I’m looking for a portable radio for a non-techie. I’d like these three features:
- rechargeable batteries
- AM and FM radio with digital tuning
- MP3 playback from USB drive
It will be used about half the time on battery power.
Ideally, I’d like a simple interface with physical buttons and an uncluttered display. Detailed MP3 file information isn’t necessary.
Sangean makes some nice portable units, but only some offer in-device recharging of C or D NiMH cells. Oddly, it seems that not one of their models has all of these features. The Sangean PR-D14 looked like the perfect form-factor, but doesn’t support in-device recharging.
Their similar WFR-28 supports in-device recharging and even includes some streaming options, but frustratingly doesn’t have an AM tuner.
Another option is a ‘boom box,’ but they’re a bit large and include an unnecessary CD player. Most don’t offer in-device recharging, and usually don’t have digital tuning.
I found a few very cheap portables on Amazon, but they’re off-brand, very small, and have mixed reviews. It seems that most of them use a small cell phone battery as a power source. I’ve ordered this one to try out.
I’m purposely avoiding a Bluetooth speaker with a separate audio source.
Any other possible solutions I might be overlooking?