Summary: I served in the Army in Germany many years ago and the Grundig brand at tha time was a very respected brand with quality merchandise. At that time the products were built in Germany and they were terrific. As soon as I got this one I noticed it was made in China but it still had the weight and feel of a quality radio. However, it is very complicated and will require the use of the Owner's Manual which I have not done yet.
This radio should be entered into the radio hall of shame .....
24 March 2014
Summary: I had high expectations for this radio that has a great name in electronics (i.e., Grundig) plastered on its face. However, it seems that in their attempt to create a radio that is all things to all people, Grundig created a mediocre, poor quality device. This radio was no fun to use. Tuning was obtuse and difficult, reception was terrible and the speaker quality was, at best, mediocre. This radio was returned.
Good Radio ... Lacks 110/200V AC adaptor and could be better protected
10 March 2014
Summary: I ordered this radio to Brazil because I pretend to enter the HAM hobby and I wanted to have the possibility to scan through the bands to get an impression what's going on there before doing any serious investment in specialized equipment. One first thing: This is the first Eton product I've bought, so I don't have a benchmark to rely on. The item arrived in record-time of only 6 days (standard shipping option) ...
Summary: Sold by "Online King" through Amazon, I think they are dumping their older models. This one is dated for 2010 and may not include most recent updates by Grundig. Later frequencies adopted by FCC for aircraft frequencies are not included in the bandwidth selectable. So far I have not heard any aircraft. Reception of AM and FM freqs are outstanding. SSB reception is acceptable.
Summary: Having owned this radio for just over a month and having used more of its features than a casual buyer might, I'd like to state without reservation that the radio is a real bargain at the price paid - about $83.00 from Amazon.com and I'm delighted with it. My background in electronics started ca. 1946. Got my Amateur Radio license in around 1954, my pilots license in ca. 1970, have been involved in radio, flying and general electronics and systems since.
Summary: I own more shortwave radios of all types than most people. I've been involved in the hobby for decades, and this one lives in my go bag. I've used it off and on, and it is very easy to use and works well. The receiver is sensitive with just the whip antenna. No, its not some super expensive table top radio, but it works well for portable use, like camping, and travel, which is why I bought it. I would recommend this radio to anyone.
Summary: This receiver is a poor succesor to Grundig's G5 radio!!! Reception on am fm shortwave are all sorely lacking in all aspects of my direct comparisons between these two radios!!! It has deplorable sensitivity, selectivity, and the alignment was definitely "off" judging by the amount of heterodynes and images this receiver produced!!! Forget about holding the radio in your hands while operating it.
Summary: I've been a SW radio enthusiast for over 50 years and hoped this radio could replace my 25 year old Sony portable which is starting to show its age. Unfortunately it doesn't. It makes every activity much more difficult than it should be. Hard to memorize favorite stations; small volume control buttons, so I change to SSB instead of increasing the volume; poor AM reception on the fringes of NYC. Etc. etc. etc.