Summary: I have been a s/w listener for over 50 years. I purchased this item as a replacement for a worn out Sony which was double the cost 20 years ago. I still use a Sony 2010 for most of my listening, but when travelling for business, I appreciate the compact size of the Sangean. While this is thicker than the dead Sony, and slightly less sensitive, it is still acceptable for travel, and I didn't pay an arm and a leg for it.
Summary: I purchased this radio on July 2, by August 15 it was shutting off automatically after being on for a few minutes. I had to pay a webservice for troubleshooting and they determined it was shorting out. I return it directly to Sangean, since it was beyond the 30 day Amazon warranty. I sent it back to Sangean on August 23 and still have not received it back, it is currently September 13. Do not buy this radio.
Summary: I have been a radio hobbyist /"DXer" since the age of eight. At one time or another, I have owned over 250 radios, most of them shortwave receivers. I am not a technically-inclined person - I just love radios and love listening to the world. That said, I have had this radio for a good many years now and it is my absolute favorite.
Summary: I'm very seldom pleasantly surprised by a radio, but this is an exception. Having owned and used most of Sangean's shortwave radios - but none from the Pro Travel series - I thought I'd give the PT-80 a try, mostly out of curiosity. My expectations were quite low, since the PT's have never generated much interest among radio enthusiasts. It must be because they haven't actually tried the top of the series, the PT-80.
worldwide listening anywhere you might find yourself in
Armando Bautista, Amazon
2 June 2010
Summary: All of us know that we have five senses to apprehend what is in reality. I believe we are concentrating this century on what the eye can see. For example, think about the hours we spend watching television and using the computer. I am sure that if, the scientists who are always imagining a new study in human behaviour decided to measure the hours, they would be amazed. So, I decided to make an experiment. What if I would listen to the world more and use my ears?
Summary: I ordered this radio and looking at the description I expected to buy an AC adapter....it came with one. Then figured the roll up SW antenna might be a good thing...nope, it came with this $15 item. Ear buds? Nope, came with those too! The radio came with actually useful items, what a lovely surprise.
Summary: Pro: Not too large for a compact radio. Superior signal sensitivity and image rejection. Antanna is nice and sturdy. Reasonably priced. Tuning knob aids band-scanning a lot. No muting during band-scanning. The radio has a large LCD display. Single-side-band is handy for listening to radio amateurs and utility stations. Con: Leather case does not fully protect the sides and bottom of the radio. Magnetic clips are slightly weak.