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May 10, 2013

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Drive-In-Freak

I love a SR3.

While it's very true that they are a mixed bag, when you get a good one it's a really good radio.
The problem is that they decided to ditch the six gang open air cap in the first one and SR2 with a varactor circuit, and often used less than great pots causing the circuit to be unstable.

I've had one that worked great, a RCA that would tune from 520-850-800-1710 (odd jump back in the middle), but otherwise worked fine, and one that was so far out of alignment as was as if they didn't even try, and a GE that was like trying to crack a safe when tuning in a station.

Even with a bad one local AM/MW stations really come alive with the kill the selectivity "wide" switch. Dare I say it even sounds better than FM ( if FM were mono anyway). The nice big 6 1/2" speaker is a nice touch too..something that's sadly almost extinct today as far as portables go.

When you get one that works as it should? We're talking almost one of the best portables of all time.

I say it's well worth the gamble.

Drive-In-Freak

Oh..and..

Nice score. Congratulations. [cheers]

Bob C.

Several months ago, I pulled the trigger on what was advertised to be a GE SR III from Amazon. An RCA arrived instead (apparently the Amazon Marketplace seller never updated his listing). I checked it out and it basically offered clock radio-level reception with the SR III's great speaker sound. Tuning was off by a good 500 kHz on AM and 4 MHz on FM. Sensitivity and selectivity were fair to poor. Needless to say, it went back immediately. I'll never again buy anything with the RCA nameplate again. Which is a sad commentary on what happens when a cheap foreign company buys a venerable trademark. At one time, RCA radios were of high quality. But today's iteration of the brand bears NO resemblance to the brand's products in those those halcyon days of yore. Now, they're at the same level as a Coby. In a word: junk.

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