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Old August 24th 03, 07:33 PM
 
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I've just recently decided to buy a shortwave radio, and after a few days of
Internet researching I've narrowed it down to either the Sangean ATS-404 and
the Grundig Yacht Boy 300PE. Both of them are 79.95, and I don't really know
what significant differences there are between the two. If anyone can
suggest one or the other I would greatly appreciate it.

Thanks



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Old August 24th 03, 08:13 PM
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Peter:

look here for info..

http://www.rnw.nl/realradio/rx_current.html

Dan



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I've just recently decided to buy a shortwave radio, and after a few days of
Internet researching I've narrowed it down to either the Sangean ATS-404 and
the Grundig Yacht Boy 300PE. Both of them are 79.95, and I don't really know
what significant differences there are between the two. If anyone can
suggest one or the other I would greatly appreciate it.

Thanks





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Old August 25th 03, 10:18 AM
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I've just recently decided to buy a shortwave radio, and after a few days of
Internet researching I've narrowed it down to either the Sangean ATS-404 and
the Grundig Yacht Boy 300PE. Both of them are 79.95, and I don't really know
what significant differences there are between the two. If anyone can
suggest one or the other I would greatly appreciate it.

Thanks


Peter,
I own both of those models.
They have poor image rejection.
The YB-300 has very tinny speaker
sound. The ATS-404 is more sensitive
to weak signals, so of the two I
would recommend the ATS-404.
However, if you are going to do
anything other than occasional listening
you might want to pay the extra money
for a Grundig YB-400 PE. It is far
superior to the 300. Another nice
choice, if you can get it at less than
retail only, is the Sangean ATS-505.
Overpriced at retail, but worth the money
you'd pay if you find it at eBay as the
Radio Shack DX-402. Both have SSB
reception.
Also, the Sangean ATS-606/Radio Shack DX-399
is a great choice if you don't need SSB.
Find the RS DX-399 on eBay to save
big bucks over the Sangean retail version.
If I was going to get a radio without SSB
it would be that one... preferrably the
Radio Shack model since it can be found
at a great price. (I own 2 of them).
Good sound, good reception in a pocket
portable.



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Old August 27th 03, 06:08 AM
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Hi Dan,
How do you have the radio
and speakers set up? And what
make and model of speakers?
How does it sound?
Cool idea... I might try it too : )

"Diverd4777" wrote...
Hi Sanjaya, Hi Peter:

I also have a Sangean 606A; it's well worth the extra $$ IMHO..
- But if cost is truly a factor, get the 404.

I run the 606A as if it were a "full size"tabletop, using extrenal computer
speakers as my sound source for FM;

Dan



I'm sure Dan will jump in with his own info, but I'll also offer mine.

I use computer speakers with two of my radios. I have an old (1995 or
so) speaker connected passively to my DX-160. It sounds quite good.
All that was needed was a change in plugs to a 1/4" phono. An adapter
would work. I happened to have a an old 1/4" cord & plug lying around,
so I soldered instead.

I use a set of battery-powered computer speakers with my 7600gr. These
run off C cells. The 1/8 mini plug just goes into the headphone out
jack. The line out can be used as well, but that has a constant output
-- you can't increase the volume beyond it's power. You can also use
the speakers w/o batteries but it won't be loud. The batteries are
rechargeables, so cost there is severely limited. And the speakers
themselves cost about $10 at J&R. They were a closeout, but I'm sure
they regularly have similar deals. I recommend battery powered, BTW,
if you can use rechargeables. (And my landlord pays utilities, so the
electrons are free!)

Neither of those set-ups provides really good sound, but the DX-160
needs a speaker and the sound for the 7600 is improved. Also, I figure
that using external, cheap speakers saves on wear and tear on the
7600's own speaker.

Another bonus to using computer speakers is that they are ubiquitous.
Every pc seems to include new ones, so old ones should be easy to find
and cheap. And they will usually sound quite a bit better than the
speaker on a small portable.

One day, I'm going to get a set of "hi-fi" computer speakers with a
subwoofer. The kind that run $30-60. But for now these setups suffice.

"Literacy is the route to communism!"
--
Col. I.P. Yurin
Commissariat of Internal Security

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Old August 27th 03, 09:38 AM
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Thanks I.P.
And you're right about computer speakers...
there are more sets of speakers than there
are computers, since many users upgrade.

P.S. Check out CompUSA, if you have one
in your town. Their store brand 3 piece speaker
set might be just what you're looking for. I got
it for $20 about a year ago... for my laptop
computer... but it would work for a radio too
I suppose.

"I. P. Yurin" wrote..
[snip]
One day, I'm going to get a set of "hi-fi" computer speakers with a
subwoofer. The kind that run $30-60. But for now these setups suffice.






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