Many thanks to SWLing Post reader, Mike, who notes that the Grundig S450DLX is now $60.11 shipped from Amazon.com.
I’ve never reviewed the S450DLX, but I have used one for several days. Shortwave reception is average (perhaps, at best) but this portable radio certainly produces robust audio from its large internal speaker. AM (Medium Wave) and FM reception are quite good–at least on par with other radios in its price class.
(Photo source: Eton Corporation)
After posting the recent mini review of the Grundig G2 Reporter, Dave Zontow (N9EWO) notes:
I just completed updates on my reviews page regarding these models.
Owners should take note for the cure with excessive battery consumption when OFF . It’s not covered well in the owners manuals (if at all depending on the variant). One toggled in the menu’s, it pretty much squashes the issue.
Many thanks, Dave for your very detailed review of the Grundig G2!
Regarding the Grundig G2, SWLing Post reader “Shortwave Listener 22007” recently commented:
I have owned this radio for about 2 months, here are the things I have noticed…
- The G2 has shortwave reception almost matching that of my Tecsun PL880
- The e-reader function works great for programming shortwave schedules, contains bookmarks for easy access
- Audio is decent through earpieces
- Recorder events can be labeled using a computer
- The receiver is small enough to fit into a small coat pocket
- The radio is available new for only +- $50
- No glue of any sort is used to keep the plastic knob from falling off
- Receiver controls are somewhat complicated e.g, it requires that push in the knob 3 times and then turn the knob just to begin a recording session
- A glitch causes the G2 to freeze up after a recording event is deleted, because there is no reset button the only way of solving this problem is to take out battery and then put it back in again, in which case the time and date settings have to be reset again.
Summary: The Grundig G2 Reporter is excellent receiver for its price class and probably receives more criticism should, however, those interested in the G2 should still look at the upgraded 1128H version which has many of the operational peculiarities and glitches fixed.
Many thanks for your review! I have a Grundig G2 I purchased several months ago; I’m not sure if it’s an upgraded version. I may have to give it more time on the air and, especially, evaluate its recording capabilities.
Click here to search Amazon for a Grundig G2.
Also, note that Universal Radio has a current promotion that includes a free G2 with the purchase of an Eton Grundig Edition Field or an Eton Grundig Edition Satellit.
Many thanks to SWLing Post reader, Mike (K8RAT), for informing me that the Grundig G8 Traveller II is now available for a close-out price of $34.98 at Universal Radio and $33.99 at Amazon.com.
I’m sure this low price is to make space for the new Eton Traveller III.
I owned a the G8 Traveller II for a few years and eventually gave it to a friend. It’s a simple radio, but quite an effective receiver. I love the international time dial (and glad they kept it on the Traveller III)–it came in handy when crossing time zones.
Negatives? Well there is no keypad for direct entry, very few controls and the receiver mutes between frequencies. Still, the audio is great and it gets high marks from me for MW/SW and FM reception.
For $35, it’s an excellent bargain for a handy, über-portable, travel radio. I’m tempted to buy another…
I just noticed that Blinq.com has the Grundig S450DLX on sale for $34.19 shipped. These units are described as used/open box and may show minor wear and/or come repackaged. I believe you can buy from Blinq with confidence; I once had to return a product and found that Blinq made the process hassle-free.
You can purchase directly from Blinq or via Amazon.com (click on “Other Sellers” new and used).
While many SWLing Post readers have reported positively about their experience with the online discount retailer Blinq.com, several buyers have not been happy with the used/open box Grundig G5 units Blinq is selling for $45 US each.
Mike (K8RAT) noted that his G5’s “audio distorts when volume greater than 10 on the numerical read-out […] higher level sends the audio into oscillation.” Another buyer noted his G5 was nearly deaf on AM.
If you order a G5 from the Blinq, check out the radio thoroughly before tucking it away on a shelf somewhere. Or, better yet, just pass on this particular deal.
Fortunately, I’ve only received excellent reports of Blinq’s customer service. They’ve happily refunded consumers money for defective products in a timely fashion.
On a side note, I can only report negatively about the retailer 1Sale.com. I’ve been trying for six weeks to receive a refund on a defective (non radio) item I purchased. I’ve still haven’t received a response from customer service. I’m sending my 6th request today; I’ll never purchase from 1Sale.com again.
Many thanks to SWLing Post reader, Ulis, who shares this excellent deal on the Grundig G2: $29.99 US shipped!
You must hurry, though, as the deal is only valid today, Friday, March 7, 2014. Click here to purchase.
Ulis mentioned that the G2 was his first purchase from the retailer (1sale.com), but since he could pay with PayPal and the deal was first mentioned by CNET, he purchased with added confidence.
Note that the G2 is not a perfect radio–check out my review of its cousin the DE1129–but at $29.99, it’s a steal.
If you missed this deal, try searching Amazon.com for the Grundig G2.