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This radio gets pretty good FM reception and serviceable AM reception. It still suffers from a decent amount of AM radio frequency interference but it seems to fair better than a few of my other analog pocket radios including my Sony ICF-S10MK2. Controls are a little obtuse and I wish you could move the tuner a bit faster but once you get all your favorite stations set to presets that ceases to be a problem.
I found the LEDs in the display totally unnecessary and upon realizing the unit doesn't allow for them to be disabled I set about disabling them myself. I disassembled the radio and found the LEDs. My initial plan was to just desolder them off the board but they're placed just under the screen and that made that plan more work than I wanted to do. Instead I took a small metal pick and just kept poking/scraping the LEDs until I broke both of them. This improves battery life but I would imagine not by much. I really wish the radio gave you the option to disable the LEDs but whatever. They're disabled now!
I'd recommend this radio because it has good to serviceable reception and is very tiny. Perfect for traveling as long as you bring at least one fresh set of batteries with you.
2 screws behind the sticker on the back and then pry the case apart near the battery tray to release some plastic clips. As you move up the unit you'll find the top piece of plastic with the memory buttons and antenna is holding everything together. There are more plastic clips up there and once that top piece comes off the radio can be easily come apart. Be careful as there are very thin wires going between the unit and the speaker which is glued on the front case. Be careful not to break them when disassembling the unit. There is no need to remove the mainboard to disable the LED's as they are accessible from the top.
I purchased to replace a Sangean I had for many years. For the price, it is a very nice radio but with some caveats...
On the plus side: it is pretty easy to use and set the presets and clock. I am currently in a work-from-home situation and from the second-story room of my home, In my experience, I get great reception in a suburban area for both AM and FM stations and pretty decent regional AM reception for regional stations within 90-mile radius (obviously having to position the radio and avoid setting it near other electronic devices while listening to distant AM stations.) Also, I rarely use it without headphones but it is nice to have the external speaker and the size is just right for a pants pocket.
On the minus side: It really burns through AAA batteries. I listen to it a couple of hours each day and it really goes through batteries- much more quickly than the Sangean I had previously. I have just purchased some rechargeables so I can swap those out as needed but definitely not long battery life. Also, the lock feature is not great and the clock resets every time the batteries are changed so I don't even set it anymore.
The person I gave the radio to was very pleased with the sound of the radio. It is very small, almost the size of a small hand. Since I gave this as a Christmas gift I cannot speak to the longevity of the radio. Overall, it was a great stocking stuffer. The item was well packaged and received in a timely manner.
Too difficult to set up. The instructions printed were too small. After setting the time, it would not hold the setting. Only one local stations clearly hear; other nearby stations, poor reception. the batteries run low and stops performing after one of the three battery icon disappears. My cheaper walkman radio that I had for years, the stations come in clear. I would not recommend this purchase.
Due to car battery draining problems at Drive-In movies, this solves that problem. Tune into the local FM station for the Drive-In movie, plug in a pair of speakers (speaker #1) plugged into the headphone output (socket) and then speaker #2 plugged into speaker #1; this assumes you have powered (built in battery) speakers that can support this set up. You do need to move the aerial (radio) around, to get the best possible reception, but once you have done that, you are good to go!
I have no clue how ppl give this 5 star I've got this radio month ago. I barely use this radio after purchase now it just month passed battery already drains half also FM reception isn't that great since I hear static noise even if antenna fully extended.
1. It really need AAA not rechargeable. rechargeable only get 2 bar battery sign and lost few stations. 2. Not enough number of stations can receive compare to car radio but OK for this small one. other than above, it nearly perfect.
I was going to use this at my job as I work in a warehouse and wanted a little personal radio to listen to. This seemed like it would be great. Digital tuning, light weight, just what I was looking for. I tried it out at home first for a few days and it just stopped working. I couldn't even get it to turn on.... So I sent it back. Can not recommend this to anyone.
I brought this radio for my 79 year mother... unfortunately it was a little to complicated for her to operate... due to it's clock.. small buttons..and alarms. So, I'm getting her a basic transistor radio.