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Sangean DT-180 AM / FM Pocket Radio
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This product may mention receiving an NTSC-TV or TV-VHF frequency in its product description. However, due to the digital TV transition enacted on June 12, 2009, analog TV broadcasts are no longer supported. Please be aware that no analog TV broadcasts will be receivable by this product.
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Anyone who is concerned about size and style should consider this pocket receiver. The Sangean DT-180 features Sangean's legendary reception and quality. This radio is a sure hit for someone who is looking for a simple and stylish portable to listen to their favorite AM/FM programs. Keep up-to-date on the latest news, weather, traffic, sports scores, and much more with this ultra-portable pocket radio from Sangean.
The DT-180 is a small PLL-synthesized AM/FM stereo radio that's small enough to fit in a shirt or jacket pocket, and powerful enough to pull in those distant AM/FM stations. It measures a mere 1.5 by 0.5 by 3.5 inches, and weighs only 3 ounces, making it portable enough to take anywhere.
You get 15 memory presets (and auto scan) to help you zip right to preferred stations. The radio comes with stereo earbuds. DBB (Deep Bass Boost) enhances the sonic low end, while a stereo-mono switch improves reception when needed.
With Phase Loop Lock Digital Tuning and Sangean's traditional radio sensitivity, plus included earbuds, you will be able to enjoy your morning jog, your short trip to the beach, or other outing without missing your favorite AM/FM station if you have the DT-180 pocket radio.
Battery Powered with Auto Shut-Off
The Sangean DT-180 runs on two AAA batteries (not included). A low-battery indicator on the LCD display offers a helpful hint on when it's wise to carry replacements. 90-minute auto shut-off lets you fall asleep to the radio without fear of waking up to dead batteries.
Top Customer Reviews
I've had the Sangean DT-180V in my hands for a few days, I was able to test it against my Sony M37. (Sorry, but I don't have access to the Sony M97 or any of the highly rated Sony analog models for comparison.)
Location note: I am located in southern New Jersey, within 9 miles of three 50KW FM transmitters. Philadelphia is about 60 miles NW, and NYC over 100 miles due North. There are no AM stations in the area broadcasting at over 1 KW.
FM reception: The Sony M37 is the slightly more sensitive radio of the two; there were a few Philly FM stations that the M37 could get and the Sangean DT-180V could not. However, this is mitigated by two factors: (1) the stereo/mono switch aids in the 180V reception of weaker stations, where the Sony does not have this feature; (2) multiple weaker signals in the M37 are overridden by images once you start moving around and changing the position of the headphone cord / antenna. The poor image rejection of the M37 is it's biggest weakness; there are numerous images around the dial, and these can obliterate weaker signals. In contrast, when moving around with the 180V the signal might fade in and out, but I seldom lost a station to interference.
My preference is for the 180V - I'm willing to give up a bit of sensitivity for much better image rejection.Read more ›
I have tried many pocket radios and it was down to sangean and sony for me. I used an SRF-S84 for some time until it broke and it was one of the best as far as selectivity and sensitivity. My other favorite was the Sangean DT-200v (no longer available here) However since they aren't easily obtainable I went with the sangean DT180 for its size and reputation.
However, I was overall not impressed with the DT-180. Yes, it is sensitive in most respects, but has terrible selectivity and image rejection. If an adjacent strong station on the dial is close to a weak one --it will wipe out the weak station with lots of adjacent channel spill-over. I also find the tonal response to be very poor out of the box. Sangean should have used better capacitors in the low-pass section for an improved tone response. True, there is a deep bass boost, but unfortunately it boosts everything below 80hz. This combined with really good headphones makes it near un-listenable due to the incredible booming effect in your head --I'm sure its not great for your hearing either.
The earbuds are mediocre at best, and with the bass boost are tolerable.
Another unfortunate downfall of the DT-180 is the lack of a belt clip or other restraining device. Don't buy one if you plan to use it for exercise. Walking, most mobility, and traveling it would be fine. However, try jogging with it in your pocket and it will jump out!
Overall I would stray from the DT-180. Mine is on its way back. I thought it would replace my sony and DT-200v, but I was sadly mistaken.Read more ›
Have now bought 3 of these, one as a gift.
Don't laugh, but a major feature of these Sangean radios for us is the 90 minute automatic shutoff (easily disabled if you want). An elderly relative uses this radio to fall asleep, and the 90 minute shutoff means we don't go through batteries needlessly.
Of course the reception is great too, that's what Sangean is known for, that's why we buy them.
Controls are simple and good, even the elderly can handle it in the dark. Has several preset buttons to jump between your favorite stations, just hold them down to set it.
Battery life is excellent, we're getting better battery life out of this unit which takes a single AAA, than our Sangean DT220V which took 2 AA batteries.
Seriously stop looking, this is the one to get.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I think the sound could be much better More base ( a richer tone)Published 12 hours ago by Amazon Customer
I'd give this radio five stars if it weren't for the fact that it has now failed, about 16 months later. The sound goes in and out now, with almost no volume in AM. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Kindle Customer
The main reason I'm returning the radio is that the auto shutoff does not work on either of the 2 radios I have tried. Otherwise it's fine but a little flimsy. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Renso
Does a good job of receiving stations. The auto shutoff after 90 minutes is great for extending battery life (in case you put it down with it still powered on). Read morePublished 8 days ago by Jeff
Little larger than I expected but works well with large, clear digital display. The presents are a real plus and the sound quality is excellent.Published 9 days ago by jbmack