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November 30, 2010

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Steve

If I'd known you were going to put my comment on the front page, I'd have fixed those type-o's, haha!

I just learned about the ( mythical?) existence of the Grundig 450 on this very website. Okay, I guess I should've done a little homework before plopping down $100 for the 350! Chalk one up to impulsiveness, I suppose.

I'll probably buy a 450 anyways, and man I hope they made that tuning knob sturdier...I can't help but wonder whether the 450 having digital synthesized tuning will siginificantly alter its performance relative to the 350 (I can't see how it wouldn't.)

S Patrick

My problem with the 350 has been it's overloading, even with the gain turned all the way down if using any antenna except for the whip. I've also had to manually repair my 350 twice by taking it apart and tightening the bands around the tuner. The worst example is when WYFR is booming on 5950khz in the afternoon, and it shows up EVERYWHERE in the receiver. Makes it impossible to enjoy other stations. The images are bad with the 350 but it really only affects a few stations.

I keep mine in the garage now, it's got a good sound and a good FM radio. It's okay on DX AM, and subpar on shortwave DXing in my opinion because of the above.

I'm very much interested in the 450, as long as it doesn't suffer from the overloads and images of the 350.

Steve

I was listening to the local public radio station earlier this evening, and decided to extend the antenna to get better reception...the tuner responded by jumping around .3 megahertz or so, causing me to lose the signal. When I re-tuned back to the proper frequency, I found that the station had become a mess of static, with various signals heard faintly in the background. When I retracted the antenna, the reception went back to normal. Ugh. First time that's happened, and it recurred every time I repeated the above steps. Sorta disappointing.

Ah well...at least I can placate myself with fantasies of the Sony I got coming in the mail...

Doug T.

Since the S450 will be made by a completely different manufacturer (Redsun) than the S350 (which was made by Tecsun) we can be optimistic that it will not suffer from the many problems of the S350. Indeed, my hope is that the S450 will be more like a 2100 with a better speaker.

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