Agreeing with Rob's criticism of the Grundig S459DLX, Drive-Thru Freak writes:
I wanted so much to like the S450DLX. It's a good size for a radio, it looks cool, the controls feel so nice, and the sound is decent too. It looks and feels like a real radio..like a radio should. The potential was there for a really nice set, but they blew it.
I kept it thinking it would be something fun to play with, or something I could use for just an everyday, low demand, listen to the local stations, and perhaps occasionally dial around on the shortwave bands kinda toy rig, but it just sits on the shelf collecting dust.
It's such a shame because I know I'd love it if it just worked...well...properly, at least.
I understand that not everything is going to be a good DX rig, but I do expect it to at least do what it's supposed to and not generate a ton of internal noise.