.. you know i dont consider my modded srf-59 to be that good at all... firstly i cannot hear a difference between my modded srf59 and my two unmodded srf-83's... and neither can anyone else i ask to compare them. ok i *might* be able to head a difference being a tiny bit more at either frequency extremes with my ms1's, but i not enough to be sure, nothing significant anyway. note i did check the '59 and it is modded it has a couple of panasonic fc's in there for example.
the main issue i have though - is that all three of these radios have some kind of high frequency distortion or treble grainyness or something like that (only effects vocals). it isnt immediately noticable, and even then only with maybe 20% of all songs (not station dependent though), but still it annoys me a lot, it means i cant listen to this radio with my ms1's without getting distracted, i would rather listen to it out of the cheap ksc-35's which having much less treble the effect is much less pronounced so i barely notice it.
other than this distortion though, the radios are pretty good, a little muddy and undefined - lack of detail but pretty good for a radio, has a full frequency response (for a radio) rather than going from 100hz to 5k like a lot of cheap radios
but overall im pretty dissapointed with this radio, cause when i got it i was expecting it to be a significant step up from the srf-83, when xin describes the difference as "good", and "excellent" on his little comparison table.
thing is i cant beleive that noone has commented on this distortion/grainyness before, am i just a freak or are my 3 radios micraculously all defective in some way, i have never heard this on any of my other equiptment, nor on any of my other radios/tuners listening to the same stations.