Tecsun PL-330: A quick update and an important note before you buy

We posted an update about the new Tecsun PL-330 in late April 2020. While we didn’t have a lot of details, it’s worth reading.

We still don’t have a lot of details (as of today, July 3, 2020) but readers have been contacting me and commenting recently with links to online retailers who are already selling the PL-330.

SWLing Post contributor, Babis, shared a link to retailer (Taoboa.com, see above), this website with more information, and a review on this page.

Before you buy

To be clear: I am not placing an order for the Tecun PL-330 yet.

Indeed, as I mentioned in a previous post, my trusted Tecsun contact informed me that all of the new portables–the PL-990, H-501, and PL-330–are first being released as a “domestic” or pilot version in China. The pilot version is not the final and fully-updated/upgraded international/export version.

I will make an announcement here on the SWLing Post when the international/export versions are available for purchase.

To be clear, I can’t comment on the performance of the domestic models, but I do understand that the export models will likely have better specifications and even updated front panels/functions.

I also understand that the PL-990 will likely be the first export model in terms of availability.

Stay tuned! I’ll post any/all updates here on the Post.

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6 thoughts on “Tecsun PL-330: A quick update and an important note before you buy

  1. Babis

    update at taobao shop (selling page) there are already 63 reviews by now, later perhaps more … some users mentioned bugs, one i spotted (from translate)

    The size of the button is too small, the size of the knob is too large, the size ratio of the button and the knob is not coordinated, and the 310 is very coordinated and classic. The bandwidth switching operation is quite troublesome. It is not as simple and quick as the one-key cyclic bandwidth switching of 310. And after 330 enters the bandwidth setting mode, if the user does not have any operation, the machine cannot automatically exit the setting state and stay in the bandwidth setting interface forever. This bug must be Fix. Others, such as sensitivity and selectivity, performed well and satisfied.

  2. Babis

    at bbs.tecsun.com.cn at the topic of pl-330 some one post this

    ” ????????PL330????????
    New upgrade and improvement of Desheng PL330 fully listed and released ”

    it looks like they have update something, perhaps firmware (translator maybe not so good) … still seems for domestic use .. so yes seems final version will be some changes

  3. Rob

    I wouldn’t be in a big hurry to buy another Tecsun product. Although I like my PL-880, PL-600 & PL-310ET, I was disappointed in my S-8800. Personally, I will wait to see what Jay Allen has to say about the new models.


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