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Grundig M300BL Mini300PE Handheld Shortwave Radio (Metallic Blue)

3.6 out of 5 stars 108 customer reviews

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  • Compact, highly portable way to bring AM/FM and shortwave reception with you
  • Long-range antenna for receiving distant broadcasts; radio tunes 7 shortwave bands
  • LCD display shows frequency, time, sleep time, and symbols for sleep timer and alarm activation
  • External headphone jack
  • Includes handsome carrying case
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Technical Details

Color: Metalic Blue
  • Brand Name: Eton
  • Model Number: M300BL
  • Item Height: 6.7 inches
  • Item Length: 2.5 inches
  • Item Width: 1 inches

Product Description

Color: Metalic Blue

Product Description

Available in fun and sporty colors like Metallic Red, Metallic Pearl, Metallic Blue, Metallic Bronze, and Gold, Eton's Mini 300 represents pocket-sized power. Weighing in at only 4.7 ounces, the innovative Mini 300 allows you to tune-into the world from wherever you are. It is not only a great AM/FM-Stereo radio, but the Mini 300 is also an amazing world band receiver capable of pulling in seven international Shortwave bands. With its easy operation, large LCD screen, and affordable price, the Mini 300 makes staying in touch with local and international news, music, sports, and culture one of life's simple pleasures.

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If you need a compact, highly portable way to bring AM/FM reception, as well as world broadcasts with you, the Grundig Mini 300 provides a nice solution. Weighing in at just 4.5 ounces and measuring 4.5 x 2.5 inches (H x W), this little companion slides into your pocket with ease. Its oversized telescopic antenna provides great AM/FM reception when you're camping, hiking, listening to sports, or just relaxing in the backyard. And because it can receive seven shortwave bands, you'll have access to both local and international news and music wherever you go.

Design and Controls
The Mini 300 is designed for simplicity and ease of use. The antenna housing extends above the device, and it contains a long-range antenna for receiving distant broadcasts. Four buttons below the large, easy-to-read LCD control time, alarm, sleep timer, and power on/off functions. The LCD display shows frequency, time, sleep time, and symbols for sleep timer and alarm activation. Meanwhile, tuning, volume, and band selection are handled by controls on the side of the device. A small speaker below the control buttons produces pleasing sound, or you can hook up a pair of stereo earbuds (included).

Tuning and Bands
Thanks to the Mini 300's reception of AM, FM, and seven shortwave bands, you can use the analog tuner to tune into your favorite local stations, as well as far-flung international broadcasts from around the world. The shortwave receiver operates on the following bands: 49, 41, 31, 25, 22, 19 and 16 meters. In addition to the telescoping FM and shortwave antenna, the unit contains an internal ferrite bar antenna for AM reception.

Connections and Power
The Mini 300 operates on two "AA" batteries. A 3.5 millimeter headset jack is provided.

Extras
In addition to a digital clock, the Mini 300 also boasts an alarm clock and a sleep timer. It ships with a handsome protective carrying case, batteries, and a pair of earbud headphones.

What's in the Box
Mini 300 radio, earphones, 2 AA batteries, and carrying case.


Product Information

Color:Metalic Blue
Product Dimensions 2.5 x 1 x 6.7 inches
Item Weight 14.4 ounces
Shipping Weight 14.4 ounces
Manufacturer Eton
ASIN B0002AHS6M
Domestic Shipping This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
International Shipping This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
Item model number M300BL
Batteries 2 AA batteries required. (included)
Customer Reviews
3.6 out of 5 stars 108 customer reviews

3.6 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #567 in Electronics > Portable Audio & Video > Radios > Shortwave Radios
Date first available at Amazon.com October 11, 2006

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Color: Metalic Blue
For the size and price, this radio provides outstanding shortwave reception. I compared it against an old Realistic DX-440 and a Sony ICF-7601, and was able to pull in most of the frequencies that were received on the larger radios with equal clarity and sound quality. The analog tuning knob is firm and tight, but it takes some practice to coordinate your finger movements with the digital readout (which really flies if you have jumpy fingers!). The Mini 300 comes with two generic alkaline batteries, which is always a nice touch in this "batteries not included" marketplace. Plus they throw in a cellphone style, neoprene carrying case that is adequate and functional. The shortwave/FM telescopic antenna comes out about a foot and appears to have excellent sensitivity. The speaker produces a bold sound relative to its size, which is not hollow or shrill like many radios of comparable dimensions, and equally important, it fits comfortably in the palm of your hand. The unit comes with a pair of standard earbud earphones, and the clock/sleeper features make this a very attractive piece of equipment.

Initially, I questioned the performance in the AM mediumwave band. Since most of my radio time is spent DXing distant AM channels, I was concerned that while the stronger stations came in loud and clear, bringing in those distant signals at night "seemed" to be a problem. Not so! Most nights I can pick up stations like WHAS in Louisville, or WBBM in Chicago which is about 800 miles away! It's all a matter of getting a feel for that small tuning knob.

Overall, in my opinion, this is an outstanding radio. If you're looking for something pocket-size that's strong in the seven supplied shortwave bands, as well as great FM and AM signals, this is an excellent choice.
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Color: Metalic Red Verified Purchase
For the price & size, this tiny radio is amazing & easily fits in any pocket!

AM-Much better than average reception for a radio this tiny.
FM-better than any pocket-portable I've used.
SW-I believe it might have an amplified antenna or an additional RF stage. It picks up more SW stations with it's built in antenna than any portable using a built-in antenna.

No RF images experienced on any band but FM. I live in the city so I leave the antenna down all the way for FM, & it performs fine. The AM isn't connected to the whip antenna, extending it for AM resulted only in increasing static on weak stations. I tried to clip a long wire antenna to it for SW. Some RF images & signal overloads occurred on SW with strong signals, but it did pick up a lot more stations that way.

The speaker sounds great & can go much louder than expected for such a tiny speaker in a tiny radio. Headphones sound great on FM, but are quite usable on other bands when you don't want to disturb others at night... Nightime is the best time to explore far away stations on the lower SW bands & AM.

A pair of 2000mah Lenmar AA rechargeable NiMi batteries lasted over 40 hours at about 10 - 4 hour intervals at a normal volume. They last longer at a lower volume or with headphones. Continuous use will be lower too. When testing battery life they last longer if given a break like in normal use. Continuous use will make the playing time as much as 1/3 less. If you play it real loud, the batteries will drain faster.

With a pair of cheap batteries lasting that long, who needs a bulky wind-up or solar radio?

Keep a set of alkalines handy if you want this as your emergency radio. NiMi rechargeables lose about 1/3 of their power per month just setting around.
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Color: Metalic Bronze Verified Purchase
I bought this radio because I wanted the features it offered in as small a package as possible. After having it for two weeks now, I am happy to report that I'd buy one again.

Reception is very good on all bands - AM, SW and FM. Audio fidelity is also very good, a surprise given the tiny speaker. I have no problem listening to Radio Havana, BBC, Deutche Welle (sp?) or numerous other stations, including my favorite AM & FM station. There is a small amount of frequency drift over time on AM and SW. Stations are easy to tune with the digital display although a light touch is required, especially on the higher bands. It is important to note that although the read-out is digital, tuning is analog - not DDS or PLL controlled; thus the small amount of drift I mentioned.

But for the money, a very good radio/clock/alarm which also has a "sleep function".
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Color: Metalic Red
The Mini300 is an okay radio for the price, but it has a couple serious issues -- the tuning on SW is overly sensitive and it drifts significantly. SW stations are generally spaced 5kHz apart, which is the tiniest movement of your thumb on the tuning wheel of this radio. I usually have to tune back and forth over a station four or five times before getting it centered properly. That's when the drift kicks in. I haven't figured out if it's mechanical, electrical, or some of both, but the thing just won't stay tuned. I continually find myself fiddling with the tuning wheel to get a station re-centered. It's not too bad on FM and MW, but on SW it gets to be a pain.

As one would expect of a radio in this price range, the SW filter is rather broad and shallow. The upshot of that is you can get a lot of bleed-over from strong stations that are close by on the dial.

For MW reception there is an internal ferrite antenna that allows directional reception, but the whip is also active. For weak stations where you don't need directional reception, you can extend the whip and often greatly improve the signal. I do this all the time for a fringe station I enjoy listening to.

For the reviewer who complained about this radio being not much different than analog, that was a very astute observation. It actually IS an analog radio, it just has a digital frequency display. The radio being analog is the reason for the drift problem.

I've had my Mini300 for a year and a half. Despite the tuning issues, I still use it fairly often. It's definitely not a serious SW radio, but it's not terrible for the price. I think of it as my "don't really care if I lose it" radio. There's a certain value in that.
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