What's the best-looking shortwave tabletop receiver?

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kb5ag wrote: Fri Jun 10, 2022 6:57 pm I would go for the Icom IC-R9000.

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Incidentally, the NRD-535 has a vacuum florescent display, but the NRD-545 is a backlit LCD.
Oooh, that beautiful amber-on-black CRT look is easy on the eyes. So easy that I still use it for terminal windows on my Mac while doing my retro-Fortran thing.

Thanks for posting that one. Here's a quick look at some specs: https://www.cryptomuseum.com/df/icom/icr9000/index.htm
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Jock Elliott wrote: Sun May 29, 2022 9:58 am In my humble opinion, it's the Japan Radio NRD-515. Functional, utilitarian, without looking cheap.

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Cheers, Jock
I have to agree on the RF-4800/4900 -- this has the classic look of 1970's/1980's Japan-made Panasonics.
It should be in a museum.
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Mark Hirst wrote: Wed Jun 01, 2022 5:26 pm I was gifted a FRG-7700 which embodies the late 70's look very nicely, but I am quite partial to the look of the NRD-545. Nothing says eighties or nineties like a nice vacuum fluorescent display.
I agree that the FRG-7700 is a very nice looking receiver. I used to prefer the look of the FRG-8800 over the '7700, but now I think the '7700 is the best looking of the FRGs.

Best looking receiver overall, however, is a tough question. I'm probably partial to the JRC receivers, like many other respondents to this thread. Of the '5x5-series of receivers, I've always found the NRD-535/D to be the best looking. Of the JRC marine receivers, I'd have to go with the NRD-93...love the look and the straightforward ergonomics.

I'm a big fan of Drake receivers, but, in my opinion, they somewhat miss the mark on aesthetic appeal. I enjoy using the R7, but I find its appearance somewhat ungainly and its ergonomics a little awkward. I find the R8 series to have a better layout of the controls, but the spartan look of these receivers seems a mismatch with the really solid performance provided (and don't get me started on those rubber buttons...).
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dxace1 wrote: Mon Jun 27, 2022 8:26 pm
I have to agree on the RF-4800/4900 -- this has the classic look of 1970's/1980's Japan-made Panasonics.
It should be in a museum.
...and Panasonic did some great looking portables during the same era. The '2200 is a classic with great looks to match its excellent performance. I also like the look of the RF-2600, which has its own unique style with the fluorescent frequency display inset in the circular window.

But portables are another story altogether...worthy of their own thread. :)
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Andrew (grayhat) wrote: Sat Jul 23, 2022 4:05 pm What about the Siemens E311 ?
All business! I do appreciate its "everything on the front panel" interface. Not that they had deeply buried menus in the 60's, mind you.
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Rob-W4ZNG wrote: Mon Jul 25, 2022 1:07 pm
Andrew (grayhat) wrote: Sat Jul 23, 2022 4:05 pm What about the Siemens E311 ?
All business! I do appreciate its "everything on the front panel" interface. Not that they had deeply buried menus in the 60's, mind you.
And then, seeing it in operation

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0JvQY_9bzq8

is quite nice :D
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Saw a few mentions, and here's a pic of my JRC NRD-545 DSP Receiver
Saw a few mentions, and here's a pic of my JRC NRD-545 DSP Receiver
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