- Brand Name: Acoustic Research
- Model Number: AV100B
- Color: Blk wood
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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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The volume control is not well placed and is a non sensical plastic disc...However this unit sounds wonderful and has an out put for a sub woofer along with TWO inputs for aux... Read morePublished on April 3, 2013 by LCC0256
I received this as a Christmas gift and I've owned this radio for 19 months now. It's ok, but nothing special. Read morePublished on April 19, 2011 by R. White
This is a great tabletop radio. Sound quality is good across the spectrum. As would be expected, the low frequencies do not shake the room, but they are deep and rich. Read morePublished on April 9, 2011 by kevin white
Long story short: Unless you're an 18-year-old girl in a dorm, a white plastic ipod dock is NOT going to cut it. Read morePublished on July 3, 2010 by D.S.
1. AR Tube Sound - Warm, Open, Rich, Sweet, Full of Facial Expression. Solid, Tight Bass.
2. Aux1 and Aux2 Inputs, Headphone and Sub-woofer Outputs. Read more
well, i'm glad i bought this when it was on sale for 99bucks. The FM radio works fine. The sound quality is terrible , way too much bass and no way to eq. Read morePublished on May 11, 2010 by Mark Twain Ha
This AR tabletop radio has great sound and works with my daughter's I pod for which it was intended. Read morePublished on April 24, 2010 by ohmy
The sound is phenomenal. When connected to an external sub woofer it is even more impressive. The tube technology is cool to visually see. Read morePublished on April 18, 2010 by Lowrider 419
This radio is absolutely fantastic. I wanted a hifi tabletop radio that also had an aux input for my computer. Read morePublished on March 9, 2010 by Aaron Wolf