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January 08, 2010

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Keith Beesley

I have all three GE Superadio models. They're all nice sets for their era, 70s-90s, but as I become more familiar with vintage tube and early transistor sets from the 50s-60s, I'm realizing that the Supers are notable mainly for being the last of a dying breed. Many other brands (Zenith, RCA, Sony, Panasonic) have equally good reception and as good or better build quality. The older GEs (P-780, P-865, etc.) are nice, too.

Ken K.

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I have had an SR2 for years and recently bought the RCA version during a brief sale on Amazon. I paid $21 for it with free shipping and it wasn't even worth that. I found it would cost me almost $10 to return it, so I kept it but I'm not happy with it at all. Terrible selectivity, and the speaker sound doesn't compare to the SR2 either. It's already down to being the 3rd string radio in my basement.

Yes, the SR1&2 are not perfect as to fit & finish (there have been many problems reported with the on/off button for one) but they have it where it counts--performance.

Angelo

Ken: When I was taking my SRI apart, I bent the on-off switch stalk. I had to bend it back again when I reassembled it, for it to click on and off properly. Luckily, it seems as though it's working perfect now.

Keith---I love my P780. I think I have an early one. The sound is excellent---deep, tube-like tone from a "modern" radio.

Angelo

Ken: I'm very disappointed to hear your take on the SRIII. I missed that sale on Amazon---vowed that if they ever repeat it, I'd jump on one. I've always heard that the sensitivity of the III isn't quite as good and there is a wee bit of AM noise on some signals----but I also always heard that the speaker sound was still great. I thought for under $25.00, it would be a no brainer. I wonder if you got a particularly bad one?

Ken K.

Angelo, I'm thinking maybe I did get a bad one, I can't imagine they are all as bad as the one I got, the reviews would have been awful.

I'm also thinking maybe they knew they had a bad batch or something and maybe that's why they were on sale. The sale was only on for a day or two and then the price jumped back up again.

stetsi

Ah yes, Toshiba IC-700, GE P-780, Hodgson-Burnett SG1911 - all classics!

Angelo

Wait----I don't have a Hodgson-Burnett, unless it goes by another name???? Which one are you referring to?

Doug

Ken, I agree with half your take on the SRIII. Both sensitivity and selectivity on mine are mediocre to outright terrible, only the absolute strongest stations coming in loud, clear and noise-free. However, the speaker sound is fine, maybe not quite that of my SR II, but still excellent.

Angelo, what is the radio to the left (in the photo) of your SR? What I can see of it looks interesting. Can you post a photo of it?

stetsi

Well, I could be wrong, but surely, bottom right, under the Andrzej Kaczanowski - Fantasia Contra Basso CD, it's:
http://www.amazon.com/Secret-HarperClassics-Frances-Hodgson-Burnett/dp/006440188X

Mark Roberts

The SRIII is known to have had quality control issues, and has had for years. Both of mine are fairly good. They're not the best radios I have for reception, either on AM or FM, but they're above average. I wonder if the objection that some have toward it comes from the fact that the narrow bandwidth filter really isn't very narrow. The radio is clearly designed to emphasize audio quality first. Where audio quality and selectivity clash, which they do on AM, audio quality won out in the design.

Angelo

Mark: I will try to get a photo of that radio to Herc tonight or tomorrow so he can post it. It's a Hitachi. I'll write a little review too.

Angelo

Update on my Superadio: The tuning dial dropped down again. I guess the two sided tape wasn't strong enough to hold dry rotted glue to dry rotted glue. So I disassembled it again (The second time was faster and easier) and I used 3-M automobile emblem glue to glue the dial back to the radio chassis. This is ridiculous. Build quality indeed. I've never, I repeat NEVER had this happen on any similar vintage radio from any other manufacturer. Anyway, I'm letting it dry overnight, then I'll try to screw everything back together tomorrow.

Angelo

Stetsi: You're absolutely correct. At first, I was looking near the radios at the bottom. I finally figured out what you were talking about! My late wife loved books like this----maybe I'll check it out. I didn't even realize it was in the photo.

Radio Russ

I gave my SRIII to a friend who needed its sensitivity to pick up a low power AM station he wanted to listen to. He started having problems with the sound dropping out. When I looked at it, the problem was that the woofer was dropping out and he was only listening to the tweeter. Poor build quality throughout and lousy soldering especially. And how often do speakers fail at this rather low power level? Junk!

Ed

Angelo, The best way to prevent damage to the SR Power switch is to pry the silver Power button UP off the switch stem BEFORE removing the rear cover. It is usually not being held on with glue, only friction. Use needle nose or a tweezer to grasp it and extract the button, like pulling a tooth. Push it back on after the radio is reassembled.

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