Full disclosure: I work in broadcasting (former FM DJ and radio news anchor), so to say the least -- I'm a bit of an audio snob.
But I'm also a pragmatist. I'm looking at this radio through the eyes of someone who remembers what radios used to cost, and how they used to sound.
That said, let's dive in.
I paid $23.00 for this little guy -- free shipping -- and it arrived within two days.
-- It's cute as all hell.
-- It's plastic (of course) but it has a solid feel to it.
-- It arrived fully charged -- turned right on.
-- Others have complained about the lack of smoothness in the volume knob; I had the same problem at first, but once you start using it, the knob smoothed itself out, allowing a nice variable volume control.
-- Bluetooth pairing with my MacBook Air was instantaneous.
-- The sound is awesome* (*FOR A UNIT THAT COULD ALMOST FIT IN YOUR POCKET, COSTING ONLY $23!!!)
Doing a deeper dive:
-- The two silver knobs (selector and volume) have a decently solid feel, but use them GENTLY, especially the selector knob; each of the 4 positions are quite close to each other, so a light touch is best.
-- The radio dial. It lights up in a gorgeous period-authentic golden glow, and stays on even during bluetooth mode when you're not using the radio. It has a tight, solid, and precise feel to it, even if the dial markings are pretty far off (CBS-FM here in New York City -- 101.1 -- was between 102 and 103). Frankly, this is not a big deal for me; once you figure out the stations on the actual dial position -- very few analog dial radios (especially in this price range) have ever been exact.
-- Use the antenna. Despite being non-directional, it helps tremendously with pulling in the stations.
-- FM sounded great, but AM was actually the big surprise here. AM talk radio sounds so rich and full, you'd almost swear you were inside the station, listening to a studio monitor.
-- This little guy also does a fair job of pulling in shortwave. BUT -- don't get too excited -- and don't buy this just for the shortwave. If you're really serious about shortwave, get an actual shortwave radio. Still -- it does a good job of pulling in overseas signals -- as long as you're patient, deliberate, and delicate with the dial.
Here's where my audio snobbishness is tempered by my pragmatism and experience. I remember how much "transistor" radios used to cost back in the day (1977): the equivalent of $70 in today's dollars, AM only, with an (at best) tinny-sounding little speaker.
To get this kind of sound -- AM, FM, *and* shortwave (not to mention the unheard-of-in-1977 ability to plug in 2,000 hours of programming with a chip the size of your fingernail, PLUS the ability to connect to basically the entire WORLD via bluetooth) -- one would have had to spend upwards of $700 (of today's dollars) back in 1977.
So -- for 20 bucks and change -- this little guy is a gem!!
I'm planning on using this radio primarily for music and news in the kitchen (which is why I needed both AM and FM). This radio delivers a bigger punch, wider range, and richer sound than the "table radios" (with much bigger speakers) of the '60s-'80s. It's more than enough to fill my 1920 10x12 ("closed") kitchen with rich sound.
It takes a mini-SD card onto which I'm going to download my old-timey radio shows, and have on my bedside, as I drift off to sleep, back into the 1940s.
FINALLY, A WORD OF CAUTION ABOUT THE BATTERY:
It's a sealed battery that can be charged only via USB.
***IT IS IMPERATIVE THAT YOU FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS AND NEVER PLUG THE USB INTO A CHARGER THAT PUMPS MORE THAN FIVE VOLTS OF DIRECT CURRENT INTO A MAXIMUM OF 1000 MILLIAMPS PER HOUR ("DC5V/1000MaH").***
Not all USBs are created equal. Some of the new wall adapters and power strips have built-in USB chargers that push out 5 volts of DC power into as much as 2,400 Milliamps per hour. That kind of power will ultimately fry the radio's battery; it's like trying to fill a shot glass with a fire hose. This little guy needs to sip power, not gulp it like your MacBook. Look carefully at the charger's output before you plug it in -- and when in doubt -- DON'T.
Given its tiny size (but big sound), this little guy is perfect for college dorm rooms ... on your desk at the office ... in the kitchen or (extremely well-ventilated) bathroom (use common sense and don't give it a steam bath or allow it to get wet).
It's also a great gift idea for housewarmings, Secret Santa grab-bag-style gift exchanges, etc.
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美国亚马逊： 82 条评论
Great Little Radio2019年5月24日 - 已在美国亚马逊上发表
I am very impressed with this little radio. The size is great, wonderful portability, sound is good and it locks on to the stations with little or no static that you normally get when changing channels. I have not use the other functions (flash drive etc) as of yet. The only down side is there was no charging cable. I contacted the vendor and they were very prompt in responding to this issue. This was just what I was looking for.
Great design, perfect size and good sound2019年5月18日 - 已在美国亚马逊上发表
I bought this product because it's what I was looking for. Portable and reliable. It's beautiful and has good sound quality. The only concern is that it did not bring the cable to charge. Would have given 5 stars but now I have to buy separately the charging cable.
So very cute!2019年6月20日 - 已在美国亚马逊上发表
Actually, I was expecting a full size radio, but this is small. HOWEVER, I still LOVE IT!! I bought the Red, and I love the fact that it has SO many stations available. It DOES come with two cords, each as stated in the description. Many stations. The only problem is, is that the Antenna does NOT turn as stated. I could not pull up on it any harder to make it move further up to even look to see if it rotated, because is just doesn't move. BUT, even still, with the antenna up, as far as I can get it, I get a LOT of great reception. I'm still deciding on weather or not to return it. Since I bought it basically for emergencies, and keeping it charged all the way, it will do for my own purposes. I keep it in my Laundry Room, for that extra bit of Retro Look. Our home was built in 1954, it's extremely large for it's time, and very unique; so this is the perfect addition to the retro styling. :)
Looks nice, but....2019年9月1日 - 已在美国亚马逊上发表
So aesthetically, this radio/speaker is so nice, when I took it to work, two of my co-workers raved over it, and then went and bought their own! That is the only 5 star comment I have. I've had it for a couple of months and the volume button is already getting a little loose and sometimes doesn't work. The radio picks up only one or two stations, and even that's not always clear. I mostly use it as a Bluetooth speaker and for that it works Ok. A charge lasts about 4 hours with continual usage, but I keep mine plugged up so I don't have to worry about it. The charging cord is super short so it's a real pain finding an outlet close enough to charge and listen at the same time. Over all, it's just Ok. I wouldn't buy this again though.