Summary: The Sangean u-3 radio is a well made , fairly heavy radio. Using 6 "D" batteries is has good volume & good battery life . It's strong point is a good digital tuner that can lock on stations that are very close on the band without any bleeding over into the next station .
Pros: Looks like it can take the abuse on a worksite
Cons: am tuner appears quite weak..may buy a support antenna for around $35 Even with bass totally turned down, delivers marginal sound quality for talk radio...Sangean Ad.. "feature Dynamic bass compensation for rich bass"....as any good marketing exec would do..Spin a flaw into a feature
Summary: I bought this radio for my barn-building construction site use where dirt, wetness and rough use are common. I lost one CCrane radio to a modest tumble from work bench to the concrete floor - killed it big time. This radio is tough and can take rough use.
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.
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.
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.