12 luglio 2009

Insignia, HD Radio da tasca a meno di 50 dollari

49 dollari e 99. Questo il prezzo del primo ricevitore HD Radio tascabile prodotto da Insignia e venduto a partire sugli scaffali online di BestBuy. Recensendolo su News.com John Falcone riconosce che a questo prezzo la radio digitale di Ibiquity potrebbe farsi interessante e io sono perfettamente d'accordo con lui. Ma avverte anche che per avere qualcosa di più ricco sul piano funzionale forse vale la pena attendere l'uscita di Microsoft Zune HD (che tuttavia potrebbe costare tre volte tanto). Il piccolo dispositivo Insignia è alimentato con una batteria ricaricabile non sostituibile dall'utente e anche questo è un segno di una radio che cambia.

July 11, 2009
Insignia's NS-HD01 is the first portable HD Radio--and it's only $50

The price of HD Radio technology has been dwindling over the past few years, with digital-capable car stereos and clock radios priced south of $100. But Insignia's new NS-HD01 adds two new wrinkles to the HD Radio equation. The iPod-sized unit is the first truly portable (battery powered) HD Radio, and its $50 price tag makes it the most affordable HD model to date. The NS-HD01 is scheduled to hit shelves at Best Buy on June 12, but we got an early look at the unit.
While it may look like an old MP3 player, the NS-HD01 is strictly a radio tuner that can pull in analog and HD (Hybrid Digital) stations on the FM band. There are 10 user-programmable presets.
The battery is rated for 10 hours of playback, and the screen auto-dims to save energy.
HD Radio has two big selling points. The first is that it's free--unlike satellite radio, there's no subscription fee. The other is multicasting--access to digital subchannels that aren't available on the analog band. On stations with multicast channels, you can toggle to the HD2 and/or HD3 subchannels. (The HD Radio Web site has a full city-by-city listing of available stations.) HD2 options here in New York City, for instance, include hip-hop, gospel, classical, oldies, 80s, country, and salsa. In New York and elsewhere, you'll also find simulcasts of several AM stations, which gives this the Insignia radio access to crystal-clear versions of many (but not all) local news, talk, and sports stations that would otherwise be unavailable on this FM-only radio.

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