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Best Buy is the place to shop when you're looking to upgrade the tech you use in your everyday life. From powerful appliances to user-friendly laptops, the tech retailer has a wide range of great devices that are frequently available at wallet-friendly prices. If you want to know where to find the best value possible, we've found the best deals Best Buy has to offer today.

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The Best Buy Deal of the Day section on the retailer's website will direct you to a list of items on sale for the lowest prices it has at the time. This list can include a touchscreen laptop, a satellite radio receiver and a compact refrigerator. You can even get discounts on services as well: Best Buy is currently offering three-month subscriptions to Tidal (our favorite music streaming service) for just $0.01.

Sirius Satellite Radio DJ and emcee, Statik Selektah, will be featured on the West Coast leg of the tour while Boston-based celebrity DJ, Eskillz, will spin on the East Coast, as fans will be treated to a variety of hot tracks and remixes from all of the best 2K Sports in-game soundtracks. Complimentary music cards and game demo discs will be given away at all tour stops. As the ultimate mobile interactive experience for baseball fans of all ages, the Major League Baseball 2K8 Video Game Tour will make stops in over 20 college campuses, Major League Baseball Spring Training baseball games, and at designated Best Buy parking lots across the country. All participants will receive $5 discount coupons for Major League Baseball 2K8 to redeem at Best Buy.

At a time when audio equipment is geared towards the future, you might think that the humble tabletop radio is extinct. Not even close. It's just evolved, and gotten a lot smarter over time. Radios now bear little resemblance to the dinky little clock radios from the past twenty years. As a bonus, they're not all that expensive - not compared to other examples of audio equipment, which can cost thousands of dollars. Even the most expensive tabletop radio costs considerably less than most other speaker categories. For more background, see our tabletop radio comparison table and buying advice below the picks.

It is far from the best sounding radio here, however. In our opinion, the sound is passable, but can be a little harsh at times, especially when listening to AM/FM. For a better audio option, try the Grace Digital Mondo Elite Classic, below. Worth noting: Tivoli Audio make several variations of this radio, including a version with a clock, the Model Three, and a Wi-Fi-enabled version called the Model One Digital, both $300. We think the Model One BT is the best radio they make.See the Tivoli Audio Model One BT

The Grace Digital Mondo Elite Classic offers everything you could possibly want in a radio. Whether you listen to an Internet station, or an AM or FM broadcast, you'll be up and running in seconds. The Mondo Elite Classic delivers excellent sound quality, too, thanks to a well-made 25-watt amplifier. It's not the loudest radio around, but for sheer quality and versatility, nothing can beat it. It even includes a Qi wireless charging pad, meaning you can drop your phone on top to charge. That's something not even more expensive radios, like the Bose Wave SoundTouch Music System IV, below, can boast. We love the design, too. The old Mondo Elite was an industrial hunk of plastic, but this has real warmth and flair, with a wonderful wood finish.

The Avantree SP850 is a popular little desktop radio, perfectly suited for the kitchen or workshop. It features a rechargeable battery and, being roughly the size of an iPhone, it can be taken virtually anywhere. Avantree have focused their efforts on user-friendly features such as auto-scan and one of the easiest ways to manually search stations. The ten large buttons with numbered slots not only make saving a favorite station a breeze, but also act as a smart dial. Just punch in 1022 to tune into 102.2 FM, for instance.

AM/FM: BothBluetooth/Wi-Fi: NoneDigital: NoWhat We Like: Full stereo sound, in contrast to the many mono radios on this list.What We Don't: Volume is slightly lower than we would like.

This might seem like an odd choice for one of our top five radios, but if you ever happen to find yourself in one of those zombie flicks, in a city undergoing a power cut...this little radio will still be able to pick up the emergency broadcasts. In more realistic terms, if you just happen to be at the beach, sailing boat, local park or your front porch, this fine NOAA (National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration) device will keep chirping away all day long - on account of its solar power self-charging. Its ability to be also charged by hand winding (as well as AAA batteries) is useful, too. A minute of hand-cranking gives you 15 minutes of broadcast.

What's more, this little radio also acts as a power bank (2000mAh) with an included 4-in-1 USB cable with lightning port, 2 micro-USB and 30 pin connections. That alone makes it a must-have for music festival lovers. Aside from the survivalist kudos, the NOAA radio sports a jolly 80s vibe. You'll be limited to AM/FM bands only, and of course frequency tuning is manual - the old fashioned way. Audio quality is decent enough - no thundering bass or audiophile clarity, but the Running Snail still manages to get a loud enough background playback and there are no major sonic issues. If you live in Florida or anywhere near hurricane weather this is the perfect companion - its third WB (VHF weather band 162.400-162.550) picks up the governmental emergency bulletins.See the Running Snail NOAA Radio

Should you let that stop you? Of course not. Not everybody needs audiophile grade sound, and the quality of the radios we mentioned is always adequate, frequently good, and occasionally spectacular. If you can, try before you buy to get a feel what kind of radio you should go for, and if you do want something a little bit more hefty, and with better sound, you should check out our lists of the best bookshelf speakers and stereo amps.

We are not only talking about audio transmission, when it comes to the above-mentioned additional embedded digital material, as this could be data as well. For instance, HD Radio offers a service called Artist Experience. This allows playbacks to include the transmission of artist and track name, album art, logos and other artwork, which can be displayed on (the optional) radio screen. Perfect example of this: the Grace Digital Mondo Elite Classic, a tabletop radio the displays a huge range of information, and offers full HD capability. We rather like it.

You'll notice in our table above that we have a listing for wattage. Let's keep it simple. Wattage is the amount of power the speaker or radio will put out. It's not quite the same thing as loudness, which you can, after all, change by tweaking the volume knob, but it's a rough analogue. If one speaker has 10 watts of output power per channel, and another has 20, and they are both at roughly the same volume level, then the one with 20 will make a louder noise. When we have wattage stats for the radios, they're measured in RMS, which is how much power the radio can put out over a long period - as opposed to peak or dynamic wattage, which is the absolute max it can put out in one short burst before it goes bang!

You'll notice that we can't give many wattage figures for the radios on our list. That, sadly, is deliberate - in most cases, manufacturers just don't give them. It's annoying as hell, and happens for many reasons, the most common being that they don't believe they can compete with dedicated, more powerful hifi systems. Our take? Wattage is useful, but not essential to know. Other features will give you a better idea of which radio is for you. The Cambridge Audio AXR100D is the most powerful that we know of, at 100 watts.

The first, somewhat obviously, is weight. A portable radio should be light and small, as well as robust. It should be able to be slung into a bag and forgotten about. While you may get slightly less volume and perhaps less clear sound quality, you more than make up for it in terms of convenience. There are several radios on our list that we think are light and small enough to be portable. Try the Sony ICFP26 as a basic option.

And speaking of features: one thing we recommend going for, if possible, is a radio with Bluetooth functionality. AM and FM signals can be powerful, but also have a habit of fuzzing out of the worst possible moments. If you have a radio with Bluetooth, you can connect directly to your mobile device, which may have a stronger data signal. It means you never have to be without your music.

It might be a little surprising to see us doing a breakdown of radios in this day and age. Maybe even a little bit old-fashioned. The fact is, radio is stronger than ever, particularly digital radio, and with the growth of things like podcasts, more and more people are looking to get a self-contained unit specifically designed, or at least predominantly designed, for radio. All these models still sell incredibly well, and plenty of new companies and trying to get in on the market. What was saying is, if you're looking for a radio, you have a huge amount of choice.And of course, these are often way more than simple radios. Several models come with the ability to tune into Internet stations, play music wirelessly and connect with larger systems. What is excellent about them is that they offer good sound quality and good feature sets for a very reasonable price. It's also worth noting that you do occasionally see CD players on these models, although none of our picks above have this feature. It's getting much less common these days, when so much music is listened to on a streaming media rather than a physical one. Kind of a shame, but not a deal breaker for the majority of people. 041b061a72


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