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Sangean WR-11 AM/FM Radio

Est. $80
Reviewed
November 2013
by ConsumerSearch
Sangean WR-11 AM/FM Radio

Best value table radio

Pros
  • Excellent sound quality
  • Good reception
  • Great value
Cons
  • Occasional tuner drift
  • No color choices
  • No tone control

Bottom line

For those looking for a no-frills table radio at a reasonable price, the Sangean WR-11 is a great value according to reviews. Sound quality is excellent overall, and experts and users say it outperforms some of the more expensive table radios. The WR-11's looks are decent enough but aren't exactly show-stopping, and build quality is solid. Some critics note that the analog tuner is not immune to occasional drifting.

Performance

Big sound for a small price. The Sangean WR-11 delivers excellent sound quality, period, not just for its price point. While many agree that the table radio is best suited for smaller rooms, plenty of owners say it performs reasonably well in larger spaces. Owners' opinions of AM and FM reception varies, ranging from good to excellent overall. There are some isolated reports of spotty FM reception as well as tuner drift. Most are pleased with the analog tuning, although a few reviewers say the knob isn't always as accurate as it could be when trying to pinpoint specific stations.

Aesthetics

Simple, retro design. The Sangean WR-11 table radio is easy enough on the eyes, sporting the usual rectangular shape that resembles the aesthetic of many of its closest competitors. Critics say build quality is reasonably solid and the wooden cabinet looks pretty good. It's nowhere near as stylish as the more robust Sangean WR-2 Digital AM/FM Radio (Est. $120) , but its plain, retro design certainly isn't an eyesore. The WR-11 is available in a walnut finish. The 3-inch speaker sits behind an uninspired boxy grill, and a handful of knobs including the analog tuner line the front; there are no buttons or lit display. However, the WR-11 does score points among reviewers for its simplicity.

Features

The barest of bones. In terms of features, owners and experts alike say you get what you pay for with the Sangean WR-11. This table radio is strictly that: a basic table AM/FM radio with no clock, CD player, digital tuning or display. It does, however, come with a headphone jack and auxiliary input, so you can play audio from an external device like an iPod. There's also a line-out (REC out) jack so you can capture radio broadcasts on an external recording device.

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Our Sources

1. Herculodge

Herculodge reviewer "Brian" provides a constructive write-up of his personal testing of the Sangean WR-11 table radio. He compares its performance and features to the older WR-1 and the more expensive Tivoli Audio Model One, and evaluates sound and build quality in good detail.

Review: Brian Pits His Sangean WR-11 Against His WR-1 and Tivoli Model One, "Brian", June 11, 2010

2. Amazon.com

More than 360 owners review the Sangean WR-11 at Amazon.com. The table radio receives an overall score of 4.5 stars out of 5 and feedback is generally positive. Users praise its performance and simplicity, and most say it's a great value.

Review: Sangean WR-11 AM/FM Table Top Radio, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of November 2013

3. JR.com

The Sangean WR-11 earns an overall score of 4.5 stars out of 5 from the roughly 45 user reviews at electronics retailer J&R. Feedback is a bit cursory compared to feedback found at Amazon.com, but there's space for owners to list pros and cons, and most are pleased with the radio.

Review: Sangean WR-11 AM/FM Table Radio in Wood Cabinet, Contributors to JR.com, As of November 2013

4. Bestcovery.com

Reviewer Josh Tuliano says the Sangean WR-11 is "a barebones AM/FM radio that provides excellent sound quality" and offers unparalleled value, but it's not clear whether any hands-on testing was done. It is named as a Best Pick and ranked as the best budget tabletop radio.

Review: Sangean WR-11 AM/FM Table Top Radio, Josh Tuliano, Not dated

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