Thanks Dave and Jim for your comments,
So now the "score" is 3 to 1 for the Skywave, after adding the preferences of Steve R. and myself (who had kept silent until now). My own comments to Steve were:
<<< So, which do you prefer? >>>
I prefer the Skywave, just like you.
Although neither portable will ever win any audio awards, the 1 kHz DSP audio in the Skywave seems slightly better balanced between treble and bass, which makes intelligibility and copying easier. As you probably already know, switching to a wider DSP setting for better audio doesn't really work here in the Pacific Northwest, because there is almost always a loud domestic station ready to splatter all over your weak DX if you try it. So we find ourselves pretty much stuck in the 1 kHz DSP setting for serious transoceanic DXing, when using these portables.