Summary: I purchased this item after watching a YouTube review of spirit boxes. This model can no longer be hacked to allow for scanning to use as a spirit box (after 2012). Used as intended, however, it would be just fine.
Summary: Despite costing $20 more than more available brands and the favorable reviews, the reception was much worse. I live in a mountainous area where reception is difficult, but this radio only brought in one station while the cheaper models picked up more than ten. This was the first item I returned in years and am still waiting for my refund and it has been a month.
Charles G. "An Engineer and Business Person", Amazon
10 February 2014
Summary: I tried the best Sony and it was terrible. Sony has sacrificed sound quality as much as possible in order to squeeze every drop out of the battery, and the results are terrible. This radio, on the other hand is a joy to listen to. Sound quality is as good as you can get from FM. Just a helpful hint for those people complaining about the included earbuds, a serious listener throws included earbuds in the trash, without even trying them.
Summary: I bought this based on glowing reviews on Amazon and other sites dedicated to the AM DXing hobby. I’m well aware this is a “pocket” radio and all have their limitations, and being that I’ve been an amateur radio operator the past 30 years I’ve owned literally hundreds of radios both good and bad. I feel the biggest shortcoming of the DT-200X’s mediocre AM performance is the AGC (Automatic Gain Control) circuit, It is molasses slow.
Summary: I bought this because I wanted a radio that fit in the palm of my hand, had great AM reception, and had a speaker. Here are the positives of the Sangean DT-200X: 1) Great size. About the same size as a deck of cards. 2) Excellent AM reception. I live about 2 hours away from a major city. I can receive the AM stations there with only slight distortion. Better than my previous radio. 3) The external speaker is adequate.
Summary: The problem with small radios is their size restrictions. Only when you accept the fact that a good small radio will not perform like a good bigger radio. If you really want a small pocket radio for portability and pocketability - then you can make an objective review of this radio. Most small radios sell for $10 to $15. Here I am reviewing a $40 small radio - therefore it must be considered both for its premiun price and as pocket radio.
Excerpt: Happily,this little radio measures a svelte 0.875 in. thick, not a cumbersome 1.2 in. as advertised. Presets are maintained even if the batteries are removed for several hours, despite the manual. My only complaint is that getting the presets in the exact order that I wanted proved to be a bit of a chore.
Pros: Good Sound Quality, Great Reception, Lightweight, Long Battery Life