Summary: I've used the Sangean 505 since about 2005. Although it isn't a top of the line radio, it certainly is a decent general use radio that's extremely easy to master. In fact, it's brilliantly simple. The reception of AM, FM, and shortwave is good and is substantially improved by the included wire antenna. I've also found the SSB to work well.
Summary: I was expecting to be able to tune in numerous SW/LW/SSB transmissions as the product info indicated. Very disappointed. Really good AM & FM reception and a few foreign language commercial radio stations on the SW bands. Only one or two CW xmns, no voice. I had expected to pick up Morse, SSB voice, shipping, airlines etc chatter as well. Used the long wire attenna but to no avail.
Pros: AMFM sound is good, Compact travels well, Lightweight
Summary: I am new to short wave radio and am very pleased with the product I have purchased. The sound quality is second to none and the ability to dial in on radio stations I was unable to obtain is thrilling! I am a huge fan of talk radio, as I do not have TV at my home, and this has surpassed all expectations. Tuning into radio overseas is easy and extremely exciting - at last I have foreign opinion on American political actions. I cannot say enough good things about it.
Pros: Durable, Good Sound Quality, Great Reception, Lightweight
Summary: I had an analog shortwave radio for the longest time. After many instances of wanting to have presets & longing to find stations I bought this radio. Absolutely terrific. I love that one can tune with either the buttons or the dial - one thing I love about SWLing. I honestly love this radio.
Pros: Accurate Controls, Clear Signal, Compact, Easy To Set Up, Good Sound
Summary: Todays shortwave radios are smaller yet more tech with more power. This radio is one of a hand full of top notch in this catagory period. Best for your dollar. This is a good hobby listening to the world. They make a larger radio that require expertise to make use of the advanced systems controls. The 505 is simpler smaller but intuative to use.
Pros: Accurate Controls, Amazing Performance, Clear Signal, Dual side bands, Its price, Tons of features