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June 17, 2016

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Gary

Thanks for your review, Jeff. I still have a WR-2 1.0 in my kitchen. I didn't even know there was a 2.0 until I saw your review. I like the sound of my WR-2, as long as the bass and treble is adjusted properly.

With mine, AM is fairly low in volume -- 35 is a normal setting when I listen to KNX or KFI. FM is much louder -- probably 30 or less is equivalent to 35 on AM. It sounds like they went overboard on the new one, with 10 providing loud volume.

herculodge

I didn't know there was a 2.0 until I opened the radio from the box and noticed the different buttons. I just double checked volume. I'd say 15, not 10, is high volume.

Gary

So this means the volume control is not as granular as the old one, since they cram all of the useful volume levels into just 15 positions.

herculodge

Forgive me for not being clear. What I should have said is that by 15 the radio is as loud as the old one was at 40. But you can crank up the volume beyond 15. I haven't gone beyond 17 because my ears couldn't handle it .

Gary

Right, but at some point the power amp or speaker (or both) will start to distort. I doubt that you can use the whole range of the volume control. Just because it has all those positions doesn't mean they are all usable. Also, with headphones especially, a more granular volume control is an advantage.

Ed S.

Good review. My white WR2, now 8-9 years old, still works well, no problems. True, it has to be cranked up to 40 for decent volume. And I wish the Aux Input was on the front. But otherwise it has outlived other sangeans, Tecsuns and even CC Radios (I do have the latest CCR 2e, but hardly use it. It picks up too much interference, which has really swamped out my AM radios in my house for several years (thanks to neighbor's plasma TVs I think). These days I mostly stream to Bluetooth speakers.., I just ordered Amazons new portable "Tap"-- I might write a review if it works well.
Take it easy. Come over some time to see what radios I have in-house now.

herculodge

The good news is that I suffer no abrupt volume increases with the headphones. My home, two miles from Ed's, doesn't have his AM interference problem. As I recall, Ed lives near a wire transformer.

Ante

How about new Sangean WR 50 radio?

herculodge

Ante, I really love that Sangean WR-50, looks very promising. I may have to get one.

Angelo

Jeff: You know how you found grail watches that at least for the time being, seemed to satisfy your need to have monthly incoming watches? Well quite a while back----at least a year or more, I think----I bought a Panasonic 2200 and another Sony 5800 (rare American market model---my first was Japanese market but now I get the full FM range). I haven't spent serious money on a radio since then. It's like the tide went out and has stayed out, since I got those two classics. Granted, I also have a Zenith Transoceanic, classic GEs, etc.----but the collection kept growing and growing until I found deals on these two apex performers, and I almost feel like there's nowhere else to go. I guess I could consider a new Sangean or C Crane, but it would almost be buying just to buy, not buying because I really want one.

herculodge

The radio market hasn't intrigued me much the last few years; however, Ante mentioned the Sangean WR-50 and it looks very appealing and very promising.

Gary

That WR-50 does look cool. With the Bluetooth streaming, you can stream music or Internet radio directly from your smartphone, Jeff.

They also included bass and treble controls, and the ability to turn the loudness curve on or off, which is a big plus to me.

They even offer a slave speaker to get stereo sound. Very cool.

http://www.sangean.com/products/product.asp?mid=215&cid=

Gary

Amazon has the stereo one with the slave speaker for $179. The mono one is $145. For just $34 more, I'd go for the stereo version.

herculodge

I agree. The stereo version is more appealing.

rtc

Before you go with the WR-15 it would be
prudent to look at the three and four star
Amazon reviews...not so much QC but
design related.

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