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Grundig S450DLX

Portable AM/FM/shortwave field radio

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Item # 710S450DLX

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This rugged field radio from Grundig makes a great travel companion, whether you're camping out or just relaxing in a hotel room. Its highly sensitive tuner can pull in AM, FM, and shortwave band radio signals. The radio comes with a built-in antenna, and inputs so you can connect an external antenna for even greater range.

This rugged field radio from Grundig makes a great travel companion, whether you're camping out or just relaxing in a hotel room. Its highly sensitive tuner can pull in AM, FM, and shortwave band radio signals. The radio comes with a built-in antenna, and inputs so you can connect an external antenna for even greater range.

Radio tuning options

The S450DLX features an analog tuner, so you can make fine adjustments and optimize reception. You can switch the sensitivity to pull in distant stations or keep local stations from coming in too strong. A variable RF gain control enhances weaker signals for better listening. And you can lock in your station and the radio will compensate for minor frequency drift.

Great radio sound

The radio's large, full-range speaker delivers strong, clear sound, which you can adjust to your liking with the bass and treble controls. A line-level stereo minijack output lets you connect it to your home audio system or a set of powered speakers. You can connect your favorite portable player and use the S450DLX as its speaker through the radio's line-level input.

Home and portable power options

The S450DLX comes with an AC adapter for home use, or use six "D" batteries (available separately) for portable operation. And if you have a 12V adapter, you can keep the radio powered in your car or boat.

It is larger than I imagined. If I had looked at the dimensions, I still would have purchased it. It has great reception and sound. This will be great outside.

Jim, Battle Creek, MI

What's in the Box:

  • AM/FM/SW portable radio
  • AC power adapter (w/ attached 6' DC cord)
  • Owner's Manual
  • Warranty Information

Product Highlights:

  • portable AM/FM/shortwave radio
  • 12 shortwave bands
  • internal AM/FM/shortwave antenna
  • input jack for supplementary AM, FM and shortwave antennas (not included)
  • analog tuner with digital display
  • frequency lock to compensate for minor frequency drift
  • RF gain control
  • bass and treble control
  • backlit LCD
  • line-level stereo minijack input and output
  • headphone minijack
  • digital clock with dual alarms and sleep timer
  • operates on 6 "D" batteries (not included)
  • AC adapter
  • operates on 12V adapter (not included)
  • strap-on carry handle and adjustable shoulder strap
  • 12-1/4"W x 7-3/4"H x 3-7/8"D
  • weight: 3.59 lbs.
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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AM/FM/SW Radio: The Grundig S450DLX portable radio features an AM, FM, and Shortwave tuner. Although the readout is digital, the tuner is analog, allowing fine frequency tuning. The unit offers 3 frequency tuning steps (fast/slow/stop). The frequency lock helps minimize signal drifting when listening to AM, FM, or SW stations. You can store up to 50 station presets; 10 for each band (FM, AM, SW 1/2/3).

  • AM: AM stations in North America range from 520 to 1710kHz  (10kHz steps) and from 522 to 1620kHz (9kHz steps) in other parts of the world. The AM antenna is built into the radio (there are also spring-clip connectors for adding an external AM antenna). There is an AM RF gain knob which compensates for distortion between strong and weaker stations. In addition, you can select a Wide or Narrow bandwidth setting to reduce interference from adjacent frequencies.
  • FM: The FM frequency range is from 87 to 108MHz. The unit features a telescopic antenna (there is also a coaxial connector for upgrading the FM antenna). You can set the FM band to Mono (when listening through built-in speaker) or Stereo (when listening through headphones). If the FM station you're listening to is too strong that it sound distorted, switch to Local mode. Otherwise, leave it on DX mode, which stands for maximum distance.
  • SW: Shortwave enables listening to broadcasts over vast distances including other countries and continents. Shortwave has continuous frequency range from 1711 to 29999kHz. The Shortwave tuner uses the same telescopic antenna as the FM tuner.

LCD Backlight Display: The S450DLX features a large LCD backlight display with frequency, clock, battery level indicator, and signal strength indicator.

Full-Range Sound: The S450DLX uses a high performance MOSFET amplifier to power its single full-range speaker. The unit also offers bass & treble control.

Auxiliary Input: There is a minijack (3.5mm) auxiliary input for connecting an external audio source (such as your MP3 player) to the Grundig S450DLX.

Line Output: There is also a minijack (3.5mm) line output which allows you to feed the audio signal of the S450DLX to another component, such as your home stereo system.

Headphone Jack: A 3.5mm (1/8") headphone jack allows you to connect a set of earphones for private listening. The unit's speaker will mute when headphones are connected.

Alarm Clock: The Grundig S450DLX features a 12/24hr digital clock with dual wakeup alarms, snooze function, and sleep timer (1/5/10/15/30/45/60/90 min).

Carry Strap: The AM/FM/Shortwave field radio includes a carrying strap to make it easy to take with you to the office, outside, or on vacation.

Dual Power Source: The Grundig S450DLX can operate off of 6 "D" batteries (not included) or AC power (using the included AC power adapter). In the event of an AC power failure, the radio stays on and switches to battery power (if batteries are installed).

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Product reviews from the Crutchfield Labs

If you're serious about radio...

Written by Ralph Graves, Staff Writer - Creative, on 8/31/2012 1:53:00 PM

I tested the S450DLX under the worst possible conditions — in the Crutchfield Labs. The Lab is in the basement of a three-story steel-framed building, with a lot of wires and electrical gear. Not an ideal location to try to tune in a radio station.

And yet the S450DLX did so easily. I had no trouble tuning in all of our local stations, including the ones with weaker signals. The tuning knob is quite sensitive, allowing me to get the radio to really zero in on the signal. The knob also has an indentation for a finger. To quickly move up or down the dial, I just inserted my finger and spun the dial.

The backlit control buttons lit up every time I moved the dial, so I could see them when I needed to. I also liked the large display, which had a small graph showing signal strength. It was a big help for tuning in weak stations.

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No it does not. However the manual states that if a replacement adaptor is needed, it states that you need to get an "AC adaptor with a 9 volt DC output, negative polarity, 500 milliampere and a plug with 5.5 millimeter outer diameter, 2.1 millimeter inner diameter. " Probably if you could find a adapter that would convert European voltage with the output and requirements stated, you would be good to gol [ ROBERT U  Mar 10, 2014 ]
no, but a transformer may be available from the manufacturer. [ george  Mar 09, 2014 ]
Requires 9V input. Supplied transformer works only at 120V. If variable voltage transformer (120-240V) with 9V output available then it would work anywhere in the world. [ David  Mar 09, 2014 ]
No. It should work with any power converter or you could use your batteries. [ Jeffrey  Mar 09, 2014 ]
I don't own one. I cancelled my order. Sorry [ N  Mar 09, 2014 ]
No it only comes with 120 voltage and batteries [ Mike  Mar 09, 2014 ]
I don't recall. It was purchased as a wedding gift for a niece. Sorry! The other Grundig products I have did not come with dual adaptors. [ FREDERICK H  Mar 09, 2014 ]
Hi, I got this as a gift for someone so I can't answer your question. [ TOM  Dec 18, 2013 ]
Not sure. Radio was purchased as a wedding gift. Sorry I couldn't be more help. Try asking the manufacturer. Fred [ FREDERICK H  Dec 18, 2013 ]
Sorry. Not a ham radio guy. I have no idea. Thanks. [ TIMOTHY  Dec 18, 2013 ]