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RadioShack® Synthesized World Receiver

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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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RadioShack® Synthesized World Receiver
 
3.6

(based on 10 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

50%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good sound quality (8)
  • Great reception (5)
  • Durable (4)
  • Lightweight (3)
  • Long battery life (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home use (8)
    • Daily use (5)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Practical (5), Gearhead (4)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (7)

    Reviewed by 10 customers

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    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

      (3 of 3 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,

            (23 of 24 customers found this review helpful)

             
            3.0

            OK for Broadcast listening,but...

            By Radio_User

            from AL

            About Me Gearhead

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Good Sound Quality

            Cons

            • Bulky

            Best Uses

            • Home Use

            Comments about RadioShack® Synthesized World Receiver:

            As other reviewers have said,this radio is a
            Sangean 505 made for Radio Shack.To their credit
            RS did have them eliminate the muting when it's
            tuned.

            It's OK for broadcast use but if you wish to
            listen to sideband or code(cw) be aware that
            as one reviewer said,it's basically a Sangean
            404 with a bfo (clarifier) tacked on.

            Stations put in memory do not activate the bfo
            when selected,you have to manually turn it on (and off).
            Strangely the bfo only works on shortwave...
            no exalted mode allowed on longwave.

            A band selector button is used.You cannot direct enter a shortwave freq.if you're listening to a local AM station,for example...have to go thru the
            band button first.

            The size is neither fish nor fowl.It's not
            small enough to be handy nor big enough to be
            a desktop.It takes both hands to operate,one to
            hold,the other to tune.

            A little bfo "warble" was noted on very strong
            sideband/cw signals but this was minor compared
            to some other brands.

            All of these things are not major annoyances but
            as in computing,it's always "the little things".

            This sample did not have FM feedthru on a 50 foot
            wire on HF.Sensitivity on the whip was OK but a drop off was noted on the low end of the AM band.
            FM was fine.Longwave was average.No synthesizer
            noise was heard anywhere,to Sangean's credit.

            So the bottom line is that if you want a pleasant
            sounding set for general use and available locally,this one should do nicely.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

            (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            I really like this radio

            By Joe Average

            from Smalltown, TN

            About Me Engineer, Gearhead, Practical

            Pros

            • Good battery life
            • Good reception
            • Good Sound Quality

            Cons

            • Fair Shortwave Reception

            Best Uses

            • Commuting
            • Daily Use
            • Home Use
            • Travel

            Comments about RadioShack® Synthesized World Receiver:

            This is a replacement for a RS shortwave radio I bought twenty years ago. I like this one better for a few reasons, and prefer my old radio for a few reasons. Bear with me.

            I like the size. At the same time it's bigger than my old radio and thus bulky to slip in my computer bag. I like that it is bigger so my fat fingers can work the controls and the display is large and well lit. I'd like the buttons to be backlit for easy use in complete darkness.

            Another RS radio to look at is the Grundig G6. I bought one of those for my wife and we really like it though the big time zone dial takes up too much space when the radio could have controls more like the RS Model: 20-125. The 20-125 would have been grand but the that radio was a mess. Poor reception on all the frequencies. Liked the size and controls though. I like this RS#: 20-629 radio better than the 20-125 hands down even if the 20-125 had good reception.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

            (2 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

             
            1.0

            Horrible SW reception

            By Alan

            from Amarillo, TX

            About Me Casual Hobbyist

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Easy to use

            Cons

            • Poor Reception

            Best Uses

            • Home Use
            • Travel

            Comments about RadioShack® Synthesized World Receiver:

            All of my radios up to this point have been vintage radios. I wanted to step into a digital radio. I saw this radio online and compared it to the Sangean ATS505P (which Radio Shack also carries) and saw no difference but the color and price. The FM and the local AM stations came in very clear, but that is as far as it went. Absolutely no SW stations came in...just static. I have a Realistic DX 160. I started tuning in SW radio stations and the new receiver would not pick up any of the stations the DX160 was picking up, even the stations that were pegging the needle on the S meter on the DX 160. I'm not happy with this particular radio and plan to return it to Radio Shack first thing tomorrow. I'm a big fan of Radio Shack, just not a fan of this radio.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            3.0

            could be better

            By harry

            from Orange County, Calif

            About Me Practical

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

              Cons

              • Poor Reception

              Best Uses

                Comments about RadioShack® Synthesized World Receiver:

                seems to be a repackaging of Sangean 505,but for a lesser cost! knobs and display are good, and sound is good, but sensitivity on SW bands leaves much to be desired, as my smaller Grudig G3 outperforms this by a significant margin.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                What a shame.

                By Larry

                from Richmond, VA

                About Me Dx'er Radio Hobbyist, Gearhead, Practical

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Good Sound Quality
                • Great Reception

                Cons

                • Poor Image Rejection

                Best Uses

                • Daily Use
                • Home Use

                Comments about RadioShack® Synthesized World Receiver:

                This radio receives so well (with an external wire antenna), and sounds good doing it, that its a shame it has one major fault: FM junk invades the entire shortwave spectrum. At least at my location it does. This interference wasn't apparent at all on my Tecsun PL-600, a radio with similar coverage. The interference manisfests itself on SSB as loud 'pops' & 'crackles'. At first I thought I had a defective model, so I returned it to the Radio Shack, where they cheerfully gave me a replacement. Well, this one does the same thing. I guess I have to live with it. It's a good radio otherwise, just the right size, not too small like some others are. It hears SSB on shortwave really good, and its fairly good on MW (AM broadcast band) too. It'd be close to perfect if it didn't have that one fault. If you don't live in a strong FM area then you may be well satisified with it.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                I would recomend this product

                By Mike

                from Aguadilla, Puerto rico

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Durable
                • Good Sound Quality
                • Great Reception

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Daily Use
                  • Home Use

                  Comments about RadioShack® Synthesized World Receiver:

                  Why I like this radio? the reception FM,am excellent and the shortwave is extraordinary. Other thing that I like is PLL Synthesized.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • Yes

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