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 Post subject: GE Super Radio II and III
PostPosted: Jun Sat 03, 2006 7:18 pm 
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Just got a GE Super Radio II at an estate sale for a buck!
Got it home, plugged it in and it works great. I think that this is one of the best sounding transistorized AM/FM portables out there. Picks up stations great.

I have a GE Super Radio III I bought for using in the shop and the yard which sounds better that the portable Zeniths and Grundigs I have had but after placing both GEs side by side, the GE SR II sounds much better than the III. Huge difference in low end response.

Now I will have to find the first Super Radio to compare all 3.

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PostPosted: Jun Sat 03, 2006 9:27 pm 
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I've read the GE Super Radio II is better than the III. I know the DX BCB folks dump the III in favor of the II.

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I've also read this; haven't been able to spy a GE Superadio II yet to confirm; glad you have and can confirm. AND for a BUCK! Man, I gotta shop where you guys shop...

I think the GE Superadio III has a varactor diode for tuning, where the II still used the old-fashioned actual variable capacitor.

My only problem with the GE III is that it has a rather high noise level at low volumes. I.e. when you lower the volume (especially if you're using headphones) you're just lowering the volume of the radio station you're listening to - which unmasks a certain level of hiss.

I'd like to snag one of these SR II's. I can never pass up a good sounding radio...

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PostPosted: Jun Tue 06, 2006 4:06 am 
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Mike,

When I get a chance I will check out the noise level on both and let you know what I find out.

I noticed the Super II also picks up more stations on FM than the III. Have not compared the AM yet.

Yea, a buck for one is a good find :)
Now if I could just find a box of TR-1s in assorted colors...

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PostPosted: Jun Tue 06, 2006 5:32 pm 
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Does anyone have a schematic for these? Just what is so "Super" about the Super Radio?


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PostPosted: Jun Tue 06, 2006 6:37 pm 
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OZ132HOME wrote:
Does anyone have a schematic for these? Just what is so "Super" about the Super Radio?


Oddly enough... YES!

SuperRadio III:

http://mysite.verizon.net/vze20h45/radi ... _tech.html

Dunno about the Superadio II.

It's a nice radio and I guess it's just a departure from the typical Walkman type receivers (or a hold-over from the 70s, depending on your point of view).

Last of the table-top transistor radios, except for much more expensive models by CCrane etc. Other than that, it does have very good sensitivity and controls to allow you to DX the MW band. FM is quite good too. And it's only about $45. Radio Shack carries them on their website, but not in stores. I think Amazon also carries them.

I use it at work, in a steel and stone building, 3rd floor window seat, next to my computer. It seems to avoid most of the computer noises, except for the low level hiss on very low volume settings.

But, I'm thinking I'm going to rotate my other tube and transistor antique radios in as 'guest radios' soon, as I'm getting kind of bored with it.

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PostPosted: Jun Tue 06, 2006 11:45 pm 
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I found a II at a garage sale several years ago 10$ . It sits in my bathroom window . It does receive all the distant stations much like a car radio .


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PostPosted: Jun Wed 07, 2006 4:23 pm 
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The II (and probably the others) has a large ferrite bar antenna; much longer then most. This surely helps AM sensitivity if the radio is oriented to the station.

If you decide to open up your II, be very careful of the power switch when separating the case halves. The switch is uncommonly small, and it's easy to break it by just opening the unit up.

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PostPosted: Jun Wed 07, 2006 8:07 pm 
When a Super Radio is not enough....Don't know if this is the same manufacturer as the Super Radio series, but these really put out some sound, a GE 3-5259A. (Boombox on ebay)


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PostPosted: Jun Wed 07, 2006 9:26 pm 
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Nice ad

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That just sold for $128+

What am I missing here?

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I've a Superradio original in which I'd like to mount a synchronous detector I just built. I'd sure love a schematic. Any ideas where to get one?

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That just sold for $128+
What am I missing here?

Boom boxes are becoming collectable. See this thread:
http://antiqueradios.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=55939

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PostPosted: Jun Thu 08, 2006 12:41 pm 
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Hi all,
I have a Superadio II and also a III. Although I like them both I would trade the III for another II anyday. Better sound and selectivity.The II also looks like a real radio (my opinion only). From what I have read it seems the quality on the III's can vary greatly.
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PostPosted: Jun Sat 17, 2006 3:26 pm 
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Here's a good Superradio link:


http://www.geocities.com/rbrucecarter/sr.htm


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PostPosted: Jun Sat 17, 2006 11:02 pm 
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And another Superadio link that's listed on that page:
http://mysite.verizon.net/vze20h45/radio/superadio/gesr_faq.html

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PostPosted: Aug Tue 08, 2006 3:40 pm 
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Have a bid in on a II on EPay. You guys convinced me this is a collectable.


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PostPosted: Aug Tue 08, 2006 4:08 pm 
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There is currently a nationally broadcast television commercial running that features a Superadio prominently playing throughout the length of the commercial. I can't remember what the commercial is promoting, however. Maybe this will be the next "Walton-style" collectible.

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Looking for some further details on these GE's ..SR I & II. Who made them for GE - I recall seeing one marked 'Made in Malaysia'.

How does one decode the GE date codes (often a four diget number above the model number)

also - The Superadio III is now a RCA product. I hope they improve it's shortcomings - tuning scale issues, audio quality, etc.

There seems to be a huge following of these SR's.....they should make a better radio, charge more for it.....todays $40. new make them seem cheap. People will pay $80-$100 for a great radio, definately one with a cult following. Folks are paying $140 for the C Crane Radio Plus !

Here's your chance RCA....


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PostPosted: Jul Tue 29, 2008 5:53 pm 
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Picked up a Superadio III at a garage sale for $10. It's OK., but not so "Super" in my opinion. $10 was about the right price. I have lots of radios that do as well or better on the BCB. Pretty good bass response, selectivity's good. But calibration of the dial is way off, and sensitivity/ signal- to- noise is not great.
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