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Etón Field BT

Portable AM/FM/shortwave field radio with Bluetooth®

13 Reviews | 5 questions - 16 answers

Overview

Our take on the Etón Field BT

The rugged Etón Field BT gives you a wealth of listening options. Like to wirelessly stream music from your smartphone? The Field BT's got built-in Bluetooth. Need to listen to the big game? It has both an AM and FM tuner. Want to listen to news from around the world? The sensitive tuner pulls in shortwave band radio signals from near and far.

A radio that's also a Bluetooth speaker

The rugged Etón Field BT gives you a wealth of listening options. Like to wirelessly stream music from your smartphone? The Field BT's got built-in Bluetooth. Need to listen to the big game? It has both an AM and FM tuner. Want to listen to news from around the world? The sensitive tuner pulls in shortwave band radio signals from near and far.

Additional features

The radio's built-in full-range speaker delivers strong, clear sound, which you can fine tune with bass and treble controls. A headphone jack and auxiliary input for portable devices give you additional listening options. The Field BT comes with an AC adapter, or uses four "D" batteries (available separately) for portable operation.

Product Highlights:

  • portable AM/FM/shortwave radio
  • built-in Bluetooth
  • FM with RDS (Radio Data System) for displaying station info
  • telescoping FM antenna
  • input jack for supplementary AM, FM and shortwave antennas (not included)
  • digital tuner with a total of 50 memory presets
  • RF gain control
  • bass and treble controls
  • backlit orange LCD display
  • stereo minijack input for connecting a portable music player
  • minijack headphone output
  • digital clock with alarm and sleep timer
  • AC adapter
  • operates on 4 "D" cell batteries (available separately)
  • built-in hand strap
  • 12-3/8"W x 7"H x 3"D
  • weight: 3 lbs. 11 oz.
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

  • AM/FM/SW radio w/ Bluetooth
  • AC power adapter (w/ 5' DC cord)
  • Owner's Manual

This is the second one I bought. Still a great radio. There are a lot of extras on the radio. Many of them the average person may not need.

Dale, Forest Lake, MN

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Features

AM/FM/SW Tuner: The Eton Field BT features a built-in AM/FM/SW tuner with a telescoping antenna (up to 12"). You can store up to 50 station presets; 10 presets for each of the 5 bands. A wide/narrow bandwidth selection improves audio fidelity and minimizes noise. The "dial-in-dial" tuning knob lets you select your speed (fast, slow or stop to keep it in a locked position). 

Note: There is a threaded "F"-type input for adding an external FM or SW antenna, plus spring-clips connectors for adding an external AM antenna.

RDS: The Eton Field BT radio features RDS for FM. RDS stands for Radio Data System and it enables FM broadcasters to deliver more than just an analog audio signal, but also to transmit digital data, like the station's call letters, style of music, song title, artist and more.

Bluetooth Audio Streaming: The Eton Field BT offers built-in Bluetooth A2DP/AVRCP for wireless music streaming and control. You'll be able to streamed stored music and music apps from your Bluetooth source device (like the Apple iPod/iPhone/iPad, Android smartphone/tablet, Windows PC/Phone, or Mac computer/laptop) to the Eton Field BT. You can also control basic playback functions like Volume Up/Down, Play/Pause, & Previous Next/Track from the Eton Field BT. Advanced music browsing and song/artist/album information will still be handled from your Bluetooth source device. Only one Bluetooth source can be paired and connected to the Eton Field BT at one time.

Note: The Eton Field BT does not support Bluetooth hands-free phone calling.

Aux Input: The Eton Field BT is fitted with a 3.5mm auxiliary input to connect a non-Bluetooth audio device that features an analog audio or headphone output.

Line Output: The 3.5mm line output can be used to feed audio from the Eton Field BT to amplified external speakers. The unit's internal speaker will still be functional when a device is connected to the line-output.

Headphone Jack: There is a 3.5mm headphone jack for connecting a set of headphones. The built-in speaker will mute when a set of headphones is connected.

Alarm Clock + Sleep Timer: The Eton Field BT features a built-in 12 or 24 hour clock with dual alarms. You can wake up to the radio or a buzzer. A snooze function lets you pause the alarm for five minutes; up to 4x. You can also use the radio's sleep timer which turns the unit off after 5-90 minutes.

Audio Settings: You can adjust the radio's volume up and down, as well as adjust the bass and treble settings.

Power Requirements: The Eton Field BT operates off of standard household current using the included AC power adapter, or battery power using 4 "D" batteries (not included). The battery strength indicator on the display will let you know when it's time for a change.

Note: If batteries are in the unit and it is powered via its AC adapter, it will automatically switch to battery use if there is an AC power failure.

Carrying Strap: The Eton Field BT radio includes a built-in hand strap for carrying your radio with ease.

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Why did you buy this?

Portable that is Bluetooth and can pick up AM radio [ Edward  Jul 05, 2018 ]
I had a Grundig radio years ago and it was very good. I have been looking for a good portable radio that would get reception where I live. [ Irene  Apr 30, 2018 ]
Free Shipping [ joe  Oct 20, 2017 ]
Balance of price/features [ Michael  Sep 18, 2017 ]
Good reviews from other buyers. Item seems to have nice features that suits my needs. [ Joe  Aug 26, 2017 ]
Great Reviews, beautiful speaker, best value for the buck and BT just made it the better choice. [ RONALD  Aug 24, 2017 ]
Totally Awesome Radio!!! [ Kenny  Aug 03, 2017 ]
I've looked several times over the past ten years for a quality portable radio and never been happy with the product/price formula. This time I was resolve to find something I could be happy with. I searched "high gain portable radios" and figured I would be in the $100 plus price range. The Crutchfield site showed up when I clicked on the Eton Field BT, AM/FM/SW radio and the rest is history. I am looking forward to meeting my new communications friend. :-) Art [ Arthur  Aug 02, 2017 ]
Good reviews [ CHRIS  May 12, 2017 ]
Excellent Reviews [ Thomas  Apr 30, 2017 ]
This is an excellent radio [ James  Apr 05, 2017 ]
Look like a good radio. [ David  Dec 11, 2016 ]
It is an excellent radio for home and in the field. We were so impressed, we had to have another. [ Herman J.  Dec 02, 2016 ]

5 questions already asked

While in timerB or timerA, adjust mode press the alarm button to select between buzzer alarm or radio alarm. [ JONATHAN  Nov 11, 2018 ]
Keep playing with the control panel. I forget how I actually did it. I bought it for my parents and they tossed the manual. It's one of the control knobs. I just don't remember which one. Sorry I can't be if more help. [ Michael  Nov 10, 2018 ]
It should receive the broadcast from Haiti on a very clear night regarding the Eton Field BT. [ Mike  Sep 03, 2018 ]
The receiver is capable but you are going to supply good quality external antenna. If you are relying on the whip antenna you are in for a dissapointment as would be the case with any portable using it's whip antenna. [ RONALD  Jan 02, 2018 ]
Hi Linds, thanks for your question! As some other have alluded to in previous responses, I'm afraid the Eton Field BT portable AM/FM/shortwave field radio does not offer any sort of police or marine/boat "scanning" features--it's designed more specifically to use as an AM/FM radio as well as portable music player thanks to its built-in Bluetooth technology. For more details or to discuss further, please feel free to contact an Advisor directly by phone (888.955.6000) or online chat. Thanks again! :) [ Larry  Nov 07, 2017 ]  Staff
The radio is great, but I had a problem with the Ac adapter going out. Called Eton or, sent it back and have received nothing and it's been about 3 months. Very hard to get a hold of them. Pretty much giving up on it. [ Donald  Nov 06, 2017 ]
He will need a marine VHF scanner or radio as the Eton Field BT does not cover that range of frequencies.. Suggest you check your local marine store or ask a local sailor which are the frequently used marine VHF channels in your area. An FCC license is not required but remember that these small units are intended for use afloat only. [ Alan  Nov 06, 2017 ]
Linds.... a very nice radio with some shortcomings.... no shortwave radio is going to scan police and fire frequencies.... a scanner is a different animal altogether. Most portables have mediocre speakers ... this one's speaker is exceptional ... great for listening to AM and FM. It does not have a direct frequency dial so to change frequencies that are not a preset might require a lot of dial turning. On shortwave it as good as any other in this price range.For pure listening pleasure is can hold it's own with the best. If he has a IPhone he can Bluetooth his selections to this radio. Crutchfiled is a great company to deal with. [ RONALD  Nov 06, 2017 ]
Hi Phil , The owner's manual states to use only four D alkaline batteries and doesn't say anything about using rechargeable batteries or how long the alkaline batteries would last. I've tried to call the Eton corporation but couldn't get an answer. I hope this is at least a lead. Thanks for asking and thanks Crutchfield. [ Mike  May 02, 2017 ]
I am going to guess it will use them.Nicads and NiMh batteries would be 4.8 volts total vs 6 volts for alkalines. I have not tried it on batteries yet...I run it just run it plugged into the wall outlet. it's a really nice radio for the money. [ Perry  May 01, 2017 ]
I see no reason why rechargeable batteries should not work but I have not tried them myself. Remember that the clock will also run off the batteries which is a slow but constant drain of power. [ Alan  May 01, 2017 ]
According the the pamphlet that came the radio, you are to only use Alkaline D batteries. It takes 4 D batteries. For us, the batteries lasted about 110 hours. [ Herman J.  Apr 30, 2017 ]
This is an interesting question as I have been attempting to resolve it myself. Crutchfield referred me to the manufacturer, eton. As you'll see there is an input port on the side of the radio indicating a 7V plug. However I got a short email response from eton merely stating they do not have the appropriate plug. So I have been using reg D cell batteries that do seem to last a good while. I want to connect the radio to a 12V solar system but haven't been able to find anyone to help. It is a very nice radio and I like it but find this problem and lack of help frustrating. [ STEVE  Apr 30, 2017 ]
I am still playing with antenna's for my radio. I made a am for it. Haven't made the shortwave one yet. I was going to string wires up in garage on the rafters and see if this works for me. [ Perry  Mar 20, 2017 ]
Although this radio is still new for me I have had great experiences with the radio pulling in distant stations. I use it in a mountainous area that historically only few stations come in well on other units. The Eton BT seems to work very well. I would suggest trying it out. The radio also provides external antenna connections for an even wider range. With Crutchfield's return policy if it isn't to your liking, return it. [ STEVE  Mar 20, 2017 ]
So much depends on your distance from the transmitter and in the intervening terrain in the case of VHF/FM reception. An outdoor antenna will probably help if you can hear the FM station but need better signal strength. In the case of AM stations lower power/local stations and SW stations, indoor reception may not be very good and moving the radio around the room and possibly closer to a window may help. If not, then an outside antenna may be needed. Also remember that some AM stations are required to cut down their transmitter power after dusk. Remember that the external antennas for VHF and AM/SW are very different beasts! [ Alan  Mar 20, 2017 ]
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