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new cool best high technology gadgets gift Eton E1XMOver the weekend, I had the chance to spend about an hour playing with Eton’s new E1 “Universal Radio,” so named because it includes AM, FM, longwave, shortwave, and with an optional antenna, XM Satellite Radio. My first impression of the $500 table radio is positive.

The E1 is the current top-of-the-line in shortwave portables, a market that has been shrinking since the end of the Cold War, the wide acceptance of the Internet, and the move by local broadcasters off shortwave and crazy religious broadcasters onto the bands. (I will write about the sorry state of shortwave in a future post). I am not sure there will ever be another shortwave radio in this size, feature, and price class.

I was impressed with the sound quality of the E1 on all bands (I wasn’t able to test the XM features), which is enhanced by the addition of useful tone controls for both treble and bass. The internal speaker is up to the task, but is not stereo, which is available from the headphone jack.

Adding XM features to the radio gives it considerable additional functionality. Available only in the U.S., the XM feature requires a $50 optional antenna plus the $9.95 monthly subscription fee. The XM antenna (shown in the picture to the right of the radio) is attached with a 20-foot-ish cable. Such length or more may be necessary to get the antenna to someplace where it can “see” the southern sky, necessary for satellite reception. Many potential customers will find the antenna placement requirement to be a deal-breaker. (European customers get a DAB option instead of XM).

Receiver sensitivity seemed fine but was hard to judge from such a short hands-on test. I listened to stations in the AM, FM, shortwave broadcast and ham bands. I was in an electrically noisy location (industrial area, next to a freeway), but had no trouble picking out the signals I wanted to listen to. The radio offers multiple bandwidths and passband tuning to improve its weak-signal functionality. This is an excellent radio for program listening.

The radio has only six knobs, which improves usability, although there are still a number of buttons and a numeric keypad. Set-up is via menus shown on the LCD display. The E1 operates on 4 “C”-cell batteries or an included AC supply.

My main gripes about the E1 are the lack of a handle (making it not as easily portable as it should be); the narrow width of the unit vs. its relatively tall height, making it a bit tippy; and the LCD display, which isn’t terribly bright or contrasty enough. The antenna also had a tendency to fall over, though that can probably be remedied. The external antenna jack uses a funny, RCA-like connector, that is hard to adapt to anything a customer is likely to want to attach to it.

Initial reviews of the E1 in Monitoring Times and Passport to World Band Radio have been quite positive, though neither site posts its review. Made in India and designed in Europe, America, and Asia, the radio was several years in development. So long, in fact, that some people had given up on ever seeing it appear on the market.

If you are in the market for a high-end table radio that includes shortwave, this is an excellent choice. I am not aware of any other radio that offers the same functionality and sound quality.

However:

The optional XM feature is worthwhile if you can use it, though for less money you can purchase an XM receiver, like the Roady2 ($49.95 direct), and feed its output into a quality FM-only table radio from Bose, Tivoli. Boston Acoustics, Sangean, and others. If you mostly want XM and FM and don’t need a radio that operates on batteries, this would be a better option than the E1.

For portable XM reception, I use the Tao XM2Go handheld receiver (about $215, maybe less online) and feed it into a Tivoli PAL (Personal Audio Laboratory) portable radio ($150 and less online). Both have built-in rechargeable batteries.

If you only care about the AM broadcast band, you should also consider the much less expensive CCRadio Plus ($164.95) from C.Crane and Eton’s S-350 Deluxe, both of which were designed with long-distance AM reception in mind. The 350 Deluxe sells for $150, while the original 350 is only $100. There is not enough difference to justify the higher price, so shop around. The Eton models are available online from several sources. HRO (below) carried the S-350, last time I checked.

If you’d like to purchase an E1, here are two companies I recommend: Ham Radio Outlet (oakland@hamradio.com or 800-854-6046, ask for Mark) and Grove Enterprises, which publishes Monitoring Times.

This is a recommended product.


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