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September 13, 2014

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Michael Brent

Ah yes there's the rub.
Is the new Eton a new Eton or a
rebadged Grundig 450?
I bought not one but two 450's
and returned them both because they
sucked.

herculodge

Was their suckiness limited to their build quality or did it extend to FM/AM reception?

Michael Brent

A little of both really.
Mostly because of crappy AM reception.
It seemed like Eton or Grundig was trying to
make a radio that looked more well, military.
It did not work as well as my old Grundig
350 which I foolishly sold.
I am tempted to try the C.Crane SW which I understand is the Redsun 2100.
What are your thoughts?

herculodge

I have both the CCrane SW and the Grundig S350 and I prefer the FM and AM on the CCrane SW. I'll bet good money that Eton RDS Field radio is a rebadged Grundig S450DLX.

Michael Brent

There is a certain " ease of use factor"
that I value as much as the other criteria.
I just sold a Grundig G5, a later model, the one with the anti-static diodes already installed,
that I got one E-Bay for $125.00. I sold it for
$185.00. I got rid of it because I found the
memory system to be unnecessarily complicated.
100 pages with 7 spots per page.
Whose idea was this?
The radio I use more than any others is my trusty
little Grundig G8. it works well on AM and FM and its easy to use. Its 5 years old and hasn't gotten sticky yet. I want great reception and as few buttons as possible.

Gary

Jay Allen didn't think too much of the S450DLX. It was far inferior to the RP2100.

http://radiojayallen.com/grundig-s450dlx/

Pablo

CanĀ“t understand why Eton insist in sold sub par quality radios...the new "mini", which already has some reviews on Amazon, seems to be a big fiasco too..

Michael Brent

They're not inventing new radio technology.
They're putting the models that don't sell in new
cases.

Michael Brent

I've got an old Eton E-10 that looks like it got buried in a land fill that still works great. Go figure.

Jimmy

Jeff, how does the FM on your CCrane SW compare to your CCrane 2E in terms of sensitivity and selectivity?

It sure would be nice if this new Eton is a good performer on all bands and not just a 450 rehash.

herculodge

I've had no problems getting FM stations with my CCrane 2E in the kitchen, but in my bedroom, the CCrane SW has superior FM to my 2E.

I'm very skeptical about the new Eton. Looks like a rehash. I hope I'm wrong.

Drive-In-Freak

The problem with the 450 was the noise. It sequels as you tune and spots on the AM/MW dial have a ton of self generated noise. What it will pull in without the added noise is actually on par with the Sony pocket radio you see everywhere for $10 or so..not bad, but very average.
FM I didn't bother much with.
The SW bands overload with an longwire unless you turn the RF gain down to the point where it's piratically deaf. AM and FM stations bleed in all over the dial on every SW band.
I wanted so very much to like that radio, but it just had too many faults.
However it did survive a fire. I'll give it that much. The things must be built like a tank.

Gary

Here's a short overview of the Eton Field Radio 550.

http://swling.com/blog/2014/09/toms-overview-of-the-eton-field-radio-550/

Here's his comparison of the Eton 550 and the Grundig 450.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W22OG4g4uQo&list=UULVm5STfCi4fYim73JIKClA

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