Sangean WFT-1D+ review: Sangean WFT-1D+

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CNET Editors' Rating

4 stars Excellent
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The Good Pretty much does it all. Easy to set up and use. Value for money.

The Bad Small display. Average remote handset.

The Bottom Line A bit of a jack-of-all-trades, this Sangean offers lots of different radio reception as well as excellent streaming capabilities. At the moment, it's a pretty unique bit of full-width component kit too, and given the feature count represents terrific value for money.

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After a bit of a hiccup and false start, Digital Audio Broadcasting Plus (DAB+) has finally had its official flick of the "on-air" switch. So whether you have taken the plunge yet or not, at least now in Australia's major capitals, there are numerous radio stations broadcasting using the new digital platform.

Design

There have been ample digital radios to choose from, but 99 per cent have been portable or tabletop designs. American company Sangean is one of very few to offer a full-width component-sized tuner and as well as receiving DAB+, the WFT-1D+ will do a lot more.

It's a fairly plain looking slimline device, but beneath this inconspicuous exterior lurks a very sophisticated radio receiver. Several buttons adorn the front which means you can actually use it without the remote. A smallish square central LCD display shows what's going on, while a large control knob scrolls and selects through the various on-screen functions. Two antennas poke up from the rear; one for Wi-Fi, the other to receive both analog and digital radio.

Features

If you're a fan of radio listening, this Sangean receives all sorts as an internet radio, DAB+ and analog FM tuner. Streamed audio from your PC or laptop is also something this Sangean can handle as a network music player. The internet radio gives you access to some 16,000 radio stations which the Sangean sorts by country or genre and you can store as many as you like as "favourites". And at the time of tuning in, we picked up around 12 DAB+ radio stations, from just north of Sydney on the Central Coast.

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Where to Buy

Sangean WFT-1D+

Part Number: CNETSangean WFT-1D+

Typical Price: $599.00

See manufacturer website for availability.