ok i just bumped it back up a star... after living with this radio maybe a year i bought a second to leave in my work bag. the size rocks!
This radio is pretty neat.
It is very small - which makes it nice to pack away in a backpack. It does not require any special batteries - just standard AAA's.
Tone quality of the small speaker is impressive and clear.
On assessing reception I'll break it into the four components: sensitivity, selectivity, noise rejection, and stability (or drift)
Sensitivity refers to the ability of the unit to detect and receive weak signals. This unit is highly sensitive - far more sensitive than any portable radio I have. I was pulling in distant stations on AM during the day, enough so it clearly impressed me. (I have a Sony handheld radio that doesn't come close to this.) A++ for sensitivity.
Selectivity refers to the ability of the unit to select one station out of a jumble of close stations. Again this unit is impressive for its size, especially for a dial-tuned non-digital system. Interestingly, it does this without sacrificing audio quality. Again, A+ for selectivity.
Noise rejection is the ability of the unit to pick a single off the background noise. I'm cheating here because this is really related to sensitivity. I did this because I wanted to mention the unit is pretty clean in its own right. Being analog it is "cleaner" reception than a digital tuner. Digital tuners can introduce noise of their own - this one is quite clean.
Stability - or drift - refers to the ability of the unit to stay put on a signal. Here is the weakness of this unit. If you tune in a signal you can get it in clearly (as above - great selectivity and sensitivity pull in these stations) but after a couple of minutes you find the unit drifting off to another station. The noise rejection is such that it might do this without you even noticing! You then have go and re-tune in the initial station.
I'd love to hear if others have the same problem or if its unit specific. I was going to buy another unit to test this, but the price went up so I hesitated.
I love this unit, but I'm torn between a 3 and 4 on the rating because of the drift issue.