If you go with HD (Hybrid Digital), consider antenna options. Since the HD channels are restricted in their power output, a solid antenna is required. I'm actually having good success with rabbit ears. Imagine that...
Most of the new radios come with dipole antenna wires that you spread out...but I didn't have great success with them. I "upgraded" to a good quality set of rabbit ears and the signals actually lock in and stay locked in. And no, I haven't had to add aluminum foil...yet.
The claim of "near CD quality" is a bit overstated. There's a noticeable sound upgrade, but it's not jaw-dropping.
The thing that's going to make HD radio work is solid content. The old rules of radio apply...if the product is good, ears will come.
I can receive HD pretty well with a dipole 84 miles away.