Tecsun PL-606 Digital PLL Portable AM/FM Shortwave Radio with DSP, Black
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About this item
- AM/FM Shortwave receiver with DSP (Digital Signal Processing) & ETM (Easy Tuning Method)
- 30" telescopic antenna extender greatly enhance FM & Shortwave reception
- Tecsun's patented ETM tuning offers easy & comprehensive access to all local stations
- Alarm clock + sleep timer + 550 memories
- Compact size with outstanding sound quality
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The Tecsun PL606 is a portable digital AM/FM/LW shortwave radio. 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, memory, ATS tuning & Tecsun's own & unique ETM (Easy Tuning Mode). Different from ATS, the ETM does a more comprehensive scanning of all receivable frequencies without taking up the memory spaces, it offers you an easy access to all local stations, ideal for traveling. There are also a total of 550 memories available for tuning into your favorite stations.
With DSP (Digital Sound Processing) technology, the PL-606 offers you excellent listing experience with outstanding clarity & high tone quality.
The PL-606 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: 153-513 KHz;
SW: 2300-21950 KHz
FM/SW telescopic antenna extender;
User manual in English
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[+] Highly sensitive receiver across the entire commercial bands (AM/FM/SW)
[+] Uses standard AAs or rechargeables. Excellent battery life! has a 'built-in' Battery charger for the two AAs [Ni-MH]
[+] Back-lit amber LCD display, Actually amber LED back-lit is pleasing on your eyes in dark (Can be turned off)
[+] Very good sounding built-in speaker. Plenty loud for personal listening. Good fidelity.
[+] FM Stereo audio output via headphone jack! (Can also force mono by press of a button)
[-] The electronic tuning knob jumps frequencies at random while tuning (Defective design)
[-] The tuning process temporarily mutes the sound which is super annoying!
[-] The electronic volume control is very low at level "3" and very high on level "4" [digital levels]
[-] There is some fair amount of audible hiss when using cheap headphones especially at low volumes.
(*)The above mentioned CONs are 'fixable' to some extent especially the 'electronic volume' control and hiss. I am no electronics expert but I have some fair knowledge in this area. The audio amplifier IC which is a Chinese version of SONY's CXA1622M used in this radio is designed to have a very high gain audio output to drive the built-in speaker and thereby the low volume hiss on headphone out. The noticeable 'low volume' audio hiss on headphones output can be eliminated by using a high impedance headphones (60 ohms or higher) or use a 'in-line' volume control type headphones to reduce the low volume hiss.
The irritating electronic volume control levels going from very low output at "3" and uncomfortably high on "4" does bother me as I listen to this radio in the night. I have ideas to hack this radio. Just need to find the correct value of resistors for Audio IC's pin14 to effectively control the audio output gain value and that should effectively shift the sudden jump in gain to higher value number on the digital display. The right choice of SMD resistors is the key to complete the hack. The 'soft-mute' during the tuning process cannot be modified as far as my knowledge goes since I am no expert programmer to change the code written onto the Silicon Labs Si4734 DSP chipset.
As it stands. I am happy with my purchase. Rating the radio with four stars!
The biggest problem is that apparently some Chinese electronics engineer has won the Nobel prize for his genius in taking something as dirt simple as an ordinary AM/FM radio and making it as nightmarishly complicated as trying to program a rocket trip to the moon. Just trying to tune in your favorite program on this contraption will send you into a nervous breakdown.
Hold down button #6 until you see the flashing message, which is too tiny to read. Then click button #8 once. Then turn tuning knob. Then click button #3 to activate memory device. Then turn tuning knob again. Then run around the room 16 times and click your heels together three times while repeating aloud: "There's no place like home" . . . and watch for the guy in the balloon. Repeat the entire procedure 38 times, desperately hoping it will eventually succeed.
Operating a ham radio station is simpler than tuning in your favorite program on this thing. I'm giving up and returning it to Amazon -- before I end up in a straitjacket. And I spent a lifetime career as a radio broadcaster. It was a gift to my wife -- but she was even more baffled by it than I was.
The whip plus extender that ships with this radio is total crap! I didn't realize how much they hampered the performance of this little gem until I damaged and had to replace it. The improvement to FM and SW performance is like night and day. I can pick up low power community FM radio stations more than 50 miles away indoors. Indoor SW reception is also surprisingly good.
I installed the whip meant for the pl-880 by slotting it into the base from the OEM one. It fits if you remove the bushings and I haven't missed them in the 6 years since. This also required shaving the projecting antenna rest down flush with the case.
Lots of other reviews go into the shortfalls of the model like granular volume control particularly with headphones and weak tinny audio. I'm going to focus on quirks.
ETM tuning scans the whole band and only logs strong signals, skipping over marginal stations. Aborting the ETM sweep will clear its memory bank
VF scan is what you want for finding weak stations. VF scan has two squelch levels. Scanning down is quite a bit more sensitive than scanning up in frequency for some reason. While actively scanning in VF mode memories can be added with one press of the memory button. The manual states one can also add frequencies to the ETM memory but this doesn't work, just exits VF scan
ATS sensitivity is in between ETM & VF up. It will unfortunately store unmodulated carriers in FM
Deleting unwanted memories is super easy in VM scan mode. One momentary press of the DEL key while on that memory and it's gone.
Manual tuning has both a (default) fine and (optional) coarse tuning step, but the manual never tells how to enter the coarse setting. It's done by quickly zipping the tuning wheel back and forth a few times.
Top reviews from other countries
1- Sleep timer that stays put when I turn the radio off: I set the Sleep Timer to 30 minutes and turned the radio off. After I turned it back on, it automatically went to 30 minute Sleep mode. I loved it, I don't have to set the Sleep timer every time I turn the radio on.
2- Selective Memory saving: I tuned to the stations that I like and saved them as presets manually: When I turn the tuner wheel which is on the right side of the radio, it only sequences my saved presets. Excellent!
3- The Reception and Sound quality: I was blown away with quality and clarity of Sound and precision of reception. Beats all other Radios that I had previously tried hands down.
4- It has Clock and Alarm: You set the alarm sound level and the station to which you want to wake up and PL-606 will wake you up right on time (A little caveat her.. read on!).
5- The Lock: Locks up the whole radio except for the Volume level. Fantastic!
6- Power: Two AA batteries tun this radio. It has internal Ni-Mh battery charger. The charger is off by default. If I want to use rechargeable batteries, I'd turn it on. For regular batteries you leave the charger off.
For rechargeable batteries all you need is a 5 Volt Adaptor with mini USB connector.
NOTE: ***NEVER TURN ON THE INTERNAL CHARGER IF YOU USE REGULAR AA BATTERIES***
7- Retains all your preset stations: I did all my setups and then removed the batteries. All my preset memories were retained. Basically, you don't have to rush at all when replacing batteries. Great feature!
1- The linearity of the Volume control could have been better.
2- The Wake-up alarm volume cannot be set (the radio alarm goes off always at volume level 10, which is very loud. According to the Manual the alarm volume can be set, ( Believe me, I tried many times, but every time the alarm went off the volume was at level 10.
I must say, Tecsun had good intentions designing this radio. Majority of the functions work well, except the unstable sound volume and Volume of the Alarm. If you can ignore these little issues, it's a nice Radio.
The manual includes not a word on how or how to activate backlit display.
I would not recommend it I wanted a Sony but the model I wanted was out of stock and the CC Radio's while I know are good are too costly for me.