My Personal opinion of the best FM Gear currently on the market.
this is a totally subjective list.
i haven't tested winradio excelsior because my computers are too old and slow to cope! i hope to replace the wheezing broken down old steam powered machines in sept.
1. Perseus FM+. pretty hard to find fault with performance
but if you only dx FM then shelling out £1000 for perseus and the FM+ adaptor is hard to justify. google for the FM +software and download these test files to get an idea of how great it is: http://www.4shared.com/folder/oHsVqx6Z/Perseus_WAV.html
87.5-108 only but any tuning step you can imagine, ie: you could tune to 88.763 if you wanted to! any bandwidth filter you like can be chosen from 0-230khz
2.Sony XDR F1HD. very cheap to import from the USA even after buying a voltage transformer and an adapter for the wierd ant socket. very portable
some people are crazy for this beast. supports our RDS system, 0.1mhz tuning steps only, not a huge loss but sometimes you may want to hear dutch pirates on 97.15 or Russian TV on 99.75, 91.75 etc and with the XDRs sharp selectivity any off-channel signal will be distorted
87.5-108 only. push button tuning only -annoying for some users with arthritis
3. Tecsun PL-606wt 64-108mhz in 0.01mhz steps. no RDS
if you take into account performance, frequency coverage, price & ease of availability this is really hard to beat.
don't let anyone tell you that the old Eastern Block FM band 66-74 is dead now, Belarus, Russia, Ukraine, Moldova & Kazakhstan are still there, the 1st 4 of these countries were extremely common via e skip last year. Belarus on the lower FM band was the most common country on FM last year and frequently reached massive strengths even on a tiny portable like this
theres also the East European TV sound channels very much still with us in 2012 on 83.75 & 65.75 so the extra coverage is worth having.
It's really hard to fault this little wonder but i'll have a go: unlike the models it replaced the 606 is really reluctant to switch into fast tuning mode, you can inagine what a pain in the backside that is when you're in a hurry