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Excellence pocket radio!
May 6, 2002
Review by emanning1
Rated a Very Helpful Review
Pros:Great reception; Long battery life; 24 total presets; Size at 3 3/4" x 2 3/8"
Cons:The displayed product was black and the one I received was champagne colored
The Bottom Line: As if its excellent reception, great sound and small size aren't enough, I'd also recommend the DT-110 for its 24 total presets, sensible button layout and long battery life.
Having had a Sony D-F415 Discman with built in AM/FM tuner, I discovered that I'm seldom switching between listening to CDs and the radio. Rather, I'm often doing one or the other in long sequence. While using the AM/FM tuner on the Discman I found the reception was often less than satisfactory.
Recommend this product?
The time came for a new portable radio solution. The answer revealed itself while browsing HeadRoom(www.headphone.com).
The pocket sized(and at 3 3/4" x 2 3/8" this thing really is pocket sized) Sangean DT-110 has a "PLL synthesized tuning system" which gives it better reception than any other pocket radio I could find. The headphone line is used for the antenna, so I *assume* the longer the line the better reception.
I've made no use of the included headphones, so I will not comment on them, however I do use a set of Grado Labs SR60 headphones with the DT-110, and the two make a perfect couple! Alas, there are times I want more boom from my radio, so I hook it up to my Altec Lansing ACS48 speakers. This little guy gets along with everyone. =) Great sounding radio!
Life in the big city often means a myriad of radio stations, fortunately 15 available FM presets, 6 AM and 3 favorite mixed let you pack 24 total presets. Should you be a traveler, the DT-110 can search for available stations in the area and autopreset them in memory.
On a pair of 700mAh AAA nickel hydride batteries with the above use, the DT-110 lasts well over five hours. There's a low battery indicator on the LCD display and if you ignore that you'll notice quirky signs like a total loss of reception on all stations. Not to worry, though. Just toss in a fresh pair of batteries and all is well, again.
Speaking of the LCD display, there's very little it doesn't show you. You'll find the frequency number(in .1 increments), stereo indicator, AM/FM and MHz/kHz accordingly, lock indicator 90min shutdown active indicator, low battery indicator, memory preset number/"priority" preset indicator, and a memory scan indicator.
The manual included contains detailed explanations of all functions and is easily understood.
The following is a list of further features as listed on the product packaging that was not discussed above:
* Stereo/Mono switch
* DBB (Deep Bass Booster)
* Turn off automatically after 90 minutes of operation
* Lock function to prevent misoperation
The DT-110 is also displayed on Sangean's website. www.sangean.com
Other items listed in this review:
Sony D-F415 Discman with digital AM/FM stereo tuner
Grado Labs SR60 open-air headphones
Altec Lansing 6" PowerCube Plus Multimedia Speaker System ACS48W
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