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April 15, 2013

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Ed

I also received a replacement G3 for the unit I described last week. This unit was never opened before it arrived, as all seals were intact. However, it has the incorrect 6 volt wall wart supply that Eton had supplied with earlier units. That is easily addressed, and does not warrant a second return to Amazon.com.

So, Amazon did hold their end of the bargain.

Performance of this unit seems to have typical QC and performance for the model, per numerous reviews on other web sites. At least this sample has adequate RF shielding of the display, so the whine present on previously tried samples was not apparent.

The Eton E5 is a real receiver; the successor G3 is a cut above a toy. AMBC quite deaf, audio tailoring is screechy to the point of irritation. The volume control program is quirky.

HF and SSB reception on the whip antenna compare to the old Sangean 909. FM reception is a cut below a second production run GE Superradio III or the E5...RDS is just a plaything from the 8 bit computing era, but still is underutilized by broadcasters. The sync detector feature is a joke, as is LW reception with an appropriate antenna system.

In essence, this G3 was worth the $52 price, but no more. I'd rather have a second used-as-new E5 for that expenditure. No future money will be spent on any new Eton/Grundig product. This is based on over 40 years of experience with broadcasting and receivers.

Ed

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