Tecsun PL-210 Digital PLL Portable AM/FM/LW Shortwave Radio, Black
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- AM/FM Shortwave receiver with ATS (Auto Tuning Storage)
- AM Dual Conversion
- 1,700 preset memories for easy access to your favorite stations
- Alarm clock + sleep timer (1-120 min)
- Kaito Electronics, Inc is the only authorized Tecsun Distributor in North America, Only the Tecsun radios sold by Katio come with English user manuals
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The Tecsun PL210 is a portable digital radio with dual conversion technology. 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, key entry, ATS & memory tuning. There are also a total of 1,700 preset memories on 12 pages available for easy access to your favorite stations.
The PL-505 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.
LW: 150-519 KHz;
SW: 1711-29999 KHz
Soft shortwave antenna;
USA warranty registration card
User manual in English
Important notice: Kaito Electronics, Inc, the exclusive authorized distributor of Tecsun Radios in North America, offers service from Los Angeles, USA. Only Kaito provides English User's Manual book for the Tecsun Radios, if you buy from other seller, you got Manual in Chinese only.
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IMPORTANT: A radio being sensitive is not the most important thing that makes a good radio. A good radio should have good sensitivity, good selectivity, good image rejection and also have good audio quality. The Tecsum PL-210 would have been a really nice radio if the manufacturer (Tecsun) would have played closer attention to quality control and not worrying about how many they shipped out.
UPDATE: I had to return 3 Tecsum PL-210 radios back to Amazon because they were either defective or looked used and not brand new. I do not know why Amazon keeps on recycling these defective radios which in my opinion is wrong and is bad business ethics. They should have returned these defective radios back to theit distributor instead of recycling them in hope that eventually someone would keep them.
LATEST UPDATE: I received my 4th Tecsun PL-210 radio and this one looks new and the performance is slightly better then the others that I have returned. Even though it still has issues with the bandwidth changing when receiving weak signals I will keep this one and I will try to find a solution to the problem with the changing bandwidth issue when receiving weak stations.
One nice plus is the fact you can program shortwave, FM and AM stations in the same memory band. I do miss that ETM feature, but it does have ATS tuning which does the same thing, and with so many memories, if you travel you can punch in the available frequencies on the different memory pages.
Only downside is that is not as selective as the 606, 380 and 390 on FM. Sensitivity is great on both bands, but you will hear a little spillover on strong FM frequencies. I guess not having that DSP feature is the reason.
The CCrane Mini radio looks very similar and it is about the same size. I ordered that a couple of months ago and returned it when I discovered it's poor performance on AM and FM., and the fact you had to hit an enter button for the direct frequency. The radio has a tuning knob that does not go in "increments". With other Tecsun radios, the sound can either be too loud or soft when listening at low levels.
I have the 606, 390, with the twin stereo speakers and excellent AM reception. The 210 is a nice addition.