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Acoustic Research Tabletop Radio with Docking Station for iPod and MP3 Players

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  • Tube Technology, Hi-res tuner
  • High power amplifier
  • AM/FM tuner with remote control
  • Works with most iPods, S-video out for video iPod
  • Audio source switching, iPod/AM/FM/Aux in
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Acoustic Research
  • Model Number: AV100B
  • Color: Blk wood

Product Description

Make any chair¿. The best seat in the house. Immerse yourself in a sound experience that engages the head and the heart. Inspired engineering and exquisite design come together as one in our Acoustic Research line of tabletop radios. Audiophile-grade tube technology achieves a depth, warmth and richness of tone that is truly second to none. While built-in iPod docking stations, deliever the finest in digital convenience. Enjoy the MP3 ease with the full spectrum sound for your total listening pleasure. Our tabletop radios are as appealing to the eye as they are the ear. Classic cabinets produce a timeless look that echos a bygone3 era. Yet the list of advanced features reminds you these radios are as modern as they come. Selected models include high-resolution AM/FM analog tuning, XM satellite radio mini tuners, CD & CD-R/RW media centers, alarm clocks, remote controls and of couse, high fidelity speakers with such astonishing muscle, you'll swear every unit has a built-in subwoofer. Plus, a flexible array of inputs and outputs help shap your music your way. Plug into purity and digital flexibility of the Acoustic Research tabletop radio. And make any chair in your home or office... the best seat in the house.

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Technical Details
Brand NameAcoustic Research
Item Weight11.8 pounds
Product Dimensions13.8 x 10.7 x 4.3 inches
Item model numberAV100B
Connectivity TechnologyWired
Number of Items1
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Best Sellers Rank #1,004,882 in Cell Phones & Accessories (See top 100)
Shipping Weight13.6 pounds
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Date First AvailableSeptember 14, 2004
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By John E. Klintz on November 21, 2008
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When I saw this product on the AR web site, I was immediately interested because it was a TABLE RADIO, for goodness sakes, with tube technology. I'm an audiophile and I currently own an integrated amp with tubes, and absolutely love the sound it creates. I am extremely pleased with the performance of this radio; it BLOWS AWAY the silly Bose Wave for half the price, and an iPod dock with two additional inputs to boot. The tuner is the best I've seen in years, and the remote is nice. The only caution is that the amplifier section is so powerful that it can overdrive the little speakers at high volumes creating distortion, but that occurs at the point where it's really loud. If you want a nice table radio with versatile, usable features and great sound, this is definitely it!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Seattle DVD on February 19, 2009
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Absolutely beautiful. Love the warm glow and the warm analog sound of the tubes. The tuner works well and the sound is larger than the little speakers would have you believe. The build quality is solid and the finish is free of flaws.
Although it isn't "approved for iPhone", you can use one with it but you will have the "not designed to work with iphone, turn on airplane mode, yadayadayada" message. Just click no so you can still receive calls and you'll be fine, but you will get those CDMA interference noises every once in a while.

Negatives? You'll have to get used to not turning the big dial on the front to lower the volume since that's the tuner dial.
Proper iPhone support would be nice.
There aren't any audio adjustments besides volume. No tone, bass, treble, or any of that stuff*.

Overall it's a really nice addition to my home office where I use it mainly for FM radio. And you just gotta love the tubes! I suppose if you don't care about the sound from a real tube amp, there are other radios out there in this price range that might be more your thing.

*I haven't really felt a need to change any of the audio settings as it sounds pretty good as is, but thought I should point it out for any obsessive dial twiddlers out there.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Justin C. Harding on March 11, 2009
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I have been looking for a replacement iPod dock for my old and uninspiring JBL On Stage iPod speaker. I have also used the Sharper Image iTower and played with many other offerings including the higher end products by Bose and Altec Lansing. The Accoustic Research model beats them all.

The AR Tabletop Radio/iPod dock has excellent sound at either end of the spectrum - i.e. loud and soft volumes. It has a deep responsive base and excellent midtones at various sound levels as well. Since I am using this unit in an office, the low volume responsiveness is important. If however you are using this in a non-quiet environment you will also not be disappointed by the audio quality. I raised the roof right out of the box and it sounded great.

The second major benefit of this unit is that it is incredibly cool. The tube based set-up is an absolute show-stopper not only in terms of the audio, but also in how it looks. It is quite simply unlike any other iPod dedicated speaker that I have ever seen. Audiophile worthy.

Negatives: the large front dial is for radio tuning, not volume. Volume is controlled by the top rotary dial. I would have preferred that these were reversed. Another negative is that the volume, despite being wheel controlled, is step-based and cannot be varied within those steps (i.e. 1, 2, 3, 4 rather than having the ability to control within those steps). This is sometimes problematic at low volumes as users may not have the ability to control volume to their satisfaction.

Additional positive: The unit plays (but does not charge) 2nd generation iPod touch units. This is true of many older iPod accessories (although some won't even play these iPods), but the AR unit absolutely overwhelms this drawback.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Casey J. Brown on January 7, 2010
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Interesting that they only ask for ease of use and quality... This product is exactly what was advertised, and I am very happy with it. Contrary to some other reviews I have seen of it, it DOES charge my Ipod while it is plugged in and playing (maybe not while in radio mode). The sound quality is very good up to volumes higher than I used due to proximity to my neighbors. I may add speakers in the future to more fully capitalize on the sound quality and remote Ipod use (I use this in my garage/shop).

Radio reception is good in both bands and occasionally enough that am station overlap is almost as much of a problem as range, however, it isn't magic, just as good or slightly better than most car radios.

You probably have to be a bit of an audiophile snob or nostalgic (assuming you are old enough to remember tube radios) to appreciate the tube sound quality, but given the overall quality of the radio compared to similar products you really aren't paying much of a premium. It also happens to look nice enough to display, which I personally don't find true of almost any modern, plastic, transistor radio/music box.

I can only award 4 stars because I've only just gotten the thing. Check back in 15 years. If it is still functioning at this level, I'll give it the 5th star.
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