I got almost a year out of my Tecsun before it's tuning began to fail. Tuning upwards in slow mode I would watch the digits click by... 31 32 33 31 34 35 36 37 38 37 38 40 39 40... It only did this occasionally and only when tuning upward at first, now it does it in both directions in slow or fast tune. Not to mention the stand broke off the second month LOL. I was trying to use it tonight... The digital display doing its hokey-pokey while the electronic kept it lock solid just a hair off radio Havana. Once I tuned up to 10,000 and was still listening to Radio Havana, I turned it off and then back on and whammo... wwv rock solid. I have tried resetting it a handful of times but no luck. I got my money out of it though... Almost a year of solid service for $119?
I have a degen 1103 for portable with an amplified loop antenna (which works surprisingly well by the way) to tide me over until tax time.
Eton/Grundig has a new field radio and a new satellit coming out second quarter 2014 that both look enticing. I loved the audio quality on the Tecsun though. It will be missed.
I haven't posted any videos for a while but I have been acquiring some of the better table radios of days gone past. There are so many videos and good reviews of the Proton 300 and KLH 21 I didn't feel I had anything to add. But I picked up this Fisher 100 and felt the need to share.
The sound quality is comparable to my KLH and Proton 300. It certainly has a "bigger" sound than the KLH or my newer Sangean WR-2, no doubt because of the larger speaker. The five push-button tuners are a great feature too.
According to Wikipedia Emerson sold Fisher to Sanyo in 1975, the year after the Fisher 100 was introduced, so that may explain why it was discontinued in 1976. It's a shame because this is a great radio. Hopefully it's designers found gainful employment elsewhere.
The venerable Sangean WR-2, costing $111 on Amazon today (the cheapest I've seen it), remains my favorite clock radio. I've always been tempted to get the bluetooth version for the kitchen, the Sangean WR-22.
I bought a Concert Boy 1100 in May 1975 and it's been in daily use ever since. I have minimal knowledge of electronics but have done all the repairs myself, mostly mechanical, which speaks highly for the quality. Certainly a great buy, even if it had 'only' lasted 10 years.
By contrast, I am now on my third DAB radio in as many years, and have no expectation of its lasting very long. One of those was branded 'Grundig' but it came from Currys (in England) and I learned too late that it was made specifically for them - i.e. down to a price.
The six D-cell batteries in the Grundig last for weeks, whereas, on a DAB, batteries, at best, last a few days.