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Categories | Receivers: General Coverage | Tecsun PL-210 FM Stereo-SW-MW-LW Dual Conversion Receiver Help

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F61  Rating: 4/5 Jun 18, 2013 23:07  Send this review to a friend!
An Improved PL-200  Time owned: 6 to 12 months
I bought a silver PL-210 from China for $52 shipped. This is the same price that I paid for a PL-200 in 2007.

The Good: The AM-BCB ferrite antenna is properly aligned on the PL-210, and not nearly deaf below 700kHz. 1200 more memories. The set is of near-equal performance to the PL-200 otherwise. Very portable... about the size of a kaito WRX-911 or Tecsun R-911, but heavier.

The Bad: The designers gave me 1200 more memories rather than a better 455kHz IF. On AM-BCB even with double-conversion, the IF skirt just opens alot below -20db. Cross-talk and adjacent channel bleed noted. After about 9 months, the numbers on the buttons are wearing off. Battery life is 1/2 of the PL-200 and closer to 40%. PL-200 = 90-100 hours... PL-210 = 45 hours +/- 1 hr.

The Ugly: Images all over the SW band due to 455 kHz IF. At this price a DSP version like the PL-310/380/606 has none, basically due to a 45kHz IF. This is a nite/day experience!

For a traditional PLL 2x-Conv. set its really not a bad choice. After one experiences a cheap DSP set at the same price, these PLL sets will go the way of the dinosaur unless having SSB/BFO. DSP/SSB isn't availible the $US50-100 range.

Note: Beware of the clones of this set other than the Eton E-100 and PL-200. Some use band-switching, and do not continuously tune 1711-30000 kHz. And some are reported as inferior on AM-BCB due to smaller ferrite antenna. An aligned PL200/E100 or this PL-210 is quite good on the AM-BCB... just a little sloppy with adjacent channels.

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