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 Post subject: Which transistor radio is your favorite and why ?
PostPosted: Oct Sun 28, 2018 1:12 am 
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The question would be for 50sTransistorRadios
But any body else is invite to give his opinion !!!
Mine is Sharp 4000 for his quality of sound, for the contruction it's the Sony CRF-320, thank's to Mr Carlson's Lab of youtube i've got one :°
My dream is Radialva SuperPrestige or La voix de son maitre VSM 915.
For curiosity one day l'll buy an Wadley-xcr30.


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 Post subject: Re: Which transistor radio is your favorite and why ?
PostPosted: Oct Sun 28, 2018 1:17 pm 
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It is still my Zenith R7000-2. Impressive reception performance on all bands with good-sounding audio coupled with wide band coverage, useful features, and great build quality make it my favorite.

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 Post subject: Re: Which transistor radio is your favorite and why ?
PostPosted: Oct Sun 28, 2018 4:10 pm 
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My most favorite transistor radio is a 1958 Soviet pocket radio named Surpriz (Сюрприз). With its seven transistors and 465 kHz IF, it can receive BC and LW bands. I have no idea of its performance but its unique design got my attention. It's very rare. Since my chance of finding it is near zero, it will occupy my mind rent-free for a long time.


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 Post subject: Re: Which transistor radio is your favorite and why ?
PostPosted: Oct Sun 28, 2018 4:52 pm 
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Thanks for showing the red and green sets. Nice to see different styling.


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 Post subject: Re: Which transistor radio is your favorite and why ?
PostPosted: Oct Sun 28, 2018 5:19 pm 
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This is Radio PARIS wrote:
The question would be for 50sTransistorRadios
But any body else is invite to give his opinion !!!
Mine is Sharp 4000 for his quality of sound, for the contruction it's the Sony CRF-320, thank's to Mr Carlson's Lab of youtube i've got one :°
My dream is Radialva SuperPrestige or La voix de son maitre VSM 915.
For curiosity one day l'll buy an Wadley-xcr30.
Ahh, the "coolness" factor...Though not "cool", I like my everyday driver, a G-E Superadio. Does all that I need, even serves as a noise finder :roll: It's by my recliner, to my left and been is service for some 30 years now, despite a power cord, I always run on batteries, Dollar Store Sunbeams... I have a Bose, not portable, it too was nice, until the caps failed, future project. Yes I have transistor radios all over the house. Some were bought for the "cool" factor, new, unopened in there box. I particularly like the Radio-Shack replica of a late 50's radio with the "lens" tuning dial and the chevron style. A gift from a local friend years ago.

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 Post subject: Re: Which transistor radio is your favorite and why ?
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Welcome to the form "This is Radio PARIS"!

I'm honestly not sure which radio I would consider my favorite overall. In terms of sound quality, I've got at least a few great ones, like the Tandberg TP41 and the Hacker Sovereign II. In terms of collectability, my Sony TR-6 is probably the most valuable. My favorite in terms of looks is just too tough to pick, I have quite a few favorites in that category.

I actually do have a Radialva SuperPrestige, but that radio looks a lot better than it works, and the FM section on my set has a bizarre problem (it only tunes in a few stations, and they show up multiple times on the dial). It's also not built particularly well, the plastic trim is very brittle, and my set has several cracks.


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 Post subject: Re: Which transistor radio is your favorite and why ?
PostPosted: Oct Mon 29, 2018 12:26 am 
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Thanks Dave Doughty; bb.odin; ak217; Chas; for your messages.
50sTransistorRadios I am honored that you are among us, I appreciate your videos on Youtube!
Unfortunately more money has been spent in the look of the Radialva SuperPrestige than in electronics, I will console myself with a Normende Globetraveler III.


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 Post subject: Re: Which transistor radio is your favorite and why ?
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I, too, greatly appreciate Matt's (50TransistorRadio) videos. I have lost count of the number of times I've used his videos to check a radio. His videos can be counted on to show all sides of a transistor radio plus the insides. For some radios, his videos are the only images on the web.

Thanks, Matt!

To answer the question of 'favorite' radio, I don't really have a single radio that I can point to as being a favorite. It is hard to choose a favorite child. :D I do have brands which I prefer, but lately I have been collecting 'look alikes' of the Sony 610 regardless of brand.


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 Post subject: Re: Which transistor radio is your favorite and why ?
PostPosted: Oct Mon 29, 2018 12:45 pm 
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Hi KnobDial
A look like of SONY - CF-610 would be for example: PHILIPS 22RR 800 ?
Yesterday i discoverd the brand Trixi 2000 N and no video on it.
So many things to explore :)


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 Post subject: Re: Which transistor radio is your favorite and why ?
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The Sony 610 is the red radio, second from the left. The Sony 510 is behind it. The rest are look alikes.


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 Post subject: Re: Which transistor radio is your favorite and why ?
PostPosted: Oct Mon 29, 2018 11:05 pm 
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Wow Binh, I never knew those existed, very interesting.

As far as favorite I'm kind of fickle, what I like this week may not be same as next.

At moment it's one of these. I was kidding with wife, told her I was going to bid $700. I wasn't quite halfway there.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Hoffman-T-P410 ... 7675.l2557

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 Post subject: Re: Which transistor radio is your favorite and why ?
PostPosted: Oct Tue 30, 2018 8:27 am 
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Hi everybody
I made the same during first months of 2018 about Ebay, telling to my cat (it agreed) i would place a bid for a Panasonic RF8000 from Germany: $ 1250 which ended up $ 3600 receiver in its own juice: /


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 Post subject: Re: Which transistor radio is your favorite and why ?
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Best bang for the buck is my GE Superadio II, $10.00 just about anywhere. Rain, sleet or snow I take it every where on a daily basis. If it gets dropped/broken nothing really to care about.


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 Post subject: Re: Which transistor radio is your favorite and why ?
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My favorite is my ZTO 1000. There may be better performing radios out there, but not for the $35 I paid for this one. I am amazed it its performance on just the telescoping antenna, and the styling is worthy of a museum of modern art.

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 Post subject: Re: Which transistor radio is your favorite and why ?
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If I still had it, it would probably be the one my father bought me in 1966 from a drugstore in Wilmington, DE. It's long gone, and since it was in a leather case, I don't recall what brand it was. It may have been an Elgin AM/FM. I've started collecting a few transistor radios recently, including an Elgin R1310, which I'm currently re-capping.


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 Post subject: Re: Which transistor radio is your favorite and why ?
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This one - built with my Dad's extensive help, and it worked the first time. Two days after Christmas, and rambunctious me knocked a lead loose. I went crying to Dad "it's broke, it;'s broke". Dad took one look at it, reconnected a lead, and all was well. Dad, hero. Yea, my favorite.

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 Post subject: Re: Which transistor radio is your favorite and why ?
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Thanks "This is Radio PARIS" and "KnobDial", I'm glad you appreciate my YouTube channel! I too have been frustrated that there is little information (and in particular pictures) on the web for most radios, so that's part of why I try to show every part of the radios I feature.


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 Post subject: Re: Which transistor radio is your favorite and why ?
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Suppose I'm kinda old fashioned but prefer the Zenith 500H.
Great sound quality from a cool vintage radio.
Also like the old coat pocket Emerson's.
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 Post subject: Re: Which transistor radio is your favorite and why ?
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It's really difficult to say which is my favorite, since they're all special in their own way. As much as I like my 500H's,I like the smaller radios too. Here I use a Zenith Royal 25 during the day for its FM reception. Surprisingly I don't hear any FM drift, since there is no a.f.c. I have a couple Sony TFM-850W radios I really like, and two modern S-10 Mark 2 Sony's,which work quite well on AM. I have a few Zenith Royal 280's I'm really fond of. Still searching for the elusive dark brown /white version of that. I have two 500E-1's that sound great,500E's,300's,and several 50's,40's, that all get rotated for use. My Royal 200 gets used daily, as well as a Royal 100 Zenette which has great selectivity for a small radio. I also like the Royal 10 and similar versions of it.


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Really my favourite transistor radio is a Nordmende Globetrotter 7/601 - mainly because of the amount of work I had to put into it to get it going satisfactorily - it had been stood in water for a while which corroded all the bottom of it's plugs and sockets. My radio that's on all the time is a Sony CF550A in my "play room" because it has fantastic sound from four speakers and a phasing system that makes stereo sound about 4 feet wide! There's other Sony's too, a CF580, CRF230, CRF5090 and a neat Roberts 606 that gives great sound due to the wooden case - all of these get a run for a week in the kitchen although the CRF 230 takes up a bit of space!

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