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April 12, 2013

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Dave P.

Any info as to when, where, how much...etc. I like the looks, and I like the aux-in feature. If AM is good, I'm in.

Dave P.

Found it. Appears to be Euro only. $100+ seems a tad high. I'll have to wait for some reviews before I take that plunge.

StarHalo

Versus the $38 CCrane SWP? Forget it..

Sailcat

$37.99 for the CCrane SWP? Ordered!

RobRich

Single conversion? Double conversion? DSP? Hmmm. Seems to be no SSB support declared, either.

Akai has a name in the professional audio scene, plus it is now under the same parent company that owns Nakamichi. Those are two recognizable brands in sound IMO.

My concern is the APW-15 could be a rebrand radio, as for some nagging reason, its design and vague hardware specs seem to have a Kchibo vibe to me. Could just be me, though.

¾ Blind

Also no MW coverage up to 1710 kHz. which has been a North American standard since when, the mid '80s? Though truth be told I haven't found many interesting stations in the expanded AM band. In 1985 I bought a GE digitally tuned AM/FM pocket radio and was pleasantly surprised to find that it tuned to 1710 kHz. This was my first digitally tuned portable; I discovered it consumed batteries more quickly than a comparable analog tuned portable.

RobRich

If you are up for a challenge, Part 15 MW broadcasters tend to prefer around 1600-1705MHz. The allowed antenna system length of three meters under Section 15.219 is extremely limited compared to wavelength, so operators tend to stick towards the upper limits of the AM broadcast band.

I have no local Part 15 MW operators in my area (AFAIK) for groundwave reception at my QTH, and trying to DX a Part 15 MW station via skywave propagation can be a serious challenge even at relatively short distances. Perhaps a high-Q multiple-ferrite tuned loopstick and hopefully an incredibly low local noise floor.

Tom Welch

I owned a Nakamichi tape deck back in the mid 1970s, still runs on spec today. I sold the Nakamichi in the early 1980s to a friend.

Mischa

I have owned this radio, and finally got rid of it. FM was quite good, with a pleasant speaker sound. MW/LW sounded horrible, in my opinion. LW reception was very weak. Backlit keys were nice, though, more radio's should have this. Construction didn't feel very solid.

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