Great Product/Great Value!
by Charlotte on 11/15/2008
I purchased the radio mostly to listen to my favorite AM station talk shows. It does a great job in tuning them in and the FM reception and sound is great!
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new and improved...whiter whites, brighter brights
by neal on 6/8/2006
I have every digital pocket portable that Sangean has produced over the past ten years. This review puts the DT-210V at the head of the pack for price and features. <P>I find this my preferred brand for portability, durability, and overall ease of use. Keep in mind that if you live in a rural area, your mileage may vary-these pocket radios are good if you live near fairly strong signals, either urban or suburban. Still, they’re head and shoulders above other brands I’ve used…no one seems to fill the niche like Sangean. I have to replace them periodically when the headset connector plug fails, so I look forward to them developing wireless headsets in the future.<P>
THE GOOD: The DT-210V has less AM and FM interference indoors in front of my computer than other Sangean pocket portables. it's lighter, I find the buttons more intuitive, and the deep bass boost circuitry makes for a better audio experience. The 90-minute auto shutoff can be adjusted or turned off. The presets are split up into groups of 10 for each band so you don't jump from FM to AM and TV like with the model it replaced, the DT-200V. The external speaker is large enough to reproduce a voice with much better quality than the speakers on either the scratchy DT-200V or the tinny DT300VW. DX reception is no less than the top rated DT-200V. The numbers on the 210 are bigger and easier to read. Tuning is also easier for me; I’d swap the positions of the side ‘recall’ and front ‘memo’ buttons, but one handed tuning is much easier. <P>
THE BAD: The AAA batteries won’t last as long as the AAs in the 200V, and two battery doors mean double the chance to break. The 'lock' button is in an unexpected place on the back. I worked at construction recently, and if the 200 ever fell out of my pocket, I knew I could pick it up and drive on because it’s quite rugged. The body of the 210 is made of a softer gray plastic than the rigid black 200, so I want to handle this one with a little more care. There is no slip cover like there was with the DTV-300, but the 210 is definitely a performance and durability improvement over that model. <P>The new white earbuds supplied with the DT-210V just scream ‘ipod envy’. They sound okay, but I wouldn’t buy a radio like this without clip-over-the-ear buds. I like the Koss DSC-22. <P> I scoured reviews to find pro and con about which one of these Sangean pocket portables to buy this time. Last time I bought the workhorse DT-200V based on my needs. Each has their place: I used the DT110 for years: it’s durable and easy to use, but reception is only fair. I recently bought the DT-220V, which is a superb model for home use…a little more delicate, but better reception, better sound, a clock and alarm, even a light. But it’s at the upper limits of size for a pocket radio. I also own the ATS505P and previously the ATS606AP, which are great for a larger format. <P>
This time, the DT-210V is just right. Lightweight, very good sound, easy to use…why did I wait so long?
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