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Sreerama Chandran
INDIA
I am an amateur photographer and full time Banker
Interests: photography
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Jay Allen always comments on the length of the ferrite rods in his reviews, but forgot to mention anything about the Tecsun's ferrite rod and none of the photos posted of the radio shows it ??
Toggle Commented 6 days ago on Jay Allen Reviews the Tecsun S-8800 at Herculodge
A Short review of the SONY SUPER 3BAND RADIO ICF J1 The other day I was lucky enough to find a brand new SONY SUPER 3BAND RADIO ICF J1 from a local store. This is a retro analogue tuning model with classic looks which every traditional analogue radio lovers should own. The face of the radio including the speaker and the tuner dial is housed in a handsome metallic grille. The C Crane Radio EP looks cheap compared to this radio! (The handle of the CCrande Radio is a joke – It feels too flimsy that it may break anytime.) For the 2100 Indian Rupees (USD 30) that I shelled out, it’s worth every penny. I strongly suspect that the piece I bought was of remaining old stock. Upon enquiry the shopkeeper said that he had imported it from Dubai and that it’s still available brand new!! When you handle the radio you will feel confident secure in the way the dials and knobs function. Features AM 530-1600 KHz SW 4.75-18 MHz FM 88-108 MHz Slider Switch for SW/AM/FM Bands. Power on/off switch Very large Volume Control and Tuner Knobs of Metallic finish Powered by 2 D size cells 3 Inches Mono Speaker Mono Earphone Jack Dimensions: 9 Inches x 4.75 Inches x 2 Inches. Whip Antenna: 33 Inches. Red Tuning LED (makes it easy while tuning with an external loop antenna) Performance: AM AM Performance can be rated at 4 on a scale of 5, Good sensitive and selectivity. Mates very well with my home made loop antenna. Given this price range, the AM reception is exciting. Fine tuning is easy. Surprisingly good, rich and full sounding for a 3 inch speaker. Even though there are no tone controls, audio is mellow and bassy. Again it wipes the floor with the CCrane Skywave which is a very poor performer where there are strong AM and FM stations SW SW performance is good and the smooth tuning knobs helps while tuning the 16 to 25 meter bands which are crowded on the tuning dial. Shortwave Stations are free of drift and remains stable once tuned. Extending the whip antenna brings in plenty of stations. I experimented with a random wire antenna which gave even better results. There was no overloading from local Medium Wave or FM Sations. However my CCrane Skywave radio overloads heavily on Short Wave while using the Whip or a Random Wire. Audio is fine and as good as for the AM. Overall the AM/SW performance is much better that the CCrane Skywave which is 4 times costlier. FM FM Band is the weak point of the radio. The selectivity is very poor. You cannot operate the radio with the whip antenna extended. The whole FM Band is full of spurious images of existing strong stations. However for listening to the strong local stations, the radio performs good enough with out using the whip antenna. Here also the audio is pleasing. PROS Excellent Retro looks, robust and heavy for the size and price Excellent AM/MW reception, good response to a loop or random wire antenna Good quality, room filling, mellow sound for a 3 inch speaker Works forever on 2 D size batteries Value for money. CONS No external antenna input No lighting for the Tuner Dial No stereo through Headphones Poor sensitivity and selectivity on FM band No carrying handle (Only strap) No AC/DC input SUMMARY This is one of the last remaining retro looking classic anologue receivers still available brand new on the market today. Old timers who collect radios should own one for their nostalgic value. Great value for money. For me this is a keeper because I love old school analogue radios. (Please view the pictures I have posted on facebook) Thanks for reading Sreeram
Toggle Commented 6 days ago on Val's Sony ICF-J1 Radio at Herculodge
Remember the best camera is the one that is with you! This camera is always going to be with me because IT IS SMALL (as small as my Canon S90 which is always in my pocket)and the sensor is HUGE WITH GOOD DYNAMIC RANGE AND CLEAN ISOs. This may be Nikon’s ‘Cult Classic’ like the Olympus mju ii and the Contax T3! I would buy this because: I am a Nikon Fanboy It has a true wide-angle (not a semi wide or ultra wide) F2.8 is more than enough for landscapes Can be used for Street Photography Can be used as a Spy Camera in Macro mode (for surreptitiously copying documents) I am sick of all the prejudice and hate on this camera all over the net. Other than the price (which we may expect to come down, there is nothing wrong with this Camera) Please give Nikon a break
Toggle Commented Mar 9, 2013 on All the Nikon Hate at The Online Photographer
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