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RadioShack® Synthesized World Receiver

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Product Summary

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RadioShack's Synthesized World Receiver is a multiband receiver including full shortwave (14 meter) band, AM/FM/MW/LW. It has an easy-to-read LCD display and both manual or automatic tuning options. Memory stores 45 pre-set stations and there's a dual-alarm clock with 12/24-hour format. Enjoy listening to broadcasts from around the world.

  • PLL synthesized digital tuning, AM/FM/SW/MW/LW
  • 5 tuning methods direct frequency/auto scan/manual scan/memory/rotary
  • AM: (MW) 520-1710kHz
    FM: 87.5-108MHz
    SW: 1.711-29999MHz LW: 153-279kHz
  • Single side band (SSB)
  • Local/dual time, 12-hr. or 24-hr. format
  • Powered by 4 "AA" batteries (sold separately)
  • 45 memory stations
  • 3.5mm (1/8") stereo headphone jack

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  • "AA" batteries (4)
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  • Parts: 90 days
  • Labor: 90 days
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April 10, 2013 RadioShack AM/FM Shortwave Radio (Guía Del Usuario)
April 10, 2013 RadioShack AM/FM Shortwave Radio (User's guide)

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RadioShack® Synthesized World Receiver
 
3.9

(based on 16 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

69%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good sound quality (12)
  • Great reception (9)
  • Lightweight (7)
  • Long battery life (6)
  • Durable (5)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home use (14)
    • Daily use (10)
    • Travel (6)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Practical (8), Gearhead (7)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (13)

    Reviewed by 16 customers

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    4.0

    Pleasantly surprised! :-)

    By Chuck

    from Wichita Falls, Texas

    About Me "frugal" -, "frugal" Ha, Amateur Radio Operator, Practical

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Good Sound Quality
    • Great Reception

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Daily Use
      • Home Use
      • Travel

      Comments about RadioShack® Synthesized World Receiver:

      This was an "impulse" buy last weekend... visited RS with my girlfriend, and they had this on clearance--too good a price to pass up! :-)

      I've enjoyed playing with it, and it really brings back memories! Reception is quite good with the built-in antenna, but I'm already looking at the little reel-type wire antennas (it does have an ext. antenna jack). I've been able to hear a lot of SW broadcasts, ham radio, WWV time signals, etc. Great reception, too--picks up some not-too-local FM stations, etc. Great little radio, even for the full price--highly recommend! :-)

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No
       
      5.0

      Great for the money!

      By poikaa

      from Michigan's upper peninsula

      About Me Gearhead

      Pros

      • Best With Outside Antenn
      • Good Sound Quality
      • Great Reception
      • Lightweight
      • Long Battery Life
      • On Close Out Price
      • Right On Frequency

      Cons

      • No Power Pack
      • No Soft Case

      Best Uses

      • Daily Use
      • Home Use
      • Travel

      Comments about RadioShack® Synthesized World Receiver:

      Bought this on closeout for 27 dollars with tax! Clone of the Sangean ATS-505 but lighter in build. Reception is very good especially with an out side antenna, I use a long wire of 60 feet (20 meters). All controls are pretty much intuitive and with three tuning controls, knob, up/down buttons and direct entry, makes for easy tuning and will search! 45 memories are plenty. Nice back light. Audio is a bit thin but more than adequate, head phones make for good listening. At 1/3 price this is a great deal!

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No
       
      5.0

      A Keeper!

      By Braden Parker

      from Pittsburgh, PA

      About Me Gearhead

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Good Sound Quality
      • Great Feature Set
      • Great Reception
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Daily Use
        • Home Use

        Comments about RadioShack® Synthesized World Receiver:

        This particular radio is a rebadged version of the Sangean ATS-505, a superb set. I snagged this radio at my local Radio Shack for $43.00 brand new, and it was an absolute bargin. I am tempted to go back tomorrow and snatch up the last one!

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        A Good Radio!

        By Wizardb

        from Memphis, TN

        About Me Practical

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Good Sound Quality
        • Great Reception
        • Lightweight
        • Long Battery Life

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Daily Use
          • Home Use

          Comments about RadioShack® Synthesized World Receiver:

          I very seldom bother to write a review but I was so impressed with this radio I felt like I had to say something. This is a surprisingly good radio. AM DX'g is great. At night I can pickup AM stations from all over the country. I am located in Memphis. SW receptions is as good as I've had. I usually use a long wire external antenna with excellent results. Sound is not a problem since I always use an ear bud.
          I tried a Grundig S450DL Field Radio last week and took it back. This Radio Shack model put the 450 to shame.
          I would not hesitate to recommend this radio to anyone.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No
           
          4.0

          Good for Casual Use

          By Ron2way

          from Chicago,IL

          About Me Practical

          Pros

          • Am Fm Sw Works Well
          • Good battery life
          • Has External Antenna
          • Uses 4 Aa Batteries

          Cons

          • Lcd Display Is Always On
          • Minor Birdies 19-20 Mhz
          • Preset Memory Is Limited

          Best Uses

          • Home Use
          • Travel

          Comments about RadioShack® Synthesized World Receiver:

          I bought this to replace a Grundig G6 that had stopped working. It was on sale for 60.00. SSB reception on the ham bands worked exceptionally well for this class of portable receiver.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Might get a second one...

          By Ham op

          from W Va.

          About Me Gearhead

          Pros

          • Lightweight
          • Long Battery Life

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Daily Use
            • Home Use
            • Travel

            Comments about RadioShack® Synthesized World Receiver:

            This is a nice unit at the sale price.
            AM is adequate
            FM is quite sensitive
            SW is ok to use for casual listening.
            I have a lot of experience with expensive amateur and commercial units, the few shortcomings at this price are to be expected, but overall this is a nice unit for the sale price.
            The problems noted about noise could have been from batteries that were almost dead, the lo bat message is not on until they cause noises due to low voltage making the unit squeal on some strong stations.
            The units reception is going to be affected by metal walls around it or a car body surrounding it.
            Properly used for $59 I have no complaints.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            2.0

            2nd Review: Doubts

            By RancerDS

            from Wagoner, OK

            About Me Practical

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Good Sound Quality

            Cons

            • Problems On Sw

            Best Uses

              Comments about RadioShack® Synthesized World Receiver:

              My original review indicated this was a very good unit, rated 4 stars with only minor things keeping it out of the 5-star ranking.

              Last night and the previous night, had started hearing very rapid chirping sounds or whistling. Just assumed it was radio interference from all the computer equipment in my bedroom. Last night I shut it all off and it was worse than the night before. If I switched to SSB and tuned the "Clarify" dial to reduce whistling, howling, chirping sounds, then switching back... it seemed to resolve the issue... at first.

              I brought it to work with me this morning and turned on the unit to the last frequency used and the problem returned. I am not sure if this is a problem particular to this unit, since it was mentioned before that a defective unit was returned to a store where I thought they had 1 in stock.

              It's too bad really, since I was totally digging this receiver. The FM and AM still sound excellent, with the AM slightly under-performing in comparison to a low-end radio.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

              (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Awsome lil radio for the price

              By easterbunny

              from Kansas City Kans

              About Me Frequent Traveler, Practical

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Good Sound Quality
              • Great Reception
              • Lightweight
              • Long Battery Life

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Home Use

                Comments about RadioShack® Synthesized World Receiver:

                This radio is worth the price, great and clear reception. Just wish the back light would stay on a bit longer.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

                (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Synthesized World Receiver

                By Mark

                from New York

                About Me Gearhead

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Durable
                • Good All-around Amfm Rad
                • Good Amfm Radio
                • Good Sound Quality
                • Great Reception
                • Lightweight
                • Long Battery Life

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Daily Use
                  • Home Use

                  Comments about RadioShack® Synthesized World Receiver:

                  Easy set-up.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • Yes

                  (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  Great Performance!!!

                  By Will

                  from Austin, Tx

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • Good Sound Quality
                  • Great Reception
                  • Lightweight
                  • Long Battery Life

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Daily Use
                    • Home Use

                    Comments about RadioShack® Synthesized World Receiver:

                    First thoughts, Audio is great!! Nice midrange speaker, Does not sound Tinny, Great recption, Radio feels like good quality and not cheap. SSb is good,

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