Summary: This is the first new radio I've purchased in... say 20 years. I was hesitant, at first to buy it since I'd seen so many positive reviews for the Tecsun 660. So I rolled the dice and got this set. My previous boxes were a Dx 120, DX-160 and a R/S DX-390 which I love. I'm still learning to use it but I can say it does pull in a ton of stations. I'm working a 75 ft. wire at 15 ft. I do not like the ssb receive, it is dicey at best. I would rather have a BFO to tune in ssb.
it receives USB\LSB SSB nicely. But after making comparisons with this radio and ...
T. Minton, Amazon
4 weeks ago
Summary: Not very loud on SSB reception... Using an external antenna, it receives USB\LSB SSB nicely. But after making comparisons with this radio and my Sangean 803a and Degen 1103, I have to say they this radio does not receive them as well On AM/FM/SW it is nice and gives good signal strength and loud performance. I love the display too and the overall look of the radio is great. But the SSB performance is a deal breaker to me.
Summary: This is a good radio, but not quite as good as initial acclaim would have it. I have seen some reviews which tout the sound as being full and pleasant to listen to. I have not found that to be so. In fact I note that signal peaks on SW tend to lead to distortion. I've had the radio for a month now and still cannot figure out how to use the presets or assign station names. The user guide is bare-bones and, frankly, next to useless.
Good radio good quality audio I get Canadian programs OK ...
A Gottschald, Amazon
29 October 2014
Summary: Good radio good quality audio I get Canadian programs OK shortwave is OK not as good as I remember from my youth but then I lived in England and probably had more transmitters locally. It's a solid performer though.
Summary: As good as it gets in a portable. Only 2 negatives, fairly easily fixed. The wide AM bandwidth is specified at 6 KHz, but sounds like 4 KHz. Radiolabs has a Clearmod modification where they replace the wide filter with a 7 KHz filter. Sounds much better. Some loss of sensitivity on the whip for SW, but can be overcome with a long wire or external antenna.
Pros: FM performance. RDS performance. Long battery life. No noise with external charger. Variable RF Gain Control instead of fixed switch. External antenna performance excellent. SSB tuning and audio quality exceptional. Very nice and large display. Easy to operate.
Cons: Some loss of sensitivity on SW on the whip antenna; wide AM bandwidth needs to be wider.
Summary: Total waste of $, literally. I know I read excellent reviews of this radio and was thrilled when it came. The thrill was short lived. After spending a couple of frustrating, sweaty hours trying to get this horrible thing to work, I repacked everything in the box and threw the thing in a storeroom corner. I couldn't stand to think of it; I just wanted it out of my sight and mind. I'm a radio buff and have had my fair share over the years.
Summary: The Radio came in just 3 days and was properly packaged. I compared the Radio with my two other Radio's a Crane CCRadio and a Grundig 750. I used the built in antennas, Wide Bandwidth, slow tune to compare. The Sangean pulled in just as many Shortwave and Medium Wave Stations as the other two but is more selective and has less background noise.