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Reviews Categories | Receivers: General Coverage | Degen DE1125/Kaito KA801 Help


Reviews Summary for Degen DE1125/Kaito KA801
Degen DE1125/Kaito KA801 Reviews: 1 Average rating: 4.0/5 MSRP: $69.99
Description: Palm-sized AM/FM/SW radio with 2G MP3 player and digital recorder
Product is in production.
More info: http://www.degen.com.cn/english/info.asp
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KJ6ELV Rating: 4/5 Feb 18, 2011 00:02 Send this review to a friend
Great radio for the size and price  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I mainly purchased this because I wanted an AM/FM radio that could play my mp3's as well so I didn't have to carry a radio and an mp3 player when traveling. Also there aren't many other AM/FM radios out there with MP3 capability in this price range. I picked up this radio brand new in the box for $54 with free shipping on Ebay. It came with the radio, AC charger, usb cable, carrying case, and headphones.

The selectivity on FM is exceptional, absolutely no bleed-over from strong adjacent stations, unlike on my other portable AM/FM radio. Sensitivity is pretty good also with the telescoping antenna.

On AM it is OK. The selectivity and sensitivity is good (is able to pick up lots of DX stations at night), but it gets interference easily on weaker stations especially if the back light is on or if it is plugged into the AC adapter.

On shortwave it is marginal, there are tons of images and intermod from local AM broadcast stations, but if you position the radio and antenna just right, then you can pick up the stronger shortwave stations (such as WWV and radio havana cuba) intelligibly without any local AM inter-mod in the background. Also the AGC constantly pops in and out on modulation peaks, which can also make it very difficult to pick up an intelligible signal. But what can you expect for such a tiny multiple band coverage radio and tiny antenna, you can't put much circuitry and filtering into such a small device, so considering those factors it isn't that bad. It at least picks up something on shortwave and it can receive some shortwave stations clearly with a bit of finesse on just the whip antenna, Also I noticed the reception is slightly better with the headphones plugged in (maybe it uses the headphone wire as an antenna).

Some features I like about this radio:
Has PLENTY of memories (100 FM memories, 25 AM memories, and 100 shortwave memories!). I don't even use half of them.
I also like the fact that you can record not only radio broadcasts, but it also has a voice recorder.
The jog dial is nice too for quickly scanning through stations without having to keep pressing the button, although it can easily get bumped and change frequency, but the hold switch corrects this issue.
The internal speaker is nowhere near hi-fi, but it doesn't sound bad considering the size of the speaker and the audio is tolerable. The radio has great frequency response (especially on shortwave) and sounds really good if you plug in headphones.
Battery life is pretty good too. I have been using the radio so far for about 3 days (about 4 hours each day) on mp3 and on radio and the battery only went down to two bars (three bars is full). Also I like the fact that it uses a rechargeable lithium-ion cell phone battery so you don't have to keep buying batteries all the time.
Another cool feature is that this radio has a signal strength indicator whenever you tune into a station.
Some other features include an alarm clock and sleep timer, and you can create separate folders in the mp3.

The BAD:
The instructions are written poorly and are difficult to understand, but the radio isn't difficult to use once you get the hang of it.
Also The radio is really slow when scrolling through mp3's and there is a delay when you play, pause, and skip backward and forward to other songs. I also noticed that it took a while to transfer the files from the PC.
The Automatic tuning storage is useless, it just seems to store random frequencies that have nothing but static on them.
Also the shortwave reception isn't all that great, like I stated above

Final summary:
This is a pretty decent radio considering the price, size, and features. If you want a cheap radio with an MP3 player then this is the radio for you.
 


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