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February 27, 2008

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Ed S.

No. 6: Every product has a life cycle. For electronics, it's just a year or two, then the "latest and greatest" model replaces it. Nomystery; it's just the way the world works.

herculodge

Yes, but what high-fidelity clock radio in the last five years offers such a complete package, including sterling reception? To me the Horizon Solo is the first and at a good price point.

Wals

So BA is pricing 33% less per "Solo" unit, vis-a-vis BAR. Have they made cuts in plastics quality? I can't think of anything else, except cheaper labour.
One tec question: does it have an ac plug or a DC adapter?

herculodge

Actually, the material quality seems better than ever. I'm at work, away from the Solo, and have forgotten if it's an adapter or an AC plug. I will clarify that ASAP.

Ed S.

If product quality were the sole determinant of market share, everyone would have bought a Betamax, Jeff. I saw from amazon reviews that many people liked the Receptor because of its ease of use--esp the alarm settings, which uses dedicated pushbuttons. From what I saw on a sample at Target, the Solo has those (to some) nasty menu-driven settings. So it is definitely less "user-friendly." But people buy things for many reasons, price being one biggie, even color being another reason. I wont say the Solo is ugly, but it does look a little "unusual" with its 3 dials in a triangle. That may throw some people off, trust me. I worked in Consumer Electronics many years.

herculodge

Yeah, appearance counts. Tivoli has done a good job of making nice looking radios with mediocre FM tuners and they sell at premium price.

I demand the best in reception and there's something about Boston radios that repel interference and give AM/FM sound with no background hiss or noise.

Tom Welch

Jeff, I purchased the Horizon Solo at Target here in Mesa, Arizona based on your recommendation and I am seeing the very same problems with the clock when tuned into a FM station you mentioned in your blog. The clock otherwise keeps accurate time, at least for the first 24 hours of ownership. The Solo is still the best value for the buck. BTW, I graduated from El Camino College in 1966.

Jeff McMahon

Okay, so the first generation of the Horizon Solo has bugs for sure. Thanks for letting me know.

I'll tell some of my colleagues about you, see if they remember your name.

All the bests,

Jeff

Ed S.

What is this "bug" Tom spoke of, Jeff? And is he saying a pricey CLOCK radio doesn't keep good time!? Holey moley, folks, don't toss your Receptors out the window yet! That's totally unacceptable.

Jeff McMahon

The bug is this: When playing the radio, the time is 5 minutes slow. When turning the radio off, the time is accurate again. Bad news.

Ed S.

Today, 3-12, the Solo is selling for only $79.88 on Amazon, while the remaining Receptors are fetching over $170. Curious.

Jeff McMahon

The Recepter's high price attests to its successful brand. Who know? Some day the Horizon Solo might prove to be legendary, which will afford it a high price.

Ed S.

I just wish I had bought more Recepters when they were selling for $95.

Jeff McMahon

But the Horizon Solo is more sensitive on both AM and FM and it sells for 75-99 dollars.

tonyinhi

Got my Solo based on this website and it's very good. Don't have the time bug problem though. Just a likeable radio. Thanks Jeff for the advice and this website! Paid $75 for mine.

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