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Degen DE1125 Ultra-Thin AM/FM/SW Radio with 2GB MP3 Player/Digital Recorder

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  • Pocket-size world-band radio with built-in speaker & digital signal processing (DSP) technology
  • 2 GB flash memory MP3 player for music, radio program & voice recording for up to 150 hours (32 kbps)
  • Digital clock + Sleep timer + Key lock + Numeric volume indicator
  • 255 preset memories + built-in charger + LED back-lit display
  • 30-day money back guarantee & 1-year Manufacturer's warranty
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Made by the same manufacturer that makes widely-appraised Kaito shortwave radios, such as KA1101, KA1102 & KA1103, the newly released DE1125 is a versatile little radio with lot of functions & features. It seamlessly combines a traditional world-band radio, a 2GB MP3 player, a radio recorder and a voice recorder altogether into an incredibly light and compact gadget, which measures only ½ inch thick and weighs less 3 ounces without the batteries. Powered by three AAA batteries, this digital PLL world band receiver with DSP (digital signal processing) will keep you connected to a very comprehensive frequency range including FM, AM, shortwave. There are four options when tuning your radio stations and they are Auto - Scan , manual tuning, digital tuning and ATS (Auto Tuning Storage). You can store up to 255 preset stations using memory tuning feature. If you plan on traveling with a radio, the DE1125 is a very good choice. You can either listen to the DE1125 via the built-in D50mm speaker or with the included earphones. Beyond the ability to tune into various radio bands, the DE1125 also features a built-in automatic battery charger, plugs it into any wall outlet with the included AC plug or connect it to your computer with a USB cable. The DE1125 can also be used as a MP3 player with 2GB flash memory, you can download your favorite music from your computer to the radio and play it wherever you go. You can also choose the record mode under which you can use the DE1125 to record any radio program or just as a voice recorder. Depending on the sampling rate, the DE1125 can record up to 150 hours of radio program. Frequency Coverage: FM: 64.0 - 108.0 MHz, MW:520-1710 MHz; SW:2.3-23.0 MHz. Package includes Stereo earphones, AC wall plug, USB cable, carrying pouch, 1 of Li-ion rechargeable batteries and a copy of user manual.

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good product but lacks some needed functionality 15 May 2010
By chris - Published on
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I have been using the product for about a week.
There is no auto-record functionality, which is a bit disappointing to me. I was hoping to be able to set it to record certain AM shows everyday of the work week. But I have to make sure to turn it on every morning before I leave for work. I do that so that I can ensure it records while being able to leave it at home and not have to carry it around with me (potentially getting it stolen or lost). I am a teacher, so I cant just leave it lying around on my desk, and some of the schools I am in get very poor AM reception. So, all in all, I find it best to leave it at home and have it record a certain station all day. Of course, it pretty much saps the battery and records a bunch of stuff I dont want, but I still get what I want eventually (and I have gotten in the habit of recharging it everyday).

It would be much nicer to have the auto record ability, much like my DVRs. That took it from a sure-fire 4 star to a 3 star product, imo. If it would have that functionality, and it was easy to use, and reliable, maybe even a 5 star product.

Other than that, nice product. I like that it has a "lock" button, good speaker (for listening w/o headphones), it's designed so you have to "double-check" before deleting a file, and you can adjust the auto-tuning so that you can most likely pick up all stations (see manual for how to do that).
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars SUX doesn't begin to cover it, wouldn't give it to an Ex-Girlfriend! 21 Sept. 2012
By sugarmachine - Published on
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the 1ST de1125 was purchased for me as a gift from my wife, and within 2 weeks the jack where ear buds are plugged into, dislodged, rendering the piece an irritating rattler. Not wanting to upset my wife that she'd apparently bought a cheap piece of (______), I ordered another for immediate delivery to replace the first. Reached out via email about warranty or reimbursement only to wait in vain in what I expected to be 2 way correspondence. I'm a bit foolish at times.
the 2ND unit arrived and with a bit of luck, this proved to be a bit more "structurally" sound. However, in AM mode it will often freeze refusing to change station/adjust volume/ return to main menu, or even shut off - nothing. Yanking the battery out for a few seconds and then putting it back in is the only way to power the unit off in order to turn back on/ reset date and time/ find your station, and go about whatever it was that you were doing (if you can remember what that might have been by this point). really just irritating as all get out. Its 2012 for pete's sake, is this as good and reliable as this gets?
so please anyone with similar disappointing experiences, feel free to pile on I don't want to steal or monopolize anyone's thunder! In conclusion, I've suspicions a lot of the 5 star reviews are fraudulent. intolerably poor sentence structure and grammar makes me sense that employees of the manufacturer are likely behind the glowing 5 star reviews.
not only do I not recommend this piece to even an Ex you will despise the rest of your natural born life, but I would love recommendations on a brand or model that has proven reliable and durable for you. looking for at least 4 gb am/fm mp3 recorder. it would be cool with armbands for running or biking, but not a deal breaker, I just need it to be at least pocket sized. Thanks in advance!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It's okay, but I would never buy another one 20 Mar. 2013
By R.G. Rader - Published on
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I have had this radio for a while now (since 1 Nov 2012) and I have now made my conclusions on this device. It's terrible!

I own a Degen DE1123 that I am very fond of, but thought that perhaps this DE1125 would be an upgrade to the DE1123. Wrong!!!!

A few days ago, I got the radio out to do some AM listening and found that the battery was completely dead. Granted, it sat around for a couple months without being used--but I don't feel that the battery should have been completely dead. Maybe I am wrong in this assumption? Do other electronic units fully discharge after a set period of time? I don't believe my DE1123 does. The DE1123 takes longer than two months to lose its charge.

I recharged the DE1125 unit to it's fullest. I then tried to reset the date and time. The written manual is totally useless for doing this. The instructions in the manual are lacking a lot of information to explain how to do anything. I stumbled through Chinese menus, pushing buttons and trying anything I could to get the date and time set. I finally stumbled onto it, but don't ask me how I did that.

The Chinese menus? How do you get rid of those? Is there even an English menu at all?

Comparisons of the DE1123 and DE1125

Pros of the DE1125
(1) Looks nice
(2) Lightweight
(3) round knob for setting frequency and menus

Cons of the DE1125
(1) battery discharges very quickly without use
(2) two hour recording length from radio

Pros of the DE1123
(1) Longer recordings than the DE1125
(2) Holds charge a lot longer
(3) takes a beating when dropped

Cons of the DE1123
(1) heavy in weight
(2) poor selection capability with arrow buttons
(3) drops-out on recording once in a while
(4) menus are bad

After comparing the two. I would say I love the DE1123 better because it holds a charge longer, and does longer recordings (time wise) than the DE1125. If I had to do it over again, I WOULD NOT BUY THE DE1125 FOR ANY REASON.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars second gen. DE1125 radio 12 Aug. 2012
By Term8r - Published on
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Got this radio last week and have been using it constantly since I got it. I would have rated this radio higher but it did not include a English manual, which is important to have because of so many features on this radio. I have fumbled through the menu's on the radio and learned how to run it because it is pretty intutively set up. I tried to find a manual from using google and the manufactor with little success. As a matter fact Amazon support tried to come up with one and could not get one, they offered me a 25% discount if I would keep the radio which I accepted. It is to good a radio to let go for not having a manual.

Just an hour before I desided to write this review I found a copy of the Degen DE1126 manual on the net and it uses the same electrical circuit chip and computer menu. Suffice it to say you can use that to step through all the menu steps on the DE1125. It appears the DE1126 is just an upgrade to the 1125 and for the most part the manual works for the 1125 also. Okay, all that is the reason for a one star reduction.

The Radio itself works pretty darn good, with limitations being so small it limits the speaker size and AM antenna size. This make's the radio sound a little on the bright side and not much base. It uses DSP tunning but the frequency skirts that are used could be wider which would give better sound on AM. The antenna limits the AM sensitivity but it receives strong local signals very well and on a couple of late night sessions I pulled in a lot of clear channel DX stations, but not quite as good as some of the other Radios I have for that purpose. Earphones helps the audio in all bands. AM(MW) band is okay but not outstanding Sensitivity is fair and selectivity is excellant.

FM reception is very good, and sounds okay considering the 50mm speaker. Sensitivity and selectivity are very good.

SW reception on my example is a little weak in overall performance no doubt because it has a small whip, plus a lot of noise on the band. I put a whip extender from another radio on it and that help a lot. But I feel its a good feature but limited to only strong signals.

MP3 by trial and error I finely loaded a few of my favorite albums on it and throught the earphones it sound very good to excellant. the small internal speaker limits the sound quality, but menu has an equalizer which may adjust the sound to your liking.

Did not use the tape recorder or the book recorder.

The radio overall is very trim and well done, it is a very hansome little unit. The battery is a cell phone unit that once charges lasts a long time. Left mine on all night long 9 hours straight and it still shows 100% charge, it lasts a long time. You can charge it off a computer using USB port and it comes with a small power supply.

So far everything seems to be working on my unit, it must have the latest Bios update (ver.1.9). One thing I did notice, between funtional changes like Radio to MP3 there is a little wait of a couple of seconds for it to change over.

This is an amazing little swiss knife of a radio, it seems to have a lot of very interesting feature all rolled into a radio you can carry in your front pants pocket or shirt pocket all the time and not even notice its there. Realizing there are some limitations because of the small size but overall a very good purchase. I have only had this less than a week so if I anything note worthy happens I will update this review.
4.0 out of 5 stars Good MP3/AM Radio... (need to find English in settings though) 1 May 2013
By Drew Veeneman - Published on
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This is a great mp3/portable radio. I was looking for a player that can also do AM radio. The selection was fairly limited.

When I received this in the mail, there was an initial language barrier. The packaging, instructions and player were all in Chinese. Finding the Language option in the settings (6th one down) was challenging. Once it was set to English though, this thing works great. The size is perfect... and the single speaker is nice if your outside. The antenna is modest, but is works well.

It charges with a USB plug and comes with a rechargeable Nokia cell phone battery. These are easy to find and replace, I assume.
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