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Author Topic: Grundig Satellit 750 warning  (Read 64504 times)

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« Reply #15 on: January 11, 2014, 04:05:15 PM »

Comparing Eton/Grundig Satellit 750 & Tecsun PL-660

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« Reply #16 on: January 11, 2014, 06:56:12 PM »

Comparing Eton/Grundig Satellit 750 & Tecsun PL-660

$250 vs $100. I'd still take the Tecsun

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« Reply #17 on: January 16, 2014, 12:26:34 PM »

All too often the brand names of the well engineered and solidly built electronics of the past have been sold to overseas companies that try to capitalize on them--by selling cheaply made stuff with that good brand name on it.  Zenith, Grundig, Sylvania, General Electric and others are some of the brands so cheapened.  Curtis Mathes is another--although some would argue that point.  None of the old, known brand names are worth much any more.


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« Reply #18 on: January 16, 2014, 06:10:17 PM »

"brand names of the well engineered and solidly built electronics of the past have been sold to overseas companies that try to capitalize on them--by selling cheaply made stuff with that good brand name on it. "

On late night TV you'll see all sorts of garbage bearing the Bell & Howell nameplate.

"Currently, third-party companies offer a number of consumer products licensed under the Bell & Howell name [that dates back to 1907 in Chicago] , including:

    35mm cameras
    Alarm systems
    Air purifiers
    Digital cameras
    Electric shavers
    Handheld LCD televisions
    Heat therapy devices
    Noise reduction headphones
    Personal sound amplifiers
    Portable radios
    Sunlight desk lamps
    Sunlight floor lamps
    Solar powered floodlights"

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« Reply #19 on: February 06, 2017, 01:55:50 PM »

I purchased one of these (Grundig Satellit 750) rigs in the summer of 2012 and just over a year
later the volume control circuit developed serious problems and the unit become pretty much
(volume wise) unusable. It was very difficult to set the volume at a normal listening level and
have it stay that way.

I'm not sure what is actually wrong with the thing, but I expect it's the volume circuit. I read
someplace that the volume pot/circuit in the S-750 is very poorly designed. I haven't had any luck
finding a schematic diagram and/or service manual. I contacted Eton about repairs (twice), but since
the warranty was over, Eton didn't offer any kind of support. Repairs / support after the warranty runs
out are pretty much -> nonexistent. I couldn't get a service manual or schematic.

Oh and if you have trouble locating the serial number for the receiver, it is in the battery compartment. 

The receiver sounds .. ok, not great. It's a basic receiver that I wouldn't buy again. I think a lot of the reviews
out there are (overly) generously positive. Save your money and buy something better. Perhaps something from
the used market.


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« Reply #20 on: February 06, 2017, 02:22:27 PM »

Back in 2008 when they were introduced, I came very close to buying a Sattelit750 at HRO in Oakland, but after talking with the manager at that time Mark, God rest his soul Sad, and thinking it over, I opted for the Icom R75 for a couple hundred more. I am happy I did as it gets used literally daily as does my relic R71a, and still acts new. It's on right now. Sorry to hear the problems with the 750, I read many who are happy with that receiver logging some decent DX. And it is kind of neat-looking. After all this time I think Grundig should up the quality for the fans.
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« Reply #21 on: February 07, 2017, 03:45:54 PM »

 There is a service manual on Electrotanya, but you will need an unarchiver program to open a .rar file and a translator (Google?) to translate from Russian.
 Chinese radios have variable quality control, Sometimes you get a good one, but sometimes you get a lemon.
 Parts are difficult to get out of warranty. I needed a volume control for my CCraneSW (a Redsun/Tecsun RP2100). The control was serviced as an audio board assembly ($150 used). I bought a close-enough control from Mouser, but had to modify it with parts from the old control to work.
 The resistance material was falling off the old resistance shoe and the radio would blast full-volume when passing over the bad spot.
 The volume control was made by CTS, the same company as the recalled Toyota accelerator potentiometers.
 I copied the IC part numbers and tried to find data sheets for them, but they seem to be captive part numbers that the company keeps as proprietary information.
 It has had its share of cold, fractured solder joints where the display would fade and go out and memory was lost.
 I do like the looks of the 'field radio' style 750, but it is not rugged, nor is it an outdoor radio.
 Poor Max Grundig, what have they done to your good name?

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« Reply #22 on: February 08, 2017, 10:26:55 AM »

Finally decided to purchase the Satellit 750.  Have had it about 2 years now.  Have experienced none of the quirks or quality issues that may have affected earlier versions of this radio.  It is no communications receiver, it lacks passband tuning and a variety of filters among other features found on a communications receiver.
However, it is a very capable receiver. Initially, had it in the shack and used it mostly to copy the W1AW code practice and for some AM BCB DX.  Lately,  have been using it outdoors as a portable on all bands from LW to VHF air.  It does fine with the built-in whip for casual SW broadcast listening or aircraft band monitoring but the nice thing about the 750 is that is has external antenna inputs for ALL bands, most other portables do not.  With an external antenna,  ham band and utility listening is much improved.  You must use the BFO knob to tune in sideband transmissions but this is not a big deal with me, that was the way it was back when.

Anyway, this radio has become my portable to grab when heading out into the field.  Has given me many hours of enjoyable listening.

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« Reply #23 on: April 26, 2017, 05:07:58 AM »

Just stumbled across this old post.
For those having trouble with the volume pot. on the 750 get one of these it is an exact replacement the way it functions and mounts to the board.
just have to shorten the shaft some.

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« Reply #24 on: July 26, 2017, 07:30:13 PM »

Agree with OP

The Grundig 750 is overpriced and average at best with major design and production faults

The Tecsun 660 is awesome, especially given its price.

I have owned both, still have the tecsun, long ago said bye bye to the Grundig

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« Reply #25 on: July 30, 2017, 06:40:22 AM »

 The eHam Satellit 750 review (3.9/5.0):

 The eHam PL-660 review (4.2/5.0):

 I have been considering a Techsun PL-880 (4.4/5.0). (There was a software version upgrade to improve the earlier production. I had heard that the factory performed the upgrade free of charge):

 Quality control is still variable on these Chinese radios, but they seem to be getting better as they learn how to develop them.

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« Reply #26 on: August 03, 2017, 11:10:57 PM »

I have had Grundig 700, 750 and 800

Didnt like any of them but the 750 was far the worst
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