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Kaito KA1103 Worldband Radio, Silver

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  • Dual conversion technology, wide/narrow AM filter
  • Four tuning methods: direct, manual, scan and preset
  • Built-in automatic battery charger and hinged battery cover
  • Built-in alarm clock and sleep timer, tilt back holder
  • 30 Days money back guarantee and one year limited warranty
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Color: Dark and Silver
  • Brand Name: Kaito
  • Model Number: KA1103
  • Tuner Technology: Analog
  • Power Source Type: Corded-Electric, Battery
  • Item Height: 1.14 inches
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Color: Dark and Silver

The newly released Kaito KA1103 is an improved and more advanced version of widely praised KA1102. This digital dual conversion world band receiver will keep you connected to a very comprehensive frequency range including FM, AM, short wave and long wave stations with both a digital readout and a simulation of the old-fashioned analog dial. The KA 1103 has a very effective wide-narrow filter. It does a really good job of whacking back adjacent channel interference. Listeners will be impressed with both selectivity and sensitivity. With single side band (SSB) reception, the radio will transmit with a minimal amount of interference. There are four options when tuning your radio stations. With direct tuning, you input the desired frequency digits. Manual tuning allows you to change the frequency using the tuning knob. If you are unsure of what station you want, use the scan tuning option to have the radio stop at all hearable receptions. Finally, with preset tuning, you can recall a preset station with a single button press. You can store up to 256 preset stations using memory tuning feature, and there is a ten-key direct access tuning function, offering you quickly access to your top ten favorite stations. If you plan on traveling with a radio, the KA1103 is a very good choice. You can either listen to the KA1103 via the built-in 3" speaker or with the included earphones. Beyond the ability to tune into various radio bands, the KA1103 also features a built-in automatic battery charger, plugs it into any wall outlet with the included AC adpator when the battery indicator shows that battery is low. Frequency Coverage: FM:76.0-108.0MHz;MW:520-1710 MHz; SW:1.71-29.99 MHz;LW 100 - 519 kHz. Package includes Stereo earphones, 120 V/AC adaptor, external antenna, carrying pouch, 3 pcs of AA rechargeable batterties and a copy of user manual.

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Color:Dark and Silver
Product Dimensions 6.5 x 4.1 x 1.1 inches
Item Weight 2 pounds
Shipping Weight 2.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
Item model number KA1103
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4.1 out of 5 stars 173 customer reviews

4.1 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #52,783 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
#190 in Electronics > Portable Audio & Video > Radios > Shortwave Radios
#830 in Electronics > Home Audio & Theater > Compact Radios & Stereos
Date first available at Amazon.com November 19, 2004

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Color: Dark and Silver
I own the whole lineup of Kaitos and the 1103 beats the others for FM sensitivity. The 1101 takes second, the 1102 takes third, and the 105 takes fourth. AM is similar on all models. But the speaker is also superior on the 1103.

Here's what I like about the 1103:

1. Powerful, crystal clear FM reception that is superior to radios that cost twice as much.
2. Warm full speaker sound for a radio of this size.
3. The cool factor of a radio that has so many innovations and is changing the radio industry, causing Sangean, Grundig, and Sony to wake up and start making more competitive products at better prices.
4. PLL synthesized tuning with over 250 presets or memories.

Here's what I don't like:

1. You have to press buttons or digitally enter for volume control. There is no spin wheel for quick volume change.
2. The analog display takes up unnecessary space on the radio.
3. AM, like all PLL synthesized radios, is well above average but needs improvement.

However, AM is more than adequate and as a whole the 1103 is my favorite PLL synthesized, dual conversion small radio. If I could only own two radios, a compact and an analog medium sized radio, I'd keep the Kaito 1103 and my Tecsun BLC 2000 (sold for considerably more as the Grundig S350), which gets great AM.

If you don't mind finding an English manual on the internet, you can spend half the money on the Kaito by buying its clone, the Degen 1103. Degen radios, the original Chinese versions, are Kaitos but only come with Chinese manuals and they need AC adaptor converters. The upside is that they are half the price of the American version Kaitos.
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For several weeks I gathered a LOT of info. from the web about many of the portable shortwave/SSB radios, including Kaito, Eton, Grundig, Sony, Sangean, Radio Shack, and a few others.

What weighed most heavily in choosing the Kaito 1103 were the reviews that came from some ham radio operators that I found on a prominent ham website. I was surprised, but happy, to see ham operators reviewing a shortwave radio. There were almost 25 reviews of the 1103. But it wasn't just the fact that all but one gave it a 5-star rating, it was the way they went on and on raving about what a great radio it is in terms of sheer power and performance (not convenience). And I figured if that many ham operators are that impressed with it, then that's good enough for me. Because for me, performance was the determinant factor in making my choice - not convenience.

UPDATE (10/2007)

I've had my KA1103 for a month and it is everything I had read about it. In a word -- it is a POWERHOUSE! I've picked up China, Japan, Cuba, and other countries, and the signal from some of these stations was amazingly strong: as strong and clear as a local station right here in my own area (north Texas).

UPDATE (02/2008)

I've had my 1103 for 5 months now and the radio has performed flawlessly; no malfunctioning at all. It continues to amaze me with its power. Not only have I picked up shortwave radio stations around the world, but also ham radio operators, by using the Single Sideband (SSB) function. I've listened to hams in: Arizona, Nevada, California, Colorado, Idaho, Michigan, Illinois, Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas, Tennessee, and Alabama.

UPDATE (10/2013)

I've had my 1103 for 6 years now and it is still working great.
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About a year ago, I got interested in portable radios, and as a result have purchased these three radios over the last year. Each radio has it's pluses, and I suggest that those pluses drive the decision what to buy. It is fitting to relate each radio to an equivalent car. The Tivoli Songbook is a Mercedes sedan - great looking and obviously a luxury car. The sound and build quality of the Tivoli are impressive, and the radio is simply a joy to listen to and own. It is very pleasing looking, and the controls, rubber coating and rechargeable batteries make it a class act. If you are into listening to FM radio, and want something compact and discreet, well this little beauty can replace your entire stereo system. Definitely worth the price, and the sound is really incredible. The G4000a is a Chevy. It is also a pleasant looking radio, and it's strong points are appearance, the nice leatherette case and the well laid out controls and manual. The build quality, for instance the antenna and the case are OK, but a little suspect. It just does not feel like a radio that hold up to the knocks and bangs of travel or hard use. Also, the shortwave reception is merely OK. FM reception is good, and I agree with other reviewers that the best feature of the radio is speaker, which is warm toned and excellent. Overall, a solid radio, but not particularly exciting. The Kaito KA-1103, however, is exciting, much like a BMW sports car. It has tremendous build quality and clear, clear sound through the speaker. The reception of this radio is truly startling - FM and shortwave reception pretty much blow the G4000a away. AM? I tuned this radio to AM the first day I had it, in my kitchen in Washington DC, and immediately and clearley picked up a station in Boston!Read more ›
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