Pros Great looks with amazing sound and functionality
Cons Difficult if not impossible to receive HD stations
Summary I purchased the ES2 to augment the enjoyment of my IPod touch and to access the growing number of HD radio stations in the Metro Detroit listening area. Using the FM dipole antenna and AM loop antenna included with the ES2, I am only able to get two HD radio stations. The sound of AM radio in HD is incredible to say the least. The one FM station I am able to pull in approaches perfection. I am now trying to find an antenna which will resolve my reception problem. Regardless, the sound produced by the ES2 is well worth the investment.
Pros Easy to use, sounds great, iTunes Tagging, HD Radio, worth every penny
Cons its not the cheapest thing on the market
Summary I have had the I-Sonic ES2 for about 2 months now and I am still amazed at how good it sounds on all types of music. The reviewer certainly got this right!
I also find itune tagging to be a pretty cool feature - much easier than the pen & pencil suggestion in the article as you don't need to search itunes to find the right song or artist, etc, etc. It only works on HD Radio but thats OK for me, I get about 12 HD Radio stations in my area with a surprising amount of choice. ( i didn't buy it for HD but it has been a pleasant surprise)
I'm happy with my I-Sonic and would highly recommend it to others.
Pros --> Great sound. This was replacing a Bose -- and this sounded just as good.. maybe better.
--> Good looks -- this looked good on the shelf in our kitchen.
Cons --> Preset station function is poor. Need to step through in sequence... no direct entry presets
--> The HD radio tuning was really slow. Tune -- wait -- pause -- wait -- go it!
--> Top control buttons were small and crammed together.
Summary I ordered and returned the unit after trying it out for reasons above:
1) the preset function was bad. Need to go through presents in sequence... no direct entry method for reaching presets. Ugh! Especially a problem because of delay in locking in HD radio stations (see comment below)
2) The HD radio tuning was really slow. Tune -- wait -- pause -- wait -- ok now HD locks in -- then tune again to station 02 ... wait .. pause... wait... ok got it! I think this might be a function of HD radio and not a problem with this specific radio... ??? not really sure ??
3) Top buttons are little and crammed together. Probably no problem for technophiles... my kids and I figured it out. My wife wouldn't use the radio...as too confusing for her! She was right.
Bottom line: I guess if you want an HD radio with iPod Dock.. this might be the unit for you. Great sound, looks good. But problem with presets might be a deal breaker. Also... are you sure you want HD radio? I thought I did... but then I returned this and ordered a Grace Digital GDI-IR3020 internet radio instead. I figure I can listen to HD radio, and FM radio, and Pandora, and iPod. But, haven't received that one yet... we'll see!
"Great sound!!"on by devpatel91
Pros Sound, ok bass........
Cons no cd or dvd player and no xm...........
Summary Great product if ur willing to spend a few extra for a alarm docking station.
Pros Good alternative to a BOSE System.
Cons Poor and unacceptable product reliability.
Summary This product was purchased during the pre-Christmas shopping promotion. Initially, the unit was working fine and after about two months my wife complained there was no sound coming from the iPod dock or AUX CD input. Assuming that it was an operator problem, another month lapse before I got around to checking out her complaint (and after trouble shooting with the help from Polk and Crutchfield customer service) the problem turned out to be a defect in the audio circuit. Early product failure in an expensive electronic system is unacceptable. We returned the unit back to Crutchfield for only a "partial" reimbursement.
This experience has left us with an unpleasant experience with shopping online.