Top positive review
21 people found this helpful
on June 24, 2012
This is a great product. The speaker is very loud and very clear, and even though the bass sound is not significant, you will not be disappointed. It will fill a room with sound. Battery life is great. I had firmware version 1.8 pre-installed with no problems or glitches.
Gone through this unit with fine tooth comb and everything works as advertised. The AM, FM and SW reception is good and clear with no complaints. The internal AM antenna is directional so weak distant stations will require the product face a set direction, but no positioning problem with decent local stations. The built-in stand is a nice feature. On shortwave (SW), flicked it on, did a scan and it stopped at an Australian station (during the day) using the installed antenna and it came in clear with the occasional fade... and this was in a house with lots of electronic noise.
Radio station or voice recordings were absolutely crystal clear. No need to preset the volume... it automatically adjusts. The microphone recorder easily picked up conversation from 12 feet away crystal clear. Can download to the computer allowing you to truly appreciate the microphone quality. There wasn't much difference in recording quality settings... but was slightly superior in the high quality setting with more subtle sound distinction.
Can preset the alarm to play MP3 music, turn on the microphone recorder, or record a radio station you are tuned to. Microphone or radio recording is about 1/2 meg per minute in low quality and 1 meg per minute in high quality. The 4 gigs of storage gives about 65 hours of recording in high quality mode, or over 1,000 songs.
When radio recording, the speaker comes on pretty loud, so it's necessary to plug in headphones to not hear the radio in the background.
The unit is a little complicated to operate and takes a few days to get it all down, but once you understand its operation... it's pretty straight forward. People who are technically challenged or have a slow learning curve might experience some frustration.
I seldom write reviews... but this device is worth it. I really like this radio and highly recommend it. Since it's so small, it will be going everywhere with me. Bought a belt pouch to carry it in along with the earbud headphone (I did purchased a better quality and more comfortable earbud than the one supplied). Perfect hiking and traveling companion. Looks like they've worked out the bugs some posters complained about... so don't let them discourage you. I should add, if you are looking for a real simple device, then this is not for you... when a product has this many features, there's always a learning curve.