Cambridge Soundworks' Easy Listening

What the 820HD Radio receiver lacks in sound quality, it makes up for in Apple-like design and easy-to-use controlsalmost

Editor's Rating:

The Good: Nice design; idiot-proof controls; telescoping FM antenna; song info displayed on most HD stations

The Bad: Poor high-range sound; no CD player or iPod cradle

The Bottom Line: Ahead of competitors in design, channel navigation, and reception, but behind in sound quality

I have a simple test for measuring the user-friendliness of an electronic device, be it a microwave, DVD player, or clock radio: setting the time. Ask anyone who has lived for months on end with 12:00 flashing at them. If this mundane task is a chore, chances are the rest of the device won't be easy to master either.

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