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Summertime Shootout Produces New Ultralight Radio Sensitivity Winner
Much to the astonishment of the reviewer, a new Ultralight digital radio model has finally managed to surpass the Sony SRF-T615 in wide-band stock AM sensitivity. In doing so, it has also exceeded the stock sensitivity performance of the Eton E100.
The new Sangean DT400W has a fully redesigned RF board, making it much more than just a DT200VX with a yellow cabinet. The RF board AM components are nowhere near their DT200VX positions, and Sangean's engineers have obviously solved the problem of limited AM sensitivity bandwidth (evident in the DT200VX).
The DT400W equals the SRF-T615 performance on low band, and the Eton E100 performance on high band, making it the only Ultralight model with unsurpassed sensitivity on all AM frequencies. As a bonus, its image reception (900 Khz below locals) is negligible, and it has no detectable spurs in my suburban environment Selectivity is superior to that of the SRF-T615, and approaches that of the E100.
As a stock unit offered at $52.59 (Amazon), the DT-400W not only has unsurpassed AM performance, but an extremely sensitive FM section with outstanding audio quality and 19 programmable memories Ultralight radio enthusiasts are encouraged to give this innovative AM receiver a serious look.
The full Summertime Shootout article should be finished shortly, and includes detailed reviews of the DT-400W, E100, SRF-S84, SRF-M97, and SRF-M37W Ultralight models..
73, Gary DeBock
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