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A very poorly engineered product - updated 7/18/13
on January 1, 2013
KA 600 recepion of AM and to to lesser extent FM is way below the standards of most emergency radios. The amount of noise transmitted by this radio on broadcast AM stations is untolerable. This radio and the KA500 its smaller brother are great disappointments. I compared them to the C Crane Solar Radio and the Sangean CL100 (I am a radio collector and own all of this radios). Both the Crane and the Sangean are vertually noise free and get far more listenable stations than the Kaito KA600 and KA500.
The Kaitos have the advantage of including Shortwave (although they are just fair Shortwave receivers). But, as everyday radios they are not useful. There are some features like temperature and humidity (humidity always reads at the same level - I assume its not functioning)that are unique to the KA600.
In this category, for portability the C Crane is best. For Weather Band and emergency warning the Sangean is best. Both the C Crane and the Sangean radios are excellent to listen to.
Unlike other wonderful Kaito radios that I enjoy, the KA600 and KA500 are far below average.
Update 7/18/13 - the KA 600 continues to be just too noisy on AM (except for the few stations that are very strong). However, the KA 500 is not as poor a performer on AM. Nevertheless, the C Crane and the Sangean radios (mentioned above) continue to be the emergency radios I would choose at the $35 to $70 price point.