Product Comparison: Tecsun PL-600 vs Tecsun PL-660


General Specifications
Brand
Tecsun
Tecsun
Model
PL-600
PL-660
Origin
China
China
About the Products
The Tecsun PL600 is an AM/FM/LW shortwave radio with Single Side Band (SSB) reception. TECSUN PL-600 - a digital radio with dual frequency conversion, the ability to receive FM stereo and "extended" ranges of LW and SW. There are four options when tuning your radio stations.
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, FM: 87 ~ 108MHz, SW: 1711 ~ 29999KHz, MW: 522 ~ 1620kHz, MW: 520 ~ 1710kHz, 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
600
2000
Tuning Methods
Auto-scan tuning, Direct keypad entry of a frequency, Manual Tuning
Auto Tuning Storage, Auto-scan tuning, Manual Tuning, Direct keypad entry of a frequency
Controls
Power/ Sleep button, Clock Button, Timer B Button, Light / Snooze Button, Tuning Fast/Slow / Lock Button, Auto-Scan Button, Frequency / Preset Button, Page Button, SSB Button, FM stereo & AM bandwidth button, Enter / Delete Button, On / Off Button, TUNING knob, SSB BFO knob, Volume Knob, RESET button, Tone Control, ANT. Gain
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"
Tecsun PL-600 AM/FM/LW SSB Shortwave Radio, Black
  • The built in ferrite antenna works and works well. The entire radio can be positioned to null out offending interference or unwanted stations just like in the days of old.
  • Wonderful reception on AM, FM, and shortwave bands.
  • There's an auto-preset fill feature, which scans AM and FM broadcast bands, and puts them in a separate memory page.
  • It has far more features and functions than I'll ever use. Reception of fairly weak AM and FM signals is excellent.
  • Ergonomics are not the best. The front buttons are flat and flush with the cabinet surface, hard to feel with the fingertips.
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
Height
4.8 in.
4.5 in.
Width
7.5 in.
7.4 in.
Depth
1.2 in.
1.3 in.
Weights
0.98 lbs.
1.02 lbs.
What customers say about "Size & Weight"
Tecsun PL-600 AM/FM/LW SSB Shortwave Radio, Black
  • The radio has good size, not too small but portable.
  • Small size and rechargeable batteries make this radio convenient to use anywhere.
  • The size is small enough for bedside and travel unlike the 2100 but larger than the 1102.
  • It's in a handy size and plays easily. I like its compact size.
  • Due to its size and weight, I consider it best for table top use. I found it too heavy to hold for extended periods of time.
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.
Features
Display Type
LCD
LCD
Audible Alarms
No
Yes
Speaker(s) Type
1W speaker
1W speaker
Mobile Charger Ability
No
No
Integrated Flashlight
No
No
Accesories Included
Ni-MH rechargeable batteries, AC Adapter, Carrying pouch, External antenna, Earbud
Carrying pouch, FM/SW wire antenna, 4 AA NiMH rechargeable batteries, Earphones, 120V AC/DC adapter
Interfaces
SW external antenna jack, Earphone jack
FM / SW antenna jack, Earphone jack, DC 6V Jack
Extra
Dual Conversion for LW, MW and SW, Auto tuning system, Sleep Function, Two Turn-on Timers, Snooze Function
Easy operation and with high quality acoustic sound, 9K/10K Tuning step for MW, Key lock function
What customers say about "Features"
Tecsun PL-600 AM/FM/LW SSB Shortwave Radio, Black
  • Everything about this radio is super - construction, look and feel, size, display, knobs, AC adapter.
  • Sensitive, well laid out, and sound is pretty good for the size.
  • The FM sounds great, especially in stereo through the stereo headphone jack. AM reception is fantastic.
  • Black plastic front panel has a number of grooves collecting dust and dirt, hard to clean. White lettering has low contrast and very small size - hard to read in lower ambient light.
  • The sound is awfully distorted on AM and SW bands. It has the "tin" and off sync sound.
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
Power Source
Ni-MH rechargeable batteries
Ni-MH rechargeable batteries
Built-In Charger
Yes
Yes
What customers say about "Power"
Tecsun PL-600 AM/FM/LW SSB Shortwave Radio, Black
  • Solid radio with good battery life and great sound quality for the size.
  • It's not all plastic through and through. The rechargeable batteries work like a charm.
  • Internal battery will last about 12 hours of continuous use and sound quality is pretty good.
  • The batteries it came with leaked after about a month.
  • The supplied NiMH batteries are low capacity ones.
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)
Certifications
CE
CE
Other Information
Manufacturer
MSRP
129.95 $


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