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Reviews Categories | Receivers: General Coverage | Hallicrafters WR-4000 Help

Reviews Summary for Hallicrafters WR-4000
Hallicrafters WR-4000 Reviews: 1 Average rating: 4.0/5 MSRP: $?
Description: FM AM SW All Transistor Portable
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W6GH Rating: 4/5 Jul 31, 2007 17:55 Send this review to a friend
Great Audio  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
This Hallicrafters is of Japanese manufacture. I don't know what part, if any, that Hallicrafters had in the actual design of this radio.

I recently purchased this radio off of Ebay. It had suffered a previous occurrence of battery leakage that did not do extensive damage. It is easy to understand how this might have occurred as a small screwdriver is required to open the case. There is no easy open battery access.

Once opened I discovered that the battery case is removable and has a common negative-tip coaxial power connector. I found a 12-Volt transformer in my junk-box that works perfectly.

Unfortunately Hallicrafters did not provide an external connector for power or antenna. The case top must be opened to reach any of these connection points. There is a small slit in the case that will allow the cover to be reattached while providing a path for antenna, ground, and power wires. It was originally intended for a 300-Ohm twin-lead attached to a pair of rabbit ears that were apparently delivered with this radio when new.

The Hallicrafters WR-4000 is basically a transistor-era Zenith Transoceanic clone. The configuration is the same in that a drum dial scale is employed. However Hallicrafters elected to place the controls on the narrow top edge of the radio as opposed to the classic clone configuration with front panel controls.

The first and immediate impression of this radio is of the powerful audio. The speaker is marked "2.5-Watt" into "4-Ohms." The actual output is rated at 500 Milliwatts. This is above average for this type of radio and provides plenty of audio with relatively deep bass if desired. While it does not have the overall dynamic-range and frequency-response of the Grundig Satelit 700 it is very listenable with as they say, "room filling sound." The tone control is a rotary-switch with three roll off selections. The fourth position is marked "CW."

The radio employs 14 Transistors and tunes the following frequency ranges. 0.18-0.4 / 0.535-1.65 / 2-4 / 5.85-10.3 / 11.4-18.2 / 87.5-108 MHz. The sensitivity and selectivity are good and at least on par with the Zeniths, if not better. All in all not a bad little receiver for Hallicrafters' swan song.

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