Sangean WR-1 ... A closer look.

Sangean WR-1 ... A closer look.

Post by Bo » Sun, 10 Oct 2004 06:13:13

Hi Group:

     I acquired one of these little gems this summer under the
Canadian Radio Shack's in house brand name of "Centrios".  It is
similar in all respects to the Sangean WR-1 and has the complete set
of rear jacks for input, recording out, headphones and external
antennas.

     This is AM/FM only and is built to compete with the Tivoli radio.
 In Canada it sells for $100.00 Canadian and is worth it. Pricing in
the USA is somewhat higher.

     The radio is housed in medium density fiber board covered in a
veneer of what appears to be real pine.  Tuning is analog and as the
dial is quite short the pointer gives you a rough idea where you are.
Those needing to know what freq they are tuned to are advised to look
elsewhere.  Those who know their local AM/FM bands will have no
difficulty tuning into their favorite stations. The dial is very
nicely backlit and an LED indicates the band selected.

    AM sensitivity is just fine. It is not a DXers dream and does not
come up to the standards set by the GE SR III or the Grundig S-350.  
However this radio does perform very well.   From my location on
Vancouver Island I have heard Los Angeles on 640, Regina 540,
Winnipeg 990 and others even before the winter DX season gets
underway.     Selectivity is quite good and I have been able to
separate stations that other radios cannot.

     It is the audio that sets this radio apart.  I have heard the
Bose Wave radio and it is stereo and costs about 4 to 5 times as much.
 This radio has a 3" speaker and it is amazing how low this speaker
will go .   I listen to quiet jazz a lot and this radio will follow an
acoustic bass nearly to the bottom of its range.

      Quibbles?  There is about a half inch slop in the tuning knob.
I can live with it because I grew up with much worse.   The knobs are
smooth plastic and if I change stations while getting supper ready my
fingers tend to slip rather than grip.

       If you subscribe to the theory that you can't have too many
radios and enjoy really mellow audio then you should check this out.
It looks like the new Eton masterpiece will not be here in time for
Xmas so maybe a new kitchen radio is in the works.  I have not had the
opportunity to hear any of the other tiny audio giants so I can't say
if they are any better.

       Regards,   Bob

 
 
 

Sangean WR-1 ... A closer look.

Post by Jim Hacket » Sun, 10 Oct 2004 08:26:28


A HALF INCH OF SLOP?????
That is terrible.


Quote:> Hi Group:

>     I acquired one of these little gems this summer under the
> Canadian Radio Shack's in house brand name of "Centrios".  It is
> similar in all respects to the Sangean WR-1 and has the complete set
> of rear jacks for input, recording out, headphones and external
> antennas.

>     This is AM/FM only and is built to compete with the Tivoli radio.
> In Canada it sells for $100.00 Canadian and is worth it. Pricing in
> the USA is somewhat higher.

>     The radio is housed in medium density fiber board covered in a
> veneer of what appears to be real pine.  Tuning is analog and as the
> dial is quite short the pointer gives you a rough idea where you are.
> Those needing to know what freq they are tuned to are advised to look
> elsewhere.  Those who know their local AM/FM bands will have no
> difficulty tuning into their favorite stations. The dial is very
> nicely backlit and an LED indicates the band selected.

>    AM sensitivity is just fine. It is not a DXers dream and does not
> come up to the standards set by the GE SR III or the Grundig S-350.
> However this radio does perform very well.   From my location on
> Vancouver Island I have heard Los Angeles on 640, Regina 540,
> Winnipeg 990 and others even before the winter DX season gets
> underway.     Selectivity is quite good and I have been able to
> separate stations that other radios cannot.

>     It is the audio that sets this radio apart.  I have heard the
> Bose Wave radio and it is stereo and costs about 4 to 5 times as much.
> This radio has a 3" speaker and it is amazing how low this speaker
> will go .   I listen to quiet jazz a lot and this radio will follow an
> acoustic bass nearly to the bottom of its range.

>      Quibbles?  There is about a half inch slop in the tuning knob.
> I can live with it because I grew up with much worse.   The knobs are
> smooth plastic and if I change stations while getting supper ready my
> fingers tend to slip rather than grip.

>       If you subscribe to the theory that you can't have too many
> radios and enjoy really mellow audio then you should check this out.
> It looks like the new Eton masterpiece will not be here in time for
> Xmas so maybe a new kitchen radio is in the works.  I have not had the
> opportunity to hear any of the other tiny audio giants so I can't say
> if they are any better.

>       Regards,   Bob

 
 
 

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Post by Bo » Mon, 11 Oct 2004 05:56:02


> A HALF INCH OF SLOP?????
> That is terrible.

  Hi Jim:
     Agreed, that is not good.  The trick with a sloppy tuner is to
keep the needle moving up or down the band.  If you overshoot a
station that you want to stop on the slop becomes a challenge.   I was
surprised too because when I tried the one in the store it was not
apparent although I checked another unit and found the same looseness.
     That said it is a great sounding radio.  I have hooked the
Grundig S-350 up to it and improved the Grundigs audio tremendously.  
This thing has spoiled me when it comes to listening to anything else.
 No doubt, in six months time, the novelty will wear off.
     Regards,  Bob
 
 
 

Sangean WR-1 ... A closer look.

Post by Diverd47 » Mon, 11 Oct 2004 07:36:11



>Subject:    Re: Sangean WR-1  ... A closer look.

>Date:       9 Oct 2004 13:56:02 -0700



>> A HALF INCH OF SLOP?????
>> That is terrible.

>  Hi Jim:
>     Agreed, that is not good.  The trick with a sloppy tuner is to
>keep the needle moving up or down the band.  If you overshoot a
>station that you want to stop on the slop becomes a challenge.   I was
>surprised too because when I tried the one in the store it was not
>apparent although I checked another unit and found the same looseness.
>     That said it is a great sounding radio.  I have hooked the
>Grundig S-350 up to it and improved the Grundigs audio tremendously.  
>This thing has spoiled me when it comes to listening to anything else.
> No doubt, in six months time, the novelty will wear off.
>     Regards,  Bob

- Sounds like a Peice of Junk;
Get a Jwin M14 & Hook it up to Computer spealers . . . .
 
 
 

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Post by V65MagnaFa » Tue, 12 Oct 2004 11:51:59

I fiddled with said radio yesterday afternoon.

Yes, the sound was surprisingly full for such a small radio.

The tuning knob had absolutely no slop.

If I didn't already own a Super Radio, a YB-400 and a Panasonic RF-B45, I
would probably buy one.

 
 
 

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Post by Stephen Spar » Tue, 12 Oct 2004 15:27:52

The WR-1 sells for around $170 cdn at other Canadian stores, $100 cdn
at Radio Shack makes it a steal.
I emailed Radio Shack and received a reply from Centrios and they said
it is the same as the Sangean WR-1 with the name change being the only
difference. They also said it will only be available in the Pine
veneer  version.
 I picked up the Centrios Wooden Box Radio for in my garage and I am
very pleased with it's AM and FM performance.  AM reception is not
that great at my location and the Centrios picks up more stations then
any of my portables.
  Mine has very little tuning knob slop and the audio is outstanding.

Stephen Spark


Quote:>Hi Group:

>     I acquired one of these little gems this summer under the
>Canadian Radio Shack's in house brand name of "Centrios".  It is
>similar in all respects to the Sangean WR-1 and has the complete set
>of rear jacks for input, recording out, headphones and external
>antennas.

>     This is AM/FM only and is built to compete with the Tivoli radio.
> In Canada it sells for $100.00 Canadian and is worth it. Pricing in
>the USA is somewhat higher.

>     The radio is housed in medium density fiber board covered in a
>veneer of what appears to be real pine.  Tuning is analog and as the
>dial is quite short the pointer gives you a rough idea where you are.
>Those needing to know what freq they are tuned to are advised to look
>elsewhere.  Those who know their local AM/FM bands will have no
>difficulty tuning into their favorite stations. The dial is very
>nicely backlit and an LED indicates the band selected.

>    AM sensitivity is just fine. It is not a DXers dream and does not
>come up to the standards set by the GE SR III or the Grundig S-350.  
>However this radio does perform very well.   From my location on
>Vancouver Island I have heard Los Angeles on 640, Regina 540,
>Winnipeg 990 and others even before the winter DX season gets
>underway.     Selectivity is quite good and I have been able to
>separate stations that other radios cannot.

>     It is the audio that sets this radio apart.  I have heard the
>Bose Wave radio and it is stereo and costs about 4 to 5 times as much.
> This radio has a 3" speaker and it is amazing how low this speaker
>will go .   I listen to quiet jazz a lot and this radio will follow an
>acoustic bass nearly to the bottom of its range.

>      Quibbles?  There is about a half inch slop in the tuning knob.
>I can live with it because I grew up with much worse.   The knobs are
>smooth plastic and if I change stations while getting supper ready my
>fingers tend to slip rather than grip.

>       If you subscribe to the theory that you can't have too many
>radios and enjoy really mellow audio then you should check this out.
>It looks like the new Eton masterpiece will not be here in time for
>Xmas so maybe a new kitchen radio is in the works.  I have not had the
>opportunity to hear any of the other tiny audio giants so I can't say
>if they are any better.

>       Regards,   Bob

 
 
 

Sangean WR-1 ... A closer look.

Post by clift » Wed, 13 Oct 2004 04:58:01


> If I didn't already own a Super Radio, a YB-400 and a Panasonic RF-B45, I
> would probably buy one.

You can never have too many shortwave radios.

--
It just goes to show ya;
never have a heart valve replaced by Dr. Vinnie Boom Box.
See ya, Rodney.

 
 
 

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Post by Tian L » Sun, 17 Oct 2004 22:59:48

You should check out the Boston Acoustics Recepter.  The sound is on par if
not better than either the WR-1 or the Tivoli's.  The AM/FM receiver in this
clock radio is excellent.  Hook up a small loop such as a Terk Advantage to
the rear antenna jack and you will have some respectable MW DX rolling in
for you.  It won't replace your Drake but for a bedside clock radio nothing
else will beat it for AM DXing.

The Recepter is designed in the US.  Tivoli used to work with Boston
Acoustics if I recall correctly.
http://www.bostonacoustics.com/hs_product.asp?productID=213

They will have a Recepter HD digital receiver available sometime next year:
http://www.ibiquity.com/press/pr/100604BostonAcoustics.htm

 
 
 

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Post by RH » Mon, 18 Oct 2004 10:55:37



Quote:> You should check out the Boston Acoustics Recepter.  The sound is on par if
> not better than either the WR-1 or the Tivoli's.  The AM/FM receiver in this
> clock radio is excellent.  Hook up a small loop such as a Terk Advantage to
> the rear antenna jack and you will have some respectable MW DX rolling in
> for you.  It won't replace your Drake but for a bedside clock radio nothing
> else will beat it for AM DXing.

> The Recepter is designed in the US.  Tivoli used to work with Boston
> Acoustics if I recall correctly.
> http://www.bostonacoustics.com/hs_product.asp?productID=213

> They will have a Recepter HD digital receiver available sometime next year:
> http://www.ibiquity.com/press/pr/100604BostonAcoustics.htm

TL,

DAH - A Mono-Phonic (Single Speaker) iBiquity Digital "HD" Radio ?

Why did Boston Acoustics bother to make any thing but a 'true'
Dual Speaker Stereo "HD" Radio ?
- "HD" AM/MW Radio may be Mono. {Talk is after all simply Talk}
- "HD" FM Radio is Stereo and the Sound of "HD" FM Stereo is what
is going to Sell the "HD" Radios.

HD Radio Licensed Stations in the USofA:
http://www.ibiquity.com/hdradio/hdradio_hdstations.htm

one wonders ~ RHF
.

 
 
 

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Post by Tian L » Wed, 20 Oct 2004 09:01:14

Perhaps because it is, after all, a "clock radio".

Or perhaps you were thinking more in line of  Dolby digital 5.1 surround
sound pillow speakers with a sub'ed mattress?

;-)

Quote:> DAH - A Mono-Phonic (Single Speaker) iBiquity Digital "HD" Radio ?

> Why did Boston Acoustics bother to make any thing but a 'true'
> Dual Speaker Stereo "HD" Radio ?
> - "HD" AM/MW Radio may be Mono. {Talk is after all simply Talk}
> - "HD" FM Radio is Stereo and the Sound of "HD" FM Stereo is what
> is going to Sell the "HD" Radios.

> HD Radio Licensed Stations in the USofA:
> http://www.ibiquity.com/hdradio/hdradio_hdstations.htm

> one wonders ~ RHF
> .

 
 
 

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Post by Tom_S » Fri, 24 Dec 2004 14:21:22

They'd be foolish not to incorporate AM Stereo.  If it will sound good
as people say it will, then music AM's will make a comeback.

If they have to be analog at night, they can broadcast in C-Quam AM
Stereo.