Tecsun PL-380 Review

Serial#: 369-2010-0202-752 03/2010
Price: £38.10 Plus FREE shipping on mbuynow.com

Tecsun PL-380 radio

TECSUN PL-380 is one of the most popular TECSUN serial digital radios. It is designed the high-performance, low power, multi-functional, easy-to-wide-band digital tuning radio. Uses the Silicon Labs si4734 digital signal processing chip which is the industry’s first fully integrate. Digitalize the analog AM/FM broadcasting signal base on the modern software technology and radio principles. Read Tecsun S2000 Air Band Radio Receiver Review.

It provides an outstanding choice of filter selectivity of 6 KHz, 4 KHz, 3 KHz, 2 KHz, and 1 KHz, minimizing interference, and tunes the long wave, medium wave, shortwave and FM bands. This little receiver is truly a quantum leap in technology.

There are 550 memory presets total. Two sets of automatically stored memories mean you can have one set at home and one set to use each time you visit a new location.

FM 87 ~ 108MHz (Russia 64 ~ 108MHz, Japan 76 ~ 108MHz, USA 87.5 ~ 108MHz)
Mediumwave: 522 ~ 1620 kHz (USA 520 ~ 1710 kHz) with 9 kHz/ 10kHz tuning step selectable
Longwave: 153 KHz to 513 KHz
Shortwave: 2300 KHz to 21950 KHz

Features include 12/24 clock with alarm, control lock, signal strength and S/N display, sleep timer, lighted dial, 7 tuning modes, temperature reading, stereo FM reception through the earphones, 5 bandwidth settings and (1, 2, 3, 4, 6 kHz). If you are a fan of Tescun DSP radios, you can’t miss this Tecsun PL-380 radio.

It uses 3 AA batteries, and can recharge them through an external USB cable. The radio comes with zipper carrying case, ear buds, manual and a clip-on external antenna.

Unit size: 135 x 86 x 26 mm (W x H x D)

Pro: DSP chip really does clean up noisy signals on all receive bands. Include five bandwidth settings. Work near-miracles on marginal FM. It is a slim and compact pocket machine, suited to go out, travel use in the morning.

Con: Poor internal AM antenna. No antenna inputs (but clip-on & inductive coupling work OK). LW is nearly non-functional (who cares). No SSB, and 22 MHz tuner limit doesn’t reach up to CB and 10m ham frequencies (but at £38.10, that’s too much to ask).


PL-505 PL-380 PL-360
shortwave automatic search
SW search time 2:42 3:13 4:46
ETM units 35 units (without antenna) 33 units 28 units
Receiver performance
MW S/N is slightly better Weak signal units
FM better than PL-380 with Antenna good
SW S/N is slightly better with Antenna good
Sound thin thick thick

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