JVC RA-P10 review: JVC RA-P10

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CNET Editors' Rating

2.5 stars OK
  • Overall: 5.7
  • Design: 7.0
  • Features: 7.0
  • Performance: 4.0
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The Good The JVC RA-P10 integrates portable speakers for the iPod with an FM radio and an alarm clock. It can run on batteries, but if it's plugged in, it charges the iPod. The unit offers a low-profile design that matches the iPod's styling.

The Bad The JVC RA-P10 doesn't offer good sound quality, and you can find better-sounding speakers for less. The remote must be pointed directly at the center front of the unit to work and doesn't work from a distance of more than 15 feet.

The Bottom Line For iPod owners who want to turn their iPod into an alarm clock and add radio to the mix--without losing portability--the JVC RA-P10 speakers get the job done, but sound quality will be a deterrent for picky listeners.

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Editors' Note: The rating on this review has been lowered from 6.0 to 5.7 due to changes in the competitive marketplace.

JVC has been making audio products for a long time--almost 80 years, if you can believe it--but the company isn't a premier name when it comes to iPod accessories. That doesn't mean JVC's not in the game, though. The latest iPod-ready digital audio device to come from the company is the RA-P10, a compact speaker system with a built-in FM tuner and alarm clock. At $129, the RA-P10 is a decent deal for what you get, but if you can do without the radio, you can find cheaper speakers that sound better (such as the Sonic Impact iFusion).

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JVC RA-P10

Part Number: RA-P10

MSRP: $99.95

See manufacturer website for availability.

Quick Specifications See All

  • Built-in Display LCD
  • Weight 1.5 lbs
  • Tuner Bands FM
  • Output Power / Total 8 Watt
  • Type 3 month warranty
  • Sound Output Mode stereo
  • Type Speakers