I recently had the opportunity to review the Sangean WR-1 analog AM/FM radio. This handsome radio is an AC powered tabletop set measuring approximately 9.5" W x 4.5" H x 6.75" D and weighing in at 5.25 lbs. (Metric = 240 W x 114 H x 170 D mm. / 2.35 KG)
Operation of the good looking wooden WR-1 radio is as easy as it gets. Simply put the power/band switch either on AM or FM, tune in the desired station on the slide rule dial and adjust the volume control. FM or AM lights up on the dial scale depending on which band is selected. The power/band switch, volume and tuning controls are located under the slide rule dial scale. A small tuning LED indicator is next to the tuning knob. The front firing speaker (7 watts, 3 inches) is located on the front left of the WR-1.
Additional features/controls are found on the back of the WR-1. External antenna jacks are provided for FM (F-type) and AM (terminal lugs) along with an internal-external antenna switch. An AC power cord socket is located on the upper right rear of the radio for supplied removable power cord. Additionally, there is a 12 volt DC input socket available. Finally, there are jacks for Auxiliary Input, Record Out and Headphones. There is no switch for Aux In. Simply plug the input source into the Aux In jack and you're ready to go.
The WR-1 comes with a removable AC power cord and FM antenna wire with connector.
Sangean gets bonus points from me for including Aux In, Record Out and external antenna capability. The WR-1 owner can enjoy the audio of the radio by running a portable CD or mp3 player through the Aux In. While I did not use it in this manner, the WR-1 could easily pull some "double duty" and become an excellent external speaker for other devices.
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