The ideal pocket radio should be at ease in FM (+fm stereo via the earphone plug), MW, be able to receive some stations in SW, shouldn't drain the batteries in no time and welcome additions would be an MP3 player, BT interface, solar panel, possibility to charge the internal batteries via an usb connector.
some modern IC's ... which is good and not so good. Let me explain.
So, 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 ok, 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: 9/10. Very sensitive, will pull a lot 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 very interesting combo : you can use a BL-5C battery, but also 3 AA batteries. This is an extra feature, which makes it a good survival radio.
Speaker sound quality: 7/10. Clear, crisp, powerful and pleasant. Better than most handheld radios. However it lacks some bass.
Ease of use: 9/10.
Preset memories: n/a.
MP3 Player: Yes. Will read mp3's from a sd card. Player is very basic. It lacks essential features, such as random play.
Bluetooth: Yes, works quite well.
Aux input: n/a
Solar panel: n/a
Record on SD card: n/a
Extra features: n/a.
My last thoughts:
I warmly recommend this radio, for those who :
- Want a simple, easy to use, multi-bands radio, with a very good selecticity & sentitivity.
- Want a radio with a good sound, better than most other pocket radios.
- Want an ad-hoc simple MP3 player / Bluetooth speaker.
- You can power it using usual AA batteries in addition to a BL-5C battery. This is a fantastic combo, and it's the only radio I have so far with
Things I don't like:
- 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 lacks a 3,5mm headphones jack. A pity.