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June 28, 2009

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Jerry

Ok..I'm lost. Why review a radio of this type just for its AM and FM? Isn't one of main (and important) features shortwave? How does the shortwave work inside the house and with its existing antenna? Do you need an outside antenna to boost the signal? And how about the radio's SSB mode (another important feature)? Also, the keypad is supposed to have 1000 memories...does that work and easy to use? How does the shortwave compare to the C.Crane CSW?

If all you are looking for is a good AM/FM radio, you are right...this is a bit expensive. It's like buying a BMW 6-series for just making weekly trips to the grocery store.

Jeffrey McMahon

SW is not outstanding. You'll do better with a Degen 1103 or Redsun 2100/ C.Crane CSW.

The memories work great and are easy to use. Still, the radio is overpriced.

Blake

Have either of you read "Passport to Worldband Radio" 2009 edition? Their review of the Grundig 750 praises it for shortwave reception. They only dock it for lack of synchronous detector and bandwidths that are too wide for SSB (though good for audio quality). Other reviews say they do not have the same SSB issues. After reading the Grundig and CCrane SW reviews in Passport, you can come to the conclusion the 750 has significantly better SW than the CCrane. One key area that the 750 excels in according to Passport is dynamic range so it can get superb sensitivity with a serious antenna without overloading the circuits. They said the CCrance SW on the other hand does not have a very good dynamic range and it does not reject "images" as well. It seems to me that getting a 750 for a 30 day trial may be a safe bet to make sure it fits your needs. If the AM reception is not as good as the best PR-D5 it still may fit your needs.

Jeffrey McMahon

SW sensitivity will vary depending on location. The CSW, less than half the price of the 750, equals or surpasses the 750 in my LA area.

Jeffrey McMahon

Let me emphasize, though, that the most damning thing about the 750: It's a $300 radio that lost in AM power comparison to the $80 Sangean PR-D5.

Blake

You point is very valid one especially considering the way the 750 features AM reception with the rotating antenna. With less than excellent AM reception it is nothing more than a gimmick. If I had a good outdoor antenna I may go with the 750 or wait for a better replacement. I am not going to be installing large outdoor antenna so I am going with the CCrane. You can't charge the batteries inside the 750 like you can the CCrane either.

Jeffrey McMahon

Yeah, the 750's AM is good but not $300 good. And inferior to the $80 PR-D5.

Angelo

The thing that damns it is the $300.00 price tag, which says it should be exceptional, not mostly good. Look, if it was $159.00, I think we'd all be happy if it did great on SW and we'd be okay with it falling a bit short of the PR-D5 on AM. When the price tag is $300.00 (You could get about 4 PR-D5s for that price.), it needs to be hitting on all cylinders.

Jeffrey McMahon

People would be better off saving their money for a GESRII in mint condition.

MIKE GEALL

I like the grundig 750 and have no problems with it.I use a long wire out side ant up at 55 feet and it works great.Over the last 40 years i have been swl,ing i can tell you that NO reciver with a stock antena works as well as when you conect to a out side ant .I have been a ham (ve3mig) for 35 years and have run hundreds of radios over the years and the 750 sits at the top of my list for preformanc and looks and price.

what to know

Hey Mike....you said you ran a wire outside for 55ft for better receiving, my question is was it verticle, or horazonal? Us beginners would like to know for we know nothing about these except there very interesting to us now.

thanks
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androidz

i want that GS750... :D

Larry Lanberg

"SW is not outstanding. You'll do better with a Degen 1103 or Redsun 2100/ C.Crane CSW".

That's a total falsehood. Wow. I can do 50x more DX'ing with the Sattelit 750 than with the Degen 1103/Kaito KA-1103, which is essentially just a lil' travel radio that has somewhat decent reception for a lil' travel radio.

Jeffrey McMahon

The SW on the 750 is indeed known to be outstanding. However it's a shame the AM is so disappointing on a $300 radio.

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