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    There's only one HD radio station in Dunsmuir; Southern Oregon University's public radio affiliate. Love that HD audio quality, but as for using a physical tuner it'll come down to how much you want news and alternative music. Or you can listen to it online now.
    About 75% of our FM stations here are HD locally most having a second channel, one has 2 extra channels but with a smart phone and internet provider that gives you free music streaming plus the extra cost of HD radio and almost no availability of radios and receivers besides car stereos I don't see HD radio to take over the market when it comes to popular music genres. I mostly listen to FM talk radio in my car and stream via bluetooth my music collection. The extra cost of HD radio for cars is not that much if you do listen to radio in the car but if you bluetooth from a smart phone and are in a good cell zone area for uninterrupted internet HD radio isn't needed. When I was driving on a highway my internet service would be weaker in some areas and probably interrupt streaming that is where HD radio would be good.
    IMO always have multiple forms of entertainment and information in case one is unavailable due to either location or disaster.
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    Here in Lithuania I guess there is no DAB broadcasting. And I may understand why. If I understand properly almost always it will be lossy audio compression that affects final audio signal quality on the receiving end. Good FM signal delivers noticeably better quality.

    Here you may see a comparison with artificial FM signal limitation at 16 kHz:

    http://a-bc.co.uk/audio-quality-comparison-dab-pcm-fm-am/
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    But in Lithuania, for example, FM signal is not ďcastratedĒ:

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    Thanks for that SH. I already had iHeart Radio which I listen to some of my talk shows but Iíll have to explore Tune In Radio more. As you know, where I live, AM radio is almost non existent and FM is very limited. Thank goodness for the internet!

    Lynx,
    I still listen to CDís in my car and also have one of those doohickeys that plugs into my cigarette lighter that contains a 32GB micro card with a bunch of my music downloaded on it and it transmits the music through my FM radio. Works good up here as the FM band is so uncrowded.

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    Thanks for that SH. I already had iHeart Radio which I listen to some of my talk shows but Iíll have to explore Tune In Radio more. As you know, where I live, AM radio is almost non existent and FM is very limited. Thank goodness for the internet!

    Lynx,
    I still listen to CDís in my car and also have one of those doohickeys that plugs into my cigarette lighter that contains a 32GB micro card with a bunch of my music downloaded on it and it transmits the music through my FM radio. Works good up here as the FM band is so uncrowded.
    I have an FM tranmitter that cost about $30 using 2AAAs that was unimpressive suffering from humming and hissing and mediocre sound quality. It was blown away by my a cheap $3 bluetooth receiver and a smart phone playing MP3s.
    I've done the music CDs and MP3 CDs and for their time and my budget they were great but with digital memory chips/cards and smart phones and bluetooth players etc upgrading was well worth it all. I still have a sony MP3 CD portable with wired remote, 2 ipod videos a 30G and 60G and don't use any of them now my smart phone with a 200GB memory card can hold all my music and about 100 movies HD quality on it.
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    Huh, now I know why Pure Avalon N5 has been phased out. It cannot function with a battery pack. It charges the pack and, once fully charged, loses it... i.e. no battery indication any more, no power up on the battery

    Idiots...

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    Hello ! Its been awhile but good to see this thread is still going. I have some videos of my Ham radio gear. Finally got on HF with a yaeau ft-817 and made a radio go bag. https://youtu.be/WYhkf9b_aLU

    Also have several other radio overviews up on my ham radio gear. Happy new year guys!

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    Bose is closing all their brick-and-mortar store locations this year, so if you want to see/hear a Wave radio or one of their Bluetooth speakers in person, do so soon..

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    I have discovered how to ďactivateĒ battery use in Pure Avalon N5: if it has ďlostĒ the battery, connect the power cord, switch the radio on, disconnect the power cord. Now it is powered from the battery...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gene View Post
    ...also have one of those doohickeys that plugs into my cigarette lighter that contains a 32GB micro card with a bunch of my music downloaded on it and it transmits the music through my FM radio. Works good up here as the FM band is so uncrowded.
    how does that work?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 5S8Zh5 View Post
    how does that work?
    It has a FM transmitter inside.

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    Wow! Two days of no power here! Big snowstorm that laid waste to everything! Power lines down everywhere. I-5 closed. Pulled out all my sensitive radios and no dice. Got a BBC broadcast on one radio but all the garbage it broadcast was about global warming and climate control and I turned it off.

    Again, you guys are so lucky to have all the stations that you can receive in your big cities.

    Yes, itís a older transmitter that has an FM receiver and a mini card receiver built in and it still works great for me. Old time stuff that still works and cheap!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gene View Post
    Wow! Two days of no power here! Big snowstorm that laid waste to everything! Power lines down everywhere. I-5 closed. Pulled out all my sensitive radios and no dice.
    Did you have cell service?

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    Quote Originally Posted by StarHalo View Post
    Bose is closing all their brick-and-mortar store locations this year, so if you want to see/hear a Wave radio or one of their Bluetooth speakers in person, do so soon..
    That's not good!
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    Quote Originally Posted by vadimax View Post
    It has a FM transmitter inside.
    what are the search terms to find one on amazon?

    edit: disregard, found them... cigarette lighter usb player
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    Quote Originally Posted by RedLED View Post
    That's not good!
    Bose is doing fine, it's just that almost all their sales are online, they're not seeing a point to physical retail locations. Best Buy still carries them, but it's pure chance on what your local store actually has on display.

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    Quote Originally Posted by StarHalo View Post
    Did you have cell service?
    Yeah, thank goodness my wife has a cellphone and we had service and I had a couple of power banks to keep it charged. We also have a land line as backup.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gene View Post
    Yeah, thank goodness my wife has a cellphone and we had service and I had a couple of power banks to keep it charged. We also have a land line as backup.
    Get the TuneIn app, presto, there's your radio. And since it's a phone, you have way more options for entertainment if the news is slow..

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    Not exactly a radio, but... among other features you may listen to Air Band and FM with it. The KG-UV9D+ model may work a repeater.



    Perhaps, the only Chinese manufacturer where specification fully corresponds to a real device.
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    Had a cheap Philips radio when I was young which has since seen better days. After many years of not using a portable radio, I wanted one again and found this thread. Read up as much as I could and just placed an order for a RADIWOW R-108 which was at a good price point. Wanted the Digitech AR-1780 but shipping from AUS takes forever. Also looked at CCRANE Skywave/SSB, XHDATA D-808 which is more expensive. Figured the RADIWOW R-108 is a good start for now. Looking forward to learning more from this thread.

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    Quote Originally Posted by danz75 View Post
    ...Read up as much as I could and just placed an order for a RADIWOW R-108 which was at a good price point. Wanted the Digitech AR-1780 but shipping from AUS takes forever. Also looked at CCRANE Skywave/SSB, XHDATA D-808 which is more expensive. Figured the RADIWOW R-108 is a good start for now. Looking forward to learning more from this thread.
    I love my RADIWOW R-108. Since I have a couple Tecsun ICR-110s, there is no shortage of BL-5C batteries and I still have and use the NOKIA charger I got off amazon. It's what I reach for when I'm cooking something and need to use the alarm so I won't burn whatever is in the oven. I like that you can set the station and volume level of the alarm easily, as well as being simple to set the alarm time of course. Not being expensive is another plus. For the longest time I thought it was RADIOWOW lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 5S8Zh5 View Post
    I love my RADIWOW R-108. Since I have a couple Tecsun ICR-110s, there is no shortage of BL-5C batteries and I still have and use the NOKIA charger I got off amazon. It's what I reach for when I'm cooking something and need to use the alarm so I won't burn whatever is in the oven. I like that you can set the station and volume level of the alarm easily, as well as being simple to set the alarm time of course. Not being expensive is another plus. For the longest time I thought it was RADIOWOW lol.

    This was the review I watched that pushed me to order the RADIWOW R-108. Can't wait for it to get here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by StarHalo View Post
    Get the TuneIn app, presto, there's your radio. And since it's a phone, you have way more options for entertainment if the news is slow..
    Thanks SH and because of you I did get the TuneIn app awhile back but only in my iPad Mini 4. When the power went out, my iPadís battery was at about 25%. When itís 40 degrees in your house and pitch black outside, you donít think much about anything except staying warm and wondering when the power will be restored.

    My 2 emergency power banks donít have a whole lot of capacity and I used them to recharge my wifeís iPhone, (which is an older model), a couple of times as she kept calling Pacific Power to find out if there was any updates on when our power would be restored.

    Anyway, we got through it but her old iPhone sure helped! Thank you as always for your responses!

    Carry on gentlemen!

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    By far the best all-around, cheap radio is the Tecsun R9012 or sibling R911. I have owned the latter for 14 years. Just replaced due to worn band-switch. These two run on 2 alkaline AA. Turn the radio on at the 1st of the month to a nearby AM station... about 17-18 days later the batteries exhaust. That would be 400 hours or more continuous. I do confess being completely spoiled by these radios. The more recent DSP types might get 72 hours. But as the thread-title implies, these two radios are great solutions, and of better-than-average quality. Price at the big 3 is $15 - $20, DO NOT PAY MORE. AliExpress,eBay, and Amazon have lots of them... Ali usually has best price.

    As I usually by my AA's iin bulk (Tubs of 60) battery cost is about 70c. Brand = Rayovac. Estimated maHr is 2700-2900 at this low drain of 7ma.

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    Quote Originally Posted by titanize View Post
    The more recent DSP types might get 72 hours.
    Agreeing that the tiny Tecsuns are marathon emergency winners, but I'd still like to see someone quantify exactly how much runtime difference the DSP makes; it wouldn't be that big of a deal but DSP has almost completely superseded the analog circuit in radio manufacturing, even the CCrane emergency radios are all now DSP..

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    I have been looking forward to reading some reviews on some of the new radios being released this year, but it appears I will be waiting possibly much longer then I first thought. Due to the Coronavirus many of the Chinese factories are closed pushing the release dates and playing havoc on supply chains. Tecsun manufacturing facilities are in Hong Kong and I believe most if not all the 500 employees are staying at home. Itís not just radio manufacturing that is being affected by the Coronavirus outbreak but just about anything being manufactured in China including smart phones and cars.

    Tecsun was supposed to start shipping the new full featured export version of the PL-990 by the end of this month before the Chinese New Year but this will not happen now, and delays could be significant. I have no idea when the Tecsun H-501 might ship, the H-501 didnít have a pre-Chinese New Year shipping goal nor have I heard any hard estimates for shipping, but the radio will certainly be delayed as well. I am excited about the new Tecsun radios and may buy one but havenít settled on which one. The videos I have watched on tube sites lean me towards the H-501 with the duel speaker but none of the videos on the web are showing the full featured export versions. There are supposedly additional features over the PL-880 but Iím not sure what the new additional features are other than Bluetooth and SD card slot. I did read on a Russian website that the H-501 which has two 18650 batteries can only use one battery at a time and that you have to switch the batteries in the compartment to us the other battery but I would be extremely surprised if the final version of the H-501 will have this limitation. As a side note, I was sad to hear that the president of Tecsun said recently that the PL-990 and the H-501 will probably be the last high-end shortwave receiver Tecsun will make. I am not sure what the price points will be for the new models but Iím guessing around $199.00 for the PL-990 and $249.00 for the H-501.

    Before the out brake of the Coronavirus the new Eton Elite Satellit (Reintroduced Eton E1) was supposed to start shipping in late July. Speculation is the July is not realistic now. The Eton Elite Satellit is still a big mystery. I still find it hard to believe that Eton would reintroduce the E1 given the QC history and the drama surrounding the 10 plus years of development which nearly bankrupted Eton but apparently Eton believes there is a market for a semiprofessional receiver listing at $449.99. There is no doubt that if the Elite Satellit performers like a properly working original E1 there will be some buyers especially if some of the issues like not having an internal ferrite rod antenna for AM and sticky case are addressed but my guess is most of the potential buyer are aware of the original E1ís history and will wait for some reviews before spend that kind of money.

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    One million views. That's 200+ views a day..

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    If music is the main criteria, put the money towards more audio quality in a standard Bluetooth speaker; that sub-$200 category can get you a selection of Bose/Sony/JBL units. You can add back the assistant part of the equation later if you want using an Echo Input or similar.
    Here's a review of four different good- to high-quality ~$100 stereo bookshelf speaker sets if you want your Alexa/Siri audio to fill a room beyond what a standard-sized Bluetooth speaker would. This reviewer is going to review the Echo Studio set in the near future as well. Video review [audio NSFW]

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    The world is so tight... I have ordered a Sangean ATS-909X ClearMod at RadioLabs and before making an order asked several technical questions online... just to suddenly discover I am talking to a ccrane ex-engineer who is still owning several of their patents. Now his is the owner of RadioLabs. WOW

    Just in case you dream of a portable R&R in a form of a radio, here you are: https://www.radiolabs.com/radio/shor...m-fm-sw-radio/.
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    Z reviews the undisputed king of small Bluetooth speaker setups, the MiniRig3; Lego-able setup allows you to just get one half-coffee can 40 watt cylinder for mono, two for stereo, and/or add the larger subwoofer for a full rig:

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    ^ is that a radio?

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