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July 23, 2010

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Jeffrey McMahon

I wonder if it's worth buying an AC adapter for it or buying a battery recharger and rotating charged batteries. Also it would be great if you sent us jpeg photos. Thanks for the excellent review. Jeff

Scooby214

Great review. Thanks for posting!

Brian

Paul

If it's like the PL-380 it can be charged via USB.

Kevin S

Yes, it's got the USB charger port as with the PL-380. As for pictures, I think the ones on Ebay are about as good as it gets, certainly better than I can take.

One other thing that I noticed is that the heterodyne-like tones on weaker AM stations are still there, but much less than on the PL-310 and PL-380.

Jeffrey McMahon

So with the USB charger port, it makes an ideal near computer radio? Just spend $5 on a USB cable.

Kevin S

Sorry - the computer will charge it, but trying to operate the radio near the computer will introduce a plethora of AM interference, as with any other radio I've tried. FM is fine near a computer, as you would expect.

Ken K.

(Just spend $5 on a USB cable.)

My PL380 came with a cable. I assume the 390 does also, although it doesn't specifically say so on the Ebay listing.

Kevin S

I didn't get a USB cord with the 390, but like Ken did get one with the 380.

Mike W

Kevin, I suspect you've provided what little arm-twisting is needed to convince Jeff to buy one himself.

Jeffrey McMahon

Very tempting indeed. I just don't know how to power it: With batteries and a charger or buy a 5 W AC power cord and use my 110 V adapter with it?

scooby214

I am tempted as well. I am inclined to go with rechargeable batteries and a charger over using a wall wart. I am too likely to carry the radio around the house to bother with a cord.

Brian

Paul

USB cable? Join the club (free) and get it for $1.49 shipped free:

http://www.mwave.com/mwave/SKUSearch_v3.asp?px=MP&scriteria=BA23091

Blake

Is the screen easy to see on a night stand? I ask this because I have to prop my Grundig G6 at just the right angle to make it work on my night stand. If I stand it upright my head is up too high for the angle. If I use the flip out stand then my head is too low for the angle. Just can’t see the display unless I prop it up with a book at just the right angle. Can I just set this PL-390 vertically on its base and still read the display?

Thanks … Blake

Steve

I just ordered one of these based on all the good things I've read about them here at Herculodge. What I'm wondering is: does this radio have a thumbwheel for tuning, or is it just push button? My biggest complaint about the Sony 7600 is the lack of tuning wheel.

Gary

Steve - I believe the PL-390, like the PL-380, has a tuning thumbwheel. The default tuning speed is slow (1 kHz on MW AM); if you spin the wheel quickly, it will switch to fast (10 kHz on MW AM).

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