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Insignia Portable HD Radio NS-HD01


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  • HD radio with 10-station presets 100% Subscription FREE
  • 1.5" LCD color screen
  • Arm band
  • 3.5mm output
  • Built-in rechargeable lithium-ion battery

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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Insignia
  • Model: NS-HD01
  • Color Name: Black

Product Details

  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • ASIN: B002YXMPPO
  • Item model number: NS-HD01
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (111 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #59,836 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: November 27, 2009

Product Description

When you're on the go, listen to your favorite HD and FM radio stations using this portable player that features an armband for easy portability. What's Included Insignia® HD Radio Portable Player Headphones, USB cable Arm band Owner's manual Product Features HD radio with 10-station presets So you can find your favorite stations at the touch of a button. Also receives standard FM stations (HD radio delivers CD-quality sound from compatible stations in areas where HD radio is available). 1.5" LCD color screen Displays radio station, artist name and song name. Arm band For easy portability. 3.5mm output Can be used with a car stereo (cable required, not included). Built-in rechargeable lithium-ion battery Provides up to 10 hours of playing time. USB cable included for charging.

Customer Reviews

Where do I send it and get another one?
Ronald Scarpetta
I also use it plugged into the aux input of my car audio system and it works great.
Terry Shannon
Pulls in HD FM Radio, Analog Radio, and RDS stations as well.
@Mead57

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

148 of 151 people found the following review helpful By Allen F. Turner on December 3, 2009
This radio makes listening to FM great again.
HD significantly improves:
- Greater dynamic range (no audible compression)
- Greater stereo separation
- Multipath interference disappears -- HD rides-through conventional FM 'flutter'

I use this as a passenger on a multi-hour daily commute in the Colorado Front Range, where there are about 12 commercial and 3 non-commercial stations broadcasting HD.
The battery lasts about 8 hours, re-charged by USB. There is no way to open the case to replace the battery.

Sensitivity is amazing with the headphone cord antenna. On travel in Rock Hill, SC, I received distant stations from North Wilkesboro and Raleigh.
However, it DOES NOT give satisfactory reception through the Aux-In system jacks of 3 cars that I tried.

Some features not indicated in the manual:
It also receives RDS (giving basic id only). Some stations do broadcast both HD and RDS. When a signal is weak, only RDS will be decoded.
When the indicator shows HD1+ or HD2+, that simply means there is another 1 (or 2) more HD program(s) "above" the current one.

Wished-for improvements:
0.1 MHz tuning resolution, for use outside North America.
Better local strong-signal rejection.
Drilled hole or ring in case for a cloth strap
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120 of 122 people found the following review helpful By D. Marks on January 19, 2010
I was thrilled with the introduction of the first truly portable HD radio. This little unit does indeed deliver HD, but my experience is that I can't just plug in and go about my business. The Insignia Portable doesn't have the HD sensitivity to allow the user to move about and expect constant HD reception. Sometimes moving a few inches one way or the other means HD reception or not. This issue can be very frustrating at times. Mind you, if you can plant yourself in a receptive location the radio performs admirably.

I do wish the battery life was a bit longer or that I could change out the battery when I wished.

DM
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73 of 74 people found the following review helpful By Paul D. Calabrese on December 29, 2009
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I just received this HD Radio today. I live about 50 to 60 miles north of NYC and the reception from the terrestrial FM stations is greatly improved over my bedside radio. The HD Stations that come in are crystal clear and the upgrade in audio that you hear is really improved over the terrestrial FM stations. My main fear was that since I live on the fringe of some the NYC FM stations broadcast signals is that I wouldn't pick up any HD signals. Well, I was really blown away on how strong this little radio pulls them in. It's very easy to operate and the instructions are very clear and easy to follow.

So if you are on the fence about HD radio jump on over to the HD side and experience some really excellent tunes and crystal clear reception. Good luck and happy listening!!
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Scott W. Talbert on March 16, 2010
I wanted to love this little receiver right off. I am a huge radio fan. I took it out of the box and in the car I was receiving pretty good HD reception. The "haters" had declared this radio had awful reception. I think they forgot what using a walk man radio receiver was like. MP3 players do not have to worry about antenna angle or being where a station can see the antenna. This little guy was picking up Houston HD channels 20 miles out of town with just a little break up. The "haters" also forget that digital is different from analogue. An HD radio in a purely digital mode will have to be given time to acquire or reacquire a station. This is just the nature of the medium. If one is moving around keep it on a station that is analogue and digital (Hybrid part of HD)like most HD-1s. OK off the soap box. Well before I used it the second time the display died. Back to town. They replaced it, no question asked. The new one has worked great. I wish my cheap Radiosphy radio had such a killer color display. It shows you everything you need to know. It even can display what is on each of the HDs of a certain station, if the station programs the text. It also handles non HD stations with text. I have also hooked it up to a stereo and it makes a passable receiver hooked up to jack that runs to my tape inputs. I should be able to run it in my car with cable and my low power FM thingy. At first I was not big on the non battery design but I now see this set up needs pretty good power. Make sure you can charge a USB item before you buy it. The arm band is interesting and it tends to keep the radio in the clear so it can work. Now the good part. This little guy was on sale for just 39.99 in March of 2010.Read more ›
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Caponsacchi HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 19, 2010
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You can't get too upset over a technical malfunction with a 20-dollar HD radio, but mine suddenly has clammed up on me. The silence occurred after I left it charging for a prolonged period of time--over a day, which I may have been warned about in the instructions. Up to that point (I may still coax it back to life), it performed like a miniature champion (if not up to iPod quality). The sensitivity was about equal to my Sony tuner, and the sound as heard through high-quality headphones--both regular and HD FM--was pristine. It's definitely not a "toy" or a "rip-off" as some have suggested. I never got around to trying it with external speakers, but I see no reason that anything would limit it other than content availability in your area and the power of your amplifier. As a walking companion, it was perfectly fine, so I'm hoping it's merely temporarily on strike.]

The scarcity of HD radios, and the availability of this nifty little radio only through Amazon 3rd-party sellers, does not bode well for the technology. As others have mentioned, HD can be erratic and inconsistent. There's is no static or "weakening" of the signal: it's all or nothing, which means that there are times and locations when the signal will be "stop and go" or will have flown away. Also, the search and "lock-in" of the signal takes a few extra seconds compared to the instant response from conventional AM and FM bands (though on this small unit the lock-in is reduced to a fraction of a second).

With those caveats in mind, this little device nevertheless represents a good value. I find that it rapidly finds and holds on to a local signal more securely than the well-reviewed Sony HD tuner, which is 2-3 times the price.
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