Customer Review

5.0 out of 5 stars Now a classic radio for some, May 30, 2011
This review is from: ETON G5 AM/FM/Shortwave Portable Radio with SSB (Single Side Band) (Discontinued by Manufacturer) (Electronics)
My Grundig YB-400 had been working so well that I just did not get this radio in the begining. Got the tiny pocket Grundig G6 instead which has been loads of fun. However when the Grundig G5 went on clearance at Radio Shack for $35 I just had to have one. Make that two (one for me one for my wife). RadioShack had a coupon for $10 off a $40 purchase so I got enough rechargable batteries to hit the $40 price and then ended up getting the Grundig G5 and the batteries for $30. Now that I am familiar with the G5 I almost feel like I stole the radio. The G5 is considerable smaller than the YB-400 and sounds almost as good. The G5 sounds much better and has better reception than the Sony 7600G and the G6. The Sony 7600G has the edge in clear SSB listening and the occasional clearing up of a signal with the Sony's Sync Detector. Unless you need a pocket radio I would definately pick the G5 over the G6. The G5 is still very compact and travels well. Speaker is loud enough to comfortably fill hotel rooms. The G5 ergonomically leaves the Sony 7600G in the dust with a much better backlit screen, backlit buttons, push button volume, hundred of presets organized 7 to a page that can be labeled with 4 letters, tunning knob, quiet AC adapter, 3 event alarms that can be set to any station any volume and any combination of days of the week. The YB-400 is now rarely used due to the G5 superiority. The G5 has a lower noise floor and is yet still very sensitive and selective. The main negatives of this radio to me is the signal meeter not working on FM and somewhat fast battery drain. However that is because I have my radio set to turn the backlight on every time I hit a key or turn the tuning knob. And this backlight lights the screen and the buttons. If I set the radio to no backlight I am sure battery life would be considerably better. And since rechargable batteries can be recharged in the radio it is even less of an issue. Also the G5 has a sturdy kickstand unlike the weak kickstand on the Tecsun PL-390 (great radio otherwise) and what I read about on the Tecsun 660.

So would I get a Grundig G3 should my G5 meet its demise? I believe so. It would be a tough decision between the Tecsun 660 and the G3. However a big advantage the G3 has for me over the Tecsun is the "Line-in" allowing me to listen to my iPod podcast through the radio. The RDS of the G3 is nice as well. If the G3 had backlit buttons like the G5 I would go ahead and get the G3 now. I was sorely dissapointed that the G3 did not have backlit buttons as this is a very nice ergonomic feature at night. However the Tecusn 660 does not have backlit buttons either. I would not be suprised if the G3 has slower battery drain without back lit buttons.
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