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August 26, 2011

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Ken K. in NJ

Interesting. I thought it was just me. I'm always accidentally replacing a memory with the station I just punched in.

Ken K. in NJ

My comment above was about #26, the Grundig G6, but somehow the cut&paste got truncated.

Anyway, I don't really agree with two of the pet peeves:

#5-FM Wire antennas. I find the wire antenna acceptable (and even preferable) when a sticking-up real antenna looks out of place, such as the JVC stereo system in the family roon, and my Horizon Solo in the Living Room. In both cases the wire does a perfectly fine job and is tucked away where it's not visible.

#18 Radios that take C batteries instead of AA's. I'll take a C battery radio over an AA battery radio any day if the radios are of similar size. The C's last much longer, and seem to provide more power to the speakers.

A. Black

A few of mine: (1) radios where you can't turn off the lights. Many have a back light on/off switch but in most cases the lights still come on when you tune it or do something else even if the light is set off. That's fine but also have a real off setting. (The Tecsun PL-660 is one of the few that has a real off setting as well as a smart off setting. Why can't other radios do this too?) In the good ole days radios did not have lights at all. One radio I have even has a light on the power adapter that plugs into the wall. (2) power adapters that get hot. (3) tinny sound. The whole purpose is to listen to it. (4) insufficient tactile feedback so you can't use it in the dark with having it light up. (5) radios which lose your presets when you change the batteries. (4) hideous blue background screens on internet radios (5) internet radios with no ethernet connection. (6) only available in black. I never take my radios to a funeral. (7) expensive add-ons (overpriced case, AC adapter, etc.)

Jeffrey McMahon

I didn't mean to truncate Ken's comment. Sorry.

Also, I agree with Ken that C and D batteries are preferred. I'll take long-lasting big batteries anytime.

Ron

These are great!

To toss in my thoughts on battery sizes:

While I agree that the longevity of C's is preferable to AA's, I'd rather have AA's. I've got about a million and a half battery powered items, most either take AAA's, AA's or D's. About 3 take C's. They're kind of like the redheaded stepchild of the battery family, and I wouldn't mind seeing them go away permanently.

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