How to choose a radio

When choosing a radio, it is recommended to follow Planned usage scenarios for the device.

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How to choose a radio: what to look for

The main criteria when choosing a radio:

  1. Type: portable or stationary;

  2. Power (battery, batteries, mains);

  3. Antenna placement method: external or built-in;

  4. Supported frequency range (FM, AM, LW, MW, VHF);

  5. Adjustment method (digital, analog);

  6. Acoustic characteristics;

  7. Additional characteristics.

  8. The device manufacturer is also important.

The main criteria for choosing a radio

Type of radio

By type of placement, radios are divided into portable and stationary. The former are intended for use on the go, on cottage or at home – if the user does not care about quality reproduction. Such devices are usually inexpensive (from 300-400 rubles), compact size and shockproof design. Disadvantage portable performance – poor sound quality due to both “not the best” reception of radio waves, and the established budget acoustics.

For lovers of quality, rich and realistic sound stationary radios are intended – massive, oversized devices, with a good antenna and sophisticated acoustics.

The main disadvantage of stationary radios is relatively high price. They cost from 2-3 thousand rubles.

Type of food

According to the method of power, radios are divided into two types – operating on batteries, on the built-in battery or from network.

  1. Battery-powered devices are usually lower price range. Since the power consumption of such radios should be minimal, developers reduce current consumption – put low-power antennas, speakers and other “stuffing.” As a result, sound quality becomes acceptable only in close proximity to the broadcast station. therefore battery powered radios are not recommended for purchase.

  2. Built-in rechargeable radios battery may be waterproof or padded high-quality acoustics. Therefore, if portable device, it is worth paying attention to just such a technique.

  3. The third option is power supply. Such radios can be equipped with the most powerful acoustic equipment and active antennas, which provide the best quality sounding. However, they are not portable.

Antenna placement method

The radio antenna can be placed both inside the case, so and outside. It is recommended to purchase the device of the second type. Placing the antenna inside the case reduces it sensitivity, so without interference you can only listen Radio stations with dense and stable broadcasting.

A telescopic external antenna keeps communication more stable. In addition, copper wire can be “wound” onto it – and then the signal will become cleaner. This is important if you plan to listen to the radio outside. cities – for example, in the country.

Antennas of the active type, providing the most dense and clean signal, rare, and radios equipped with them are expensive – from 10-12 thousand rubles. They should be purchased if I want to listen to stations broadcasting outside the usual for terrain range – for example, foreign.

Frequency Range Supported

frequency ranges

The number of stations depends on the supported frequency range, which you can listen to on your radio. There are five ranges:

  1. FM The usual frequency range for Russia and the former USSR. Almost all the stations available “with us” broadcast in FM band;

  2. AM. 20-30 years ago was widespread, today almost no is used. In this range broadcast a few regional radio stations

  3. LW, MW. Rare ranges. It is not used in Russia, therefore in it broadcasts foreign radio stations. The receiver supporting it, should be purchased to listen to just such channels;

  4. VHF Range with maximum coverage, but at the same time a limited number of stations broadcasting in it.

Thus, FM receivers are recommended for purchase. But if planned to listen to the radio in a place that is very far (more than 20 km) from the nearest tower, you should pay attention to VHF band models.

Adjustment method

There are two types of radio adjustment – analog and digital. The first involves setting the active frequency through electromechanical manipulations. Main advantage method consists in the fact that you can choose such a range, on which is better “caught” by one or another station. And the drawback is the choice analog receivers are limited.

Digital adjustment has many advantages. Firstly, automatic station search mode will help not to remember frequency ranges of each of them. Secondly, the memory at the station allows you to quickly switch between them.

Unfortunately, with digital adjustment it can be difficult in detail tune stations, especially if the frequency she uses is clogged garbage signal – but in the neighboring ranges the sound is clear.

Thus, receivers with digital adjustment, but for a country it is better to purchase analog devices.

Acoustic characteristics

The most important acoustic characteristic of a radio speaker is power. The higher it is, the louder the device plays. But also time battery life is reduced. However, many manufacturers intentionally overpower the speaker, and the “45-watt” speakers in relatively compact housing is impossible to fit.

Acoustic environment created by the number of speakers a radio receiver. Of course, the method of the radio itself implies mono broadcasts however dual-column devices create more pleasant acoustic environment than with one. And here is the configuration 2.1 radios are not needed – unless, of course, they are equipped digital sound converters (supporting MP3, etc.).

Additional features

Among the additional features that can improve user experience of the radio, we can distinguish:

  1. Playing music from external drives – flash drives, cards memory, etc. Useful function if the radio is bored and you want Listen to digital audio from your music library. Of course, in the receiver There must be appropriate connectors and slots;

  2. Record radio stations. The purpose is self-evident. The best a variant of this function is delayed timer recording – then it’s possible not to miss the show, podcast or interesting interview. The receiver can record the station as on the built-in drive (and then its volume is important), and to an external one;

  3. Water resistant. Important feature for tourist radios;

  4. Alarm clock. The radio turns on at the indicated time;

  5. Bluetooth Designed to communicate with mobile devices. IN in this case, the radio works as an external speaker or headset hands-free.

Top manufacturers

The best manufacturers of radios are:

  1. Sony, Philips, Panasonic – produce high-quality radios various types;

  2. Tecsun is arguably the best portable manufacturer radios with a wide range of supported frequencies.

  3. You can also mention the company Sangean, which produces high-end stationary top-class radios price segment.

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Attention! This material is subjective opinion of the authors of the project and is not a buying guide.

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