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July 23, 2013

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Angelo

It would have been so cool if they brought back the "Realistic" name for this radio. I had a Sangean ATS-505 a few years ago----liked it well enough, but sold it and never looked back once I had the Sony 7600-----which I still believe is the best of these large paperback book sized radios.

Tim

Does this mean that Sangean will be releasing a new version of the ATS 505?

Sam

Looks like this IS the new version of ATS-505 or 505P, the differences being the color and price.

Tim

The 505P is simply the old 505 radio plus an AC adapter and a reel antenna. I was hoping we might be seeing a new version - perhaps a 505X, but apparently not. Just another Radio Shack version with all things the same except the name and color. But I'd be happy to see Sangean offer a revamped 505.

Shawn

Radio Shack had for many years been selling the 505 as a Sangean, in fact, it's still on their website at $149

http://www.radioshack.com/product/index.jsp?productId=4209386

Is Radio Shack in competition with themselves now selling the same radio at two different prices?

Angelo

Shawn: I was wondering how they were bringing in the new one for less money than used 505s bring on E-Bay, including the one I sold----and I was already the second owner of that one, it was a few years old! Is black plastic half price of silver plastic????!!!!

Tom Welch

I would bet the family farm that you will not see a new version of the ATS-505 from Sangean anytime soon.

Chuck E

I lucked into a Radio Shack DX-402 for $50 back in 2000, on closeout. This was their version then of the 505. One of my best buys ever. Nice crisp audio and decent SW performance off the whip. Great FM. Note that if you press in the tuning knob you have finer steps on SW and FM. On FM this can make all the difference when trying to tune in a distant station surrounded by strong locals. I just wish it would stay in fine mode regardless of further button presses. It reverts to coarse tuning if you use the up/down buttons or enter a frequency. Also I wish the lamp could be selected to stay on. These are minor complaints though. Even at $80 this is a fine portable. I am guilty of having a "thing" for silver radios.

Sam

Some glowing reviews on radioreference.
http://forums.radioreference.com/hf-mw-lw-equipment/267831-radioshack-synthesized-world-receiver-reviews.html

Sam

And another one here:
http://www.thebdr.net/articles/ops/test/TLP-RS20-629.pdf

Tim

That was a very favorable review. It's also a reminder that Sangean tends to make substantial upgrades to their radios without making it at all evident from their outward appearances. In other words, the greatly improved 505 is not given a altered name, such as 505 Mk II, or whatever. The same has been true for the older 909, of which there were three versions - all them called simply 909.

Angelo

Great reviews indeed----but wow, his ex-girlfriend was quite the firecracker.

Angelo

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Panasonic-SG453-Portable-Phonograph-Record-Player-AM-Radio-/221258821560

Always amazes me that no matter how many times the different versions of this product are ignored on E-Bay----another seller finds one and think they've struck gold. Not rare. Not one of Panasonic's better efforts either----jack of all trades and master of none.

Vimal Oberoi

Jay Allen does
"Panasonic RF-4900 Restoration & Evaluation"

http://radiojayallen.com/panasonic-rf-4900-restoration/

Tom Welch

Over the years, Sangean upgrades internal electronics probably b/c the original parts are nolonger available, a huge problem the longer a radio is on the market.

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