Re: Best Audio Quality FM Portable with DX Capability... (OT => bigger radio ?)

Charly <calpublic@...>

Hi Rick,

Thanks for this input. Since Tecsun is a major radio producer around here (Grundig/Eton radios are often Tecsun's rebranded radios), this can perhaps explain the similarities in the audio design ?

My question is the following : How do you rate the audio quality (and circuitry) of larger radios such as : Sony 7600GR, Sangean 909, Degen 1103/ Grundig/Eton G5 & G3 compared to ULR ????



From: Rick Robinson
Date: Tue, 11 Jan 2011 10:08:29 -0500
To: ultralightdx@...
Subject: [ultralightdx] Re: Best Audio Quality FM Portable with DX Capability...

On 1/10/2011 11:19 PM, dhsatyadhana wrote:
...and this just in!  I just tried out all of my ULRs with my Grado SR-60 "near-audiophile" and fairly power-hungry headphones, with the volume attenuator.  I did A/B tests on various stations here in the Seattle area, and the clear winner from an audio perspective is...
What could cause significant differences in audio when all these small 
portables, Eton, CCrane, Tecsun, that I've dissected use the same CD1622 
audio output chip and the same value caps, resistors, etc. in the audio 
circuits?   The circuits are all identical in the 7 different radios 
I've examined and are straight out of the CD1622 datasheet posted in the 
files section.  Using quality headphones is obviously the way to test 
them, but it still leaves me wondering what the determining factors 
could be.   Kiwa and Big Sky Audio have kits to improve the audio in 
communications receivers which involve replacing polarized electrolytic 
caps in the audio stages with non-polarized electroylitics and ceramic 
caps with mylar.  I could understand if Tecsun was using a better 
quality cap, or design, than say Eton, but from what I've seen, that 
isn't the case.  Maybe it's just a case of variables in the particular 
batch of CD1622s, caps, etc.  In that case, my PL-380, or CCrane SWP may 
be my audio winner.  Using good headphones is definitely the way to 
enjoy FM and also pull out the weak ones while DXing MW.

The CD1622 is made for low coast small footprint portables not for 
audiophile quality sound.  Anyone looking for sound comparable to high 
end tuners is not going to find it in a $50 portable radio.  These are 
truly "pedestrian" radios meant to sell at a price that the average 
Chinese worker can afford and not aimed at the US/European audiophile.

I would think Silicon Labs has a high standard of quality control and 
the audio response out of one Si4734 would be very close to that of 

Anyone else have any ideas regarding what Kevin and others are noting?

Rick W4DST


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