For grins, I include a Business Week review that's decidedly mixed. Based on my 2 minutes of fiddling, I agree with most of the review...especially the over-reliance on the remote for control of the radio. The radio seemed a little deaf, too...but admittedly conditions were not good. We're in a store with a lot of metal and glass walls/ceilings, and it's packed full of electronics that're in use and no doubt making tons of RFI. Plus that telescoping antenna...while a good compromise, is still a compromise. And let's not forget that the store is literally at the base of the Prudential skyscraper, where at the top there's six Class B FM stations pumping out about 20,000 watts ERP each! Talk about blanketing interference!!
For what it's worth, Sharper Image was also selling the Boston Acoustics Recepter HD tabletop HD Radio as well. Although the demo unit on the floor was screwed up somehow...the control buttons didn't work right. The radio kept switching to the AM band and wouldn't stay on the FM band, nor would it output any sound. And unlike the Sangean, the BA was kinda shoved in a corner. :-(
The text on the little price card for the Sangean reads:
- Handsome AM/FM/HD Radio featured superior reception, improved bass response and the most realistic acoustic reproduction.
- Features dual alarms with a "Humane Waking System" - wake to a gentle buzzer that gradually ramps up, or to an HD Radio station.
- Plugs into outlet with the included AC adapter. Credit-card-size remote runs on on 3V (unreadable) battery (included).
- $249.95 / SE701- 3 year replacement guarantee $49.95 / 90-day warranty