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Boston Acoustics Horizon Duo-I
The Horizon Duo-I
The Boston Acoustics Horizon Duo-I is a genuine, bona fide stereo clock radio. For $199, it doesn’t get any better than this. I am very impressed with how BA is coming in “bedside”, so to speak. Their Horizon Solo is a terrific, although monophonic, alarm clock, so if you’ve got the money I say treat yourself to a little bedside splurge with the Duo. Oh wait, not just the Duo but the Duo-I. (It’s an iPod dock, too.)
Let’s take a look at some of the more intriguing features:
- Good FM reception
- iPod video output
- Remote control
- 2 AUX inputs
- Stereo sound
- Dual 3 ½ inch speakers
- iPod charger
- Comes in “midnight” or “mist” color
- FM/AM preset capabilities
This clock radio from those old sonic innovators, Boston Acoustics, is truly for real audiophiles. This is not your normal bedside alarm clock. In fact, it’s not even your normal souped up clock radio. It’s at least two levels of evolution beyond what we grew up with. Its sound performance is probably beyond most people’s home stereos, quite frankly.
It's (Also) The Best iPod Dock
Of course, to really get the full benefit out of the Duo, you’ve got to be an iPod owner. Beyond its audio superiority, this is really where the unit shines. You can charge your iPod, listen to it through the Duo, and even stream video out of it, if you so choose. Very convenient.
Maybe you have already discovered that most iPod dock systems fall far short of what most of us would consider “high-quality” audio performance. With the Duo-I, BA has come to the rescue. I think this beauty has been out about a year now, and I’m not aware of anyone who can output the iPod as well as Boston Acoustics is succeeding here. If there are now competitors, I’d love to know about them. (Maybe Bose has put out something solid in this price range? I don’t know.)
The user interface is very intuitive. You won’t have to be pulling out the manual every time you want to learn a new function. It has a strikingly sleek design available in basically a dark (midnight) color and a light (mist) hue. Of course, one wouldn’t expect less for about $200.
Basically, you’re going to get a big room-filling sound with the Horizon Duo-I. Is it for everyone? No, I don’t think so. Spending two bills on a clock radio is probably not most people’s priority, but for those of us who know the difference between a full stereo sound and a full mono sound, the Duo-I (or its brother the “dockless” Duo) is definitely worth it at this price.