Summary: I use Sangean ATS-606AP about 12 years. The quality of assembling and materials as well as receiving power are very good. Of course I like the human alarm system and very simple tuning. Two years ago I connected DEGEN 31 external antenna and use my radio for DXing quite succesfully. So, this device is very reliable friend in my travels over the radio waves. I intend to buy Sangean 909X model soon.
Summary: After much research for a small radio that can receive shortwave for an extended overseas trip, I settled on the Sangean 606. I already have a Sony SW7600GR (standard in the industry IMO) but wanted something smaller and less valuable (the Sangean is about 1/2 the size as the Sony). Initial thoughts were that 1) it was chunkier than I was expecting and 2) the plastic casing seemed cheap. I've now lived with it for ~2 months and I'm thrilled.
Summary: I've tried a number of compact or pocket shortwave radios. The Sangean 606 is by far the best. It has all the standard Sangean features - a digital clock, automatic radio turn-off after 60, 45, 30, or 15 minutes, radio and beeper alarms, fine tuning, band scanning, automatic tuning, a tuning light, a faintly lit display window, and a shortwave frequency range of 1.711 MHz to 29.999. This last feature is what I most like about the 606.
Summary: After years of looking I have found the perfect traveling companion! I am currently using my third one of the same radio. U.S.A, New Zealand, Europe, S. America, or the Far East. Whenever you settle for the night; simply scan all available stations, and within one minute, and you have your contact with listening for the rest of the night. Any option you could imagine is available(I have used AM/FM 99% of the time). The batteries seem to last forever!!
Summary: I had this radio (from Radio Shack) for some 5+ years and it always was one nice, easy to use, reliable, with nice reception, nice alarm "human" system device! I gave it to my dad and he still using it daily. The only thing is the price. It is hard to swallow an idea of $100+ for a radio. But the device itself it superb.
Summary: Owned one of these for about 4 years and dropped it several weeks ago. Replaced it with another one last week. Works great on all bands, SSB and synchronus detection would be a nice addition though.
Summary: For several years, this has been my favorite multiband pocket radio. It recently has been bumped from that position by the Kaito KA1102(see my review on the Kaito). Both receivers offer excellent AM FM and Shortwave performance, including STEREO to earphones. The choice between the two radios hinges on features, price and desire for ease of use. Sangean offers Long wave reception, Kaito does not. Kaito has Single sideband mode (for Hams), Sangean does not.
Summary: I got this radio November 9th, and am not pleased. The reception isn't that great, and the F.M. has too much override; where you hear the same station on adjacent frequencies. Unless it's a very strong station, you have to tune away from the nearby station to get anything. Sangean could've done better.