The Big Noise in Digital Radio
The Good: Booming sound, nice stereo effect, compact design, dual alarms, and reduced price
The Bad: Trouble displaying artist/song info; confusing programming controls and no CD player or iPod cradle
The Bottom Line: The goods to satisfy demanding audiophiles and the price point to entice the average consumer
When Boston Acoustics (owned by Japanese D&M Holdings) introduced the first tabletop HD radio—the Receptor Radio HD—in February, 2005, the suggested retail price of $499 was enough to scare off anyone but the most dedicated audiophile. Unlike satellite radio or digital downloads, the terrestrial digital/analog broadcast service held the promise of being unlimited and free—but the cost of entry seemed astronomical. Who was going to pay five bills for an audio device that couldn't even play CDs or MP3s?
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