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Tecsun PL-606 Digital PLL Portable AM/FM Shortwave Radio with DSP, Black

by Kaito
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  • AM/FM Shortwave receiver with DSP (Digital Signal Processing) & ETM (Easy Tuning Method)
  • 30" telescopic antenna extender greatly enhance FM & Shortwave reception
  • Tecsun's patented ETM tuning offers easy & comprehensive access to all local stations
  • Alarm clock + sleep timer + 550 memories
  • Compact size with outstanding sound quality
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Kaito
  • Model Number: PL606
  • Item Height: 3.23 inches
  • Item Length: 7.36 inches
  • Item Weight: 0.39 pounds
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Product Description

The Tecsun PL606 is a portable digital AM/FM/LW shortwave radio. This PLL synthesized receiver picks up a wide range of broadcasting including AM, FM , longwave & shortwave. To tune into a station, you can use one of the following 4 methods: Tuning knob, memory, ATS tuning & Tecsun's own & unique ETM (Easy Tuning Mode). Different from ATS, the ETM does a more comprehensive scanning of all receivable frequencies without taking up the memory spaces, it offers you an easy access to all local stations, ideal for traveling. There are also a total of 550 memories available for tuning into your favorite stations.

With DSP (Digital Sound Processing) technology, the PL-606 offers you excellent listing experience with outstanding clarity & high tone quality.

The PL-606 can be powered by two AA batteries (not included), it also has 5V mini-USB DC input jack. When using the USB jack, the radio can be used to charge the batteries (rechargeable AA batteries only) when necessary.

Frequency coverage:

FM: 87-108MHz;
AM: 520-1710;
LW: 153-513 KHz;
SW: 2300-21950 KHz
Accessories include:

FM/SW telescopic antenna extender;
Soft antenna;
Carrying pouch;
User manual in English

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1.1 x 3.2 inches ; 6.2 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
  • International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
  • ASIN: B004Q21I4U
  • Item model number: PL606
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
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  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at March 1, 2011

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76 of 82 people found the following review helpful By Dirk J. Willard on March 26, 2011
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I didn't know what to expect from the radio itself. The outside pictures look impressive. This radio delivers.

Here's the pros: 1) long antenna; 2) excellent reception for reasonably available FM stations (50 miles); 3) over 100 stations can be placed in memory; 4) reliable, smooth tuning dial; 5) comes with long (+15 ft) plug in wire antenna for SW and FM.

Here's some negatives: 1) not balanced well --- plant with something to support it so the sound is maximized; 2) speaker capacity is good but not great, given its size; 3) no power supply (5V) is provided --- it runs on two AA batteries; 4) control is a bit complicated for a radio but it should be fun learning and is not too complicated to be appreciated as a radio; 5) because it is rather delicate you'll want to treat it like a camera and buy a case for it; I bought a "Lowepro" case 1 that measures about 6.5-in. and 3.5-in. in diameter --- case 1 resembles a drum.
By the way, for a power supply I bought a "Digipower" wall charger, for video cameras, etc.. The power supply will need to have a mini-USB port to power the radio and recharge the batteries.

Another nice feature is the "easy tuning mode" (ETM). [to quote the manual] "ETM is the unique tuning method designed by Tecsun. It skillfully combines the reception circuitry and control procedure to pre-select the suspected radio station and temporarily auto stores them in the ETM memory (not the regular memory)."

In other words, ETM finds local stations that are strong enough to pull in.

Like I said, don't lose the manual.

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Oddly the ETM was reset by a spark. I was walking along the carpet and the ETM was reset.
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44 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Heinz Hammerling on June 2, 2011
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An added note:

I have the backstand on this and similar TECSUN radios break on me, usually after 6 months or so.
There is a solution to this problem: Amazon sells both "silver' and 'black' business card holders.
Ideal for this radio as "stand".
Look for "Buddy Products Mesh Business Card Holder, 3.1 x 1.6 x 3.9 Inches, Black (ZD021-4)"

I have owned this radio for a few months.

--- "Positive":

1. VERY good FM, nothing more to say.
In fact the PL-606 beats even my "KAITO/ DEGEN 1103" (the 'gold standard' among radio aficionados).

2. Really good AM, important for us 'news and talk radio' junkies.
The selectable bandwidth (from 6 down to 1kHz) unique. REALLY valuable at night.

3. For the international traveler (UK, France, Eastern Block countries), the PL-606 LW capability
is unique. The long ferrite rod (which makes its AM good) should also boost its LW performance.

4. Love the ETM tuning (which leaves stations that you have stored for local use "untouched").
REALLY useful feature to have TWO sets of stored frequencies, one "permanent" for home,
i.e. no re-setting required when you return from travel. The other for when you arrive at a
new location. All of this one-touch button "automatic". Done in two or three minutes.
It really picks up and stores ALL useful stations.

5. 1000 mAh NiMH rechargeable from a USB port device using an internal charger:
NICE feature! Charging takes a full night. The battery consumption is very low. (Note, my PL-606
came with two 1000 mAh AAs.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By David Hascall on January 2, 2013
I am a DX'er. A DX'er is one who listens to and logs, distant radio stations. I have heard over 800 US and Canadian AM stations plus dozens more from Central and South America. A recent fad has been to DX the AM broadcast band with small, pocket radios. This one fits the size bill for these "Ultralight Radios."

DSP: The Tecsun PL-606 has one glowing feature that sets it apart from other small radios. It features Digital Signal Processing (DSP). DSP allows the listener to hear a station on a frequency adjacent to a stronger one. In fact, the DSP is further refined by allowing users to select the bandwidth. You can step through the bandwidths, from 6 KHz, down to 4 KHz, 3,2 and 1. Obviously the best fidelity is at the 6 KHz setting while the 1 KHz setting sounds fairly awful. BUT if you are trying to listen to a baseball game on 710 KHz with a powerful station on 700 KHz, the 1 KHz or 2 KHz settings just may allow you to hear the game.

TUNING: This is where the 606 is just plain odd. Most similar sized pocket radios have keypads. This one does not. There are three ways to tune the radio. One is to scan and pit the strongest stations and then you can tune only them. Nice is if you only want to listen to a few locals. The second way is just scrolling through the band. Unfortunately, each click of the control, only moves it 1 KHz at a time. Thirdly, you can put frequencies into memory and scroll through them. The downside iws that there is only 100 memories for AM (of 550 total) and not every frequency 530-1710 KHz could be put in. It gets full at just over 1520 KHz.

OTHERNESS: Most similar radios have where you could press a button and the LCD backlight stays on until you turn it off. No option on the PL-606.
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