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December 25, 2013

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Angelo

This strikes me as a very good deal. What do they normally sell it for? I saw list price as $400.00 but assume it never goes that high. How good is it? This price slots it well below the Sangean 909 but it looks like you get more radio????

Vimal

Update on the Grundig Satellit 750: A Good But Not Great Radio Not Worth More Than $160
JUNE 28, 2009 dated post on Herculodge

http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:http://herculodge.typepad.com/herculodge/2009/06/update-on-the-grundig-satellit-750-a-good-but-not-great-radio-not-worth-more-than-160.html

Gary

My understanding is that the Sat 750 has been improved somewhat since 2009. Newer reviews bear this out, for example the follow up review that Larry Van Horn of Monitoring Times did on it.

Regarding the price, it's been roughly $250 or $260 most of the time since 2011 on Amazon, with some spikes in price last summer, so $232 is a good price, but not a huge discount from the norm.

spin

Don't purchase a poor quality radio because the price went down!

Angelo

Spin: I agree with you on that. My only exception will be if they sell that RCA Super Radio again for around $25.00 with free shipping. I'm willing to gamble $25.00 on that alleged junkbox----because some people say it sounds good on local FM and it's still able to do decent AM DXing----and for that low price, why not? But when you're spending over $200.00---even if it's a price drop---I'd be very cautious.

Ken K. in NJ

I's steer clear of that $25 RCA. They had it on sale for $21 a few years and I went for it. Piece of junk. While never confirmed by Amazon, general consensus was that they were a batch of poorly constructed (i.e alignment, filters, you name it) radios that were dumped on the market.

I used it once in a while for a few months and gave it away, it was painful to use.

Angelo

Ken: I wonder if there were ANY in the batch that were decent? But I guess it's hard to find a good radio for $21.00.

Dave P

Speaking of Grundig, a minor scare late last night/this morning with my S350DL. Trouble sleeping, and at around 3am reached to turn my favorite bedside unit on for a while. When I hit the power button, I was greeted with the display flashing once, very quickly, followed by a low 'pop', and then nothing. My heart sank. Upon opening up the battery compartment, I discovered that the AA batteries I had installed just last week had leaked already. Never again will I buy alkalines from Harbor Freight. (an impulse buy because of an incredible sale). Luckily, the corrosion was extremely minor, and after a quick clean up with q-tips and vinegar, the s350 is back on night duty. I only have one other radio with a sleep timer, but the Grundig has much better audio quality, so I'm glad there was no actual damage.

StarHalo

Dave, there's no such thing as alkaline batteries that won't leak; even your Harbor Freight cheapies are costing you a lot more than a set of NiMHs/Eneloops and a charger..

Paul

Grundig G2 not $29.97 if you can find it in store at RadioShack:
http://www.radioshack.com/product/index.jsp?productId=13084827

Angelo

Star Halo: My issue with rechargeable batteries is that they don't work for my type of use. I've tried them over and over----at home and at work, for cameras and radios----they've been a huge disappointment. They don't last long enough on a charge----and if you don't use the item for a week or two and go to turn it on, the batteries need to be recharged again, even if you barely used the previous recharge. For radios that have plasticky battery compartment doors that you push and slide---opening/closing that many times to keep inserting recharged batteries will end up loosening or cracking the door. They've just been too lousy for me to use/recommend. In cameras, they're a complete joke. You don't get nearly as many flash photos from a recharged battery as you do from a fresh alkaline. I have a great Sony camera with a busted battery compartment door that now gets held on with a rubber band----because of the frequency of opening/closing with rechargeable batteries.

Ken K. in NJ

My own take on rechargeables is that I use the AAs in most of my "AA" radios and I'm very satisfied with their use. Especially in the newer radios where you can recharge the batteries in the radio itself.

However, in my radios that take C or D batteries I use Duracells that I buy from Costco when they are on coupon sale. I find the batteries last upwards of 200 hours in these radios, making rechargeables not cost or effort effective.

Vimal

Recently purchased Sanyo Eneloop 8 AA & 4 AAA with charger combopack.Sanyo claims Eneloop holds 70% charge even after 5 years sitting idle; and one Eneloop is equivalent to 1800 Alkaline AA's.Let's see if it's that way as claimed.
http://costcocouple.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/Sanyo-Eneloop-Rechargeable-Battery-Combo-Pack-Costco-3.jpg

Dave P

I agree with Angelo. I've basically given up on using rechargeables. The only things I've ever had success with are low-drain items....clocks, remotes, etc. My digital camera eats them like candy, and in radios, no thanks. I usually buy alkalines from Dollar General. I don't know who actually manufactures them for DG, but I will say that I have never had a problem with them. They seem to last forever, no lie, and are usually about half the cost of Energizer or Duracell. As for my camera, I only buy lithium batteries now. It's the only way I can get a decent life-span. (And hey, I like the 'Star Trek' sound of them..."we need more lithium, captain".) I keep waiting for Energizer Di-Lithium........nothing yet. Hahaha.

Gary

You guys are using the wrong kind of rechargeable NiMH batteries. As Vimal mentioned, there are low-discharge NiMH batteries like the Sanyo Eneloop. These don't lose much of their charge when sitting idle. Used in a digital camera, properly performing NiMH batteries will take far more pictures than standard alkaline batteries. Lithium alkalines are better still, but the cost per use is far higher than with low-discharge NiMH batteries. Most cameras these days don't accept AA batteries -- they use dedicated LiIon packs -- but I use the Eneloops in radios, where they might sit for awhile before the next use.

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