tecsun pl 880 review

Tecsun PL880 Portable Digital PLL Dual Conversion Review

​Music can really soothe one’s mind and soul. Stress vanishes into thin air when it hits the ear.

With the Tecsun PL880 Portable Radio, you can carry around the melodic tunes of music with you from now on anywhere you go. This radio is like none made before.

How is it different from the rest?

It has been designed in such a way that you can choose up to four bandwidths in AM mode. This is great news for all the music lovers.

Below, I am going to review this device thoroughly to give you a better picture of it. It will also help you to decide whether they are worth your bucks or not.

Let’s get started.

Tecsun PL880 Portable Digital PLL Review

You might be wondering what this radio has that the others don’t? Well, a lot of interesting features that I’m going to talk about below.

This thing allows full coverage of long wave 100-519 kHz, AM from 520-1710 kHz, FM from 64-108 MHz and shortwave from 1.7-30 MHz. Also, you’ll get an 18650 rechargeable battery, an external shortwave antenna, stereo earphones, a carrying pouch, and a user manual with the unit.

There are also some fascinating features which have not been seen before. This radio has options like putting a lock in the system, adding seconds to the display, changeable muting selection, and sync.

What about the brand? In their official website, they claim to be an exclusive brand who have promised to take care of their customers choice of radio.

They ensured that you'd get the best experience if you choose their products. Now I do not know how much truth that statement holds, but I do know that they provide quality products for their buyers.

They are designed in such a way that they can easily be used during travelling. Well, the purpose of a portable radio is to carry it around everywhere. Right?

Not only it’s portable, but it has great touch sensitivity as well. From the tuning wheels to the buttons, everything in this is very smooth.

The sound quality is great because of its wide ranged bandwidth filters.

You can listen to music, news, and the weather forecast with full clarity. Just not that, it has a 24-hour alarm clock programmed in it. So, you can use this as an alarm clock! So innovative, isn’t it?

1. Design

This little bad boy is grey in color. You can move around with it, but it is not “ultra-portable” since it’s a bit big in size. But you shouldn’t have much trouble travelling with it. It has a headphone jack so that you can plug in your earphones and drown in your own world.

To the right of the radio, there is a button which switches on the back lighting. The right-hand side also consists of the main tuning knob, the volume, the tone control switch, and the fine-tuning knob.

Towards the left side of the radio, there is a 5 VDC USB input, an external antenna jack, a line-out jack, and a three-position antenna gain switch.

2. Filters

This is truly the best radio for its filters. You just have to click on the AM switch, and the settings of the bandwidth would come up on display. Then you can widen and narrow the filter by using the tuning control button.

The PL-880’s receiver can block out the neighboring signals quite efficiently. But at times, when the filters are narrower the sound quality deteriorates a little.

The volume settings do not help much in this case.

However, the three-position attenuation switch comes in handy here. This switch fixes the bad quality issue when attenuation is elevated.

3. FM And AM

The PL-880 can detect FMs away from the locality comfortably. Although, the quality is not something to boast about, it is still very good. So, I would consider it as a plus point for the device.

You can literally get signals from almost any locality of AM station with this one. The most outstanding thing about this product is how the speaker distributes the sound properly.

4. Tuning

The tuning buttons are placed on the right-hand side of the radio, as mentioned above. This makes it easier to control the device and tune it easily.

Skimming through frequencies has never been made easier as this one. The frontal keypad allows you to change frequencies easily, and you need to press no other buttons for it.

5. Sync Lock Feature

This is a nice little feature that’s bound to impress you. I was quite delighted that Tecsun put this feature into the device. You just have to press and hold down onto the USB/LSB options. Then you’ll see how it coordinates the selective fade and the signal interference.

For many, this feature may not be ground breaking as you can also use the SSB mode and the AM carrier to replicate this action. But it is sweet to have the option.

6. Hidden Features

There are quite a few hidden features in this device, and the reason for not putting them in the manual has still left me a bit confused.

You can unlock them by pressing some buttons.

Here are few features listed below:

  • Muting threshold adjustment
  • Putting seconds on the display clock
  • Version of firmware shown in the display
  • Medium wave calibration

Here are few Pros and Cons below:

Pros

  • Muting threshold adjustment
  • Putting seconds on the display clock
  • Version of firmware shown in the display
  • Medium wave calibration

Cons

  • While moving into another mode, a two second delay is experienced
  • Hidden features are hard to identify
  • The battery charger makes noises while charging


Frequently Asked Questions

1. How much does it weigh?

It weighs about 1.15 pounds.

2. Does this radio get NWS weather alerts?

No, it does not. This although tells the regular weather on FM and    AM radio stations.

3. Can you use regular batteries with this radio?

No, you cannot. You need to use a lithium ion single battery of 18650.

4. Where is it made?

It is made in China.

5. How long does it take to the charge the battery?

It really depends on how much charge you have left. If you are in a low battery life, it will take a couple of hours to get the device fully charged.

Final Words

In all honesty, I don’t think there is any other deal like this one. You get so many features that you cannot find in any other portable radio. It gives you so much at such a low price

If you ask me whether I recommend this or not, I would say yes, 100 times.

And if you think it’s worth it as well, you shouldn’t waste your time. Go and get it. Good day!

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