Best Buy’s Insignia NS-HD01 HD Radio – first tipped back in May - can be had for $50, and that was enough for digital-media maven Dave Zatz to pick one up to review. For $49.99 you can’t expect too much, but comments to our original article left us worried that the Insignia - which also appears to be the iNiquity KRI – might be a real dud.
The NS-HD01 promises up to 10hrs runtime from the built-in rechargeable battery, plus both FM and free-to-air HD Radio reception. There are ten (tricky to program) preset slots, a 3.5mm headphone jack (which you could also plug into your car stereo’s aux-in port, if it has such a thing) and even comes with an arm-band holder.
Dave found that sound quality was let down by the shoddy supplied headphones – no surprise there, really – and that his stereo headsets from the iPhone and other brands don’t seem to work properly with the Insignia’s headphone jack. He’s still impressed, though; full feedback at Zatz Not Funny and more coverage at CNET.