Radian iBlast review: Radian iBlast

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CNET Editors' Rating

2 stars Mediocre
  • Overall: 4.0
  • Design: 5.0
  • Features: 3.0
  • Performance: 5.0
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The Good The iBlast is inexpensive and solidly constructed; it can be used with non-iPod MP3 players (but you must supply the needed cable).

The Bad The iBlast doesn't bring anything new to the table; it lacks a remote; there's an audible hiss during quiet songs, and bass is almost completely lacking; lack of battery power option limits its portability.

The Bottom Line You have many choices when looking for a portable, iPod-ready speaker. There's no compelling reason to include the iBlast among them.

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Editors' Note: The rating on this review has been lowered from 4.3 to 4.0 due to changes in the competitive marketplace.

In the saturated market of iPod accessories, it takes something special to stand out from the herd: a striking design, cool and unique features, excellent performance. You get the idea. Unfortunately, Radian Technologies' iBlast offers none of these. Other than its low $55 street price, there's nothing outstanding about the iBlast that would put it on your Want It list.

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Where to Buy

Radian iBlast (black)

Part Number: RS2526

MSRP: $79.99

See manufacturer website for availability.

Quick Specifications See All

  • Color black
  • Speaker System Type portable speakers with digital player dock
  • Amplification Type active
  • Connectivity Technology wired
  • Type Speakers