kenw2dtc at comcast.net
Fri Jul 28 23:38:10 EDT 2006
In my opinion:
1. You can't go wrong with an R-390 if you use the audio available at the
diode detector into a decent amp and speaker AND you are going to park the
390 on your favorite band. If you are a short wave listener, you will soon
tire of the hundreds of revolutions of the gears to get from a low frequency
to a high one. I had an R-390A and sold it for that reason.
2. The R-388 is a great receiver. On mine, I bring out the audio from the
diode detector into a decent amp and speaker. Alignment of the R-388 is
easier than the 390. I like my current 388 better than I did the 390-A.
3. I'd like to tune a 51J-4 sometime and see how it compares to my 388. I
think the 51J-4 could be my ultimate tube receiver.
4. The 75A-4 is another great receiver but the stock audio is poor. Here
again, bringing out the diode detected audio fixes thing up nicely.
I have no recent experience with the SP-600 to comment.
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