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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful
Not perfect, but very good for the price
on October 30, 2008
This HD Radio/clock alarm meets my needs, and it a good deal for the price.
Great reception either HD or regular FM
2 Programmable alarms
Alarm controls hard to navigate
Can't use many radio or remote controls for IPOD
Can't see IPOD playlist on radio display screen
Display screen clock too small for bad eyes
The radio has good sound quality and great reception for both HD and regular stations. There aren't many HD stations where I live (Boise, ID). I only listen to NPR though, and it solved the reception problem I had bought two other new clock radios to solve. (An external antenna probably would have done as well, but HD is a nice feature.) Another great thing is I can set the first alarm to come on at low volume, then the second to come on a few minutes later at higher volume. Now I wish it had more than two alarms to set, so I wouldn't have to change settings. Setting the alarm is a bit of a pain. It gives you only about 5 seconds to start adjusting before it gives up on you and jumps out of Set mode. Also you have to use one set of buttons to set the time, different buttons to set the volume, and yet another button to advance between things to set. If you don't push the right button in 5 seconds it jumps out and you start over. While on a trip recently my wife couldn't figure it out and I couldn't explain it adequately over the phone. It's that hard to do.
The IPOD functionality also is clunky. You have to use the IPOD's controls to do anything other than advance to the next song, and it doesn't show your playlist on the radio display screen. You have to try and make it out on the IPOD's display. The speakers sound great with the IPOD, though.
Apart from the clunky alarm controls, this HD radio is good quality for a very good price (especially because I got a [...] rebate--but that offer expired the end of Sept.) If Jensen addressed a few of the usability issues, this would be a terrific product.