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Sangean DPR-32

Sangean DPR-32

3.0 from 2 reviews

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Good But

Note my comments attached to the other review. The good - sound quality and volume from some low end Sony ear buds is excellent. The buds supplied are relatively inefficient, and thin and sterile sounding. I bought my DPR-32 for $57 on special, an easy decision.

There is apparently no way to delete services from the scan. One can make a favourites list, but using the favourites list is clumsy, to be kind. It requires a push-scroll-push to get to a recall selection menu. As with many similar products the display is unreadable in the sun. This aspect is very poor in my opinion. Reality is I do not change services often so it is only an annoyance.

I get the occasional lockup, usually when selecting a service that is not active (ie no signal for it). It requires an off-on to recover. When walking I have very few dropouts in outer suburban Melbourne; holds services very well on the train in a window seat; but in a vehicle it drops out continuously.

The on button is on the top. Put it in your trouser pocket and you will turn it off many times as you remove it from your pocket. No arm-band or belt loop provided, and no fitment for either. There is a hole to put a (not supplied) wrist loop on but a wrist loop is not a good solution.

Good battery life (only uses internal battery that is rechargeable by USB port) - 8+ hours per charge, as claimed.
Sale Price Attractive, sound quality, size, DAB is great
No arm-band or belt loop fitment; poor ear buds, kludgy interface


Not bad - not great

Not a bad little digital radio with a number of useful features in providing a tuning list (favourites) and will allow you to set up the radio with adjustable brightness on the display etc.

It has a few problems thouhg: 1) does not come with a lanyard which is really useful for these little units if you are walking with them. 2) Similarly no strap so you can use it running or walking or cycling. 3) The battery life is not bad 8 - 10 hours or more but the display drains the battery quickly so you need to set it with low brightness levels in order to conserve power. 4) The charger uses a fairly inflexible cord that makes it a pain to wrap up or use easily. 5) The firmware is very buggy - after extended use over a number of hours the display locks up with errors in presentation and you need to restart it. 6) Reception, once locked, is good but there are times when you need to select FM, wait for reception to kick in then change back to DAB so it can pick up reception. The tuning circuit or PLL is out of whack on occasion.

Sangean generally make solid to brilliant radios but this one needs to be revamped, addressing the above, before I would recommend anyone buy it.
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1 comment
You missed the _terrible_ earphones. I swapped and the sound quality is now amazing. The lack of a belt loop is unforgivable. I have not experienced reception/lockup issues after a few days, but had a few seconds dropout on some stations once in a while (digital is all or nothing) . The charger has stiff wire _and_ large frequency attenuation cores on each end; one can use any microUSB charger in lieu (but should you have to or want to?). I will post a proper review after a few months experience. The radio seems excellent other than the obvious nits. Good Guys has it for a killer price at the moment.

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DPR-32
Release dateApr 2012

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