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This review is from: Kaito Voyager Pro KA600 Digital Solar/Dynamo AM/FM/LW/SW & NOAA Weather Emergency Radio with Alert & RDS, Black (Electronics)
I have had this radio a few weeks now - but haven't tried charging the battery via solar yet.
So I will tell you about the stuff I know about....
I DID notice that there was a warning in the manual NOT to leave the radio
in direct sunlight for too long - which is funny given the product being discussed.
It's a decent radio - sounds good for a single speaker ditty.
I mean - It's no BOSE, but it delivers the weather like you want it; clean and clear.
Here's why it gets 4 stars:
The case is really well built and feels solid - not like a cheap toy.
The radio gets good reception on local stations and the weather stations.
I like the scanning feature for the SW a lot. It saves a lot of time.
The extra stuff like the thermostat and lights actually work well and the RDS display is nice.
The flashlight is bright enough to really annoy my wife while she is seriously playing her MMORPG.
The radio has a groovy handle on it you will never use but it looks James Bond cool just the same.
They sent some earbuds I wasn't expecting and I appreciate that.
The instructions are well written and in plain English.
Here's why it don't get 5 stars:
I think if you were stupid and didn't know your own strength -
you would break the generator crank off pretty easily.
It's not built too tough so don't let the kids crank it.
The radio tuning knob on my radio has loosey goosey give in it for half a turn and then tightens up.
This doesn't affect the digital tuning any but it's weird and I don't like it.
PLUS - there's no fine tuning adjustment and that's bad.
You get the staticky stations you get and that's it.
I bought the 20' antenna extension. I think it helps but I didn't do much comparison testing.
That said - I'm not pulling in as many SW signals as I had dreamt of getting when I bought this product.
There is a LOT of dead air and I think a better SW radio would find more talkers. But I'm guessing.
And also - many people in the world don't have the common courtesy to speak english and this radio doesn't translate.
Also - this radio doesn't do SAME channels and specific alerts for the weather.
So that kinda sucks. But in all fairness - they didn't claim it does and I didn't expect it did.
Anyway - I like this thing a lot and would buy another for a backup in case some idiot broke my generator handle off during the apocalypse.
I think I will save up my coin and buy the more expensive Grundig with the SW fine tuning knob.
Because I want to hear people speak in languages I don't understand - more clearly.
I did not drop it to see how durable the case is.
For that review you will have to find the same person who broke their dyno handle.
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Initial post: Oct 4, 2011 2:24:09 PM PDT
MARY ANN BRIDGE says:
I think I'd like to marry you! Smart and funny and easy-going! Anyway, thanks for the expert info; I'll head over to the Grundig.
In reply to an earlier post on Oct 31, 2011 9:29:41 AM PDT
Cory S. says:
LOL! I'm married but I'll go have a beer with you! You definitely sound like you would be fun & interesting to have a conversation with.
Posted on Dec 10, 2011 10:26:26 AM PST
Amazon Customer says:
"It's not a BOSE" doesn't help much, since the popular knowledge of experts is that BOSE is a marketing hype company. Their speaker components are poor (although the noise-cancelling headphones are of better quality).
Posted on Jan 27, 2012 7:07:23 AM PST
Rorie Haines says:
I have not been on SW for about 5 years and with getting back into it I bought a SW frequency book for tuning into the far away station at the correct time UTC. The one think I noticed is that many of the stations I have listened to in the past no longer broadcast to the North America in English like they used to. Now, it may be the book I bought as this one is new to me and not the one I used to buy. With that being said I have not done much more research on it as the SW radio seems to be more of a summer camping thing to us and I am not completely giving up on it until I do that research.
Posted on Nov 11, 2013 7:36:11 PM PST
Scott Meister says:
You know, I thought I got a sticky tuning knob on my radio, but it seems that you have the same thing going on. When you turn it, it turns freely until it's almost 360 degrees from where you started then it tightens up a bit like the stem the knob is on, is not quite straight & rubbing on something inside. Meh, no big deal! It works as it's supposed to!
I also bought the 20 foot wire clip on antenna. I must've gotten a VERY sensitive receiver inside, because when I scan for channels in the SW or LW bands, it stops on frequencies that I can BARELY make out words being spoken. But what I like best is on 5, 10, 15 & 20 Mhz (or X1,000 KHz, I can listen to the atomic clock time server in Boulder Colorado & set my clocks to it. I found the Canadian Time server on 14.670 MHz, but only at night. Daytime kills those bands.
I still love this radio. Bought it a month ago & I STILL haven't plugged it in. Just crank the dynamo for a few minutes each night before I go to bed (I fall asleep to the radio each night) & set the sleep timer.
Posted on Feb 11, 2014 2:04:13 AM PST
Mark Lawrence says:
I love this reviewer, honest with a touch of humor:-) Thanks for the report!
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