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Sangean ATS-909X AM/FM/LW/SW World Band Receiver

by Sangean
4 out of 5 stars 186 customer reviews
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  • PLL Synthesized Digital Tuning
  • 415 Programmable Memories
  • New, enlarged LCD with Backlight
  • Squelch Control
  • 3 Programmable wake timers
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Technical Details

Color: White
  • DC in Jack

Product Description

Color: White

Product Description

Digital AM/FM/Lwith SW Receiver with 415 Presets, PLL Tuning.

From the Manufacturer

The Sangean ATS-909X is the flagship of the Sangean line of AM/FM/SW Portable Radios. It provides performance and features generally found in more expensive table top communication receivers and combines it all into a very compact and stylish package. Coverage includes all long wave, medium wave, short wave, and AM and FM stereo frequencies. (FM Stereo through headphone jack) It's a clear step up from Sangean's previous ATS-909 model in terms of construction, output power, and signal range.

The Sangean ATS-909X Portable Radio
Providing performance and features in a very compact and stylish package

The Sangean ATS-909X Portable Radio
Featuring a larger LCD with a brighter backlight for easier reading. View larger
Latest Improvements

Compared to the previous ATS-909 model, the ATS-909X boasts a larger LCD with a brighter backlight for easier reading. With over three times the output power of the ATS-909 (1W vs. 0.3W) and a more rigid cabinet, the ATS-909X offers superior sound quality and reliability. An additional AM RF preamplifier, DSP decode IC, and a longer telescopic antenna compared to the ATS-909 enhances the short-wave reception for improved signal fidelity. A "Squelch" setting allows you to set the sensitivity rating for radio reception, rejecting residual noise and reducing scans to faulty stations. And all these features of the ATS-909X come in a package that's smaller than the original.

The Sangean ATS-909X Portable Radio
The Sangean ATS-909X Portable Radio
The built-in 3" speaker lets you listen anywhere, and is great for a small room or office
Battery Charger

The ATS-909X features a rechargeable battery and an LED light that indicates the charging status.

Multiple Tuning Methods

Short wave performance is enhanced with a wide-narrow bandwidth switch and selectable upper and lower single side band performance (SSB tuning to 40 Hz steps). Five tuning methods are featured: direct keypad entry, manual tuning, auto scan, manual up-down tuning, and memory recall.

406 Total Presets

The alpha-numeric memory system lets you store 406 presets (351 short wave, 18 AM, 27 FM and 9 long wave plus 1 priority). Three programmable wake timers are available. The clock displays even when the radio is tuning and has 42 world city times stored. The large LCD display also features a signal strength and battery life indicator. The ATS-909X will also display RDS - PS, PTY, RT and CT for station name and clock time in areas where service is available.

Listen via Speaker or Headphones with Tone Control

The built-in 3" speaker lets you conveniently listen anywhere, and is great for a small room or office environment. You can also listen to the ATS-909X using the 3.5mm headphone jack and the included earbuds. While you're listening to your favorite radio programming and information via speaker or earphones, customize your listening experience with a sliding tone control.

Line-In for Other Sources

An AUX input allows you to connect other sources to the ATS-909X for playback via the built-in speaker or included earbuds.

Built-In Alarm

The Sangean ATS-909X offers an alarm function with 3 timers for Snooze and Sleep features. Wake up to a conventional buzzer or one of your favorite radio presets. There's even a nap timer to catch a brief nap during the day.

Included Accessories

In addition to the ADPATS-808 6V DC Adapter, the ATS-909X also includes a ANT-60 shortwave antenna, carrying pouch, and earbuds.

Technical Specifications

  • Speaker: 3" Driver
  • Presets: 406 (27 FM / 9 LW / 18 MW / 351 SW + 1 Priority Preset)
  • Five Tuning Methods: Direct Frequency Tuning, Auto Scan, Manual Tuning, Memory Recall and Rotary Tuning
  • ATS (Auto Tuning System) Auto Scan and Preset Priority Signal Strength in FM / MW / LW Bands
  • FM RDS / RBDS with PS, PTY, RT and CT Features
  • DSP IF Decoder
  • Display: LCD Screen (3.2 x 1.7") with Bright White LED Backlight
  • Automatically Searches for Strongest Signal Station within SW Station Pages
  • Alarm: Radio or HWS (Humane Wake System) Buzzer
  • Clock: Built-In 42 World Time & D.S.T. Device with 2 Editable City Names
  • AM Wide / Narrow filter
  • FM Mono / Stereo Selector Switch
  • SSB (Single Side Band): USB / LSB 40Hz / Set on Fine Tuning
  • Audio Quality: 1W Amp Output Power
  • Outputs: Line-Out, Earphones (3.5mm)
  • Power Sources: Battery (Main Power, 4x AA) or DC-in (9V DC 700mA) or AC-in (AC 9V 0.7A)
  • 12 Segment High Resolution Signal Indicator compared to 7 Segment from the ATS-909 Predecessor
  • Dimensions (W x H x D): 200 x 133 x 38.2mm

Product Details

Color: White
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 1.6 x 5.3 inches ; 1.5 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 3.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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  • ASIN: B003XU76PQ
  • Item model number: ATS-909X
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (186 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,396 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
  • Manufacturer’s warranty can be requested from customer service. Click here to make a request to customer service.
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: September 1, 2004

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

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I recently purchased the new 909X model, and did some technical tests on the 909x versus my Tecsun Pl-390 and Grundig 750. First, as to FM reception, the 909X has outstanding FM reception, as to both the number of stations received and the tonal quality. I was able to easily log 18 RDS stations from my central Florida location in daytime. As to tonal quality, this is where the 909X is a great portable. The built-in amplifier and the high-quality speaker, give the FM listener a range of tonal quality approaching my Tivoli Audio SongBook radio. This excellent tonal quality carries over to AM reception also. My next test was on the shortwave bands. I was surprised as to the radio's sensitivity and, again, good tonal quality on SW voice and music programs. Although my Grundig 750 and Tecsun PL-390 are very sensitive shortwave radios, the big plus in the 909X is it's very high signal-to-noise ratio. What that means is that weak signals received on the Grundig 750 and Tecsun Pl-390 come in with a large amount of background noise. The 909X, in contrast, has a surprisingly low background noise level on the various shortwave bands. This low background noise level allows weak signals to become more audible and less anoying to copy. Also, the 909X appears to be equally sensitive on all shortwave bands. Even the normally weak 26-28Mhz band sensitivity on most portables, I was easily able to tune in some CB radio traffic at that higher frequency. I also tested medium wave, and found it just as sensitive as on my Grundig 750, again, with better tonal quality, and the wide/narrow filters worked well to separate loud from weak stations.Read more ›
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I have read all the reviews of the New 909X,and I have to say some are quite misleading. I don't know if the nay sayers have under performing radios,I was told recently by a very high ranking person associated with a major radio company
that after a new model is relaesed that the mfr will quietly make engineering evaluations and upgrades based on the first field reports, and never make public the changes, so I will assume that the early reports were based on the Beta radios.
My first impression of the 909X out of the box was that the build quality was very good, with a nice feel in my hands. The first order of business was to read the English portion of the operation manual, then after installing 4 AA alkaline cells and setting the battery charge switch to the correct setting it was time to power up and "walk through" the functions. After I verified the 909X was 100% it was time to put it through it's paces.
My first interest is AM MW DXing, so I tuned the 909X to 1360,and proceeded to pick up KWDJ operating with only 1000 Watts 100 miles away. At my location I am 2 miles from KOSS 1380 with 1000 watts. Picking up the signal from KWDJ 1360 100 Miles away with a measured field strength of only 400 Microvolts and with a 60 Millivolt signal only 2 channels away is quite a chore for any radio, the 909X with it's DSP IF amp easily seperated the two signals with no problems and no bleed-over.
Another challenge was on low end of the AM dial. KMJ 580 from Fresno,200 Miles away
has a measured filed strength at my location of 350 Microvolts and KAVL 610 2 Miles from me operates with 5000 Watts and has a measured Field strength of 100 Millivolts.
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I filed this review not long after buying this radio. The radio worked as described, or better, until I started having an annoying intermittent failure of the volume control about a year later. Volume came on very high and could not be cut. I'd turn the radio off in disgust and try again a while later. All would be well. But, eventually, it stuck on high volume which made the radio worthless because the loud volume was an annoyance, and also severely distorted the audio. I contacted Sangean's support about this. They offered very little in the way of suggestions, and would not take the radio back under warranty because I had bought it from a Korean reseller. As such, the review below is entirely "at your own risk" because, for me, this radio is now an expensive paper weight, and will probably soon be in the trash. Absent any recognition of the problem, or any useful service for this problem, Sangean is off my list for future purchases.

January 2, 2014

Original review
I bought this direct from Taipei because of detailed and impressive advance notice, though the price here is now far better. Okay, that information was PR, but in the case of this complete re-design of the ATS-909 it was pretty close to how the product performs.

I've used a variety of portables over the years, including the brilliant, but rather heavy, Sony ICF-2010, and its successor, the fine 7600GR. I've also tried a few of the new Chinese shortwave competitors, including the Degen 1103, probably the best cheap shortwave radio ever made.

Sangean, however, is not competing against Degen or Kaito. Established for a very long time as a maker of superb portables, they took some heat for the ATS-909. I can't comment on that model, as I have never tried one.
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