Summary: I preferred the "old" design, but I fried that one by using the wrong adapter after a move... So I bought this version, and now love it just as much. It looks great (a great conversation starter!), tunes very easily, all the handles turn smoothly. Sound is great. I live in a building with an iffy reception, but this radio picks up the waves without a problem. Would buy again.
Summary: While quality control issues have plagued this radio for years, the fact remains that if you get a good one, it's an excellent radio and a great value. I got lucky, I guess because mine operates as it should and that's very good...and I got a great price from Amazon ! This radio is excellent for the AM broadcast band DXer and mine does not display any of the issues on AM that have been mentioned in some reviews..
Excellent radio if you can look beyond its pitfalls
1 September 2014
Summary: Model: Grundig S450DLX Serial#: 20130401479 Total Price Paid: $48.94 Condition: Refurbished as new (display model) My mother always used to say “Don’t judge a book by its cover, it’s what’s inside that counts”. The Grundig S450DLX certainly follows this philosophy and the many reports of poor construction are true. Dubbing this as a “Field Radio” is a misnomer. The case is made of light, cheap, brittle plastic – the kind that doesn’t crack but shatter on impact.
I should have paid more attention the large number of bad reviews on here
21 August 2014
Summary: Avoid this at all costs. I should have paid more attention the large number of bad reviews on here, but I had previously used an old Grundig field radio for FM/AM/SW and thought this would still be good. Didn't do my full research to learn that Grundig was bought out in the early 00s and whoever owns them now just rides the brand name while producing garbage. AM is decent but a lot of stations are still fuzzy.
Summary: I like the radio... It pulls in weak AM stations. The sound quality is adequate.This radio is a replacement for a Sangean I purchased about a year ago and no longer works..Comparing the two, in my opinion this Grundig is better and it has a carrying strap something the Sangean didn't have which seemed awkward for a "portable" radio. Also the Grundig runs on "D" size batteries compared to "C" size with the Sangean.
AM performance is better than average but combined with my Terk loop antenna ...
9 July 2014
Summary: I have a few portable shortwave radio's (the Grundig YB400pe and the Kaito DE1101) I bought this primarily for the larger speaker compared to my others. Performance on shortwave with the whip antenna beats out my Yacht Boy with an amplified loop. I live in southwest Michigan and was able to pick up North Korea's signal during the late morning, something my other radio's could not do.