The Sangean WR-2 Digital AM/FM Radio gets good reviews for sound quality and accolades for clear FM reception even on hard-to-tune stations. Its wood cabinet is available in walnut, black or white. Design features are similar to the Tivoli Audio Model Two (*Est. $300) , but with digital vs. the more retro analog tuning and a large LCD on the front. It also lacks the Model Two's separate stereo speaker.
The WR-2's digital tuner offers a scant 10 presets but boasts some enhanced features, including support for Radio Data System, which displays call letters and information about the song and artist being played when tuned to certain stations. The Sangean also has independent bass and treble controls, something not typically included on radios in this price range. Some flaws are noted, with users saying the alarm set function is convoluted and AM reception could be better.
We found helpful expert reviews at Softpedia.com and Herculodge.com. Many users post comments at Amazon.com, and a few provide very detailed feedback at Epinions.com.
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A blogger on Herculodge.com gives a short but fairly detailed review of his experience with the Sangean WR-2. He likes that it includes bass and treble controls, something he says many higher-priced table radios don't have. While he notes some inconsistency with AM reception, "Gary" says the Sangean provides adequate reception on his most listened-to stations.
Review: Gary's Review of the Sangean WR-2, "Gary", March 27, 2010
This blog-style review gives the Sangean WR-2 an overall rating of "very good," and praises the radio for its excellent sound and cool, retro look. Editors compare the WR-2 to the analog Sangean WR-1, and say the digital WR-2 builds on the success of its predecessor and "brings extensive features which will further expand your audio experience." However, it's not clear if any testing was done, nor is the write-up especially critical.
Review: Sangean WR-2 High-End Radio, Editors of Softpedia.com, Not dated
The Sangean WR-2 gets an overall rating of 4.3 stars out of 5 from just more than 100 owners. Many post detailed reviews, with most reporting excellent sound and very good FM reception even in areas where it's typically spotty. Some users grumble about poor AM reception, and others say the alarm-clock controls are a bit complicated.
Review: Sangean WR-2 Digital AM/FM Tabletop Radio, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of Feb. 2012
Only a handful of owners post reviews on this site, but some are quite detailed and a few compare the WR-2 to other makes and models, including Bose and Tivoli. Each reviewer is extremely satisfied with the sound quality and design of the Sangean.
Review: Sangean WR-2 Clock Radio, Contributors to Epinions.com, As of Feb. 2012