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Posted: 13 Apr 2019 15:34
by admin
This is a very nice anlalogue-style radio. Why do I say "analogue style" ? because indeed, tuning is done the old way, using a needle, but it uses
some modern IC's ... which is good and not so good. Let me explain.
Exactly like the SuperSonic 1080BT, it seems like it's a 100% analogue radio. However, tuning is not very smooth, and each time the tuning needle will move, sound will just fade for a fraction of a second, making fine tuning somewhat difficult.
It's a pity, because sound quality is quite good, and selectivity and sensitivity are quite ok as well.

FM Reception: 9/10. This is a very good performer. Will pick a lot of stations.
RDS Display: n/a
MW Reception: 8/10. Quite sensitive, will pull lots of stations.
LW Reception: n/a. This is unfortunate, but on par with several chinese radios manufacturers which don't care at all about LW.
SW Reception: 8/10. Very good selectivity & sensitivity. During the day, I was able to pull out several stations.
Air Band: n/a.
HF Amateur bands: Will cover some of the bands, but as it lacks SSB, not very useful.
VHF/UHF Amateur bands: n/a
CB Band: n/a
Rechargeable Battery: Uses a BL-5C battery.
Speaker sound quality: 8/10. Clear, crisp, powerful and pleasant. A LOT better than most handheld radios. It's even quite bassy for its size.
Very good sound !
Ease of use: 9/10.
Preset memories: n/a.
MP3 Player: Yes. Will read mp3's from a sd card. Player is quite basic, but you can skip songs with a "+10" funtion key. Does not have any "Random" play feature, unlike the Retekess V-115.
Bluetooth: n/a
Aux input: n/a
Solar panel: n/a
Record on SD card: n/a
Extra features: 3,5mm jack mono output. Has an extra 64-87 mhz band which is not very useful in europe, but it's there, anyway.

My last thoughts:

I warmly recommend this radio, for those who :

- Want a simple, easy to use, multi-bands radio, with a good selecticity & sentitivity.
- Want a radio with a very good sound, much better than most pocket radios.
- Want an ad-hoc simple MP3 player.

Things I don't like:

- I would have prefered a set of AA batteries, instead of the phone style BL-5C battery.
- Does not have a LW band.
- MP3 player is very basic and does not offer a random play feature, which I consider an essential feature.
- It has a 3,5mm jack output, but fm sound is mono. A pity.

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