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Insignia™ - Tabletop FM/HD Radio - Black-Angle_Standard

Insignia™ - Tabletop FM/HD Radio - Black

Model: NS-HDRAD2SKU: 4888900

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Rating 4.2 out of 5 stars with 653 reviews

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Good value for money

    Posted
    Matt
    • My Best Buy® Member

    For the price, this is good value for money if you are specifically looking for a radio that can receive HD Radio signals. I also like that even though it is battery-powered, the external power supply is included in the box. This radio also has some modes that aren't documented in the manual that make it VERY useful for test/engineering purposes. Split mode: This mode is used for calibrating the time-delay alignment at the transmitter site. Because of the interleaving, FEC, codec, buffering, and other processing delays in the digital audio path as compared to the instantaneous nature of the analog path, the digital path is delayed. It is thus necessary to delay the analog audio by a suitable amount at the transmitter so that as the reception varies, the radio can switch back and forth between analog and the digital simulcast seamlessly without any listener discomfort or annoyance. The NRSC-5 specification states that the difference between the analog FM audio and the HD1 digital audio simulcast shall not exceed 68 microseconds. This mode allows you to calibrate this by putting both signals on one output that you can record with a computer and then visualize the waveform (and relative delay) in an audio editor program To enter split mode, press and hold MEMORY and HD SEEK (-) at the same time. After 3s, "CH:Normal" will appear on the screen. To toggle split-mode, press MEMORY again. "CH:L-HD R-FM" will appear on the screen. RSSI, manual gain, CINR, SNR: This mode has to do with measuring the strength and quality of the incoming signal and overriding the automatic gain control. This can help you fine-tune the antenna for tuning in radio stations that have a weak signal where you are located. To enter this mode, press and hold MEMORY and HD SEEK (+) at the same time. After 3s, "m>XXX rssi:xx" will appear on the screen. To change the gain control, use PRESET (-)/(+) buttons. To see CINR/SNR, press MEMORY. "C:XXX Snr:xx" will appear on the screen. PBlock, PBit, P3, P2, P1 packet counters: This is used to verify that the radio is or is not receiving digital data from the transmitter, and if so, which programs it is receiving data for. This mode is likely most helpful for the people who wrote the firmware, but could also be helpful for tuning in weak stations. To enter this mode, press and hold MEMORY and VOLUME (+) at the same time. After 3s, "PBlock:xxxxxxxxx\ntot:xxxxxxxxx" will appear on the screen. To cycle between PBlock, PBit, P3, P2, P1, press MEMORY. Total packet counter remains on the screen at all times. Clear presets: Press and hold MEMORY and SOURCE at the same time. After 3s, "Restart ...." will appear on the screen. The device will clear all stored presets. Exiting any of these menus to return to normal operation requires a soft power-cycle by holding down the power button. It is NOT necessary to remove the batteries or unplug the power supply.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    HD radio on a budget, annoying interface

    Posted
    reynard
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Member

    The best part of this radio is that it gets the HD digital signal, so as long as the signal is strong enough you get "perfect" sound. Also, you can get lots of extra stations on HD subchannels. The problem is: that matters most when the signal is weak enough that analog FM doesn't sound great, and if the signal is that weak, it's right about the same level that's going to have a hard time getting the digital signal. Generally, with a wire added to the antenna, I can keep a 20 mile away station locked on to HD. When it is, the sound is great. When it switches to analog, the audio is much hissier than other radios (like an FM station not tuned in quite right). The worst part of this radio is all the identical looking and feeling tiny buttons on the top. Just adjusting the volume is a challenge, since the labels are tiny and you have to either squint or know by feel which two are volume. Otherwise you hit a tuning button and it goes off-station and then you have to get it tuned back in. Also, there are plenty of presets, but they're only accessible with preset up/down buttons rather than it having some buttons on the front with one button dedicated to each preset. So, a pain to set, and a pain to recall, but better than nothing (and how most digital radio interfaces are, it seems, these days). So, that was a deal killer for my elderly parents in addition to being an annoyance for me. Oh, and sometimes it "crashes" either completely, or just can't hold on to the HD signal, and you have to reboot or hit the aux button twice to reset it. Worth it to me for the digital sound and (occasionally) extra stations. No bluetooth input, just an AUX jack. Easy to get a separate BT receiver for that jack, but BT should have been included.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good portable/desktop HD Radio

    Posted
    Dfabs
    • My Best Buy® Elite Member

    I owned the previous generation of this Insignia radio, and overall this new model improves upon the design. If you're looking for an affordable FM radio for a small room or bathroom, this is a nice option. The sound quality is good, and it's probably the lowest priced HD Radio you can find. The sound is notably directional--meaning it's loud and clear when the unit is directly pointing at you, but the loudness drops off to the sides. This is a change from the previous model, but it's not necessarily a bad thing since you can direct where the sound is going (good in an office), but if you move around the room you may need to change the position of the radio a bit. This radio is best for news and talk radio, or music in an office, it probably won't fill a room with sound. Tuning stations and adding presets to the memory is simple and works well, they improved the flow for adding stations to memory. The reception seems to be very good in the big city where I am located, easily picking up HD-1, 2, and 3 stations where available. The design and build quality are solid. The unit is a little heavier than you might expect, but it seems to be well constructed and the quality is good for the price. It operates on battery or AC, I keep rechargeable batteries installed so I can move it from one room to another when needed. The AUX jack is convenient to hook up a phone to listen to music or podcasts, etc. It would be 5 stars if the sound was a little more room-filling. Overall I'm happy with this updated radio, and I recommend it for radio fans on a budget!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Good sound, lousy controls

    Posted
    daytonadan
    • My Best Buy® Elite Member

    This is not too bad for an HD radio if you buy it on sale. Sound quality on HD stations is quite good for a radio in this price range. But somewhat mediocre on regular FM.And there no AM at all, which is a downside. Controls are tiny buttons with tiny text along the top of the radio. Hard to see and use. HD tuning is fine. FM tuning is slow and clunky. Preset controls are next to useless. Always defaults to the highest number preset so must go down, one at a time, to get to preset one or up through all the empty presets (20 in all) to roll around to preset one. What idiot thought this was a good idea. Works great with AC or batteries, which you must provide. AC adapter is included. Has odd option to use it as a wired auxiliary speaker with other devices. Source button on top lets you switch between radio and Aux. Looks OK but shiny black sections are fingerprint magnets. Small enough to be easily portable. Blue backlight on digital tuner is easy to see and auto dims after a few seconds. Sound will get quite loud but suffers at higher volumes. Harsh highs. Somewhat distorted lows. Would have rated it four stars if the preset controls were better.

    I would recommend this to a friend

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      InsigniaCustomerSupport

      Hi!

      I sincerely appreciate you taking the time to share this review with us. It is our commitment to provide our customers with the best products an to take care of their needs. I have already forwarded this information to the engineers so they can keep it in mind for future models.

      Alexander G. - Insignia Support BBY-ExBrand_Insignia

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Not What I'd Hoped For

    Posted
    DMAtx
    • My Best Buy® Member

    I have the older model of this radio, and since some of the buttons on it occasionally stick, I thought I would upgrade to this newer, presumably improved model. The newer version is slightly larger with more heft and an overall solid feel to it, and it sits securely without any wobble at all. The display is fine, though the characters are smaller than on the previous version, but the text is perfectly readable. The big downside for me is the fact that it doesn't have a very good tuner, which really makes it very ineffective at its only job - tuning in radio stations. I placed it in the same location as the older model, and it couldn't lock onto half the stations that the older radio managed with ease. Even the strongest HD stations seemed to present a problem for this radio; though the tuner did manage to lock onto the station, the RDS info was, in a word, "spastic" - it would attempt to display the station and other info, but it jerkily flashed off and on, and was of very little practical use. A side-by-side comparison revealed that the newer model had a fuller, louder sound to it, which is all the more disappointing, since its tuning capabilities cannot match its older brother. 4-star sound, but 2-star tuning, so unfortunately, I had to return it to the store.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    It's A Portable Radio With FM HD and Aux Input

    Posted
    gccradioscience
    • My Best Buy® Member

    I got this for Christmas for my HD radio collection. It's a great FM portable HD radio, with a aux input, but what I can do with this receiver is receive local and distant HD radio stations from the telescoping whip antenna, but cannot hook up an outdoor antenna. It reminds me of my other portable short wave radios I got, but this one does not have AM / SW or LW not even DRM for decoding digital SW signals, but it would of been great if it had come with the AM broadcast band for HD radio and also a bluetooth receiver, but since it does not have those, I have connect or buy a extra bluetooth receiver to add along with it to listen to various audio sources and also internet radio from the phone or tablet. It comes with it's own AC adapter with a big ferrite bead to keep the interference down. I hope in the near future they come out with another model that has the AM broadcast band and bluetooth and also FM and aux input. So with the aux input you can connect it to your laptop, and even a portable walkman or CD , or mp3 player. Now back to the HD radio, I have bought my first HD radio before from Best Buy, and it was very small than this one, and the best thing about this new one is that thank goodness I can take it out with me and it runs on AA batteries and not some recharageable battery, and also the reception is much better than the small portable one, and the local FM HD radio stations lock in better than the small one. I know that this radio is going to last long than the small one I owned years ago.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Don't buy this - designers hate you and happiness

    Posted
    tounginglinguists
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus Member

    The preset buttons don't work like every other radio in the world. Once programmed, 'up' and 'down' don't behave appropriately. Example: 5 preset stations: 95.1 97.3 99.5 101.7 103.9 Imagine you are currently tuned to 99.5. You'd expect the 'up' button would take you to 101.7 right? No, it takes you to 103.9 (the 'topmost' station.) What if you hit 'down' on the preset button? It takes you down to 97.3 right? NO SILLY! Of course, it takes you back to 103.9, the topmost station. Best Buy did not contract with a good factory, did not open the box at any point to test the design, and just didn't really try here at all :( The real sad part is the sound quality is great for the size and the reception is pretty decent. Volume is fine. Only buy if you plan on leaving it on one station or if you desire to reward basic incompetence in user design and experience testing. Best Buy will be getting this back tomorrow, and as usual for things like this, I'll have to go to Amazon to find an appropriate solution. Bummed out.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Product for the Price!

    Posted
    RadioDoogie
    • My Best Buy® Member

    I purchased the original model of this radio last year and returned it after I discovered the RBDS didn't work at all in analog mode. Other than this, I would have kept it. Slight glitch...I do notice the RBDS works on this new model (thank you for fixing this) but the radio tries to scroll the text of the station name in analog mode on the left side of the screen and it doesn't get a chance to display the full text of what the radio station is trying to say because the radio is flipping every 5 seconds between the station name that will not fit in the far left side of the screen before the song information on the right. It starts to scroll but gets interrupted because the radio thinks it needs to show the full name of the station in rotation. Need to have it scroll just like it does in HD mode. In HD mode it keeps everything on one line and scrolls just fine. This is not enough for me to return it. The radio sounds fantastic. Battery life is great. Reception is great. Looks nice. Buttons are perfect. Let's you load your HD2 and 3 stations into memory. Feels nice and looks expensive.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Unbelievable Pure Sound Just as Advertised!!

    Posted
    Bluesuede2012
    • My Best Buy® Member

    I usually stick to major brand names when it comes to electronics like Sony, JBL, Panasonic etc. but Insignia nailed this one BIG TIME!! They are one of the very few companies to make an HD radio and they put a lot of thought into the design before they did it. First of all the radio itself is built very solid. Has weight to it and very stable on any flat surface. Second, the sound coming out of it's own speakers, although they are small with very little bass, is extremely rich. Just like listening to a CD. Once you use the headphone jack and hook it up to a higher end speaker system you will not believe the clarity of the sound across the entire frequency spectrum, bass and all. I got this on sale for about $35 but had I heard this in the store I would have paid full price. The only thing Insignia should have done was add some kind of equalizer to it so that you could enhance the base and treble to your taste. Other than that this is the way to go for a basic portable HD radio. On the HD stations the sound is very pure and there is no static whatsoever!!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Good for Some People

    Posted
    Howard
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Member

    This radio has good sound considering its small speakers and stereo is nice. It is well made and everything works. The labels on the small buttons are difficult to read in dim light. I wish it would stay on the last station tuned; You have to select a preset every time you turn it on. I bought this radio to listen to two Los Angeles HD stations that I like. At first, I got them when the radio was in certain locations inside my home. Then, I could not get them (one has a very powerful transmitter) and Best Buy replaced the radio. Again, I could get them but after several months they are gone. It receives about ten stations but none that I like. The FCC limits HD signal strength to a tenth of analog power; Perhaps it needs a more sensitive tuner. Los Angels has only a few AM HD stations so AM's absence is not too bad.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    83 y.o. mom has her classical station!

    Posted
    Katie
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase

    I got this for my elderly mother so she could listen to her HD2 classical public radio station in Maine. I was able to successfully program it and she is able to use it based on a two step process. You cannot turn it on to an HD2 station. It always turns on to analog (regular band) first, even with pre-programming set to HD2 stations. The print on the control buttons is very tiny and difficult for a normal person to see. The buttons are also small for older fingers to use. There are no pre-set buttons so you have to scroll through all your pre-sets to get to the one you want. The slim shape is nice. It was affordable and produces nice sound. I only wish it were "senior friendly". It is a much better option than her continuing to be angry at Maine Public Radio for creating HD Classical and then not having a regular station in her area. Nobody wants an unhappy 83 year old mother!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Poor quality radio

    Posted
    SD38
    • My Best Buy® Member

    I can’t recommend this radio at all. It does a poor job of pulling in both analog FM and FM HD Radio signals. When found, HD stations were clear, but occasionally dropped out (even when the signal strength indicator showed a strong signal). Analog FM stations often had a fine hiss or buzz. One unique feature on this radio is that it has a signal strength indicator, however, even when the indicator shows a strong station signal, if often fails to find the HD radio signal for the station. I have an older inexpensive tabletop HD Radio that is able to find many HD stations in my area, this HD Radio wasn’t able to find many of the HD stations my older radio could find. I tried adjusting the antenna of this radio to possibly improve the reception, but no matter how I adjusted it, reception performance never changed. This radio also feels very fragile.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good cheap HD radio for work

    Posted
    Tapper
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite Member

    I wanted a cheap HD radio for work and this is it. It has a decently long antenna, which is required to pick up signals where I am. It does look unsightly but that's normal right? The display is bright and is easy to read at varying heights and angles. It has 20 presets available. The speakers don't sound that great but it's on par with these types of radios. It does have an Aux input and a headphone output (which I needed for work). It even has a battery holder in addition to the AC adapter for portability. It'd be nice if it had a memory card or USB inputs but it's not unexpected at this price. The volume button would've been better if it was a dial or round button. Instead it's a toggle up and down button that blends in with all the other buttons on the top. It does not have a remote. For my goal, this radio fit the bill.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Portable, rich sound. Good buy.

    Posted
    Cindyr941
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Member

    I purchased this Insignia tabletop HD radio to replace a Sony clock radio that I had. I just wanted clear FM music. This is very basic, no clock, no Bluetooth, no AM for those who like talk radio, but if you want rich FM sound and HD capability where available, for the price, I think it's a very good buy. Unfortunately it doesn't pick up my favorite station in HD, <50 miles away, however the same station broadcasting locally in non-HD comes in very clear. The unit has a telescoping antenna and it is also portable, can be used with batteries instead of AC. It also has an auxiliary jack to connect with other music sources.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Nice solid radio BUT it had to be returned.

    Posted
    Mainecoast

    I purchased this because my favorite station split in two One of them became HD and I could no longer receive it and it had some great programs that I missed. I read all the reviews and was convinced that this radio was just the ticket. The good news -- it felt like a solid radio and was not too big and not too small. The sound was nice, not tinny at all. It brought in several HD stations. Unfortunately, the station that I wanted didn't come in well at all. It clipped in and out and I knew that would eventually make me throw the radio against the wall. My conclusion -- I live in a dead zone (I have the same trouble with TV stations). I returned the radio and bought an internet radio that is perfect. I have no doubt that if I lived elsewhere, this HD radio would have been great.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Not impressed

    Posted
    Nunya
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase

    The buttons on this radio are so small I can’t see them. The buttons are also not very responsive. I have to press and hold the on/off button for it to work. The sound is pretty weak. At full blast it is not very loud. The sound quality is ok. I like that it is small and portable but I thought it would be better for the money. I wouldn’t buy this again. I wish I could return it but Best Buy, in my experience, makes it difficult to return things. I wouldn’t have bought this through them but I had a gift certificate. There wasn’t a very good selection of portable radios to choose from. Overall the shopping online experience and shipping were fine. Shipping was fast .

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Buy this

    Posted
    JFree
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Member

    This is a GREAT little radio — very, very sensitive and will pull in the stations most radios today won’t. The preset function is a little funky, and it could stand to have a bit larger amplifier, but those are quibbles. If you want to see what a good radio this is for its size and price, feed the audio from the headphone jack into a really good sound system. It lacks a bit of the high end of a really good component tuner, but if you boost the high end a bit with an EQ, you can’t tell the difference in an A-B test. And that’s with an analog FM signal, not HD. Yeah, so far, I’m loving this little radio.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Impressive little radio

    Posted
    mcgchan
    • My Best Buy® Member

    I'd been wanting to try HD Radio and when this went on sale I took a chance. Well built, has substance to it and not cheap-feeling. Sound is impressive with the built-in speakers - crystal clear on the HD stations. I mainly plan listen to AM stations at night when they go wonky with reduced AM signal strength, but there are so many other HD stations available with varied music as well. I hooked it up to my Sony bluetooth speaker via the headphone jack and music sounded outstanding. I agree the presets are a bit of a pain but once you get used to what is saved where it's easy to just turn it on and then hit the preset button the number of times of the preset you want. Overall i'm impressed with the quality of this radio, the sound, and the reception.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good Radio with a few bells and whistles

    Posted
    Kamtoyz
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Member

    I purchased this to use in a home bathroom. The FM reception is fine and it's nice to have the HD option for available stations. I also wanted something that has an Aux In option so I could plug in a Chromecast Audio and play the same music I'm listening to in other rooms at the same time. This unit works fine for this. Only minor issue is that when plugged into AC power, there is a high-pitched whistle from a ground loop (goes away when powered by batteries). The noise is only noticeable when music is NOT playing, so not a deal breaker. Nice to have one device I can easily switch between regular FM and aux input.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent HD radio for the price

    Posted
    micmel2
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Member

    The sound quality is very good for this table-top portable radio. My two complaints I have with this radio is that 1. it is somewhat difficult to insert the four AA-batteries into its slot; the upper springs get in the way when trying to insert the two batteries into the lower slot, and 2. like the other reviewer's complaint, when you turn the radio back on, the radio reverts to the first saved settings, not the radio station you were listening to prior to turning off the radio. Other than those two--what I consider minor--complaints, this radio is a very good value for its price. I would recommend this radio to anyone interested in getting a portable HD radio.

    I would recommend this to a friend