Pros Excellent sensitivity, excellent selectivity, synchronous detector, very good dynamic range, fine tuning control allows for ECSS
Cons Mediocre audio from built in speaker, iffy ergonomics, no meaningful signal strength indicator.
Summary I've been an SWL since tube radio days and this little radio is amazing! Just the fact that it has a synchronous detector is mind-blowing. Aside from audio quality (not an issue when using headphones) this radio equals or surpasses other portables costing hundreds of dollars more.
The radio tunes in coarse 1kHz steps but the fine tuning control allows spot on tuning good enough for ECSS tuning.
All in all, a remarkable piece of engineering for a remarkably low price. Over the years certain receivers have achieved legendary status, this will be one of them.
Pros 100 presets available, digital tuning is convenient and quick, size is just right, AM/FM/SW SIDE BAND fun.
Cons has more features then early 7600 however sound quality (talk and music) very poor, high power consumption, tuning delay annoying. AM antennae (internal) poor.
Summary I only use this radio when I've misplaced my old (analog) sw7600. Will probably send my original digital model to Sony for repair, it sounded great, loud or soft, talk or music, would play for days outdoors on batt's, and did everything well. In the back of my mind I keep wondering if this is just a lemon.