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February 27, 2010

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Angelo

I love the round tuning dial and I have a feeling this thing is going to outlive quite a few more Kaitos in the coming years. Great purchase.

Brian (Scooby214)

I like the military style round tuning dial. I don't yet have a radio with that style of tuning dial. It is similar to the airline dials on early tube radios, though with a completely different appearance at the same time.

Thanks for the review.

brandon

There is no wobble whatsoever to that dial when turning it either way, I've never used an analog dial quite that tight before. I ended up listening (from Michigan) to AM 750 WSB (Atlanta) for a solid hour last night, reception was unbelievably rock-solid, sounded like a local station for the entire hour with not one fade. With all my in-house electronics turned off, this works quite well on the AM side.

I actually have a second radio on the way - a Kenwood T2 - its a component-type AM/FM radio, quite rare, and the reason I bought it is because it has a 6-stage AM bandwidth slider switch. Its rare to see 3 settings, let alone 6. I'll post a review on that later this week.

Angelo

Brandon: Looking forward to hearing about the Kenwood. I have seen these component style Kenwoods, including Shortwave, and wonder how good they are.

Godfather367

Hi Brandon, I'm new here, but always loved vintage radios, especially Panasonic. I have an RF-888 and a RF-935 in absolutely beautiful condition and an RE-784 Tube radio. There's something about the sound of those old radios, they sound "warm"! I just have a question, if I may ask, exactly how rare is the RF-935, I really can't find any information about it other than this site. Thank you!
Anthony

brandon

Anthony - Its quite rare, I've seen maybe 4 or 5 of them on ebay since the time I wrote this review several years ago, 2 of which just ended in the past week. Before those ones, I hadn't seen one in probably over a year.

You're right about the sound - for just AM/FM radios, I own both an RF-935 and an RF-940 (the 940 is just as rare as the 935) and both sound great for their size and both have wider bandwidth on AM than most portables that size making them very pleasant to listen to on AM. I actually modded my 935 internally by adding some soft padding in various places to absorb some of the plastic echo sound.

Fred N.

Brandon

Just wondering...Do you have the owner's manual for the Panasonic RF 935? If so, would it be possible to get a scanned copy? I need to know how the battery check meter functions. The only function I understand is the signal strength.

Thanks

Fred

Brandon

Fred - I do not have an owner's manual, and I have not figured out how to get the battery check meter to work either. I actually wonder if there is no such function, if it just happens to be a meter that they used in more than one model of radio - others of which do have that function.

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