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November 30, 2008

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Tom Welch

According to DXer.CA, the Sangean DT-210 is a radio to avoid, while the DT-400W continues to get rave reviews from the ultra light [pocket] radio community. BTW, how do you like this vintage radio: https://www.youtube.com/user/yogi540

Ed

"Yogi"? Guy's name should be "Yagi"...as in antenna.

Tom Welch

The Sangean DT-210 offers the same level of performance as the Sangean DT-200, so I was wrong when I stated the DT-210 belonged on a turkey farm, as per DXer.CA. The internal electronics of the DT-210 and DT-200 are the same...again per DXer.CA.

stetsi

Warning: PLL tuning + speaker + AAA batteries = very short battery life. I owned the similar Radio Shack 12-802 for years. Here it is at transistor.org:
https://www.transistor.org/collection/radioshack/radioshack8.html
Even smaller than the the DT-210V. It was a perfect bedtime/travel radio, but for the absurdly short battery life.

Angelo

Tom: That radio looks a little like a Russian Okeah 214 that I own.

Tom Welch

I basically stay away fom pocket radios that use AAA batteries.

Tom Welch

The Sangean DT-210 is sold in Europe without the TV band, click https://www.sangean.nl/English/Products/Leaflets/dr_DT-210_leaflet.pdf to view.

Mike F

Herculodge,

I feel strongly compelled to add to this discussion and the comparison between the Sangean DT-210V and the newer model Sangean DT-400W pocket size radio.

First off... I have both in my possession as we speak. So I am a reliable source for what I am about to share.

Now I have owned the DT-210V for at least four years. I have loved this radio! Reception, sound, performance... is second to none in pocket size radios. I have purchased at least 4 of these over that span of time... telling friends of this great gem and they have loved it as I have! The earlier purchases came with a great set of ear plugs that rival named brands at $30 to $50 a hit. More recently, Sangean no longer ships these earplugs but a lesser quality replacement with purchase of the DT-210V (similar to one in picture above). That's a shame... but I have kept my originals and still use them regularly.

Ok... just recently, I purchased the DT-400W... and hear is what I can tell you definitively for comparison of each model:

1) Reception: No difference. Don't get caught up in the lame claims that AM is better or worse for either model. There is no difference for either AM or FM reception. The KEY is the sound that fills the ears... and the more "tinny" it sounds... the more pronounced the hiss or static becomes (i.e. I took note of a claim that the DT-210V was superior in AM reception over DT-400W by a post from Amazon). Which brings me to my next very important point.

2) Quality of sound: Hands down, slam dunk... the DT-210V wins by a mile. I Could not believe the difference in overall quality of sound. I have always been impressed with the DT-210V's ability to sound like a concert hall in my ears... coming from a such a small device. Now... mind you, I am comparing these two pocket size radios using the SAME set of quality earplugs that came with my original DT-210V purchase (How nice if one is lucky to find these earplugs with a future purchase of the DT-210V. However, if not... you can always go and purchase better earplugs seperately - but one has to understand... it will only sound as good as the unit that is pushing it out. Which brings me to the DT-400W). There is no debate regarding the nice additonal features of the DT-400W model, with its enhanced updated memory presets (easier to use after setting), the updated weather band, the LCD light, etc. But... the SOUND of this radio is a BIG disappointment when comparing with the DT-210V. It sounds flat and un-impessive to the ears. Easily... inferior in quality of sound to the DT-210V. I guess something has to be sacrificed when a company adds features. I can do without... if it means sacrificing the most important thing.

Now, if all you are looking for... is a good weather band and AM talk and sports, then by all means... the DT-400W is a very nice purchase. But... if your priority is FM sound and reception from a pocket size device, then I HIGHLY recommend the DT-210V. It blows away the DT-400W for overall sound quality (via earplugs or external speaker - which both have).

Of course, the DT-210V's nice feature for TV sound will become obselete very soon. I haven't used it enough to care. I thought the weather band would be nice to have, but I can live without it... if it means sacrificing overall quality of sound to the ears.

For me... when you're plugging something into your head... it better sound real good! The DT-210V is far and away better than the DT-400W in comparison for this category. Reception is no different... regardless of what you might hear. I tested with same earplugs in use for both.


In summary, I was excited over the purchase of the DT-400W (with its additional features), until I did the comparison of the two radios. It's not even close to me.

I am taking the DT-400W back. Not because of its quality of reception that is Sangean's trademark. Simply because I already have a pocket size radio (DT-210V) that provides the same quality of reception... but quality of sound that is easily superior.

Now... an inquiry for you and your readers:

The consideration of AA verses AAA batteries has come up. How much different is it really? The DT-210V carries 2 AAA and the DT-400W uses 2 AA. I have never been disappointed in the life of the AAA batteries within the DT-210V. It goes on for at least 32 total hours with earplugs. Perhaps the AA is superior in this length. However, I wonder how much of the actual under the hood was sacrificed to favor the much larger AA batteries verses AAA - when comparing the radios. But in short, is it really that much a difference(AA verses AAA) for a similar device? Overall... I still would rather sacrifice a little less battery life for greater sound and equal reception.

Thanks.
MDF

Mike F

Herculodge,

NOTE OF REFERENCE. I just happened to notice the link shared earlier (above) in this discussion thread. This one directly below:

https://www.sangean.nl/English/Products/Leaflets/dr_DT-210_leaflet.pdf to view.

The picture in this link actually reveals the ORIGINAL earplugs that I received with my first purchase of the Sangean DT-210V model. A great set of nice sounding earplugs!... much superior than what is now shipped with purchase of this model or the DT-400W (i.e. like the ones in the picture you shared above).

Thanks,
MDF

Mike F

Ah... by the way. I saw this link shared earlier (above) in this discussion thread.

https://www.sangean.nl/English/Products/Leaflets/dr_DT-210_leaflet.pdf

The picture in this link actually reveals the ORIGINAL earplugs that I received with my first purchase of the Sangean DT-210V model. Great set of nice sounding earplugs!... much superior than what is now shipped with purchase of this model or the DT-400W (i.e. like the ones in the picture you shared above).

Thanks,
MDF

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