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New Portable Radios On Way With HD Radio

Las Vegas – HD Radio made some progress on the consumer-product front with announcements that two British portable-radio makers will bring lines of portable stereo and mono radios, many with stereo Bluetooth, to the U.S. market.

Roberts Radio, said to be the best-selling brand of portable radios in the UK will bring its vintage-style Revival radio with carry handle to the U.S. market around May at a suggested $399.

It features FM tuner, Bluetooth, 120-hout playback time on four D batteries, stereo line in,

View Quest, also based in the U.K., takes it radio-design inspiration from the arts, interior design and fashion and will bring five stereo and mono portables to the U.S., all with FM tuner and three with Bluetooth. They go by such names as Bardot, Hepburn, Christie, Retro, and Retro Mini. They also feature handles. Pricing was unavailable

The portable radios will be displayed at the booth of HD Radio developer iBiquity Digital.

Separately, Pioneer launched the first three aftermarket car radios with HD Radio’s emergency alert feature, which works with Federal Emergency Alert Services to provide consumers advanced messaging during emergencies or disasters. Radio stations, particularly in states hit by tornados, are deploying the feature.

More than 2,200 radio stations in the U.S. and Mexico transmit HD Radio signals, many also broadcasting two to three programs simultaneously. More than 1,500 HD2/HD3 digital-only channels are on the air, iBiquity said.