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. I really wanted the Auxiliary audio input so I could plug in my XMSirius radio - via a 12V vehicle dock and battery pack. It all works great!!! Would work great with any digital music device - great sound and controls.
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!
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.