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January 03, 2012

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Gary

Here is some important info on Degen DE1127 and DE1126 firmware updates from Dave Zantow's web site.

http://n9ewo.angelfire.com/

DEGEN DE1127 : We have temporarily removed the Degen DE1127 review (from the bottom of the DE1125 page) and also my PDF DE1127 "owners manual" at this time. It has to do with MAJOR CHANGES in which "Firmware Updates" MUST be done. New Firmware V 0.1.8 has been released, HOWEVER you DO NOT (and cannot) do it the same way as with V0.1.6 and V0.1.7 updates were. No ENGLISH warnings were given in the file update either (Degen, how were we supposed to know this when the new instructions are only in CHINESE !!). We totally FRIED our DE1127 test sample as we did the V 0.1.8 "FIRMWARE UPGRADE" within the menu's (this is a big NO NO now). Firmware upgrades are now done within a seperate "Updater" program on the computer. We hope to restore the updated review and owners manual (with the added WARNINGS) by Jan 7th . By the way the ebay dealer where our DE1127 sample came from could care less (about par for the course with "evil bay"). Of course this change with the firmware changes also effects the DE1126 model as well !!

Tim

I've had the new Sangean ATS 909X radio for about four months now, and I'm still somewhat undecided about it. Late last night, I had it on my desk together with the old 90, and went back and forth comparing the two. It was nearly a tie.

Undeniably, the 909X has a clearer and crisper audio quality, which is especially important for the AM and SW bands. But on the FM band, I find the tone to be overly thin. Going back to the old 909, the tone by comparison is darker and warmer - much more pleasant for listening to FM classsical music. Of course, this can also cause fatigue with AM and SW listening.

In terms of sensitivity and selectivity, I don't find a substantial difference between the two radios, including when the reel antenna is used. For now I would give the 909X the edge, but - here in southern New England - it's only a very slight edge.

Regarding ergonomics - sorry, but I much prefer the old 909. The new tuning wheel, although it works well on the PT-80 - performs quite clumsily, with plenty of wobble room that can easily skip to the next frequency. The new keypad buttons are equally poor, and perhaps 60% of the time require two or three presses. The new window, however, is beautiful - large and well lit. BUT, Sangean failed to enlarge the time digits, which means it's still a poor choice as a bedside radio.

Although the 909X is a fine radio, I don't find the design to be a substabntial improvement over the old model. I've read that Sangean essentially incorporated Radiolabs' modifications to the old 909 - so that the 909X is really a Super 909 with a face lift. This makes sense to me, because I had the Super 909 and ended up selling it, since I didn't care too much for the changes - especially to the audio quality. Even back then, I preferred the standard 909 to the Super 909.

When I heard that Sangean would soon be offering a new and improved version of my favorrite radio, I prudently bought another 909...just in case. In fact, I now have three 909's! I'll continue to compare the old and new models, but for now, I definitely prefer the audio quality and ergonomics of the original 909. As for the performance, I still have to compare the two more thoroughly. But, yikes, am I glad I didn't jump on the "new and improved" bandwagon and foolishly throw out my old 909 radio. After six years of nearly daily use at my desk, it still works without a flaw.

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