I too, bought one of these units. It was $35 (plus postage) on eBay. Build quality is about what I'd expect for the money. If you are considering buying one, read on:
These are the several problems I have noticed with MY unit: (YMMV)
1) The manual is hopeless.
2) The screen is hopeless. Unless you are standing within inches of it, you can't read it. Also, when you select a DAB or FM channel, the nice pretty graphic of the station has the standby screen bleeding through it.
3) Changing channels takes forever. There is no way I have found to go from one wanted channel directly to another (non-adjacent) channel. If you want to change channels, you have to press the "up" or "down" button to go to the NEXT channel, then wait for that channel to come up (which takes a few frustrating seconds), then once THAT channel is up, you can press the "up" or "down" button again to go to the NEXT one in sequence.
So, maybe you would think: "I only want to listen to one favourite station". (My reason for buying it, really). Not so fast!
4) While listening to your station (any station) the program frequently "skips forward" about 500ms to a second. This happens maybe every 10-30 seconds. (I figure if I leave it on long enough, I'll be listening to next week's broadcast...)
Now, I was trained as a radio technician more years ago than I care to think about, back in the days when valves were giving way to transistors. I have tried to "keep up", but digital stuff has me flummoxed.
I'm guessing the "skipping" is a decoder issue.
I'm guessing the "bleeding display" is a display driver issue.
I have no idea what to make of the excruciatingly slow channel changes.
I stand to be corrected or re-educated on my opinions above.
I have tried the original 5V 2A adaptor, plus a 5V 2A Squeezebox adapter (Somewhat better quality), no difference. (interestingly, the manual states the power requirement as 5V 1A.)
I'm wondering if the power supply regulation components inside the unit (I assume there are some) are substandard, and could be replaced to achieve some improvement, along with Filtering of the individual sections of the unit.
I'm inclined to agree that this was perhaps a "prototype" incarnation which should never have seen the light of day, or perhaps DGTEC just don't care about their reputation, and bought them cheap from a garage workshop in China or Taiwan.
I too, noticed that they don't appear on the DGTEC website, and I certainly wouldn't hold my breath for a firmware update...
I haven't yet approached the seller or DGTEC, but I don't expect any warranty attention.
If you think that's worth $50, go for it.
I am in a fringe area in the mountains, but have successfully operated a "table-top" digital radio with none of these issues.
Hope that helps somebody.
Any comments, corrections, ideas very welcome...
Edited by idealist, 14 August 2012 - 02:11 PM.