Sangean CL-100 Table-Top Weather Hazard Alert with AM/FM-RBDS Alarm Clock Radio

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  1. J. Hannah "Radio Junkie" says:
    220 of 222 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    The best weather radio I’ve ever had., August 28, 2010
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    J. Hannah “Radio Junkie” (Orlando, FL) –
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    I’ve owned many weather radio’s over the years and I like this one the best. Sound quality is very good on this radio. It has a good size speaker and bass / treb controls. The voice of the weather service is very clean and clear on this radio. The display is excellent. It displays all relevant information and is easily viewed from almost any angle. It has a brightness and contrast control as well as the ability to program the duration that the back light remains lit. Build quality is superb.

    Update 01/25/2011: I have found a few minor annoyances with this radio. It allows you to disable the alert siren for things like the Required Weekly Test BUT you cannot disable the Voice Alert for the same alerts. What this means is that if your receiver is set to VOICE mode rather than Siren then you cannot disable the alert and are still forced to hear it go off. Also, you cannot set the alert volume for Voice Alert. I just got a Tornado warning and the damn thing blasts you out of the room at full volume. I don’t know why Sangean overlooked this. If your radio is set to Siren you can set it to LOW, MEDIUM or HIGH volume.

    I wonder if there will be some sort of software or firmware upgrade because in the menu there is a way to display the software version. Mine is version 1.11 dated June 24, 2010

    UPDATE: 06/22/2011 Sangean generously offered to update the firmware on my radio. The firmware version that I now have is 1.13 dated October 08, 2010. The radio now allows me to defeat a VOICE Alert and I’ve just verified that the “Required Weekly Test” does not set off the radio. It still shows the Advisory LED and a readout tells you what is going on but the radio is silent. YAY!

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  2. D. Burkhardt "-David" says:
    177 of 181 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    wow, this is a winner, November 10, 2010
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    This review is from: Sangean CL-100 Table-Top Weather Hazard Alert with AM/FM-RBDS Alarm Clock Radio (Electronics)
    So I’ve been trying to find a decent weather radio. One that you can disable certain alerts, one that pays attention to EOM (end of message) and one that doesn’t look like junk sitting on the kitchen counter.

    So far I’ve been blown away with the quality of this radio. Everything from the button feel to the LCD display is excellent. Surprisingly the quality of the internal speaker is good as well, the sound is nice.

    Feature wise…

    The radio does allow you to disable alerts! And it’s easy to disable them as well. This is very useful when you don’t care to be woken up for a thunderstorm *watch*.

    The radio pays attention to EOM! At then end of each voice alert broadcast they play a tone to signify EOM (end of message). When the radio hears this tone it mutes itself. This is great if your in bed, laying down, in the other room or just don’t want to go over to the radio. The radio will play the alert message then mute itself once the message is over. Some units like the midland (nearly every model they make) doesn’t pay attention to this, and you get to keep hearing the same alert message repeating over and over until the 15 minute timer runs out.

    The time and date will automatically set itself if you point it to a FM radio station that broadcasts the time/date via RDS. (I had to try a few different stations that broadcast RDS until I found one that did this; seems not all of them do in my area)

    FM radio reception is excellent. To boot you get to see song name/Artist and radio station information scrolling on the screen.

    I did find some of the instructions to be a bit not well translated. Like you have to have the weather radio set to “ON” or the “weather” button doesn’t work. But really this is minor stuff, and you’ll forget about it once you use it.

    This radio is really a home run: great features, high quality and good aesthetics.

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  3. Birdrad says:
    91 of 94 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Excellent Product, September 29, 2010
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    Birdrad (Tucson, AZ) –

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    This review is from: Sangean CL-100 Table-Top Weather Hazard Alert with AM/FM-RBDS Alarm Clock Radio (Electronics)
    (See additional comments at end of this review which is being written 9/3/2013)

    In the past couple of years I have bought & returned SAME weather radios from several manufacturers (Radio Shack, Midland, Reecom and First Alert) due to poor quality and/or poor functionality.

    I have owned a Sangean pocket radio for 6 years which works as if it is brand new so I was expecting the SL-100 to be a good radio. It has exceeded my expectations !! The SAME weather radio is easy to program & works perfectly. Sound quality is excellent for a small tabletop radio. The alarm clock works well also.

    My only “complaint” is that the instruction booklet has some minor errors and could use some tweaking. However programming of this radio is somewhat intuitive even for someone like me who is technically challenged

    Based on some recent negative reviews I want to add a comment as I now have owned this product for 3 years.

    Some reviewers have complained that they do not receive NOAA weather alerts. If you have that problem make sure the antenna is in the extended position. Since moving to Tucson AZ last year I have discovered I do not receive alerts if the antenna is in “resting” position. I did not have this issue in Chicago. This is likely because NOAA weather radio station in Tucson has a weak 100 watt signal compared to the 1000 watt signal in Chicago !

    The antenna may also need to be extended to receive optimal AM/FM radio reception

    I continue to highly recommend this product 3 years after purchase !

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