he bought a
new BMW a couple of years ago. He says the dealer told him HD Radio
wouldn't work but that it was built into the cost of the car, because
the receiver was part of a package. He says the dealer threw in a set
of floor mats to compensate... Keefe says it is receiving complaints
from all kinds of people and wants to determine how individuals have
been affected... He's also getting an earful from radio industry
people, so this should be interesting."
"Volvo Makes HD Radio Standard Across All Vehicles"
"With our 2010 and 2011 models, Volvo drivers can expect the best in
audio quality, more music and news/talk through multicast channels,
and advanced data services with scrolling text that shows artist name
and title, and much more, said Doug Speck, President/CEO of Volvo Cars
of North America, LLC."
"Automotive Recall and TSB Titles for 2009 and 2010 Volvos"
"TJ20784 MAR 09 Audio System - HD Radio(R) Troubleshooting
"TJ20306 DEC 08 Campaign - HD Radio Software Update"
"Radio’s Revenue Falls Even as Audience Grows"
“HD radio is pretty much going to be nonexistent, because they can’t
figure out how to get the auto guys to include that as an option, and
the auto guys that do include HD don’t let the consumers know about
it, Ms. Ryvicker of Wachovia Capital Markets said."
On Sun, 04 Sep 2011 15:47:17 -0700, strublesscam wrote:
Gee, you posting this in every auto group?
Business is bad, so you're hosting a class action lawsuit so you and the
principals can walk away with megabucks, and the rest of us get a $5
For one thing, you're a spamming asshole. For another, there are
limitations with HD radio. From your little blurb it seems that HD radio
is not HD enough, and if you're talking FM, you're right. There isn't that
much a difference. If you're talking AM, there's a HUGE difference.
Why don't you take your class-action, and the principals, and shove it all
right up your ass?
"For one thing, you're a spamming asshole. Why don't you take your
and the principals, and shove it all right up your ass?"
Yes, I posted these links in most of the auto forums. But wait, that
is nothing -
I have trashed the Web with links to Keefe Bartels and my Farce blog.
the auto forums on the Web have backlinks to Bartels, put there by one
their clerks, and myself. LOL!
On Mon, 12 Sep 2011 08:20:07 -0700, SMSbuster wrote:
Yeah. What the fuck for? Who's making the megabucks on this "lawsuit"?
Anybody with half a brain and an ND radio in the car knows it's in infancy
and that the current state of the art is low wattage right now for HD. As
it becomes more prolific the stations will most likely increase the
wattage and make the signal stronger, therby making it a more viable
It's a bullshit lawsuit.
Thanks for that. I'm an electronics tech and an audiophile, and knew the
basics of HD, and also knew at this time it's low power. There are only a
few around here; a rural space in Mass where VT and NH come together. It
SEEMS if you don't have a clear "Line of sight" the signal cuts right out.
I just got a JVC HD, and FM does not benefit as much as AM, for sure. AM
now sounds like FM, FM sounds a little /too/ "digital". That will probably
go away when power increases.
Really. These idiots are blaming the car companies for the shortcomings of
the radio stations.
But no one ever said class-action lawayers were good at anything other
than making money.
As best I know, Subaru does not offer HD Radio in any of it¹s cars.
Please correct me gently if I am wrong.
And BTW, it¹s not high definition, it¹s hybrid digital, though Ibiquity
(the company that holds the patent on HD Radio) says it doesn¹t stand
for anything, it¹s just a slogan.
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