Sangean ATS-405 FM-Stereo/AM/Short Wave World Band Receiver


Sangean ATS-405 FM-Stereo/AM/Short Wave World Band Receiver Professional Grade Digital Multi-Band World Receiver Full Shortwave 14 Meter Bands

$ 76.84

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  1. Benjamin 805 says:
    15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Nice upgrade to the 404, July 10, 2015
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    I received this radio a few days ago and so far I really like it. My long time travel radio decided to die on me in the middle of a road trip and after doing some looking around decided to give this one a try. I almost went with a CC Skywave but the friend I was staying with at the time of purchase had just purchased one and after seeing the problems it had he returned his and I got the 405.

    Size

    For those who have previously owned a 404 it is the same size. Another good comparison would be the Grundig G3-G5, or the Kaito KA1103. The buttons all have a nice look and feel to them and the display is large with a nice white backlighting. This is a major upgrade from what was on the 404-505’s. The antenna when fully extended is about 28 inches long and feels sturdy. Unfortunately just like the 404 it does not extend out far enough from the radio so it is at an angle when you use the tilt stand. Since the radio is about 1.3 inches thick I have found my self just standing the radio upright.

    Sound

    This radio has a nice speaker and sounds very nice. The radio has switch with 3 audio settings. (Music, Normal, & News) I have found situations where each of the 3 do a great job. When listening to music the speaker has a little bit of bass and sounds nice especially when you compare it to other recent radios. I also experienced great results with earphones.

    Performance and Features

    The 405 has just like a lot of other new radios switched over to using a DSP Chip. Depending on the radio this can be good or bad. With this radio it leans towards the good side. With some older radios there were digital noises caused by the chip throughout the AM and SW bands. So far I am happy to say the do not exist. Strong signal overload and images are another issue and in the case of the SkyWave was the nail in the return coffin. Where my friend lives is about a mile from a 50,000 watt AM station. The SkyWave had severe images throughout the AM and SW bands which made it unusable. With the 405 I saw about a 90% improvement with how it handles the same situation. I did see a couple of low volume images but turning the radio always made them go away. The ability to control the AGC is also a major plus. Even with the radio set to wide it performed very well. I have only done a small amount of SW listening so far but it seemed on par with other radios I have used. FM like with almost all DSP radios is excellent. The extra length of the antenna seems to help as even in the middle of the day I am hearing stations from 100 miles away. As for batteries its too soon to tell but so far looking good. The included power supply I received is excellent with no hum. With other radios going to USB for charging and AC power this is a major plus. The presets though limited compared to other radios works well. You get 4 pages of 9 for a total of 36 for each band.

    So far it seems to be doing a great job but time and travels will tell. If you’re looking for a non SSB radio this one is worth a shot. That being said I would love to see a 506

    Update July 22nd

    I took the bus home and had a chance to spend a lot more time with the radio. The FM reception is amazing. When I previously tried other DSP radios the volume would majorly drop if the signal went below 50% making them unusable in moving vehicles. With the 405 there is only a minor difference and is no worse than what you get from traditional receivers so add that the the pro list for me. Areas that with traditional radios were overloaded by strong FM signals were also non existant issue wise. AM with this radio having the ability to turn off the mute was awesome. I was able to hear KCBS whule traveling through Blythe heading for LA with no issues. As an update to my previous statements to images my house is about 2 miles from a 5,000 watt and a 10,000 watt station and I can find no images for either. The one bad thing I found was with the memories. With other radios you can have a frequency stored to memory on multiple pages allowing for pages to be set up based on locations such as LA and San Francisco but this is not allowed with the 405. A frequency can only be stored 1 time so unless you have 36 local AM or FM stations the extra memory locations are a waste. Still I think this radio is a solid 4 and will update as I use the radio more.

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  2. Samoa Tech says:
    8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    I have only had the radio for a day but comparing it to the Sony 7600GR and Tecsun PL660 (which is showing problems after 3 year, July 18, 2015
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    Hell Benjamin and I agree…

    I have only had the radio for a day but comparing it to the Sony 7600GR and Tecsun PL660 (which is showing problems after 3 years) this “little”
    radio seem good so far. FM is mind blowing on my Sennheiser PX100 portable headphones and it out does any of the other two radio including my Yahaha AV receiver, gosh!
    AM is good as the GR and far superior than the 660 by a country mile or make that 100% of an improvement.
    SW, yeah about the same except for that extra bandwidth filter and 3 stage tone control which is very effective I guess that is a another DSP implementation as well.
    Good bright display with lots of on/off/ light and timer options. I leave the light on, that is cool.
    The audio rocks for such a small rig, LOUD and clear this little baby fills an entire room cranked up.
    A second display WTF. I synced that to NIST time and will check soon, the 660 gains a couple minutes a month (not good)
    Easy to set up, memories and all but I wish everyone had a page scan like the GR this just so useful…

    Gosh the FM is amazing (putting phones back on again) and smiling; wow!

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  3. Bob Marwell says:
    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Good radio at the end of SWL era ., January 22, 2017
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    I was pleasantly surprised with all options this is compact radio offers . Gorgeous , bright display with several back light options . Easily readable with a good symbol’s size . I didn’t read a manual to learn how to operate the radio . Just got an idea from one review before I received a unit . Radio works good on AM and FM . It is good on SW either . I didn’t compare side by side with other radios on SW . During several nights I had good reception of short wave stations from US , Cuba , Brazil , Australia . I think I get more when propagation improves . ATS-405 is prefect bedtime radio . Don’t expect DX capabilities from this unit but it is decent everyday (news, talk show, music ) performer . Radio sounds very loud and clear . I got 2500 mA re-chargeable batteries to use with receiver . I use radio most of the time with power supply . Now Sangean ships radio with switching power supply instead of old transformer type . It is requirements of FCC . New power supply has 100-230 input voltage , so you can use it every where , just don’t forget wall outlet adapter ($1-3) . I don’t hear any interferences due to new type of power supply . My Comast modem creates more noise than any other electronic gadget . It would be the best compact SW radio on the market if it had external antenna connector and SSB option .
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