Pros:Compact, good reception
Cons:large earbuds, cheap vinyl case and belt clip, loose battery cover
The Bottom Line: Great compact pocket radio with very good AM and FM reception and battery life.
AM reception is a priority and the Sangean DT-110 has very good reception. In my basement workshop with noisy 8-foot fluorescent lights the DT-110 rejects RF from the lights well while an A.C. wall radio receiver with external ferrite rod antenna is noisy on the same moderately weak radio station.
On hilly bike rides across town the DT-110 performs well showing minimal loss of reception on moderately weak AM and FM stations 30 miles away.
I compared outdoor reception of DT-110 against a 10-year old Sony WalkMan AM/FM/Cassette that cost $120, and an Alpine radio in my truck with stock antenna. The Alpine beat the DT-110 for AM and FM reception, but not by much and only in canyons/lowlands. The Sony did not perform nearly as well.
SIZE AND SHAPE
The DT-110 is rectangular and a very compact 4-inches by 2.5 inches by 3/4 inch. That's the size of a pack of cigs. It fits in tight places other radios such as the Sony WalkMan may not fit. The thin vinyl case with belt clip included with the radio is not very beefy. The case and clip will probably not last very long if used often. The battery cover fits loosely and falls off easily without the vinyl cover and can easily be lost. I use a piece of clear packing tape as a remedy. The power button is in a convenient place but has a very low pressure dome switch and is often inadvertently pressed.
For such a compact radio the DT-110 has very good audio. The earbuds that come with the radio are adequate. The DT-110 sounds better with high-end buds or phones. The DT-110 has a Mega-Bass switch that works as expected. It also functions as a 'loudness' feature by boosting low frequency audio when listening at a low volume.
The earbuds included with the DT-110 are thicker than others I have used such as earbuds for the Sony WalkMan. The earbuds are a fairly tight fit in my ears. People with smaller ear openings will probably find the earbuds uncomfortable. There is a detectable difference in audio quality between the earbuds that come with the DT-110 and aftermarket earbuds such as Shure E2 earphones. Aftermarket earbuds are also more comfortable.
Momentarily pressing UP and DOWN tuning buttons tunes to the next frequency. Hold a button down for a second and the radio scans to the next receivable radio station. Unfortunately, a separate button must first be pressed before a preset station may be selected with the tuning buttons. I would like a feature that allows DT-110 to move the next preset station when a tuning button is pressed. The DT-110 allows 15 FM preset stations and 6 AM stations and has an auto-scan feature that can fill these presets with radio stations it finds. It has an auto-shut-off feature that shuts the radio off after 90 minutes unless overridden. I would prefer the reverse: radio stay on unless the auto-shut-off feature is manually enabled. The DT-110 has a nice lock switch that prevents use of all controls except the volume and Mega-Bass controls.
The DT-110 uses 2 AAA batteries and has very good battery life. The 90-minute auto-shut-off feature helps I'm sure.
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