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RCA® High-Performance AM/FM Super-Radio

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RP7887

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Product Summary

The reception is super, man!

This AM/FM radio from RCA signal delivers long-range performance when you need it. Out in the field, out in the woods, or just in rural areas, it has the power to pick up. It has special DX circuitry so you should even be able to listen to news, weather, sports, and other special programming from other cities.

  • Long-range AM/FM radio offers a level of performance above the average radio
  • Built-in 2-way speaker system features a 6.5" woofer and a 2" cone tweeter for great sound
  • Automatically switches from DC to AC when the unit is plugged in to avoid using battery power
  • Separate bass and treble controls allow you to tailor the sound to your personal preferences
  • AM/FM antenna terminals provided for external antenna for even longer range reception

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  • "D" batteries (6)
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What's in the box

  • RCA® RP7887 AM/FM radio
  • User's guide
 

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Manufacturer Warranty

  • Parts: 12 month
  • Labor: 12 month
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Customer Reviews

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RCA® High-Performance AM/FM Super-Radio
 
3.8

(based on 41 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (22)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (7)

71%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good sound quality (32)
  • Great reception (28)
  • Durable (17)
  • Long battery life (12)
  • Lightweight (9)

Cons

  • Heavy (7)
  • Heavy / bulky (6)
  • Bad reception / weak antenna (3)
  • Flimsy (3)

Best Uses

  • Home use (30)
  • Daily use (17)
  • Travel (9)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Practical (31), Gearhead (9), Traveler (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (14)

Reviewed by 41 customers

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5.0

Just what we were Looking For

By Twister

from Simi Valley Ca

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home Use

    Comments about RCA® High-Performance AM/FM Super-Radio:

    Good sound,loud it is just what we looking for hard to find a battery operated radio with good sound. We use on are patio.Its Great

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No
     
    5.0

    Good buy

    By Rush Baby

    from Rochester NY

    About Me Practical

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Good Sound Quality
    • Great Reception

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Daily Use
      • Home Use

      Comments about RCA® High-Performance AM/FM Super-Radio:

      Great AM for talk radio stations.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No
       
      2.0

      soud quality fine ,tunning uncomfortable

      By naibin

      from ithaca

      About Me Gearhead

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Good Sound Quality

      Cons

      • Poor Reception

      Best Uses

      • Home Use

      Comments about RCA® High-Performance AM/FM Super-Radio:

      soud quality fine ,tunning uncomfortable,bad selectivity

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No
       
      5.0

      very happy with service

      By G just like music

      from KS

      About Me Practical

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Great Reception
      • Lightweight

      Cons

      • What I Expected

      Best Uses

      • Home Use

      Comments about RCA® High-Performance AM/FM Super-Radio:

      Can be moved to go along with me around the house and even outside

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      No no no not acceptable

      By Jim the listener

      from Sagan Jose, ca

      About Me Practical

      Pros

        Cons

        • Poor Reception
        • Poor Sound Quality

        Best Uses

        • Daily Use

        Comments about RCA® High-Performance AM/FM Super-Radio:

        This product has been the worse item I have purchased in 50 years. I bought it to replace an RCA radio I bought in 1967. The ge radio had extreme static when adjusting any switch or knob. I tried to take it back ( the vendor was radio shack), they would not. I threw the radio away. Do not waste your time.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        NOT SURE IT"S ALL THAT !

        By Navy AT

        from West Michigan

        About Me "old" Electronics Tech

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Afc Is Very Handy

        Cons

        • Wish It Had Noaa

        Best Uses

        • Camping Or Emergencies

        Comments about RCA® High-Performance AM/FM Super-Radio:

        Tuning dial was not accurate. I've not had the chance to connect external antenna's yet. I hope that improves reception.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        Not the radio it was when GE made it!

        By Rippie

        from Boston, Land of 4 Sports Champion Teams!

        About Me Gearhead, Musician, Practical, Radio Enthusiast, Tech

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Long Battery Life
        • Separate Basstreble Ctrl
        • Separate Bass Treble Ctrl

        Cons

        • Bulky
        • Flimsy
        • Heavy
        • Poor Receptn For What Is
        • Poor Recptn 4 What It Is
        • Poor Sound Quality

        Best Uses

        • Home Use

        Comments about RCA® High-Performance AM/FM Super-Radio:

        Ugh. I SO dislike writing negative reviews, and this one is a mixed review, for sure. I live in the Boston area, and always am in terrible reception areas (Cambridge, Newton, Brookline near the Boston border).

        Trying to get more than half a dozen FM stations clearly is always tough, and admittedly, this radio does that okay, even if it's a bit antenna length finickly. This implies a reasonably selective tuner, which works better with the AFC OFF.

        The AM, though, really should be better. I had the "same" radio made by GE, and THEIR SuperRadio III was EXCELLENT at sneaking those far away stations, FM and AM (!) in and listenable, between local blasters. As long as they weren't overmodulating (which some do, an FCC NO-NO) the GE SR III really was amazing, even though the tuning dial is not so precise as you'd want in a radio this selective, and the RCA SR III is the same in that regard.

        The other problem, aside from far less capable AM reception, is the sound of the RCA, compared to the GE.

        The RCA feels like it weighs less. Since my GE was stolen (the reason for this returned purchase), I can't hold both at the same time, but I'll get to that again.

        I had to look and see why, since I had done a couple of minor NON-TUNER mods on my GE SR III to solve a cabinet buzz, which I don't need to get into. The GE was made pretty much as I expected it to be: simple, mid-70s style board and soft-wire jumpers, hand soldered okay, pretty much tight. I was SHOCKED when I opened the RCA radio! It is TOTALLY differently made with completely different parts!

        Most notable is the incredibly chintzy woofer with a magnet less than half the size of the one in the GE. That surely accounts for the far worse bass response.

        I also noticed that the amp chip had changed, so this radio CANNOT produce a clean 1/2W (more power than you think with the right speaker, which the GE had) and all the components were lower power.

        I also believe that one of the IF conversion stages may have been removed from the AM side (to save well under a dollar in parts and speed up tuning the board. This would contribute to poorer AM.

        The AM antenna, THE critical component, also looked like it was coming from another vendor, and may be a contributor to reception problems.

        The board is smaller (less parts and of lower power, so duh) and the quality of workmanship (this IS still "handmade," I will admit) is TERRIBLE and SLOPPY, obviously rushed. Long, un-routed and unshielded wires are going every which way, the soldering is horrific, done carelessly with too little solder, a couple of cold joints (that will fail) and uneven board-coat to protect from corrosion (critical in a PORTABLE radio that will go to the beach).

        The gauge of wiring from the batteries is lighter than it should be, probably enough (I did not do the math, though I could) to choke current from the batteries, contributing to poor sound.

        This radio sounds like it's clipping (that fuzzy breakup when you turn up the volume too high... it's also called "overdrive distortion" and can damage speakers, even at, or especially at low power) at ALL volumes. Even at low volume, the sound is quite distorted... annoyingly so.

        Music sounds awful, even thin. Voice is relatively unintelligible if the station is a little rough to receive.

        You cannot get much volume from this RCA radio, even if you turn the bass down, whereas the GE version got loud enough to fill a decent sized room clearly. Not like a hifi, but darn well.

        Here's the kicker... someone heard I'd had my beloved GE SR III swiped and gifted me a GE SR II, which some people say was an even better radio. It weighs even more than the III did, as much, nearly, without batteries as the III did with them!

        The performance is MUCH better than the RCA, it gets more stations here in Brookline, it sounds MUCH better, though I believe the GE SR III played a little louder without distortion, likely because of less "stuff" inside the cabinet, which was redesigned. The GE SR III was introduced in the late 90s, iirc, and I was told this GE SR II was far older, which from the styling (lots of chrome) makes sense.

        The RCA SR III is nothing like either the GE SR II or III soundwise, receptionwise or buildwise. Not that the GEs are precision lab gear, but they were neater and more properly soldered with better wiring. I'll bet they were also aligned in the factory more consistently, since they were a signature product for decades.

        I can NOT recommend the RCA SuperRadio III. For this price, it's not that super, considering you can get a far better sounding and made radio from Sony, CCRadio, Sangean and a couple of other vendors in this "nearly a Buck" price range.

        Radio Shack's own larger AM/FM portable is better, even if it's MUCH simpler (no tone controls). At least it's wrapped in sheet metal and pretty darned foolproof to use: band, volume, tune, power. It's also close to half the price.

        You can do better for less and a LOT better for about the same money. This radio is really only worth a little under half of what it's selling for, which is a shame. If it was an exact copy of the REAL SuperRadio III and made as well or better, people would GLADLY pay even more for it than it sells now, it would be that good a value.

        What a pity of a missed opportunity for RCA.

        Do not buy this radio. It does not live up to its name or the reputation of its predecessor.

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        • No

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        This RCA product is infereior

        By DJDennis

        from Springfield, Ohio

        About Me Practical

        Pros

        • Good Sound Quality
        • Large speaker

        Cons

        • Flimsy
        • Poor Reception

        Best Uses

        • Home Use

        Comments about RCA® High-Performance AM/FM Super-Radio:

        The RCA Superadio is inferior in many ways to the GE Superadio III. This was the GE Superadio rebranded as RCA. AM DXing is almost something you can't do with this radio due to its lower sensitivity and major decrease in selectivity on the AM band. When listing to AM stations that come in from other cities or countries at night, stations on adjacent frequencies have a tendency to bleed in on the station you are listening to. As far as FM goes, the sensitivity doesn't match the GE Superadio III. The AFC circuit is not very affective at all in reducing drifting on FM. Too much fine tuning is required with the AFC turned on. I would say the due to the lighter weight of this radio compared to the GE Superadio that the life expectancy and durability would even come close to 20 years like its GE counter part. I am very disappointed. This means access to far fewer stations in cities like New York, Chicago and Miami

        (2 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        I would buy this product again and again

        By JIm the Radio Man.

        from Cameron OK.

        About Me Gearhead

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • None

        Best Uses

        • Daily Use
        • Home Use
        • Travel

        Comments about RCA® High-Performance AM/FM Super-Radio:

        Great Radio I have the GE Super Radio III. Its been a good Radio I had RE Tune the AM side over
        again it was off a lot but I did not have do nothing with the FM it was ok and yes the Power
        switch did get broke the first time I took it a part I found a rocker type switch to repair it with it was a 12volt red light up pannel switch
        I just did not use the last leg that makes it light and this was a easy fix for this problem so if this should happen to you this will fix it for
        ever it sat right in the slot in the Cabenit switch the speaker wires positive and neg this seems to
        fix the bad AM recption problems I all so had one
        other small problem with mine it had a cold solder
        joint on one of the Caps the radio would play and then die out after a while so I found it and RE solder it and it now works just fine .I hope this will help you guys out there who wont give up on
        this radio after all this I would still buy again.

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        • No

        (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Great radio

        By Rediscovering the radio

        from East TN

        About Me Practical

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Good Sound Quality
        • Great Reception

        Cons

        • Not a very stable base

        Best Uses

        • Daily Use
        • Home Use

        Comments about RCA® High-Performance AM/FM Super-Radio:

        I bought the radio for some basic AM dxing and FM listening and have been impressed. I only expected average FM reception due to the AM emphasis in the marketing and online reputation of this radio. I was surprised to pick up very low power FM stations from 50 miles away. I am very pleased. I will buy a few more when they go back on sale.

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        • No

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