This week, both Jay Allen and Chris Freitas have reviewed the Tecsun PL-680. If you’re considering purchasing a PL-680, you should check out both reviews and also our PL-680 review and radio comparison from February.
Jay has also reviewed the Sangean ATS-405 on his website and Keith Perron tells me he will include a review of the ATS-405 on today’s episode of Media Network Plus. Keith has informed me he was very disappointed with the ATS-405, but Jay’s review is mostly positive, focusing on its great AM (medium wave) performance and new tuning/muting functions.
This is certainly the week for reviews!
On that note, Universal Radio is kindly sending me a loaner Sangean ATS-405 for review. I hope to compare it with some other benchmark portables in the next few weeks. Follow the tag ATS-405 for updates.
Click on the following links to check pricing for both the PL-680 and ATS-405:
[UPDATE: Click here for a full review of the Sangean ATS-405]
Many thanks to SWLing Post contributor, Aaron Hyde, who reports that Sangean has a new travel radio on the market: the Sangean ATS-405.
“While looking around the internet today, I came across a new DSP shortwave radio called the Sangean ATS 405. The 405 looks a lot like its 404 predecessor except that it includes 3 bandwidths, 148 memories, a squelch control and comes along with some other interesting features.”
The ATS-405 came as very much a (welcome) surprise to me as Sangean hasn’t introduced a new shortwave radio in years. This radio is obviously based on a DSP chip and has three selectable bandwidths–I hope its AGC circuit is well suited for weak DX. I am a little disappointed the ATS-405 doesn’t have a tuning wheel. Still, I hope this will be a winner.
The ATS-405 owner’s manual (download here) lists the following features:
- Full shortwave 14 meter bands
- Five tuning methods-direct frequency access, auto scan, manual tuning, memory recall and rotary tuning
- ATS (Auto Tuning System)-auto scan and preset stations
- Shortwave meter band selection
- 148 station presets
- 2 alarm timers by buzzer and radio
- Real time clock
- Adjustable sleep timer
- Tone control (Music/Normal/News)
- 1 kHz fine tuning
- Squelch function adjusts the receiving threshold and eliminate weak transmissions
- Easy to read LCD display with backlight
- Eco-friendly recharging function with LED indicator
- Stereo/mono switch
I will plan to purchase an ATS-405 in the near future and review it in due time. Please comment with your impressions if you’ve purchased one!
The Sangean ATS-405 is available from the following sellers from $89.00 to 95.00 US:
Many thanks agin, Aaron, for the tip!