Insignia NS-HD01

The Good Portable HD Radio; small and light; built-in rechargeable battery lasts up to 10 hours; 10 station presets; includes armband; charges via Mini-USB port; inexpensive.

The Bad FM only; overly convoluted controls; doesn't include AC charger; reception can vary.

The Bottom Line While the HD Radio format still has its foibles, the Insignia NS-HD01's $50 price tag makes it recommendable for anyone who wants a cheap, easy, and portable way to enjoy digital HD Radio stations.

Editors' Rating
  • Design 6.0
  • Features 6.0
  • Performance 7.0
6.3 Overall

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Insignia NS-HD01

The price of HD Radio technology has been dwindling over the past few years, with digital-capable car stereos, home tuners, and clock radios priced south of $100. But Insignia's new NS-HD01 adds two new wrinkles to the HD Radio equation. The iPod-size unit is the first truly portable (battery powered) HD Radio, and its $50 price tag makes it the most affordable HD model to date. It's now available exclusively at Best Buy (Insignia is one of the chain's in-house brands).

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. A sealed (not user-replaceable) rechargeable lithium ion battery powers the radio. What's good is that the recharging port is a standard Mini-USB connection (USB cable included). That means you can juice up the battery from any PC or USB charger. Like the iPod, a wall charger isn't included, but any USB-compatible iPod charger should work.

In addition to the charging cable and requisite pair of subpar earbuds, joggers will appreciate that Insignia includes a Velcro armband in the box. There's no belt clip, but the NS-HD01 will fit into any pocket, and the hold switch on the unit's side will prevent inadvertent button pushes.

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Specs / Prices

  • Brand Best Buy
  • Type 90 days warranty
  • Tuner Bands FM
  • Run Time (Up To) 10 hour(s)
  • Technology lithium ion
  • Sound Output Mode stereo
  • Type LCD
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