I just received a GE SR II I bought from some guy in Virginia last week. What a radio!!! I have never heard sound like this come out of a portable. Rich, deep, natural bass, nice highs and midrange, the whole audio package. I swear, it sounds almost like a good stereo. I also have a RCA Superadio III (garage radio) and just did a sound comparison. Which really was no comparison at all.
Maybe I just got a superb SR II specimen (it is an F series, which is supposed to be the best), but it demolishes the SR II not only in sound, but also in sensitivity and selectivity. I can barely get our local classical station on the III, and when I do it drifts constantly to the point where I almost always lose patience and tune to something stronger.
With the SR II (listening to Brahms right now), it is locked and loaded. Powerful music, no hiss or background noise, zero drift. The SR II is all it's cracked up to be. And more.
Even more amazing, the dial calibration is pretty much spot on. What a radio. Every radiophile should have one.
My Panasonic RF-888 arrived last Friday, and is a nifty little unit with excellent sound. But I have to say it somewhat pales next to the SR II on FM. Still, I love the retro look and on the top controls on the RF-888. I also like its compact size; somehow, I thought it was larger, but am glad it isn't. Definitely a keeper.
One other thing. Maybe this has been posted/addressed earlier, but Meguiar's PlastX does a bang up job on the plastic/acrylic/plexiglass/whatever dial covers on older radios, covers that are dull or lightly scratched or cloudy, yellow, etc. You put it on like car wax (which is what it looks like out of the bottle) and work it around on the dial, let it dry up a bit, then buff it. I just did this on my SR II and the dial is noticeably clearer, brighter, more new-looking, took all the years of accumulated build-up right off. You
get the stuff at automotive stores.