Summary: I love the radio. The battery operation leaves a bit to be desired and not well explained. I bought alkaline D-cell batteries for it and loaded them. It was to be used on my patio for early morning coffee listening. After loading the batteries, I plugged the radio in. Literally within a couple days, the batteries were dead. I was a bit surprised. I suggest if you purchase one, to leave the batteries OUT of the radio until you NEED to put them in.
Summary: Surprisingly good sound from this radio and the batteries last a really long time. We had chosen this model instead of the Sangean Lunchbox radio because this one has a clock and the other doesn't. That is an important feature to us at the beach since we aren't wearing a watch and keep our cell phones out of the way from sand and water in a ziplock bag inside our beach bag.
Summary: This is a beautiful radio. It has a rugged and protective stand. It has outstanding long range reception on both FM and AM bands. It has pre-sets for locking in you favorite stations. It has a compact, but effective, FM antenna. It has a great built in cord caddy. It even has a little built in light. But the most important part of a radio is the speaker and the sound it puts out. Here is where the U3 falls flat on its face. The big speaker sounds cheap.
Summary: To be fair, for years I've listened to a Dewalt radio...but since I've recently switched cordless tools I decided to try out some other brand of radio too...and I'm not going to lie, I've been missing out! The Sangean U3 means business...I was concerned that one speaker was going to disappoint me, but it's not at all. It fills the jobsite with big sound!
Summary: Sangean is the best radio if reception in important to you. I use this radio when I am outside working on the garden or napping on my hammock and I think it is great. Very solid feel and sound. Knobs could be a bit tighter in feel but still it is just fine.
Summary: The sound this unit puts out is impressive. Owned it for a year now and still love it! I wanted something I could leave out on the patio and not worry about rain on it. It is under a roof but sometimes rain blows in on it but it's water proof job site radio so no problem. It pulls in stations well and we live out in the sticks. So lite the candles grab your gal and a few beers and plug in your mp3 and rock on!
Great product, best portable radio I have ever owned.
Randy G., Amazon
25 May 2013
Summary: My Sangean U3 was delivered to my home in less then 48 hours after ordering and I did not pay extra. All the positive reviews I had studied were correct. This is a top notch radio that was very easy to set up, choosing my favorite stations, and setting the clock. Some had complained about the tone control. I do not have a problem as you can go from bassy low tones to higher treble sounds and in between. It is all a personal choice. The dial is very easy to read.
Summary: The Sangean U3 radio works great. IIt has lots of great and...USABLE features. The bass can be adjusted with the tone control. Weak radio stations come in great. My ipod and other connected device sound wonderful. The U3 is big, heavy, sturdy and very blue. So far I've been using it in the yard and in my tool/work shed were it now lives. I have placed heavy duty ALK batteries in the radio but I have been running it on AC.
Summary: I wanted a radio for the work shop and evaluated all of the rugged site radios. I was going to get the Bosch360D radio which looks like a great radio and had everything I was looking for and more. I decided to go with the Sangean due to it's smaller size and the price was less than half of the Bosch. I had simple requirements such as the backlit screen, good reception and the aux port for plugging into a smart phone for Pandora radio.