Consumer Reports: Best Radio Waves

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Most people listen to music on a stereo because it offers such great sound. But there are fancy radios on the market that claim to have better audio than ever. Can the sound quality of these radios compete with stereo systems? Consumer Reports tests to find out.

The Kormans spend a lot of time in the kitchen — but that's not where their stereo is. So they decided to look for a radio with great sound.

"We went for the demo and we fell in love with it and I use it every day."

Radios like this work in places where you don't have a lot of space. Consumer Reports looked at six radios that claim to offer quality audio. They're pricey, costing anywhere from 100 dollars all the way up to 500 dollars.

Testers looked at how easy the radios are to use.

Analog tuners with numbers around the dial knob were harder to use. Much easier — digital tuners that have a readout.

Other key features include presets, which let you preprogram your favorite stations so you can find them with the touch of a button.

Testers evaluated signal quality with this machine. But the most important assessment is how the radios sound.

"For the size of the radio that it is and what it's being used for these have great sound."

Two radios from Bose (PRON: BOHZ) came out on top. The Wave Radio costs 350 dollars. The Wave RadioCD with a CD player costs 500 dollars.

That's the kind the Kormans use. And they take full advantage of the handy remote control.

Consumer Reports says another good choice is the Boston Acoustic Receptor Radio. It has fewer bells and whistles than the top-rated radios and it doesn't have a remote. But the sound quality is just about as good and at 160 dollars, you can enjoy the music on your favorite radio station for much less.

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