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post #1 of 16
Thread Starter 
I need to get a hold of a portable radio:

-Speaker(s) on the body, (it is not intended to be used through headphones)
-Excellent reception in remote areas. It is intended for use in an area relatively far from any cities.
-analog or digital reception is fine
-[edit] Size is not an issue, but the smaller the better!

Suggestions for either specific brand/models are truly welcomed. Also, if you have a specific site in the web that reviews/discusses portable radios, please direct me.

Thanks!
post #2 of 16
I know this will sound crazy but...


Amazon.com: Sony ICF-S10MK2 Pocket AM/FM Radio, Silver: Electronics

You're really not going to beat that radio.
I love it, and I have a GE "Super radio" a Sangean, and various others that cost multiple times the price. Hands down, that Sony. Its made well, and batteries last forever too.
post #3 of 16
Dr. Xin used to modified the Sony SRF83. I was able to buy an used one and it sounds fantastic. See if you can get one!

post #4 of 16
Thread Starter 
Gonz,

seems like an interesting option.

Arroyo, that does not seem to meet the first requirement, unless I am missing some info.... but thanks.

This is for my father, so sound quality is really not a major factor. Sensitivity, signal reception, are really key.

Any other suggestions??
post #5 of 16
It just so happens I collect portable FM radios. The best so far with a speaker is the Radio Shack DX-390/Sangean ATS 818. It also does shortwave, but the FM reception is FABULOUS and it sounds really good. If you plug in headphones it gives you stereo.
Here's on on ebay: Realistic DX 390 Sangean ATS 818 Shortwave Receiver MIB - (eBay item 330191481039 end time Nov-28-07 21:30:08 PST)


BTW, for a pocket headphones only radio (I know you want a speaker) the Zune 30 beats 'em all and has RDS Radio Data System - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
post #6 of 16
A good place to start would be the GE Superradio. Not cutting edge, good audio, very reliable. A great DXer!
post #7 of 16
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Originally Posted by CD44hi View Post
Gonz,

seems like an interesting option.

Arroyo, that does not seem to meet the first requirement, unless I am missing some info.... but thanks.

This is for my father, so sound quality is really not a major factor. Sensitivity, signal reception, are really key.

Any other suggestions??
Oops, no speaker sorry. However, sound and reception is amazing!
post #8 of 16
Thread Starter 
thanks for the suggestions guys! Have some options and will do more searches.

Any other candidates are still appreciated.

I'll place the order probably this weekend.
post #9 of 16
Hey CD44hi,

I just got a CCradio SWP. It's a slightly bigger than I expected, but it sounds and works great. I have the larger CCRadio as well and I can tell you that they are outstanding radios.

CCRadio-SWP
post #10 of 16
HERE

Probably one of, if not the, most gorgeous modern radios you'll find. Beats the **** out of a Tivoli.
post #11 of 16
be sure and check out CCrane in the link above if you have not done so already. they have a good selection or radios with handheld radios that have speakers. they also have antennas to aid in reception for AM and FM.
post #12 of 16
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Nqstv View Post
Hey CD44hi,

I just got a CCradio SWP. It's a slightly bigger than I expected, but it sounds and works great. I have the larger CCRadio as well and I can tell you that they are outstanding radios.

CCRadio-SWP
Thanks, I have been checking this one out. I wonder if they fixed the issues they had with the display being somewhat faulty. It does looks like a fine radio.
post #13 of 16
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Nqstv View Post
Hey CD44hi,

I just got a CCradio SWP. It's a slightly bigger than I expected, but it sounds and works great. I have the larger CCRadio as well and I can tell you that they are outstanding radios.

CCRadio-SWP
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Originally Posted by CD44hi View Post
Thanks, I have been checking this one out. I wonder if they fixed the issues they had with the display being somewhat faulty. It does looks like a fine radio.
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Originally Posted by noseallinit View Post
be sure and check out CCrane in the link above if you have not done so already. they have a good selection or radios with handheld radios that have speakers. they also have antennas to aid in reception for AM and FM.
Argh, meant to include this in my reply up:
Indeed CCrane seems to sell not only their own brand but others as well. Right now looks like I am getting two, an inexpensive unit like the sony suggested before and more expensive one, probably focusing on more features like memory, SSB etc.

Well, the order for the inexpensive one is placed. The other unit, probably under $250 is still pending more research.
post #14 of 16
Thread Starter 
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HERE

Probably one of, if not the, most gorgeous modern radios you'll find. Beats the **** out of a Tivoli.
Interesting indeed! I would consider this unit, but the paucity of information on the web is worrisome. It sure looks *very* unique.
thanks.
post #15 of 16
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HERE

Probably one of, if not the, most gorgeous modern radios you'll find. Beats the **** out of a Tivoli.
Is that portable? It looks like style over substance. The old Rat Shack DX390/Sangean ATS 818 is legendary, and pretty cheap. It's my favorite portable. Did I mention? Great sound, those tiny Sonys sound like tiny Sonys. I test all my radios on a 16 watt station 10 miles away, and this one is the best.
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