N9EWO Review's :
Grundig - eton G2 "Reporter" / Degen DE1128
Degen DE1128H
MW / FM / SW Receiver - MP3 / WAV Player / Recorder


The "Grundig G2 Reporter" Radio / MP3-WAV Recorder-Player . Was sold in Europe as as the "eton G2 Reporter". Elsewhere (outside North America) was sold as the Degen DE1128. The Degen home version was not tested, but should be near identical in performance / operation ? As with the also discontinued Grundig G6 , it is manufactured for Grundig-eton by Degen . No rubberized cabinet paint is used. This Grundig-eton G2 Reporter uses "white" backlight LED's, where the Degen DE1128 version uses "green".  Also the DE1128 version has the MW frequency steps set at fixed 9 kHz only and also no English display support to protect "G2 Reporter" sales in North America and other markets (are later samples different here ?). However we had serious issues with ANY file MP3 (128 kbps) playback with BOTH both test samples and in our view is unacceptable (see review). We also tested the updated DE1128H version (mini-review down this page), which is greatly improved with better audio and more importantly no more MP3 playback issues . (Photo : N9EWO)


N9EWO's Review on the Grundig G2 "Reporter"

2 Samples Were Tested For This Report

Approx. Serial Number Tested SAMPLE #1 : eG2120 00002x
Approx. Serial Number Tested SAMPLE #2 : eG2120 00049x
Firmware Version Tested (Both Samples) : V0.2.1 (20120309)
Country of Manufacture : (PRC) CHINA.

As you can read elsewhere on this website, we love the idea of having a digital display SW radio receiver that can also record direct off air but still in a smallish or even pocket package. 

The Grundig G2 Reporter Radio / MP3 Recorder-Player we look at here is no exception, it was developed and made by Degen. Was sold in Europe as the "eton G2 Reporter". Elsewhere is sold as the Degen DE1128. The Degen home version was not tested, but should be near identical in performance / operation (well almost anyway) ?

One has to be careful just to use the “Grundig-eton G2” as the model number.
Years ago there was another set with this identification. Radio was a very minor low cost MW/FM pocket set. This is not the first time Eton has reused model numbers (The G3 and G4 are two others).

This Grundig-eton G2 Reporter uses "white" backlight LED's, where the Degen DE1128 version uses "green”. Also it’s reported that the DE1128 version has the MW frequency steps set at fixed 9 kHz only and also no English display support to protect "G2 Reporter" sales in North America and other markets where the G2 is sold. Were these 2 restrictions possibility changed with later samples of the DE1128 version (unknown) ??

Reportedly the DE1128 operation only (or did) supports “screen operation” languages in: Chinese, Japanese, Russian and Korean. The G2 Reporter covers these languages: English, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, French, German, Italian, Dutch, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish, Czech, Polish, Russian, Turkish, Hebrew and Thai (whew!).

IMPORTANT !! : Don’t get any bright idea’s to install Degen firmware into a "G2 Reporter", you will have NO English operation and only 9 kHz MW steps. It will turn the G2 into a total paperweight. You have now been warned !!

General Rundown / Frequency Coverage

Our measured size is 7.5 x 3.5 x .7 inches. Weight is just a shade less than 10 ounces. Certainly not a pocket size set
like the DE1126 and DE1127 reviewed elsewhere on the web site. Of course here we have 2 speakers on the G2 Reporter.

Thankfully it does not make use of a rubberized cabinet like so many Chinese radios these days including the DE1126 pocket variant. All buttons have an excellent tactile response. There is one “knob” encoder that is for menu selections and tuning. It is on the larger “thicker” size (when compared to the tiny THIN one on the DE1126) and has a good feel with little wobble. Also our test samples did not suffer from the skipping trait that afflicts the 1126 and 1127 models (when turning up). No deliberate muting when tuning, but chuffing is present which still slows down the manual tuning process. You have 2 up-down slewing buttons as well and these also are used for starting the auto scanning (up and down the band only, there is no memory scanning). Auto scanning works OK, but stops on the strongest stations only. If it's even a semi-weak signal, it will sail right by.

The Menu “enter” is less handy, more like a pain (does not press that easy using the same hand/fingers), as one pushes on this same knob in to activate (unlike the separate button with the DE1126 and DE1127). You have to hang on to the left side with one hand while pushing in the knob with the other. Other than this we felt the ergonomics are generally good. With more area comes with more and larger buttons.

One newly added button over the DE1126 and DE1127 is “ESC”. This returns one to the main menu and felt this was a plus .
Also like the older DE1121 flagship recorder model, there is a very handy MUTE button. The (play) pause also works on record as well. However , there is a 3 minute limit for pause operation, after that it cancels out the playback or record mode . Another 3 minute limit happens when left in any digital playback mode without playing a file , it will shut off to conserve battery life.

Frequency coverage is identical to the variants. That is MW 522 to 1710 kHz, SW 2.30 to 23.00 MHz and 64 to 108 MHz on FM broadcast. There is no SSB mode or LW coverage which the DE1121 has.

There is a FM Stereo-Mono selection. But this ALWAYS defaults to mono when selected. So if you desire Stereo, you must press the FM band TWICE every time. Ditto for the RDS function (in the case of the RDS you have to drop into a menu to activate it…every time, a royal pain). Both have LCD icons when activated.

MP3 player has “shuffle” (even if it does not work the greatest, repeats songs way too soon), EQ adjustments and even lyric information can be displayed if provided (this is a separate menu toggle). You can even adjust the tempo if you want to zip over a recording (music or voice) a bit faster.

N9EWO "Grundig G2 Reporter" MP3 Player "Shortcut" Tip (Not In Owners Manual) :
When playing MP3 files, one can push the AM Band Button to cycle through the EQ selections .
Pressing the SW Band Button will cycle through the REPEAT selections .
This saves one having to drop into the menu with the knob for these 2 adjustments .

Closeup of the display shows the main screen layout is identical to the Degen DE1126 and DE1127. But in other area's it is a bit different, including additional (and fewer) menu selections. But with the G2 Reporter / DE1128, there is a "so-so" RDS , external Line and Mic Input jacks and a Micro SD card slot on the bottom that adds to the internal 4 GB of memory (up to a 16 GB card) . (Photo : N9EWO)

LCD / USB

Battery operation is made possible with the included BC-5L lithium ion battery pack (same as with the DE1125). A USB connection is provided for
charging the battery and data transfer. One can operate the set while charging the battery. However DO NOT press the power button after the external USB power supply is plugged in. Just hit the menu function (push in the tuning knob). SW or MW reception will of course suffer here, as most USB power supplies are of a switching type. There are no drivers to have to deal with. Just plug the cable into the computer and you are ready to go right after the computer recognizes it. Remember to dismount the device properly from the computer before pulling out the cable.

Timed backlight cannot be switched on for continuous operation. Amount of the time the backlighting is active (after the last button is pressed) is user selectable between 5 to 30 seconds. Contrast is also adjustable. We found it needed to be at least set at 6 or above to see it adequately. Without the backlight in use the dark LCD is very hard to see in low light, the size somewhat offsets this (when compared to the Degen DE1127’s pico-size LCD).

Memory and Timers / ATS

The Grundig G2 Reporter can store up to 248 total memories. These are divided up as indicated below
(identical layout to the Degen DE1126 and DE1127):

MEMORY LOCATIONS
FM/SW (ATS):……………...M51~M99
MW (ATS):………………….M26 ~ M50
FM/SW (manual storage):…M1 ~ M50
MW (manual storage):….…M26 ~ M50

As you can see above the receiver section has ATS (Auto Tuning System) for use in all bands including SW. Alarm with snooze function. The ATS does a frequency band scan and auto stores the stations it finds in the memory channels as listed above (Note : MW uses the same memory channels, FM and SW does not). One can set it up for a timer “radio” recording or awake with a MP3 track . It’s a one event thing, but can be selected for a daily happening. I will admit this is not so easy to set up and make work, but easier than the 3 event “timer disaster” in the DE1121 (arf !).

Just take a look at the Timer Menu as listed in the owners manual

- Sleep Timer: 1~30 minutes SNOOZE timer
- Play Time: 1~30 minutes alarm time
- Alarm Count: 1~30 alarm count
- Alarm Music: Audio / Record alarm music selection
- Alarm Volume: 1~30 level
- Alarm PreView: Alarm with your preset music
- Exit: Exit the alarm setting

Huh?? The manual only gives a vague idea on how to do this too I’m afraid.
Main menu icon continues to list all radio operations as “FM Radio” but we know what they mean.

Text Reader for Simple “.txt” files

As with the DE1126 and DE1127 we have a “Text Reader” function. This allows you to read……well “text (.txt) files”. Not that anyone would want to read a book on the tiny LCD screen (you don’t). But is useful for say for short frequency lists, owner information in case it gets lost or stolen, or even a shopping list.

Battery Pack / Fragile Battery Cover / Does NOT Include The Charger / Cure For Excessive battery Draw When "OFF"

The same BC-5L lithium ion battery used with the DE1125, DE1126 and DE1127 is also included with the Grundig G2 Reporter (in this case it a 1050 mah capacity). As it goes with most rechargeable batteries, you need to TOTALLY cycle the pack 3 times to achieve full capacity. It takes about 4 to 4.5 hours to fully charge a dead pack. There are no timers to set, the charge circuit is all automatic.

A cover is located under the tilt stand that needs to be popped off to insert the battery pack. One needs to be extra careful as it looks be very fragile (very thin plastic). It’s even more flimsy than the DE1126’s cover. The radio’s tilt stand is much sturdier as metal enforcement has been added to the plastic. However I have to wonder how long the 2 little latching tabs are going to hold up?

Inside the battery cavity, there is a Reset button. This will be required when a (more like if) firmware update is done.

If you do not wish to charge using a PC USB port, you will need to purchase an after market USB charger. It does not come with a “stand alone” USB charger.

In the flashy split type box you will find: 3 language owners manual, a short mini USB patch cable, a short and very thin 1/8 inch stereo “phone to phone” audio patch cable, wrist type carrying strap, thin cloth carrying bag and the 1050 mah BC-5L lithium ion battery. Reportedly the Degen DE1128 comes with a longer shoulder type strap.

IMPORTANT NOTE : The lithium-ion battery will become totally discharged when in the OFF state if left at default settings . Yes, if you leave the set idle without charging it (starting fully charged) , in a few weeks (say in 4 weeks or less) the battery will become totally dead. Clock and idle microprocessor current is a bit excessive at 1ma ( 1 mah , so for the reason why). If left in a dead state for any length of time , will greatly reduce the life of the pack.

To Increase battery life when "OFF" (as covered in Owners Manual) : In "Sys Set" (System Settings), under "Power Off Mode" , select "Sleep Mode" ("Standby Mode" is default) . This will disable access to the clock display when "OFF" by turning the knob or any button presses when in "Standby Mode", and will improve (but not totally cure) the somewhat excessive current draw when OFF. Note: If you remove the battery (or it goes totally dead) this setting will have to be redone, as it defaults to "Standby Mode".

More Jacks, More Functions / Micro SD Card Slot

Just like
with the Degen DE1121 model, we find a “Line Input” jack. So one can take another audio device/ source and play and record it using the G2 (1/8-inch Stereo phone type). So one can plug in another stereo/mono audio device and “record” it. We found this useful to play our portable mini-Disc player, which has no internal speaker.

It is a bit daunting to make work, be sure and read the section “Use As An Active Loudspeaker (Line In)” on page 16. In this case it involves the use of the “Set” button along with the Loudspeaker selection in the Main menu. No super loud volume input levels are required either; unlike the Eton e1’s “line in” jack.

Another jack provided is for use of an external microphone (not tested). One can use the G2 Reporter as a small public address amplifier with the addition of an external microphone (not tested). It does not indicate in the manual if this is a mono or stereotype jack? Next to this jack is the USB port and a mechanical LOCK switch.

One jack that is totally missing (again) is for an external antenna. Of course the only way around that is to "gator clip" a thin wire to the collapsed telescopic whip for an added RF kick.

On the bottom there is a micro SD card slot. This allows for adding up to another 16 GB of memory (not tested). Included internal memory with both test samples was 4 GB.

Great Direct Keyboard Entry, so be a Bit Strange / 5 kHz steps only On SW

Fairly large LCD shows it's entire SW coverage (2.3 to 23 MHz) when the SW band is FIRST selected (see the lower scale in the photo above). One can tune or scan the entire coverage of the set in this mode, but as soon as the SW Button is pushed again to access the "band" presets it can only scan and tune that band shown on the scale on the bottom of the LCD.

There is direct keyboard entry in the proper numeric “telephone layout” along with a enter button. It works well enough, just tap the frequencies in KHz (or Mhz on FM, there is no “dot” to have to fiddle with) hit enter and that’s it. However just as it is with manual tuning, on SW you can only enter frequencies within the range as displayed on the LCD bar graph. In other words, the first press of the SW button you can keypad enter in frequencies anywhere in the entire SW frequency coverage of the set. As you jump to a particular SW band (hitting the SW key again and again), the keypad entry is limited to frequencies in the range of that band only.

The keypad can also be used to enter the MP3 or WAV track number.

Tuning steps are fixed at 5 kHz on SW. There is no way to tune any finer. The medium wave band spacing can be user selected at 9 or 10 kHz (reportedly not valid with the Degen DE1128), and the FM band is fixed at 100 kHz.

The included 1050 mah lithium-ion battery inserts behind the tilt stand under another cover (toothpick not included) . This sub battery cover (sitting left in this picture) is EXTREMELY THIN / fragile and looks like it will not take much abuse ?? One will also find a "Reset" button hole in the lower part of the battery compartment (just as with the DE1126 and DE1127)The flip stand has a (thin) metal re-enforcement plate which helps support the thin plastic. (Photo : N9EWO)

Receiver Performance / AGC Issues Are Fixed / RDS

As with many of the Degen and Tecsun sets these days, the G2 Reporter uses the lone DSP chip for the guts of radio reception.

Along with missing an external antenna jack, there is neither an attenuator switch. As covered above a thin wire clipped to the whip will have to do for any additional SW antenna.

Good news is the exceptionally long whip antenna greatly helps the G2 Reporter’s receiving power on SW. Not in the super-excellent category, but certainly good if not a bit better. FM performance is very good if not excellent as well. Speaking of that telescopic antenna; it’s longer and beefier than any other POCKET Degen “recording” receiver. 8 segments that makes for a nice “3-foot” affair. It does swivel and rotate as well. On the downside when fully extended it tends to make the lightweight cabinet a bit top heavy, Turns out this is the same identical antenna
that is used with the DE1121 (and perhaps other Degen models ?).

Anyway, its whip sensitivity is now very respectable and useful on the SW and FM bands when compared to the portable siblings. In side by side testing also with the DE1121 (using batteries as well), its a near tie for sensitivity.

Unlike with many low cost Tecsun DSP models, just a single IF filter is provided. However selectivity is very respectable. Separates stations with above average performance, but not too tight where the audio quality is choked
(where the old DE1123 is downright terrible here).

Dynamic range is quite good, even when connected to an external 30 foot indoor wire antenna antenna , at this wire length we never experienced any overloading issues . However when we tried a much longer outdoor antenna , overloading did squash reception depending on the time of day and band conditions (more of a problem at night). Also there was local station MW bleed just on the whip (or any added antenna) at any time of the day . But was not at any excessive levels. Without any attenuator to help tame this, about all one can do with the overloading is use a lesser "shorter" antenna .

MW sensitivity is another story and is the same boat as the variants. It does OK with local and regional stations, but for anything beyond that…forget it. If you are looking for a super sensitive above average MW portable, well the G2 Reporter is a set that is NOT for you.

The AGC clipping issues that has plagued most of the Degen pocket marvels starting with the DE1123 is near totally absent. So this issue was “finally” fixed. Still a strange “pop in and out” trait still is noticed with very marginal signals. This was noticed more with FM broadcast signals.

Unlike the 2 other variants, the G2 Reporter has a very useful RDS (Radio Data System). As covered elsewhere, it requires you to jump into the menus and turn it on every time you bring up the FM band. There is a selection (hit the Play/Pause button) that allows a longer text view line; otherwise it’s too short. It’s not the most sensitive or speedy RDS we have ever used. It takes a pretty powerful station to activate it, but is useful anyway.

Audio Quality OK for the Size 

OK, so we have 2 small "stereo" speakers, which give for pretty acceptable audio considering the size of this device. It will not please the folks who want thundering Bass (it just is not going to happen). Packs plenty of audio punch too. No “hissy” trait either, clean sound overall.

We do hear a few light digital burps and pops when selecting different modes and at power up/ down but did not find this to be a real drawback. Side Note: It does take a bit more time to “boot up” (power up) when compared to the DE1126 or DE1127.

Makes Decent Off Air Recordings , No More “Crackly” Odd Sounds

For the “off air” recording there are two quality selections. One is in the WAV format at 129 kbps (sample rate 16000 hz) and the other is MP3 at 40 kbps. The 40 kbps MP3 setting is so narrow hollow sounding that is pretty much useless. The default 129 kbps WAV format makes for pretty decent recordings (other than being a bit sharp sounding). On FM it will record in stereo too. Pause does operate in record, which is very useful to kill commercials but as covered above there is a 3 minute limit when it times out , (saves the file of course) and quits .

IMPORTANT: Adjust the volume setting to " 10 " BEFORE YOU START RECORDING (be sure it's set at 10 no more...no less). Volume level affects the recording quality. If it's set any higher, more distortion will be heard.

With the DE1126 and DE1127 variants there is a annoying crackly "Tick-Tock" clocking sound that can occur when the “off air” recording mode is engaged. Very good news here is with both test samples the G2 Reporter had NONE of these strange noises when doing any “Off Air Recording”. So a HUGE improvement here !

When making voice recording off the internal microphone, there are a number of DIFFERENT settings. Here the format is WAV and at 256 kpbs. Also there is a VOR mode (voice activation). It makes very decent sensitive voice recordings.

But why the variances between “off air” recording and “internal mic” recording modes and also at totally different bit rates is a very strange question.

The excellent layout of the recorder control buttons makes for easy use.

N9EWO "Grundig G2 Reporter" PAUSE "RECORD" Tip (Not In Owners Manual) :
When using the PAUSE function you have a 3 minute limit (playback or record). After this "Pause" is
stopped (and so is the playback or record). However when in RECORD-PAUSE mode, one can extend the
PAUSE time limit by just hitting the RECORD button (within the 3 minute "time-out" window) .

Direct keyboard entry makes for much easier operation , however is a bit strange (see review)."Mute" button is a very handy feature (as with the Degen DE1121). "Pause" has a 3 minute use limit (playback or record, see above). (Photo : N9EWO)

MAJOR BUG: Serious Intermittent MP3 Player Dropouts and/or Skipping

OK…. here comes the MAJOR downer and “deal killer” with the Grundig G2 Reporter (in our view)…

We experienced these bugs to a mild extent with the SECOND Degen DE1127 test sample ON PLAYBACK (firmware V0.1.8) and found a way around that, but in the case of both test samples of the eton’s G2 Reporter, it’s much more serious and irritating with no cure.

With known GOOD and properly
TRANSFERED 128 kbps MP3 music files , BOTH of our test samples “player function” intermittently suffers up to 1-second “dropouts / skipping” . The severity varies greatly, sometimes it’s not too bad and other times it’s 2 , 3 or 4 times on just one tune. We use music in 3 directories that total up to about 700 tunes. IMPORTANT : Our EQ setting varies but the “REPEAT” mode is set at “RANDOM” (a.k.a. shuffle). So if you wanted the G2 for a “properly operating MP3 player” , well you better look elsewhere (say the older Degen DE1121) .
Yes , even worse news is this bug can affect all of the “off air” or microphone RECORDINGS made within the device as well (but not as often). If you take any of the G2 Reporter generated files and transfer to the personal computer, the bug CAN appear here as well (again "skipping" in WAV , "dropouts" in MP3). Again, it is very important to note that the severity varies greatly. In any event this totally ruins the best part of the G2 Reporter for me.

VERY IMPORTANT NOTE : Eton Corporation was advised of these issues before this review was posted. They sent us a replacement sample, which suffered the same identical bugs.

Manual is a Little “Stinker”

The included printed owners manual is a typical Degen disaster. Obviously translated from a Chinese copy. It points you in the right direction most of the time. However some sections leaves the owner in the cold for even basic use. One example is the “Voice Recording” operation (microphone) on page 12. Yes it tells you how to select the quality level/mode, but that is it. At least it’s printed in BLACK ink, unlike some other Eton manuals that used GRAY , which is very hard to see.

Bottom Line: With the Serious Digital Recorder/Playback Issues, Unacceptable Product (get the DE1128H instead) .

As we cover above the Grundig G2 Reporter with the unacceptable problems on dropouts / skipping with transfered MP3 playback files (128 kbps), in our view this model a huge waste of money.

Overall the DSP receiver performs very adequately (except on MW). However as it stands at the time this report was typed, it’s on the bottom of the heap with main real reason to own one is gone (that being the MP3 file problems).

[Please Note: As coved here elsewhere on this web page, Degen’s quality is a real hit or miss exercise.
The Grundig G6 (another Degen made set) sensitivity can vary greatly between production samples. The G6 also has nasty bad failure rate !!

While it’s not quite as bad as the very
short-lived Grundig G4 (Degen DE1122) model a few years ago (that lasted on the market for about only 2 weeks), in our view this product is another “caveat emptor” for the price point. A firm “thumbs down” for me.

If you like the features , be sure and look below at the improved / updated
DE1128H model (my review below) .

Dave N9EWO
c N9EWO
Ver 4.1

Internal Picture shows the very short MW loopstick. Just as with the DE1126 and DE1127 models MW sensitivity is "fair" at BEST. (Photo Edit : N9EWO)


N9EWO Review : Degen DE1128H
MW / FM / SW Receiver - MP3 / WAV Player / Recorder

Degen's DE1128H model is greatly improved with better audio and more importantly no more MP3 playback issues over the old Grundig G2 Reporter / DE1128 non-H model . Also the excessive battery draw when off has been reduced as well (now more acceptable but not perfect either...see text for the cure). Radio performance and other features remain as with the G2 Reporter / DE1128 model (review as above). One needs to be certain (when buying) to get the proper English firmware which also gives 10 kHz steps on MW. However the internal "off air" recording part of the set continues to be a bit of a weak disappointment (it's OK...see text). The older DE1121 is still the major winner in this area. (N9EWO Photo)


N9EWO's Review on the Degen DE1128H

Approx. Serial Number Tested : GK196xx     
Firmware Version Tested (test sample included English and 9/10 khz MW step) : V0.3.1 (20130821)
Country of Manufacture : (PRC) CHINA

As we cover above the “Grundig (eton) G2 Reporter” was a huge disappointment. The receiver section while being OK, it really tanked when it came to the MP3 feature of the product. Not only did the MP3 playback of GOOD files transferred from a PC skip and drop out like crazy, the other was the off air low grade WAV recordings made by the device while OK were still not as good as the Degen DE1121’s real MP3 recordings.

The skipping issues may have been cleared up in later production of the G2 Reporter, but we were never able to verify this (firmware and OR hardware changes ??). When we first unearthed this bug when the product was first released in early 2012, the eton corporation was baffled on what to do after I contacted them about it (and at that time it was doing absolutely nothing).

As many already know the manufacture of the set was Degen (and sold it as the DE1128 variant outside North America). They did not give up on the idea, and released the updated model, the Degen DE1128H. At time of this report was posted, eton offered no equivalent model.

OK to start off with other differences over the old models, after similar MP3 skipping issues with other Degen Mp3 models (including the DE1125, DE1126, DE1127 and others), I was very skeptical that this H model would be any more stable? The good news is that all skipping issues have been "totally" cleared up. The MP3 player now operates, as it should with shuffle in use and in all EQ settings.

N9EWO "Degen DE1128H" MP3 Player "Shortcut" Tip (covered lightly in Owners Manual) :
When playing MP3 files, one can push the MW Band Button to cycle through the EQ selections .
Pressing the SW Band Button will cycle through the REPEAT selections .
This saves one having to drop into the menu with the knob for these 2 adjustments .

Next, the general audio quality has been greatly improved . Not just that the audio amplifier went from 180 mw per channel to a whopping 800 mw per channel. But they added a sealed acoustic chamber with a passive micro subwoofer that drastically increases bass response. This passive “pico” subwoofer is located just under the battery (see photo below). To accommodate this chamber and support the improved sound, the case thickness increased from .7 inches to 1 inch. Also the thin flip out stand (see picture in the G2 Reporter review above) was replaced with a removable stand that is much more sturdy. However this scheme of course can lead to loss of the stand. But we feel this is a major improvement. Additionally foam strips were added to the bottom of the cabinet and the stand for a nice touch to protect the table surface and keep it from sliding around in use.

For the “off air” recording it has the same two quality selections as the G2 Reporter / Degen 1128 model. One is in the WAV format at 128 kbps (sample rate 16000 hz) and the other is MP3 at 40 kbps. Again the 40 kbps MP3 (at 8000 hz, 8 Bit) setting is so narrow hollow sounding to be totally useless !! The much better 128 kbps WAV format makes for OK decent recordings (but see below). On FM it will record in stereo too. Pause does operate in record, which is very useful to kill commercials but there is the same 3 minute limit when it times out , (saves the file of course) and quits . See below for tip on this bug .

However the record level on the file is weak and it does not seem to matter if the volume setting is set to 10 BEFORE the recording is started ? We had to use a PC audio editing program to boost it up near 20 db to be usable. But the final result appeared to be OK after the boost treatment other than sounding a bit sharp (but a pain).
Mind you this quality format is OK for most folks, but for archiving "off air" purposes, the older Degen DE1121 which records up to 128 kbps (44100 hz, 16 bit) quality in REAL MP3 format is still way better for that purpose !!

The speaker element’s changed a bit too (see the internal pictures on this page). The battery cover a bit more robust as well, and yes it uses the same battery as with the Grundig G2 Reporter / DE11128 models.

About the only other difference is the LCD backlighting, and that was changed from Green with the DE1128 to the G2 Reporter’s White color .

Please refer to the G2 Reporter review above for basic information, as the most of the set has NOT changed including receiver performance and features. There is still the processor chuffing / quazi muting, so it's a "tune wait ----tune wait" (or turn it very slow) with the tuning knob which makes manual bandscanning process a bit of a pain .

A major bug is with the MW channel spacing. EVERY TIME we switched on DE1128H (with the tested firmware) it defaults to the 9 kHz step and requires changing it in the menu back to 10 kHz for North America. In this process you LOOSE all stored (MW only) memory channels. So don't bother storing any MW memory channels. Also don't look any above average MW performance either with it's short loopstick. Ok and that is about it !! RDS operation continues to be a pain to make happen (but usable).

While adding a short wire clipped to the whip can help pull in weaker stations (say 20 ft or under), any larger antenna's should be avoided as it will launch into overload and even worse local MW stations will bleed badly into the SW spectrum. There is no attenuator switch to help the situation either. 

N9EWO "Degen DE1128H" PAUSE "RECORD" Tip (NOT covered in Owners Manual) :
When using the PAUSE function you have a 3 minute limit (playback or record). After this "Pause" is
stopped (and so is the playback or record). However when in RECORD-PAUSE mode, one can extend the
PAUSE time limit by just hitting the RECORD button (within the 3 minute "time-out" window) .

Degen's DE1128H with it's sealed acoustic chamber and passive micro subwoofer that drastically increases bass response. It's located just under the battery. A bit more robust battery cover over the G2 Reporter / DE1128 . (N9EWO Photo)

Some of the panel markings on the test sample were in Chinese only, but was nothing hard to figure out.

With the H version we were able to test the “External Micro-SD card slot”. Operates the way it should and when in shuffle mode, will so back and fourth between the internal 4 GB memory and the micro-SD card memory. Supports up to 32 GB cards now, BUT keep in mind it's limited to 999 files .

One important note (and is pushed hard in the manual) , the current requirement listed is larger at 800ma (maximum) with the set on and charging the battery at the same time. No "mini-USB" AC Adapter / Charger is included.

IMPORTANT : To Increase battery life when "OFF" (as covered in Owners Manual) : In "Sys Set" (System Settings), under "Power Off Mode" , select "Sleep Mode" ("Standby Mode" is default) . This will disable access to the clock display when "OFF" by turning the knob or any button presses when in "Standby Mode",and will improve (but not totally cure) the excessive current draw of the DE1128H when OFF. Note: If you remove the battery (or it goes totally dead) this setting will have to be redone, as it defaults to "Standby Mode".

A WARNING to anyone making a purchase of a DE1128H, be sure and obtain a sample with ENGLISH firmware. Many for sale will contain Chinese language firmware (with no English menu's) !! With the firmware that includes English you will be able to select 9 or 10 kHz MW step (no problem). You can do you own searches on where to purchase a DE1128H (if still available).

Dave N9EWO
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N9EWO "Degen DE1128H" Increase battery life when "OFF" Tip (as covered in Owners Manual) :
In "Sys Set" (System Settings), under "Power Off Mode" , select "Sleep Mode" ("Standby Mode" is default) .
This will disable access to the clock display when "OFF" by turning the knob or any button presses when in "Standby Mode",
and will improve (but not totally cure) the somewhat excessive current draw of the DE1128H when OFF.
Note: If you remove the battery (or it goes totally dead) this setting will have to be redone, as it defaults to "Standby Mode".

Degen's DE1128H internal pictures that show the sealed acoustic chamber and the different speakers used over the non H version . (N9EWO Photo Edit)


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