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This product has a FreakScore of 7.8 out of 10 based on 76 scores.
While I cannot imagine that the sound quality can be improved in this price range but, sadly, this seems to be as good as it gets for FM at Sangean these days. Still better than the the same category (pocket radio with built-in speakers) in the competition but I wish Sangean hadn’t given up striving for perfection. This compromised product is still top-of-the-line but that only means that the competition is not manufacturing anything better either. When my friend bought his unit, Sangean was still competing with Sony and that must have become unnecessary by now.
I realize that, while I prefer to buy locally, therefore I paid $60 for the unit, Newegg sells it for $50, which means that the unit is a remarkably good value for what it is, assuming the user is not going to switch a lot between the internal speaker and headphones, will not fiddle with the expra bass or the lock switch.
An external power supply socket and an alarm function could and should be added, that would still not raise the price substantially, although the setup ROM chip will have to include a permanent alarm function. The sliding switches should be improved or abandoned and replaced with pushbuttons. Improving the sound quality of the built-in speakers might be a breeze if Sangean cared to do it. The warranty is abysmal: Sangean should take more pride in its products than copying Sony’s most detestable feature, the 90-day warranty. This nominal warranty period suggests that Sangean has started manufacturing inferior products than it used to as Sony started doing that nearly 20 years ago.See less
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(No answers yet. Write an answer!) 2009-08-07