The Sangean WR-11 AM/FM Radio gets high marks for its audio performance and aesthetic appeal, but its most attractive feature seems to be its price. Critics say it offers better sound quality than many of its more expensive rivals, and the simplicity of its design makes it compact and easy to operate. Most reviewers say AM and FM reception is good to excellent. While many agree that the WR-11 is best suited for smaller rooms, plenty of owners say it performs reasonably well in larger spaces. A Herculodge blogger even reports that the sound rivaled and sometimes bested that of the more expensive Tivoli Audio Model One (*Est. $150) .
The Sangean WR-11's sleek, retro styling is similar to that of its WR-1 predecessor, with a wood cabinet and analog tuning dial. In terms of features, owners and experts alike say you get what you pay for. This is strictly a basic AM/FM radio, with no clock, CD player, digital tuning or display -- although it does come with an auxiliary input and a headphone jack. While a few users report spotty FM reception and station drift, most such complaints are isolated. Another drawback that pops up in reviews is the lack of color choices; only one finish, walnut, is currently offered. A step-up model, the Sangean WR-2 Digital AM/FM Radio (*Est. $120) , adds a clock and digital tuning but has only five AM and FM presets.
We found helpful reviews of the Sangean WR-11 at Herculodge.com and Bestcovery.com. Numerous users post feedback, some of which is very detailed, at Amazon.com and JR.com.
Although his credentials aren't clear, 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 audiophiles will likely appreciate his detailed evaluation of sound and build quality.
Review: Brian Pits His Sangean WR-11 Against His WR-1 and Tivoli Model One, "Brian", June 11, 2010
Amazon.com has the most user feedback on the Sangean WR-11. More than 110 owners give this very basic table radio fairly high ratings, resulting in a score of 4.5 stars out of 5. Most reviews praise its simplicity, affordability and performance.
Review: Sangean WR-11 AM/FM Table Top Radio, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of Feb. 2012
Electronics retailer JR.com offers owners the chance to review and rate products they own, including the Sangean WR-11 table radio. It earns high marks from more than 30 reviewers, who give it 4.4 out of 5 stars. In the Pros, Cons and Best Uses boxes at the top of the page, the space for users to list what they dislike about the product is notably empty.
Review: Sangean WR-11 AM/FM Table Radio in Wood Cabinet, Contributors to JR.com, As of Feb. 2012
Reviewer Josh Tuliano lists his top five picks for best budget tabletop radios. He says the Sangean WR-11 is "a bare bones AM/FM radio that provides excellent sound quality" and offers unparalleled value, but it's not clear if he did any hands-on testing.
Review: Best Budget Table Top Radio, Josh Tuliano, Oct. 7, 2009