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May 31, 2009

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Huesby

Does anybody needs a new bedside radio ?... Check this ... 280349877354, 260414278092 and this 110394565279 ..they are selling today on Ebay. The wifey is gonna get very pleased ;-)

Jeffrey McMahon

Huesby, that's major bucks for some pretty bedside radios.

Kevin S

I think the Redsun 2100 still has the PL-300WT beat on MW, at least for sensitivity. The lower the MW sensitivity, the better, so the 0.2 for the 2100 reigns, as it should given the relative size of the radios and therefore the ferrite antennas involved. However, I bet the DSP selectivity on the little PL-300WT is far and away the best.

However, for FM and SW, it looks like the PL-300WT is on top of the heap, and given people's experiences with the PL-300WT and Jeff's first take on the new DSP-based CR-1100, there's a new sheriff in town for FM.

Jeffrey McMahon

So, Kevin, if you were me would you trade my Chinese version of the CR-1100 for an English version?

Kevin S, Bainbridge Island, WA

I think that if you could operate the controls, you should be fine with the Chinese, and in fact it may be cooler and more manly :-). You could alsways look at pictures of an English unot to get an initial indication of what the controls are. The insides should be the same, and if you've already determined that yours is a quality unit, why mess with success??!!

However, if you can't figure it out, then the English version would be the way to go. The CL-1100's shipping from China on eBay have English, so Kaito should have 'em too, and it would seem that an English-labeled product is reasonable to expect.

Huesby

Where's the link to read about the test of this radios vs the RP-2100 ?

Jeffrey McMahon

I have no problem with controls. My only concern is AC adapter. Do I need one? I don't want to fry the thing.

Kevin S

If you have an adapter with the right polarity (i.e., tip-positive or -negative) and the right voltage, it should work just fine. It sounds like you already tried it out with an adapter: if the polarity and voltage are right, I think you've got the set-up you need already, rather than getting an adapter from Kaito that they might claim is special-made for the radio.

Jeffrey McMahon

Yeah, but they owe me the adapter. I want it on principle. I waited 4 months for a replacement radio and when they finally sent it they didn't send me all the parts. Sheesh.

Kevin S

I agree: a Chinese-labeled radio and no accessories sounds like the transaction ain't done yet!

I have heard stories about Kaito USA and how it is to deal with as a retailer - what's your take? And do you know if the eBay CR-1100 dealer "Electronnix" in Montclair, CA is really Kaito in disguise?

Jeffrey McMahon

I believe Kaito is in Montclair, so there's a clue.

They were nice to me on the phone, so I'm going to give them some slack and wait and see how they respond tomorrow.

Kevin

To confirm that the G8 and the PL-300WT are in fact different radios, someone wrote to Eton, and this was the response (posted to the IRCA board):

" Hi,
This radio [Grundig G8] and all other models do not have a DSP chip. Let me know if there's anything else I can help you with.
Regards,
Austin Parker
Technical Support Specialist
Etón Corporation"

So, it looks like you can forget about the G8 if you're looking for the performance of the PL-300WT.

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