Notice, I have yet to mention price. That's because I like leaving the best for last. This amazing AM/FM/HD tuner retails for less than $100. Do a little search on the Internet and you can find it selling for less than $80. I'm not kidding, one of the best FM tuners ever measured sells for a pittance compared to the best tuners of the past.

If you're at all interested in what HD radio sounds like and can provide, this is not only an inexpensive way to find out but it may also be one of the best. To my way of thinking, this is the ultimate holiday gift for any audiophile or radio lover on your shopping list.

One last thought. What would happen if you took the radio section of this Sony and combined it with better audio circuitry and an improved power supply? Would it be the best radio ever? I hope we'll find out soon.

This Sony tuner is very, very highly recommended. Unbelievably recommended for the price.
Gary Krakow is TheStreet.com's senior technology correspondent.

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