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February 24, 2008

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Ed S.

OK, you convinced me. I put in an order for a duo today.

herculodge

Wow, a duo; I don't even have one. I'll stick to my Solo for now.

Ed S.

I like the 5 presets on the Duo. And if the solo sounds so good, then the 2 speakers must make it sound *twice* as good, right?:) An extra 50 bucks for stereo seems fair.

I'm selling the sangean pr-d5... those presets were the only things I liked about the sangean.

Jeff McMahon

The Solo has 20 presets. The Duo has fewer?

Ed S.

I'm talking about dedicated preset Buttons...the solo has the Receptor's rotary dial for accessing 20 total presets, the duo has 5 AM and 10 FM presets accessible via the 5 buttons on the front, or so the specs say.

Jeff McMahon

I stand corrected. Perhaps you can e-mail me your impressions so I can post them on my website. The Horizon Solo has generated more interest, based on hit count, than any post I've done in the last 2 years.

Ed S.

Wow, is that so? Never thought our obscure radio hobby was interesting to anyone else...
I think you're getting mucho hits because your site is google's only return whenever anyone googles "BA solo radio".

Michelle

Wow, I just stumbled on one at Target yesterday and bought it based on form, function, and sound without knowing a thing about BA. It stood out on the shelf.

I love the user interface, although the buttons are quite sensitive and can be pushed by accident while turning the dial. The reception is amazing, the sound phenomenal. I'm using it to play the FM signal of my Sirius satellite receiver, and it sounds great. One weird thing that happened was the volume got stuck at 9 out of 100 and wouldn't go higher, but I unplugged it for a moment and it returned to normal.

The grilles don't seem available on the BA site yet. Maybe that's because the Solo is not officially released? Anyway thanks for the review.

Jeff McMahon

Thanks for telling me about the volume. I've got two bugs: The radio doesn't turn off unless I turn it off twice. Secondly, while playing the radio the time read-out is 5 minutes slow; when I turn the radio off, the time is accurate again.

Michelle

Sounds like they needed to do a bit more software testing or QA. 5 minutes slow? What an odd and annoying bug!

Jeff McMahon

So in total 3 bugs on Horizon Solo that without the bugs would easily be the best out there. With all the radios I've bought over the last 5 years, I was bound to get a buggy one.

pilgrim

The volume limit thing is weird. In trying to fix it when the volume was stuck at 14, I somehow managed to get it stuck at ZERO (which, naturally, isn't very loud). This thing sounds great, but the alarm and clock functions stink -- they're hard to use, hard to turn on, hard to turn off, and hard to read.

Jeff McMahon

I know someone who returned his Horizon Solo because of too many bugs. You might return yours for an exchange. I know someone else who returned his Duo (bugs) and Boston Acoustics sent him a good model.

Ed S.

Right Jeff, "the squeaky wheel gets the grease" ;)

Jim Harris

I have returned two Solo radios because of sleep timer malfunction.

Once set, within minutes, the sleep timer randomly counts up and down, shows up on digital display), and then immediately shuts the radio off. This defect also affects the alarm operation.

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