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Reviews Categories | Receivers: General Coverage | Sangean ATS-405 Help

Reviews Summary for Sangean ATS-405
Sangean ATS-405 Reviews: 1 Average rating: 4.0/5 MSRP: $75 - $99
Description: DSP SW/AM/FM with advanced controls. No SSB. No tuning wheel. 108 memories: 36 each AM/FM/SW. Uses 4AA batteries. Box includes Radio, case, and USB charging connector.
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F61 Rating: 4/5 Sep 3, 2015 22:07 Send this review to a friend
Two birdies on AM. FM just below Tecsun DSP's. SW good/VG.  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
This set was purchased July 2015 from ANT-online for US$85. The Sangean ATS-405 was in its first production run, and the first reviews were just available online. After six weeks of use at the bottom line this becomes an average to above average RX. There are numerous pluses and minuses, and I would rate the set as 3.5 of 5.

This set has some unusual at this price level controls. First is Soft-Mute On/Off. A very welcomed implement considering the anti-AGC effect and pumping enhanced by flutter.
The second is an AGC db-gain selection of 30db - Auto - 50db. I am unsure if this is purely gain or gain/slew. It is effective and can render a staion as poorly received or well received. Coupled with other "standard" DSP controls such as BW, tone, and Local/DX, the RXing experience is generally improved.
The final tweak is Squelch, that I have not used much, but is functional.

No rotary tuner. Considering the QC variances, rotary electronic tuners have become the source of some obsolescense.

Minuses: most based upon price-level

108 memories at this price. While 1200 is absurd, SW and AM listeners could use 200-400 so that time-zone scanning is useful.

There are well documented birdies on or near 1600 and 800kHz. My particular set is 1605 and 803kHz and they are strong. However, with good tuning, these may/may not be heard. I did not initially hear them, and thought it was QC-var. Apparently, its on many first run sets, but the exact frequency may vary a fer kHz's. Thus there are some quite well-founded complaints, and some folks that are not hearing them strongly or are masked by a station. Its a shielding problem.

No earphones with set. I've got used to this, and see the lack of phones as curious. My Sony MDR-E828's are a better choice than the included 'phones anyways.

Power button/Lock. This set is easily powered On when stored. The push button is very sensitive and poorly located. The Lock switch is mechanical and on the bottom of the set. Hard to engage/disengage. These are designed backwards.

Noise Floor is higher than a G5/E5/DE1103 at $15 less cost. FM-RX is just a bit better on a Cheap Tecsun DSP, again a touch of noise.

No SSB st price, same as above.

So it is an expensive radio, with less than you expect in general receiving terms. An e5/g5/DE1103 is a better overall value. But this set is an improvement over the cheaper Tecsun 310/380/505/606 sets... but not worth $40 more. If the pricing on the ATS-405 was $50-$75, I would say its justified as an in-between set. But the price/profit model here at $75-$99 is a firm negative.

Thus I rate it 3.5 of 5, and will make an optomistic 4-rating. Maybe the noise/birdies are related, and correctable with a bit of metal shielding.


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