Product Comparison: Kaito KA1103 vs Tecsun PL-660

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General Specifications
About the Product
The newly released Kaito KA1103 is an improved and more advanced version of widely praised KA1102. This digital PLL dual conversion world band receiver will keep you connected to a very comprehensive frequency range including FM, AM, short wave and long wave stations with both a digital readout and a simulation of the old-fashioned analog dial.
The PL-660 is a world band receiver with a comprehensive frequency coverage including AM/FM, longwave, shortwave, single side band (SSB) and the aviation band (118-137MHz). The PL-660 offers 4 different methods to tune into a station, these methods are manual (tuning knob), scan, key pad entry & ATS.
Key Specs
Frequency Range
FM: 76 ~ 108MHz, MW: 520 ~ 1710kHz, SW: 1.71 ~ 29.99MHz, LW: 100 ~ 519KHz
FM: 76 ~ 108MHz, FM: 87 ~ 108MHz, MW: 522 ~ 1620kHz, MW: 520 ~ 1710kHz, LW: 100 ~ 519KHz, SW: 1711 ~ 29999KHz, AIR: 118 ~ 137MHz
Number Of Station Memories
Tuning Methods
Jog dial manual tuning, Direct keypad entry of a frequency, Auto-scan tuning, Memory Tuning
Auto Tuning Storage, Auto-scan tuning, Manual Tuning, Direct keypad entry of a frequency
Hold button, Check Local/DX Button, Time set button, SSB Button, Band Selection, Power Selection, Alarm button, Sleep button, Volume control, TUNING knob
Power/ Sleep button, Time set button, Timer A Button, Timer B Button, Light / Snooze Button, VF / VM / SCAN button, Page Button, AIR button, Single Side Band, Synchronous button, FM. ST & AM BW button, FM / AM (MW, LW) / SW Band & ATS button, Enter / Delete Button, Key lock button, MEMORY button, ANT. Gain, Treble / Bass Tone Control, TUNING knob, SSB BFO knob, Volume Knob, RESET button
Antenna Type
External telescopic antenna
External telescopic antenna
What customers say about "Key Specs"
Kaito KA1103 Worldband Radio, Silver
  • Reception is clear as a bell, and is even better with the wire antenna included. really unbeatable radio for the price.
  • Powerful, crystal clear FM reception that is superior to radios that cost twice as much.
  • The cool factor of a radio that has so many innovations and is changing the radio industry, causing Sangean, Grundig, and Sony to wake up and start making more competitive products at better prices.
  • Fit and finish are very good and all controls and functions work as they should.
  • Some of the controls and displays are a bit complicated and require careful reading of the instructions to master, but once you get the hang of it they are manageable.
Tecsun PL-660 Portable AM/FM/LW/Air Shortwave World Band Radio with Single Side Band, Black
  • Excellent sensitivity. It did well with the built-in telescoping whip antenna.
  • Thousands of presets, probably more than you'll ever need.
  • It has plenty of volume for SWLing. The controls are very high quality and feel professional.
  • Tuning is smooth as silk. FM reception is also remarkable.
  • Awesome SW radio! A ton of features & ability to hear so many different things from around the world.
Size & Weight
4.1 in.
4.5 in.
6.5 in.
7.4 in.
1.1 in.
1.3 in.
0.66 lbs.
1.02 lbs.
What customers say about "Size & Weight"
Kaito KA1103 Worldband Radio, Silver
  • The radio is very sturdy, very compact, and feels very nice to use.
  • The radio is quite compact and could be nice to travel with.
  • If you are into listening to FM radio, and want something compact and discreet, well this little beauty can replace your entire stereo system.
  • If you want a small radio for a small price with good performance this one can do it.
  • The radio is small and easily portable, too, making it an ideal radio to take along when traveling.
Tecsun PL-660 Portable AM/FM/LW/Air Shortwave World Band Radio with Single Side Band, Black
  • I was looking for something portable for traveling and just sitting on the patio. This unit fit the bill nicely.
  • I was looking for a small and compact portable SWL receiver, primarily for listening to SSB on the Ham bands.
  • Great price on this radio and it works very well. Actually, I am somewhat shocked that such a small portable can perform so well.
  • For a small speaker it has decent sound. I recommend this radio for anyone who wants to get into the hobby.
  • The sound of the radio is very adequate for such a small portable, but when I plug in some standard computer audio speakers it sounds fantastic.
Display Type
Audible Alarms
Speaker(s) Type
Internal speaker
1W speaker
Mobile Charger Ability
Integrated Flashlight
Accesories Included
Stereo earphones, AC Adapter, External antenna, Carrying pouch, 3 AA rechargeable batteries
Carrying pouch, FM/SW wire antenna, 4 AA NiMH rechargeable batteries, Earphones, 120V AC/DC adapter
Headphone Jack, SW external antenna jack
FM / SW antenna jack, Earphone jack, DC 6V Jack
Dual conversion technology, Built-in alarm clock and sleep timer, Hinged battery cover
Easy operation and with high quality acoustic sound, 9K/10K Tuning step for MW, Key lock function
What customers say about "Features"
Kaito KA1103 Worldband Radio, Silver
  • It has tremendous build quality and clear, clear sound through the speaker.
  • The audio is solid and clear, and sounds like it's coming from a much larger speaker enclosure.
  • The speaker is OK for listening but the line out or earphone jacks have excellent audio output.
  • Very nice size speaker with excellent sound quality and little distortion. It is much better than the speaker on the Sony in my opinion.
  • The dial light is a bit dim, but I seldom need to use it.
Tecsun PL-660 Portable AM/FM/LW/Air Shortwave World Band Radio with Single Side Band, Black
  • The Radio is very well designed. It is tactile and smooth tuning making it easy to tune and listen to.
  • The internal speaker sounds fine but I plug mine in to an external speaker for more pleasing audio quality.
  • Good speaker, comes with an extension wire outside antenna, & the ability to run off AC or AA battery power.
  • The case is definitely strong. Telescoping antenna is rugged and extends high.
  • The display is large and bright and contains a lot of useful information.
Power Source
3 AA rechargeable batteries
Ni-MH rechargeable batteries
Built-In Charger
What customers say about "Power"
Kaito KA1103 Worldband Radio, Silver
  • Battery life is Amazing, even with the included batteries.
  • It works for local stations and will apparently work with batteries if the electricity goes out.
  • Battery life is excellent. The radio is extremely user friendly.
  • You can charge your batteries through the radio, so if you use it a lot you can plug it in in between uses and not have to take the batteries out.
  • The radio ships with four AA-rechargeable batteries and a built-in charger.
Tecsun PL-660 Portable AM/FM/LW/Air Shortwave World Band Radio with Single Side Band, Black
  • The radio has outstanding battery life. I use rechargeable AA batteries and when plugged in, the radio charges the batteries so you won't have to mess with that.
  • It comes with 4 AA rechargeable batteries, an AC adapter, earbuds, 20' shortwave antenna and a carrying case. Really, a great little setup right out of the box.
  • Comes with both a longwire antenna, earbuds, and rechargeable batteries with charger.
  • Been using it for about a month now and still haven't recharged the batteries.
  • This unit is a battery hog on alkaline batteries, a week maybe even when not used, and will not recharge rechargable batteries.
Warranty / Certifications
Manufacturer Warranty
1 year(s)
1 year(s)
Other Information
99.99 $
129.95 $

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