Grab up to 60 minutes of snooze time by touching the 360-degree snooze bar around the edge of the radio instead of fumbling for a 'Snooze' button. With all sources, the volume gradually increases so you're not jolted out of deep sleep.
I like the large, easy to read display that adjusts brightness based on ambient room light and can be manually adjusted.
The BassTrac audio feature puts out plenty of mid-bass, but for truly deep bass response, connect a subwoofer to the Duo's sub output. A front panel headphone jack is included for private listening.
The remote controls power, source selection, volume/mute, five station presets and iPhone/iPod track functions. The remote control will stick to any magnetic surface making it easy to store and less likely to be misplaced.
The Duo-i plus has a composite video output for viewing photos or videos stored on your iPod or iPhone. The Duo-i plus is compatible with most iPod models and comes with several docking adapters.
The Duo-i is well-built with a quality look and feel and is available in a high gloss black or white finish. The radio can be customized with nine grille colors available for $14.99 on the Boston Acoustics website.
The Duo-i plus retains its time settings when unplugged or in the event of a power failure, a handy feature.
I found the AM tuner to be average but not great, although an external antenna helped improve AM reception a bit. AM radio is highly dependent upon atmospheric conditions and proximity to the broadcast antenna and the reception in the AM tuner in my review sample varied significantly depending on where it was placed.
FM reception was very good and the tuner had no difficulty in receiving almost all of the many stations in my area.
As a tabletop radio/docking station, the Duo-i plus offers good full range audio performance for iPod/iPhone music and FM radio. Like the Boston iDS3 system, it's easy to use, nicely styled and makes a great tabletop system for a bedroom, den, office or kitchen. I was a bit disappointed with AM radio reception, but your experience will likely depend on location and proximity to large metropolitan areas.
The Duo-i plus is reasonably priced and available on the Boston Acoustics website, through Boston dealers, or click on the Compare Prices link to find the best price. Suggested retail price of the Duo-i plus is $249.95. Boston also makes a variety of other tabletop and clock radio systems. Check them out at www.bostonacoustics.com.