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March 11, 2010

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Gary

Thanks for the nice review, Russ. It sounds like the Lunchbox is worth the money.

I tend to listen to more low band than high band AM stations, so I might be tempted to tweak the loopstick coil accordingly. Hopefully it's not too hard to access.

Gary

BTW, are you the Russ who reviews radios on RadioIntel.net?

Angelo

E-Bay 270544903164
It's not a bargain price, but it is an interesting old radio.

Tom Welch

Russ, can you comment on the form factor of these two radios.

I'm guessing the LB-100 is a bit easier to manage than its bigger brother the Sangean U3.

Flor

The Lunchbox has been a favorite in Europe since it was launched 2 years ago. Powerful, easy-to-use, compact, tough and clear reception (Europe is mainly FM focussed as you know). The clean, modest design stands out from the macho looking but less performing competitors. In Europe it now has a number of variations: www.perfectpro.eu

Tom Welch

Thanks for the link, Flor.

Radio Russ

Tom, The U3 is a big radio. The LB-100 is easier to manage but with a caveat. Due to the rollcage design, you need an 8" by 8" flat surface to get it to sit on the 4 rubber feet with any stability. Certainly not a big deal and I like the off-beat design. Also, the speaker is getting broken in and sounding better every day.

Radio Russ

Gary - I know the Russ you speak of but I'm not him.

Tom Welch

Radio Russ last post reminds me of the t-shirt I have on that I have on that reads "I'm Not Tiger Woods".

Gary

I finally bought a Sangean LB-100. I'm surprised at just how weak the AM reception is. Even the strongest local stations that I regularly listen to -- KFI and KNX -- have an excessive amount of hiss. My CCRadio-SW and Sangean WR-2 get far better reception. Even my little Tecsun PL-380 has better AM sensitivity. The LB-100 doesn't seem to be any more sensitive than my little Sangean DT-400W, which is pretty amazing considering the size difference between the two. The LB-100 has about a 3" ferrite bar, but the one in the DT-400W is much shorter.

When using the LB-100 with my Black Box tunable, passive loop -- a rectangular loop similar in performance to the Terk loop -- the AM is much better, and totally hiss free on the stronger stations. I hadn't intended on using the LB-100 with a passive loop, as this reduces the convenience quite a bit, since you have to move the loop around with the radio, and re-tune the loop for each station.

I find that the LB-100 has a little too much upper bass for talk radio, but it's acceptable. I probably wouldn't be happy with the U3's sound quality on talk radio. I apparently prefer less bass on AM than Jeff does. This is one reason why radios with significant bass response should have a bass control instead of just a tone (treble) control. Of course, the LB-100 has neither.

On the plus side, the FM sensitivity of the LB-100 seems quite good, even with the little rubber duck antenna. And the sound with FM music is very pleasing.

I'm not sure if the AM performance of my LB-100 is typical or not. I'll have to decide whether to keep it or return it. This is pretty disappointing.

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