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 . It has a very small rubber coated FM antenna , but it picks up stations great anyway . Nice digital clock , timer & sleep function . Also can be plugged in to operate on A/C current .
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: 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!