• Sangean CL-100 NOAA, S.A.M.E and Public Alert Certified Weather Alert Table-Top Radio with AM/FM-RBDS, and EEPROM Back Up for Preset Stations
  • Sangean CL-100 NOAA, S.A.M.E and Public Alert Certified Weather Alert Table-Top Radio with AM/FM-RBDS, and EEPROM Back Up for Preset Stations
  • Sangean CL-100 NOAA, S.A.M.E and Public Alert Certified Weather Alert Table-Top Radio with AM/FM-RBDS, and EEPROM Back Up for Preset Stations
  • Sangean CL-100 NOAA, S.A.M.E and Public Alert Certified Weather Alert Table-Top Radio with AM/FM-RBDS, and EEPROM Back Up for Preset Stations
  • Sangean CL-100 NOAA, S.A.M.E and Public Alert Certified Weather Alert Table-Top Radio with AM/FM-RBDS, and EEPROM Back Up for Preset Stations
  • Sangean CL-100 NOAA, S.A.M.E and Public Alert Certified Weather Alert Table-Top Radio with AM/FM-RBDS, and EEPROM Back Up for Preset Stations
Sangean CL-100 NOAA, S.A.M.E and Public Alert Certified Weather Alert Table-Top Radio with AM/FM-RBDS, and EEPROM Back Up for Preset Stations
Sangean CL-100 NOAA, S.A.M.E and Public Alert Certified Weather Alert Table-Top Radio with AM/FM-RBDS, and EEPROM Back Up for Preset Stations
Sangean CL-100 NOAA, S.A.M.E and Public Alert Certified Weather Alert Table-Top Radio with AM/FM-RBDS, and EEPROM Back Up for Preset Stations
Sangean CL-100 NOAA, S.A.M.E and Public Alert Certified Weather Alert Table-Top Radio with AM/FM-RBDS, and EEPROM Back Up for Preset Stations
Sangean CL-100 NOAA, S.A.M.E and Public Alert Certified Weather Alert Table-Top Radio with AM/FM-RBDS, and EEPROM Back Up for Preset Stations
Sangean CL-100 NOAA, S.A.M.E and Public Alert Certified Weather Alert Table-Top Radio with AM/FM-RBDS, and EEPROM Back Up for Preset Stations

Sangean CL-100 NOAA, S.A.M.E and Public Alert Certified Weather Alert Table-Top Radio with AM/FM-RBDS, and EEPROM Back Up for Preset Stations

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  • NOAA and Public Alert Certified Weather Radio Receives all 7 NOAA Weather Channels and Reports, S.A.M.E. Broadcasts up to 25 Programmable FIPS Location Codes with 3 Messages: Warning / Watch / Advisory Lights
  • Stores up to 20 Alert Messages and 10 Memory Station Presets 5 AM / 5 FM with EEPROM Back Up for Preset Stations
  • Dual Daily Alarms with Waking to AM / FM Radio or Buzzer Alarm, Sleep and Snooze Timers, LCD Dimmer and Contrast Control Adjustments and Bass & Treble Controls
  • DC Power Input, Stereo Headphone Output, AM, FM and Weather External Antenna Connections, Aux-in, External Horn or Light Alert Connection and Ground Terminal
  • Operates with Included AC Adapter or 4AA Batteries (not included)
  • DeLuxe Table Top, AM/M Clock Radio
  • All Hazards SAME Weather Radio
  • Receives all NOAA Weather Channels & Reports
  • Certified Public Alert Radio
  • LCD Dimmer & Contrast Control

Customer Reviews

Buy with confidence.Deceptively hi-fi audio quality for voices. Surprisingly pleasing to listen to for AM or FM. Weather alerts can be tailored to your exact county(s) that you prefer. Also has end-of-message functionality, so you hear the first broadcast message and then zero repeats. Has a compartment for AA batteries, but only uses them as a backup, as it runs on wall-wart juice primarily.Also, do yourself a favor and use lithium batteries so they don't corrode and ruin your radio.Very well made. I'm very glad I spent double over the cheaper radios. Sound quality is 10 times better. Note that I use Blue Sky Designs Sat6d studio monitors (speakers) in a professional capacity; they cost $1800 each. So, I know a thing or two about actual, substantive sound quality. This machine does all the fundamentals right. Even the wife loves it for AM news radio in the morning.5MAJOR design flaw that doesn t show up til it matters most.Others have mentioned this, I just recently unfortunately verified it. I have two of these units bought over a year apart. Three weeks ago, I replaced batteries on both with top-shelf Energizer Lithiums. They have been fully powered since then. Yesterday, we lost power for the first time ever in the Colorado blizzard.Both were dead as a door nail.The problem is these things CONSTANTLY drain their backup batteries, even when plugged in.That is NOT ok for an emergency / safety device.Others have mentioned this, but responses have been that they probably got a bum unit. I have one from 2017 and 2019 and both behaved the same way.I will be contacting Sangean, but the service others have gotten is not encouraging. Too bad, I have many of their radios and generally like them a lot.I fear others just don t know the problem and won t find out until it s too late. Please. BEWARE. This device has great features, but will let you down in an emergency!1COMPLETELY USELESS AS AN EMERGENCY DEVICE... false advertising... issue is known to Sangean!!Returned this unit after testing for 3 weeks. As advertised, it has an excellent radio/speaker system, and the weather broadcast is, in fact, clearer than with other weather radios tested. All started out ok, until I attempted to test it's battery back-up capabilities (in preparation for hurricane season in FL). As soon as I unplugged it from the wall (with 4 brand new heavy-duty, name-brand alkaline batteries having been installed since it was first unboxed, just 3 weeks earlier), the entire unit died. Upon plugging it back in, all settings had been lost.Upon testing the AA batteries, all showed to be low... despite having been brand new and fully plugged into the wall since we first used it. A call to Sangean customer service (answered by a very nice woman, after only a very short wait ...credit where credit due) yielded a very surprising discovery. I asked (almost jokingly) if their unit might be draining the batteries while plugged into the wall... to my utter surprise and dismay, she said YES, that was a KNOWN ISSUE, and they were "hoping" to possibly address it with another upgrade in the future (this unit has been out, in its current format for many years already, and gets generally top marks in reviews).She said one should only put batteries in if the power went out. I reminded her that this was an emergency radio, designed and advertised to warn people of life-threatening situations, including things such as tornados. She assured me that if the power went out, whenever I went to put batteries in, the radio should THEN tell me of past emergency alerts that I might have missed while the power was out. What?!? Not even possible. Not only that, I reminded her it's advertised as an emergency battery back-up system, to COVER for when the power goes out - duh. At least she was brutally honest and said that was the way it was designed, and it was a known issue, with no expected date for improvement.So A TOTALLY USELESS EMERGENCY DEVICE. Not only that, after the battery fiasco, I noticed it had stopped any further notifications related to actual emergency alerts (evidenced by a lack of weekly required test records, despite being plugged back into the wall). TOTAL AVOID!!! And SHAME ON SANGEAN for putting a product out purporting to help in protecting people's lives, accompanied by completely false advertising!!! Went back to Midland for all my weather radio needs.1The best weather radio I've ever had.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, 2010UPDATE: 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!UPDATE 7/8/2019: I have 2 of these radios from 2010. Both have been great up until I noticed that the backlight on one of them is now dead. The radio still plays but I can t read the screen. As far as the battery drain problem that more recent reviews talk about, both of mine (older models) have NEVER had that issue. I just checked the batteries in both of them and I still have full charge on batteries that are more than a year old. I m hesitant to buy a replacement radio for the one with the failed backlight because I don t want one that drains batteries either. I ll keep my eyes on the one with the dead backlight. If the alerts fail then I ll have to make a decision. Maybe Sangean can repair this one.4but instead of sticking with what I knew worked great, I decided to get a Midland insteadI needed a replacement weather radio for a 20+ year old Radio Shack one that finally bit the dust. I already own another Sangean that I purchased 5 years ago, but instead of sticking with what I knew worked great, I decided to get a Midland instead. Big mistake. The Midland did not work right and never flagged any weather alerts. Yes, it was programmed correctly and received the NOAA station. So back it went after we had a major storm roll through and the Midland did NOTHING and I got this one. Sangean works great, just like the other one I had bought 5 years ago, but this new model seems to have a couple new bells and whistles. Should have stuck with what I knew worked well.5wow, this is a winner 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. 5Not for Emergency Use!!!There are some minor positive attributes of the Sangean CL-100 but they are overpowered by the severe negative ones.First, the batteries are drained while the radio is plugged into the wall socket. This eliminates the units ability to receive emergency alerts or play the radio from battery power. Just imagine; a tornado approaches and destroys the power distribution center the next county over right before an alert is sent to warn you. No electricity, dead batteries, no alert! Or you are waken by the power going off in the house, you push the power button on this radio and nothing happens. (From tech support, Yes it is a known problem )Second, it takes 8 to 10 seconds for the audio to ramp up to full volume. A nice touch for the clock radio mode but not for when you are searching for channels. Example push the tune button, it scans to a channel and stops, silence for 10 seconds as the audio level builds up. Repeat looking for channels 10 channels and 2 minutes later you just accomplished what you can do in 10 seconds on another radio. Or even more annoying it is the middle of the night and the blaring alert alarm goes off, you set up in bed to hear silence from the radio as it gently brings the audio up in time for you to hear the second half of the announcement, the first part you missed was, you later find out something about a tsunami. (From tech support, Yes it is a known problem Both these tech support responses came after a three month wait then a repeat request sent to every Sangean email address I could find.)The Sangean CL-100 is a definite DO NOT BUY.Not for Emergency Use!!!1Very nice radioLove it. Picks up several local channels loud and clear. Has all the ports, in and out, that you would need. If you decide to use a external antenna, be sure it is better than the attached antenna. If you plug in an antenna, it disables the on board one. I purchased their small external antenna with, and because it doesn't use both, the reception is much worse. Not surprising, once you figure out it disables the on board.The speaker is nice, but I decided to use the audio out, and hook it up to a set of old PC desktop stereo speakers. Worked great, but remember that if the added speakers have volume controls, you need to max the volume on the radio itself then use the controls on the speakers.I looked at all of the radios in this class I could find on amazon. And I'm very happy with this one, great. Even greater when you consider many of the others are priced much higher, without as many options. One thing that really stands out, is the display. Options to change the contrast, and invert. Displays RBDS, digital info like the title of music playing, just like the nice one in your car. This feature stands out, and is not found on many of the other radios in this class and price range that I saw. Only thing that might be a negative to some is that the display is fixed. You can not change the angle of it. I thought that this might be more of an annoyance than it turned out to be. With the contrast settings, you can get it to look nice and easy to read, from just about any angle. The UI is simple, and intuitive.5Highest Performance In this ClassVery nice-looking unit with a small footprint. Plenty of volume. All the features you'd expect from a dedicated SAMES receiver, and then some. Controls are well laid-out and easy to access. Display is better than most. Programming is fairly easy. I was good to go in about 30 minutes. All functions work as expected.I expected decent radio performance, but my expectations were exceeded. This thing came close to matching the performance of my CCRadio2. I kid you not. On a night-time AM DX hunt outside, it pulled in nearly every clear-channel station east of the Rockies (I'm in northern Michigan), as well as countless others in the bandspread. Of course, don't expect top AM performance inside a building during daylight hours. In the clear, though, AM performance is topnotch - an unexpected perk.The local NWR transmitter is about 6 miles from us, perfect reception with the whip fully collapsed. Alerts work as expected, according to my programming choices. Outside, I copied 3 other distant NWR stations with antenna extended. Did not expect that, since NWR transmits at relatively low power. Excellent choice for WeatherRadio reception. Commercial stereo FM performance is fantastic. With an outside antenna, the sky's the limit.Another surprise is the audio quality from the mono speaker - unbelievably decent for such a small speaker and case. Makes the AM experience significantly more enjoyable. With headphones, FM stereo is fantastic. Bass and Treb controls are effective. Sangean obviously put some effort into the audio section.A Couple Gripes:First is the volume fade-in effect when you tune from one station to another (or lose and recapture a signal). Nice for waking up to the radio (which I don't), but a PITA when you're trying to surf stations or get a quick NWR update.There's no provision for modifying or disabling this weird feature. Perhaps a firmware update will address this.The second complaint I have is the implementation of the battery backup. Join the 21st century, and make this unit compatible with rechargeable Lithium batteries. Just like every cell phone on the planet. 'Nuff said - C'mon Sangean, you're better than this.If receiver performance is high on your list, the CL-100 is a clear winner at this price. You won't be disappointed.4Great WX functionality, moderate FM, lousy AM (but who listens to AM anymore, anyway?)I took my time searching for a weather radio that fit my needs, not only for personal use, but as a sort of makeshift Emergency Alert System device for a future Internet radio station (look up the price of the actual EAS units and you'll see why). Whatever radio I bought had to have several features to make that work: alert localization by FIPS code (the S.A.M.E. functionality), external audio output, external alert voltage output to trigger a contact closure, and importantly, End-Of-Message support (to turn the radio and voltage off after the alert has aired).This radio does all of that.Reception on the weather band is about as good as one could hope for. I'm in something of a no-man's land (in terms of both commercial TV and radio AND weather radio broadcasts). My county is technically split between three different NWS forecasting offices by way of three different weather radio stations. I'm comfortably inside the far reach of my primary weather radio station to the southwest, I'm just inside the fringe of the secondary station to the north-northwest, and well outside the coverage of the tertiary station to the east (which operates at a lower power than the other two to begin with). I'm only using the attached antenna , and if this were a cheaper radio, I would probably only be receiving the primary station. That's what I half-expected anyway, just because I didn't want to get my hopes up. But I was pleasantly surprised to find that both the primary AND secondary stations come in quite clearly! The third station, I'm afraid, is hopeless from this distance unless I connected this radio to my rooftop antenna and aimed it east, but that's a bit overkill for my purposes, and most storm systems come in from the west, anyway, so it's not really worth it just to hear alerts AFTER the storm has passed.Commercial FM reception, however, is not quite up to the same level, though again, to be fair, I *am* in something of a no-man's land in that regard. Local stations come in perfectly well, but it's only picking up two or three of the regional stations that all of my other radios pick up just fine. Distant stations that my other radios receive with some effort are nowhere to be found. That *may* be remedied by connecting to an external antenna -- preferably a directional dipole or even a rooftop or tower Yagi if you rig up an RCA connection for it -- but I haven't attempted that, mostly because I simply have no reason to do so.One side note: this reception difficulty, at least for my purposes, practically renders the automatic RDBS clock synchronization function useless, because the local stations in my town either don't broadcast RDBS data or don't include clock time IN their RDBS data. One of the regional stations DOES, but either the data is being received incorrectly on my end, or they've failed to set the date and Daylight Saving settings on their RDBS encoder. So if you live in a rural area like I do, you're likely doing to have to set the date and time yourself. It's not really a problem by any measure, just an inconvenience when the functionality is present. It's not even necessarily a fault with the radio itself.All that said, if you live in a more populated region than I do, closer to a specific media market with more options available to you on the FM dial, none of that is going to be a problem for you.The AM side is... well, it exists. That's about all I can say for it. And, frankly, that's about all I can say for AM radio at all anymore. Between the terrible programming and the interference caused by modern electronic devices, AM radio is unlistenable at this point to begin with. But I did give the band a shot on this radio just to see how it performed, and while not at all surprised, I was definitely disappointed. AM receivers are, in general, an afterthought for manufacturers these days, but sometimes you come across one that's still halfway decent. This one doesn't even make it a *quarter* of the way to "decent." As free from interference as I could get it in a semi-urban setting, in the daytime hours, the internal AM antenna ONLY pulls in my local Class C graveyard channel (and not even full-power Class C, we're talking 500 watts day, 250 at night), which is almost exactly seven-tenths of a mile from me. Nighttime skywave reception isn't much better. The local graveyarder still comes in (I *would* actually be shocked if it didn't, as it resonates off the back of my refrigerator on humid summer nights), but even the regional flamethrowers barely show up. I'm 100 miles from WJR, which throws a lobe in my direction. They're barely audible. I'm 150 miles from WTAM. It's not even there. I'm 200 miles from WLW. Nada. WSM and WHAM showed up in my band scan, but only just. I connected my homemade AM loop and ground wire combo just to see if it improved anything. It did not. And this is a setup that I've used on several other radios for more than a decade with fantastic results, so I know it's not my shoddy workmanship that's the problem there. It's the radio.However, again, all that being said, are you even listening to AM radio anymore? Who IS? No one. You're not buying this radio for its AM reception, you're buying it to be a weather alert radio. The one star I docked this rating is for the FM mediocrity, not the AM misery. I only included my complaints about the AM side in this review because fellow geeks like me might want to be warned about it. Most of you won't care.Back to the weather functionality, then.The S.A.M.E. feature has worked flawlessly so far as best I can tell. I'm not hearing the alerts for the FIPS codes in my area that I haven't programmed in, so those are getting filtered out.There IS one concerning moment that I experienced: a flood warning was issued for a neighboring county one evening, which triggered an alert as it should. However, while that alert was still active on the radio, a severe thunderstorm warning for the southern portion of MY county was issued, but it did NOT trigger an alert. Now, it COULD be that the storm was breaking up the signal between my location and the transmitter (the storm was right smack-dab between us), and my radio simply didn't receive the data bursts that trigger the alert. But what worries me is the possibility that the radio DID receive the severe thunderstorm warning but simply didn't activate because there was a already another warning in effect, even if it was of another type. If the latter guess is true, that poses a safety issue. I haven't had the radio long enough to determine by experience if that's what happened or not, so don't take this to mean that it's a known problem, but it might be something to watch out for.One question I didn't have the answer to when I bought it was whether or not the auxiliary input would be interrupted by the weather alerts. I *presumed* that it would -- I can't think of any reason why it shouldn't and a whole lot of reasons why it should -- but nothing in the radio's manual or promotional information makes that clear. I can now confirm that yes, in fact, it does. So if you're planning on connecting, say, your phone or some other device to it (I use it for my laptop on my bedside table), you don't have to worry: you'll still get awakened in the middle of the night to learn that the world is ending.I *will* note that the auxiliary input is a TAD bit weak. My laptop's headphone jack automatically switches to line level based on resistance (as most do), so I keep it cranked up to 100% when plugged into the radio, but even then, with the radio at 50% volume itself, there's an airy bit of white noise that the radio adds. Prior to buying this radio, I was using a pair of (ancient) active desktop computer speakers to achieve the same volume level, and they did not add this level of noise. That says to me that the physical input on the radio is not feeding the amplifier at full power. It's not enough to keep me up at night, but then, I'm the type who could sleep right through the Nuclear Holocaust, so if your ears are sensitive to such things, it may be more noticeable. And from a broadcasting perspective, I had considered the possibility that I might not need the external contact closure relay for audio streaming purposes, simply running the mix into the auxiliary input, then out the headphone jack into the stream encoder, but with that noise being added, that's definitely a no-go. The contact closure setup WILL be necessary.I have only used the headphone jack as an external audio output -- I haven't plugged any actual headphones into it yet -- so I don't know how well it's going to power them, and that would vary by the resistance of the drivers, anyway, so I can't tell you how loud it will be. However, there is *definitely* amplification there. As with any headphone jack, it's not line-level audio, and using it for line-level purposes as I do, it should never be turned up full-blast. If you're using external speakers or connecting it to an amplifier, keep the radio at 50% volume, otherwise you're going to overmod by about 6dB, and the end result will not be fun for you. I learned from the experience of others, so take my advice and learn from their experience, yourself.Some others here in the reviews have mentioned the quick shutoff timing of the menu system, and yes, it can be a pain. I suggest writing out all of the FIPS codes you plan to enter in before doing so. That way you're not having to go back through the menu every time you have to look one up.The ability to switch alert types on and off is handy. I like hearing the required weekly and monthly tests, which are both turned off by default. Some of the others you might want to turn off, though I don't really see a reason to. For example, I seriously doubt I'm ever going to hear a hurricane warning alert here in Michigan, so there's no reason to have the radio listen for one, but since there's never going to be one issued, there's no real reason to turn it off, either. So the choice is nice to have, but it's not really all that necessary, at least in most cases that I can think of. Your mileage may vary.All in all, I'm very pleased with my purchase, and when I get my stream online, I *will* be buying another for it. If you're looking for a solid weather radio, look no further; you've found it. If you're looking for a solid all-around tabletop radio, there are others out there that might be better suited for your purposes. If you're looking for an AM radio, what's wrong with you?4The battery-drain problem is a fatal flawI put brand new Duracell batteries in this unit when I received it about 5-6 weeks ago. We have had no power outages and the unit has remained plugged in continuously. I unplugged it to move it to another location and was shocked to see a "Low Battery" warning. Why would the backup batteries be drained when the unit has been plugged in and never run on batteries? Well, for the reason described by another reviewer who experienced a similar problem: There is some sort of electrical glitch (apparently known to Sangean) that not-so-slowly drains the batteries.While there are some great features to this radio, this is a major flaw. It means that if you keep the unit plugged in, your batteries will slowly die (maybe it will take a month...maybe three months...who knows). Next time a thunderstorm or other event hits that knocks out your power, you'll be shocked to learn that you in fact have no power for this so-called emergency alert radio. Sure, you can go ahead and put new batteries in it at that time, but you will have lost all your settings.It's too bad that Sangean never identified and resolved this problem because this would have otherwise been a good product. Beyond the battery drain issue, about the only negatives are minor. For example, the backlighting for the time display is unpleasantly bright and problematic if used in a bedroom (you will need to cover it with dimming film, which then makes it hard to read during the day). Also, the fixed angle of the display is good for table top use but not suitable for viewing from bed (it makes a bad clock radio).The reception, sound, and programmable features were quite good.Overall, though, the unit fails at one of the basic requirements for an emergency device: it's not reliable.2
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Description
  • NOAA and Public Alert Certified Weather Radio Receives all 7 NOAA Weather Channels and Reports, S.A.M.E. Broadcasts up to 25 Programmable FIPS Location Codes with 3 Messages: Warning / Watch / Advisory Lights
  • Stores up to 20 Alert Messages and 10 Memory Station Presets 5 AM / 5 FM with EEPROM Back Up for Preset Stations
  • Dual Daily Alarms with Waking to AM / FM Radio or Buzzer Alarm, Sleep and Snooze Timers, LCD Dimmer and Contrast Control Adjustments and Bass & Treble Controls
  • DC Power Input, Stereo Headphone Output, AM, FM and Weather External Antenna Connections, Aux-in, External Horn or Light Alert Connection and Ground Terminal
  • Operates with Included AC Adapter or 4AA Batteries (not included)
  • DeLuxe Table Top, AM/M Clock Radio
  • All Hazards SAME Weather Radio
  • Receives all NOAA Weather Channels & Reports
  • Certified Public Alert Radio
  • LCD Dimmer & Contrast Control
Reviews

Customer Reviews

Buy with confidence.Deceptively hi-fi audio quality for voices. Surprisingly pleasing to listen to for AM or FM. Weather alerts can be tailored to your exact county(s) that you prefer. Also has end-of-message functionality, so you hear the first broadcast message and then zero repeats. Has a compartment for AA batteries, but only uses them as a backup, as it runs on wall-wart juice primarily.Also, do yourself a favor and use lithium batteries so they don't corrode and ruin your radio.Very well made. I'm very glad I spent double over the cheaper radios. Sound quality is 10 times better. Note that I use Blue Sky Designs Sat6d studio monitors (speakers) in a professional capacity; they cost $1800 each. So, I know a thing or two about actual, substantive sound quality. This machine does all the fundamentals right. Even the wife loves it for AM news radio in the morning.5MAJOR design flaw that doesn t show up til it matters most.Others have mentioned this, I just recently unfortunately verified it. I have two of these units bought over a year apart. Three weeks ago, I replaced batteries on both with top-shelf Energizer Lithiums. They have been fully powered since then. Yesterday, we lost power for the first time ever in the Colorado blizzard.Both were dead as a door nail.The problem is these things CONSTANTLY drain their backup batteries, even when plugged in.That is NOT ok for an emergency / safety device.Others have mentioned this, but responses have been that they probably got a bum unit. I have one from 2017 and 2019 and both behaved the same way.I will be contacting Sangean, but the service others have gotten is not encouraging. Too bad, I have many of their radios and generally like them a lot.I fear others just don t know the problem and won t find out until it s too late. Please. BEWARE. This device has great features, but will let you down in an emergency!1COMPLETELY USELESS AS AN EMERGENCY DEVICE... false advertising... issue is known to Sangean!!Returned this unit after testing for 3 weeks. As advertised, it has an excellent radio/speaker system, and the weather broadcast is, in fact, clearer than with other weather radios tested. All started out ok, until I attempted to test it's battery back-up capabilities (in preparation for hurricane season in FL). As soon as I unplugged it from the wall (with 4 brand new heavy-duty, name-brand alkaline batteries having been installed since it was first unboxed, just 3 weeks earlier), the entire unit died. Upon plugging it back in, all settings had been lost.Upon testing the AA batteries, all showed to be low... despite having been brand new and fully plugged into the wall since we first used it. A call to Sangean customer service (answered by a very nice woman, after only a very short wait ...credit where credit due) yielded a very surprising discovery. I asked (almost jokingly) if their unit might be draining the batteries while plugged into the wall... to my utter surprise and dismay, she said YES, that was a KNOWN ISSUE, and they were "hoping" to possibly address it with another upgrade in the future (this unit has been out, in its current format for many years already, and gets generally top marks in reviews).She said one should only put batteries in if the power went out. I reminded her that this was an emergency radio, designed and advertised to warn people of life-threatening situations, including things such as tornados. She assured me that if the power went out, whenever I went to put batteries in, the radio should THEN tell me of past emergency alerts that I might have missed while the power was out. What?!? Not even possible. Not only that, I reminded her it's advertised as an emergency battery back-up system, to COVER for when the power goes out - duh. At least she was brutally honest and said that was the way it was designed, and it was a known issue, with no expected date for improvement.So A TOTALLY USELESS EMERGENCY DEVICE. Not only that, after the battery fiasco, I noticed it had stopped any further notifications related to actual emergency alerts (evidenced by a lack of weekly required test records, despite being plugged back into the wall). TOTAL AVOID!!! And SHAME ON SANGEAN for putting a product out purporting to help in protecting people's lives, accompanied by completely false advertising!!! Went back to Midland for all my weather radio needs.1The best weather radio I've ever had.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, 2010UPDATE: 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!UPDATE 7/8/2019: I have 2 of these radios from 2010. Both have been great up until I noticed that the backlight on one of them is now dead. The radio still plays but I can t read the screen. As far as the battery drain problem that more recent reviews talk about, both of mine (older models) have NEVER had that issue. I just checked the batteries in both of them and I still have full charge on batteries that are more than a year old. I m hesitant to buy a replacement radio for the one with the failed backlight because I don t want one that drains batteries either. I ll keep my eyes on the one with the dead backlight. If the alerts fail then I ll have to make a decision. Maybe Sangean can repair this one.4but instead of sticking with what I knew worked great, I decided to get a Midland insteadI needed a replacement weather radio for a 20+ year old Radio Shack one that finally bit the dust. I already own another Sangean that I purchased 5 years ago, but instead of sticking with what I knew worked great, I decided to get a Midland instead. Big mistake. The Midland did not work right and never flagged any weather alerts. Yes, it was programmed correctly and received the NOAA station. So back it went after we had a major storm roll through and the Midland did NOTHING and I got this one. Sangean works great, just like the other one I had bought 5 years ago, but this new model seems to have a couple new bells and whistles. Should have stuck with what I knew worked well.5wow, this is a winner 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. 5Not for Emergency Use!!!There are some minor positive attributes of the Sangean CL-100 but they are overpowered by the severe negative ones.First, the batteries are drained while the radio is plugged into the wall socket. This eliminates the units ability to receive emergency alerts or play the radio from battery power. Just imagine; a tornado approaches and destroys the power distribution center the next county over right before an alert is sent to warn you. No electricity, dead batteries, no alert! Or you are waken by the power going off in the house, you push the power button on this radio and nothing happens. (From tech support, Yes it is a known problem )Second, it takes 8 to 10 seconds for the audio to ramp up to full volume. A nice touch for the clock radio mode but not for when you are searching for channels. Example push the tune button, it scans to a channel and stops, silence for 10 seconds as the audio level builds up. Repeat looking for channels 10 channels and 2 minutes later you just accomplished what you can do in 10 seconds on another radio. Or even more annoying it is the middle of the night and the blaring alert alarm goes off, you set up in bed to hear silence from the radio as it gently brings the audio up in time for you to hear the second half of the announcement, the first part you missed was, you later find out something about a tsunami. (From tech support, Yes it is a known problem Both these tech support responses came after a three month wait then a repeat request sent to every Sangean email address I could find.)The Sangean CL-100 is a definite DO NOT BUY.Not for Emergency Use!!!1Very nice radioLove it. Picks up several local channels loud and clear. Has all the ports, in and out, that you would need. If you decide to use a external antenna, be sure it is better than the attached antenna. If you plug in an antenna, it disables the on board one. I purchased their small external antenna with, and because it doesn't use both, the reception is much worse. Not surprising, once you figure out it disables the on board.The speaker is nice, but I decided to use the audio out, and hook it up to a set of old PC desktop stereo speakers. Worked great, but remember that if the added speakers have volume controls, you need to max the volume on the radio itself then use the controls on the speakers.I looked at all of the radios in this class I could find on amazon. And I'm very happy with this one, great. Even greater when you consider many of the others are priced much higher, without as many options. One thing that really stands out, is the display. Options to change the contrast, and invert. Displays RBDS, digital info like the title of music playing, just like the nice one in your car. This feature stands out, and is not found on many of the other radios in this class and price range that I saw. Only thing that might be a negative to some is that the display is fixed. You can not change the angle of it. I thought that this might be more of an annoyance than it turned out to be. With the contrast settings, you can get it to look nice and easy to read, from just about any angle. The UI is simple, and intuitive.5Highest Performance In this ClassVery nice-looking unit with a small footprint. Plenty of volume. All the features you'd expect from a dedicated SAMES receiver, and then some. Controls are well laid-out and easy to access. Display is better than most. Programming is fairly easy. I was good to go in about 30 minutes. All functions work as expected.I expected decent radio performance, but my expectations were exceeded. This thing came close to matching the performance of my CCRadio2. I kid you not. On a night-time AM DX hunt outside, it pulled in nearly every clear-channel station east of the Rockies (I'm in northern Michigan), as well as countless others in the bandspread. Of course, don't expect top AM performance inside a building during daylight hours. In the clear, though, AM performance is topnotch - an unexpected perk.The local NWR transmitter is about 6 miles from us, perfect reception with the whip fully collapsed. Alerts work as expected, according to my programming choices. Outside, I copied 3 other distant NWR stations with antenna extended. Did not expect that, since NWR transmits at relatively low power. Excellent choice for WeatherRadio reception. Commercial stereo FM performance is fantastic. With an outside antenna, the sky's the limit.Another surprise is the audio quality from the mono speaker - unbelievably decent for such a small speaker and case. Makes the AM experience significantly more enjoyable. With headphones, FM stereo is fantastic. Bass and Treb controls are effective. Sangean obviously put some effort into the audio section.A Couple Gripes:First is the volume fade-in effect when you tune from one station to another (or lose and recapture a signal). Nice for waking up to the radio (which I don't), but a PITA when you're trying to surf stations or get a quick NWR update.There's no provision for modifying or disabling this weird feature. Perhaps a firmware update will address this.The second complaint I have is the implementation of the battery backup. Join the 21st century, and make this unit compatible with rechargeable Lithium batteries. Just like every cell phone on the planet. 'Nuff said - C'mon Sangean, you're better than this.If receiver performance is high on your list, the CL-100 is a clear winner at this price. You won't be disappointed.4Great WX functionality, moderate FM, lousy AM (but who listens to AM anymore, anyway?)I took my time searching for a weather radio that fit my needs, not only for personal use, but as a sort of makeshift Emergency Alert System device for a future Internet radio station (look up the price of the actual EAS units and you'll see why). Whatever radio I bought had to have several features to make that work: alert localization by FIPS code (the S.A.M.E. functionality), external audio output, external alert voltage output to trigger a contact closure, and importantly, End-Of-Message support (to turn the radio and voltage off after the alert has aired).This radio does all of that.Reception on the weather band is about as good as one could hope for. I'm in something of a no-man's land (in terms of both commercial TV and radio AND weather radio broadcasts). My county is technically split between three different NWS forecasting offices by way of three different weather radio stations. I'm comfortably inside the far reach of my primary weather radio station to the southwest, I'm just inside the fringe of the secondary station to the north-northwest, and well outside the coverage of the tertiary station to the east (which operates at a lower power than the other two to begin with). I'm only using the attached antenna , and if this were a cheaper radio, I would probably only be receiving the primary station. That's what I half-expected anyway, just because I didn't want to get my hopes up. But I was pleasantly surprised to find that both the primary AND secondary stations come in quite clearly! The third station, I'm afraid, is hopeless from this distance unless I connected this radio to my rooftop antenna and aimed it east, but that's a bit overkill for my purposes, and most storm systems come in from the west, anyway, so it's not really worth it just to hear alerts AFTER the storm has passed.Commercial FM reception, however, is not quite up to the same level, though again, to be fair, I *am* in something of a no-man's land in that regard. Local stations come in perfectly well, but it's only picking up two or three of the regional stations that all of my other radios pick up just fine. Distant stations that my other radios receive with some effort are nowhere to be found. That *may* be remedied by connecting to an external antenna -- preferably a directional dipole or even a rooftop or tower Yagi if you rig up an RCA connection for it -- but I haven't attempted that, mostly because I simply have no reason to do so.One side note: this reception difficulty, at least for my purposes, practically renders the automatic RDBS clock synchronization function useless, because the local stations in my town either don't broadcast RDBS data or don't include clock time IN their RDBS data. One of the regional stations DOES, but either the data is being received incorrectly on my end, or they've failed to set the date and Daylight Saving settings on their RDBS encoder. So if you live in a rural area like I do, you're likely doing to have to set the date and time yourself. It's not really a problem by any measure, just an inconvenience when the functionality is present. It's not even necessarily a fault with the radio itself.All that said, if you live in a more populated region than I do, closer to a specific media market with more options available to you on the FM dial, none of that is going to be a problem for you.The AM side is... well, it exists. That's about all I can say for it. And, frankly, that's about all I can say for AM radio at all anymore. Between the terrible programming and the interference caused by modern electronic devices, AM radio is unlistenable at this point to begin with. But I did give the band a shot on this radio just to see how it performed, and while not at all surprised, I was definitely disappointed. AM receivers are, in general, an afterthought for manufacturers these days, but sometimes you come across one that's still halfway decent. This one doesn't even make it a *quarter* of the way to "decent." As free from interference as I could get it in a semi-urban setting, in the daytime hours, the internal AM antenna ONLY pulls in my local Class C graveyard channel (and not even full-power Class C, we're talking 500 watts day, 250 at night), which is almost exactly seven-tenths of a mile from me. Nighttime skywave reception isn't much better. The local graveyarder still comes in (I *would* actually be shocked if it didn't, as it resonates off the back of my refrigerator on humid summer nights), but even the regional flamethrowers barely show up. I'm 100 miles from WJR, which throws a lobe in my direction. They're barely audible. I'm 150 miles from WTAM. It's not even there. I'm 200 miles from WLW. Nada. WSM and WHAM showed up in my band scan, but only just. I connected my homemade AM loop and ground wire combo just to see if it improved anything. It did not. And this is a setup that I've used on several other radios for more than a decade with fantastic results, so I know it's not my shoddy workmanship that's the problem there. It's the radio.However, again, all that being said, are you even listening to AM radio anymore? Who IS? No one. You're not buying this radio for its AM reception, you're buying it to be a weather alert radio. The one star I docked this rating is for the FM mediocrity, not the AM misery. I only included my complaints about the AM side in this review because fellow geeks like me might want to be warned about it. Most of you won't care.Back to the weather functionality, then.The S.A.M.E. feature has worked flawlessly so far as best I can tell. I'm not hearing the alerts for the FIPS codes in my area that I haven't programmed in, so those are getting filtered out.There IS one concerning moment that I experienced: a flood warning was issued for a neighboring county one evening, which triggered an alert as it should. However, while that alert was still active on the radio, a severe thunderstorm warning for the southern portion of MY county was issued, but it did NOT trigger an alert. Now, it COULD be that the storm was breaking up the signal between my location and the transmitter (the storm was right smack-dab between us), and my radio simply didn't receive the data bursts that trigger the alert. But what worries me is the possibility that the radio DID receive the severe thunderstorm warning but simply didn't activate because there was a already another warning in effect, even if it was of another type. If the latter guess is true, that poses a safety issue. I haven't had the radio long enough to determine by experience if that's what happened or not, so don't take this to mean that it's a known problem, but it might be something to watch out for.One question I didn't have the answer to when I bought it was whether or not the auxiliary input would be interrupted by the weather alerts. I *presumed* that it would -- I can't think of any reason why it shouldn't and a whole lot of reasons why it should -- but nothing in the radio's manual or promotional information makes that clear. I can now confirm that yes, in fact, it does. So if you're planning on connecting, say, your phone or some other device to it (I use it for my laptop on my bedside table), you don't have to worry: you'll still get awakened in the middle of the night to learn that the world is ending.I *will* note that the auxiliary input is a TAD bit weak. My laptop's headphone jack automatically switches to line level based on resistance (as most do), so I keep it cranked up to 100% when plugged into the radio, but even then, with the radio at 50% volume itself, there's an airy bit of white noise that the radio adds. Prior to buying this radio, I was using a pair of (ancient) active desktop computer speakers to achieve the same volume level, and they did not add this level of noise. That says to me that the physical input on the radio is not feeding the amplifier at full power. It's not enough to keep me up at night, but then, I'm the type who could sleep right through the Nuclear Holocaust, so if your ears are sensitive to such things, it may be more noticeable. And from a broadcasting perspective, I had considered the possibility that I might not need the external contact closure relay for audio streaming purposes, simply running the mix into the auxiliary input, then out the headphone jack into the stream encoder, but with that noise being added, that's definitely a no-go. The contact closure setup WILL be necessary.I have only used the headphone jack as an external audio output -- I haven't plugged any actual headphones into it yet -- so I don't know how well it's going to power them, and that would vary by the resistance of the drivers, anyway, so I can't tell you how loud it will be. However, there is *definitely* amplification there. As with any headphone jack, it's not line-level audio, and using it for line-level purposes as I do, it should never be turned up full-blast. If you're using external speakers or connecting it to an amplifier, keep the radio at 50% volume, otherwise you're going to overmod by about 6dB, and the end result will not be fun for you. I learned from the experience of others, so take my advice and learn from their experience, yourself.Some others here in the reviews have mentioned the quick shutoff timing of the menu system, and yes, it can be a pain. I suggest writing out all of the FIPS codes you plan to enter in before doing so. That way you're not having to go back through the menu every time you have to look one up.The ability to switch alert types on and off is handy. I like hearing the required weekly and monthly tests, which are both turned off by default. Some of the others you might want to turn off, though I don't really see a reason to. For example, I seriously doubt I'm ever going to hear a hurricane warning alert here in Michigan, so there's no reason to have the radio listen for one, but since there's never going to be one issued, there's no real reason to turn it off, either. So the choice is nice to have, but it's not really all that necessary, at least in most cases that I can think of. Your mileage may vary.All in all, I'm very pleased with my purchase, and when I get my stream online, I *will* be buying another for it. If you're looking for a solid weather radio, look no further; you've found it. If you're looking for a solid all-around tabletop radio, there are others out there that might be better suited for your purposes. If you're looking for an AM radio, what's wrong with you?4The battery-drain problem is a fatal flawI put brand new Duracell batteries in this unit when I received it about 5-6 weeks ago. We have had no power outages and the unit has remained plugged in continuously. I unplugged it to move it to another location and was shocked to see a "Low Battery" warning. Why would the backup batteries be drained when the unit has been plugged in and never run on batteries? Well, for the reason described by another reviewer who experienced a similar problem: There is some sort of electrical glitch (apparently known to Sangean) that not-so-slowly drains the batteries.While there are some great features to this radio, this is a major flaw. It means that if you keep the unit plugged in, your batteries will slowly die (maybe it will take a month...maybe three months...who knows). Next time a thunderstorm or other event hits that knocks out your power, you'll be shocked to learn that you in fact have no power for this so-called emergency alert radio. Sure, you can go ahead and put new batteries in it at that time, but you will have lost all your settings.It's too bad that Sangean never identified and resolved this problem because this would have otherwise been a good product. Beyond the battery drain issue, about the only negatives are minor. For example, the backlighting for the time display is unpleasantly bright and problematic if used in a bedroom (you will need to cover it with dimming film, which then makes it hard to read during the day). Also, the fixed angle of the display is good for table top use but not suitable for viewing from bed (it makes a bad clock radio).The reception, sound, and programmable features were quite good.Overall, though, the unit fails at one of the basic requirements for an emergency device: it's not reliable.2
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