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December 30, 2012

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Ken K. in NJ

I really don't know what to make of all this. I'm so suspicious of C Crane products after the various debacles that I'm certainly going to hold off on ordering one of these until all the possible defects and shortcomings are noted.

For what it's worth I have all 3 of the similar Sangean radios. I love the DT 400W, it's my everyday walking radio.

I still have The original DT 200X, and although the later models made some improvements (up and down preset scanning, lighted display, etc), the DT 200X is built like a tank, much better than the later models. Until the DT 200VX came out it was my everyday train commuting radio, for at least 7 or 8 years. I must have dropped it on cement at least 5 times and it still works fine.

My DT200 VX is great also. Amazingly it still is for sale on Amazon for a rediculus #20 and change.

http://www.amazon.com/Sangean-DT-200X-FM-Stereo-Personal-Receiver/dp/B00006HOKR

If you want to save yourself #40 and still get a reliable headphone radio, this is the radio to buy. You won't get weather band (instead you get the long-dead TV band), but as for AM/FM it's at least as good as the later Sangean and the new CC version.

mike_s

CC emailed me this week to say that they have re-worked the MW AGC on this model, and that it now performs better than the DT-400W on weak signals. Thinking it over...

johnb

does anyone know why factory radios in cars don't need to be rotated to get their internal antenna to tune in to AM stations as opposed to portable radios.

StarHalo

Johnb: Car radios receive AM via the whip, which has more sensitivity over the internal coil design, but also picks up a lot more electrical noise - not a good idea for a radio in a house full of electronics, but it works fine for your car out in the street.

johnb

thanks a lot for the info.


are there any portable radios that do the same and use a whip for AM?

StarHalo

Yes, the Eton E1 uses its whip exclusively for AM reception, it has no internal antenna.

johnb

thanks for the info. just checked amazo and its not sold anymore plus its too expensive from other sources.

any other cheap radio that does the same?

Ed S

You can disconnect the ferrite bar antenna in almost any radio and replace it with a long wire or a whip-- if you know what you're doing. Otherwise, look for radios that have an input for a long wire AM antenna; many older Radios did.

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