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Reviews Categories | Receivers: General Coverage | WinRadio 1550e External computer interface receiver Help


Reviews Summary for WinRadio 1550e External computer interface receiver
WinRadio 1550e External computer interface receiver Reviews: 7 Average rating: 3.9/5 MSRP: $549
Description: 0.5 - 2 gigahertz coverage, all modes, additional receiver functions added by downloads to software
Product is in production.
More info: http://www.winradio.com
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WAYNE349 Rating: 1/5 Jul 2, 2006 22:17 Send this review to a friend
Not as good as PCR1000  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
Having already happily owned a PCR1000 using TalkPCr i thought i give a new Winradio 1550e a go after reading many good and some bad reviews about it. First impressions was it was well built and solid but more pricey than the PCR1000 but it's performance was very ordinary for me - on HF am & SSB frequencies the radio sounded 'busy' and noisier than the PCR1000 even on the discone i would imaginge this would of been even worse if i hooked it up to a reasonable longwire.
In the range 65Mhz to 80Mhz & 120Mhz to 140Mhz searching and reception was impossible because of intermodulation products from strong high powered nearby (<20klms) FM radio stations. To be a little more fairer to the 1550e other receivers i've had including Realistic Pro-2021 & Pro-2006, AOR AR3000A and a Uniden Bearcat UBC9000XLT all had the same intermodulation issues when hooked upto the Discone, apart from the PCR1000 the only other receiver that has'nt been affected was the Standard Communications AX-700, that receiver could even handle a 20Db preamp and still had no problems with overloading. Also on the AM band the Winradio 1550e was overloaded with local stations splashing upto 50khz either side so you were unable to hear weaker ones 50 khz or less way and putting on the attenuator made it too deaf to hear anything anyway only the local ones causing the problems, the PCR1000 has no problems with the local AM stations and can easily hear weaker ones only 30khz away and not get splashed to bits, VLF was a complete disaster on the Winradio with barely any beacons heard due to intermodulation from the AM radio stations, the PCR1000 is far superior with barely any intermodulation effecting reception and beacons 120 miles away could be heard cleary during the daytime just using the discone antenna.
I quickly sold the Winradio 1550e and continued to happily use my PCR1000, the only place the 1550e would be any good is a remote location away from strong nearby transmitters or used only on it's own antenna or maybe i had a dude one ?
 
LC3LCT Rating: 5/5 Jul 11, 2003 21:40 Send this review to a friend
Great radio  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
Good range, excellent software, great features, huge amount of plugins, calibration heaven.
It's a great radio for scanning or just listening to the emergency services.
Also great for diagnosing radio signals, receiving fax and other digital modes, and logging traffic.
I was choosing between PCR-1000 and this and am happy with my choice.
Would I buy it again? You bet I would, almost concidering getting a second one.
 
KMA247 Rating: 5/5 Apr 3, 2003 10:57 Send this review to a friend
Wow - Almost perfect!  Time owned: 6 to 12 months
Glad I bought it in stead of the ICOM. I love the XRS plug-ins and I was not disappointed with the trunkng software. It has already solved issues here at the shop.
 
3BEF3 Rating: 5/5 Feb 24, 2003 01:31 Send this review to a friend
Class of its own  Time owned: 6 to 12 months
This is an excellent receiver, ground-breaking in many respects. The excellent software does not have a competition at this point of time. The Icom PCR-1000 which appears pitched head-on against the WR-1550e lacks severely in software, although it comes closer in hardware. The WR-1550e however beats the PCR-1000 with its higher sensitivity, better selectivity, faster scanning speed, and an extended frequency range.




 
LC2AAT Rating: 4/5 Feb 27, 2002 13:29 Send this review to a friend
Outperforms PCR1000 by a 1/1000 inch  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I have the opportunity to compare WiNRADiO WR-1550e side-by-side with the ICOM IC-PCR1000, and the WR-1550e generally is a little better than the IC-PCR1000 on all bands (LW-UHF) except on the 6m and 70 cm and the 900 MHz bands where the IC-PCR1000 was a little better.
Selectivity is better than the IC-PCR1000, but unfortunately you can't select the selectivity. (Yet! I expect a plugin to be available soon for this.)
Sensitivity is also better than the IC-PCR1000 except on the bands stated above.
Both the IC-PCR1000 and the WR-1550e is good receivers, but can't perform miracles.

If you are able to read Norwegian I have a comprehensive review on my homepage:
http://iserit.greennet.gl/storli/test_av_computer_styrte_radioer.htm
It deals with using these receivers for SWL, HAM (HF/VHF/UHF), FMDXing, WXSAT, scanning and other topics.
 
WA2PGI Rating: 2/5 Jan 13, 2002 12:57 Send this review to a friend
hear birdie birdie  Time owned: more than 12 months
First off I hate to write a negative review of anyones product.But this one I think needs to be addressed. I have owned the Winradio 1000i and 1550i & 1550E. I also have owned the Icom PCR100 & 1000 models. Summary of ALL the Winradios is as follows;
Highs: Software is easy to use
Front panel Interface is Great
Spectrum Analyzer works very well
All of the above much better than Icom's PC radios

Lows: Horrible performance overall
No adjustable Filters
High amounts of IMod present all bands
Weak Adjacent Channel Rejection
Sensitivity generally poor

I tested this radio along with the other recievers I have with at least 8 antennas from long wires to cut band yagis to yagi log periodics.
My opinion (as if you don't already know), is that this radio is too expensive and gives very poor perfromance, but if you want to listen to FM radio on your computer for $550! Then this is your radio.
 
KA1RI Rating: 5/5 May 24, 2001 17:59 Send this review to a friend
Fantastic radio!  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
Easy software installation and hookup. "Front panel" much cleaner and easier to use than Icom PCR-1000! Many modules which enhance the receiver software are available free from the winradio web site. A new "front panel" interface was recently uploaded and is also available free. Excellent workmanship. Very intuitive controls. Excellent performance! Highly recommended!!
 


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