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Radio: Chinese Manufactured: Kchibo KK-E200 Shortwave Radio. Digital PLL Synthesized Radio.
Jacks: Headphone (Stereo), Antenna (1/8"inch), Power
Included Accessories: Bud-type headphones, Wire antenna, Pleather Case, 120v A/C Adapter, Manual, Strap.
Unpacking the box: The unit arrived sealed. The radio takes 3 "AA" batteries. There is a note inside the radio to hit the "Reset" button upon installation of batteries for the first time.
1st Try: After playing with the radio for 1 hour, the radio began making clicking noises on all frequencies on all bands. This was not outside RF noise. This was a failure of the unit. I referenced the http://www.kaitousa.com website and called the Los Angeles number. I got a RMA and a new radio arrived in 8 days.
2nd Try: A second sealed unit arrived. This unit does work normally. The radio has been in use for 5 hours. It does work as advertised. (Subjective) Shortwave performance is less than my Sony ICF-7600GR but that is to be expected. With Sync OFF on the Sony, the Kchibo managed to pull in the same stations. Speaker quality was acceptable, not great. Using headphones increased audio fidelity. Living on the West Coast of USA, the Kchibo managed to pull in all the major stations.
This radio does have several strange oddities. First, the direct entry
keypad is not the standard calculator or phone style type. It uses
two lines of 5 buttons each. This
The radio has a 10/9 step switch for AM (USA and Europe). This is good. However if you accidentally change the switch, it deletes all stations in memory. Not good. This is documented in the manual. The radio only tunes in 5 kHz steps. If you enter freq 9.870, it will go to 9.875. You must press 9,8,7, <enter> to get 9.870. Or if you are trying 9.875 you press 9,8,7,5 <enter>.
The radio does have a variable sleep timer (10-90min), display light (momentary), Local/DX switch, and a keyboard lock (except for display light).
The telescopic antenna swivels but does not extend upward from the chassis to give complete mobility (like some Sony's and higher quality SW radios).
is a FM stereo indicator, Lock Indicator, 24hr clock, and 24 presets
and 13 selectable SW bands. When the radio is off, the word "Kchibo"
is displayed underneath the clock (strange). The display can be turned
totally off when the unit is off or display the time to
The scan feature works well. Stops at listenable stations. Can be used scanning up or down. Pressing the Up or Down button for 1.5 seconds activates scanning. Some clicking during scanning but not bad or annoying.
Ergonomics: Good, with the exception of the keypad for frequency entry. Included case is useful for protection. The unit is about the same size and a Grundig YB300. There is a tilt stand in the rear with a graphic of the world time zones.
A/C: Unit includes A/C Adapter with power led. This introduces minimal noise on SW bands. No noise on FM.
Manual: A joke. Someone speaking the English language did not proofread this. All of the functions are intuitive, but reading the manual takes extreme patience. My guess is that the manual was made using a computer-based translator without being read by a human. Same goes for the box packaging.
If this was to be your only radio, save your pennies and get a Sony,
Grundig, or Sagean. However as a second (or third) receiver that you
don't want to spend a lot of money on, the Kchibo is functional. This
radio cost me $56 at http://www.survivalunlimited.com/radio.htm .
Was it worth it? I was not happy about the failure within an hour
of the first unit. For $56 it has features of radios costing double.
This would be great for hiking, camping, etc when you don't want to
take something expensive
I would rate this radio * * 3/4 (2.75) stars out of 5. If you are
really cheap and price is a primary factor, add another 1/2 star.
Remember that for the price of a good dinner, you can surf the airwaves,
using a shortwave PLL synthesized receiver
Comparison: Sony ICF-7600GR vs Kchibo KK-E200
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