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Albrecht 5890/Magnum 257

Post by JibberJabber » 14 Aug 2017, 16:17

Are these basically the same radio or is one considered to be better than the other...?

I've heard a Magnum 257 on air and sounded Excellent.. Although I'm not sure which version it was.. Is the later version considered to be best..?

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Re: Albrecht 5890/Magnum 257

Post by mrpsychopath » 14 Aug 2017, 16:31

Thought the 257 was they same as the ae485s. Dont know much about the other one, just same chassis.
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Re: Albrecht 5890/Magnum 257

Post by Mudslinger » 14 Aug 2017, 17:25

Had a Magnum 257 and it was excellent. Not sure about the newer AE5890, seems to have been made to comply with EU Norms.
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Re: Albrecht 5890/Magnum 257

Post by JibberJabber » 14 Aug 2017, 18:37

I think Nevada advertise it as being capable of 10m.. for Amateur use.. I just thought it was another take on the 485..?..

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Re: Albrecht 5890/Magnum 257

Post by Mudslinger » 14 Aug 2017, 19:03

I think it can be upgraded in terms of power, and the extra digits on the frequency display would be useful. ;)
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Re: Albrecht 5890/Magnum 257

Post by kilimax » 14 Aug 2017, 20:08

JibberJabber wrote:Are these basically the same radio or is one considered to be better than the other...?

I've heard a Magnum 257 on air and sounded Excellent.. Although I'm not sure which version it was.. Is the later version considered to be best..?

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The 5890 as standard is a multi-norm 11m all mode. You can select the band to suit your country at power on.
However, inside the radio, behind the front panel, there are a series of jumpers. These can open up the radio to cover 24-30 or make it 10 + 12m only. You can set it so that the change is permanent or will reset back to default on a reset.

They are very good radios. Very versatile and sound great. It is certainly the best sounding "legal" radio I've owned.
The one drawback is there's no vfo mode so you are stuck, like the magnum or 485 to step in between the 10khz channel only. It's not free running.
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Re: Albrecht 5890/Magnum 257

Post by JibberJabber » 14 Aug 2017, 20:15

Ok thanks for your input guys... I may give one a try.... The 5890 that is.. With the Magnum is the newer 'blue screen ' favoured over the orange display..?

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Re: Albrecht 5890/Magnum 257

Post by JibberJabber » 27 Aug 2017, 12:45

Well I picked up an Albrecht 485S with the blue backlights.. in export mode.. See how it goes..;-)

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Re: Albrecht 5890/Magnum 257

Post by mrpsychopath » 27 Aug 2017, 13:07

They are good radios, a 485 was my last long term radio. Wish i had never sold it.
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Re: Albrecht 5890/Magnum 257

Post by JibberJabber » 27 Aug 2017, 23:13

First thoughts... I find the tone a tad too high..Even with the low option selected..

I prefer my MK1 Optima .. Has a naturally deeper tone ..

I do like to be able to adjust the tone of a radio... I find the higher lighter sound quite fatiguing..

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Re: Albrecht 5890/Magnum 257

Post by dt307 » 28 Aug 2017, 00:22

i like the 257 apart from the unlocked clarifier. after i did a mod to make it track only rx was much better to use,great radios
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Re: Albrecht 5890/Magnum 257

Post by Mudslinger » 28 Aug 2017, 08:45

I didn't actually have a problem with the unlocked Clarifier on my 257 and I normally hate unlocked clarifiers.

The bits I didn't like were the wobbly controls and fact they were too close together.

Performance wise it was superb.
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Re: Albrecht 5890/Magnum 257

Post by dt307 » 28 Aug 2017, 10:46

i could use it all fine but made it better when mobile,

i have no idea how they got them rubber boot type things that go over the controls to attract so much dust and fluff they are semi sticky lol.

yes simon the first one i had i went to tighten the loose controls and you cant they are just loose lol
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Re: Albrecht 5890/Magnum 257

Post by Phoenix » 14 Sep 2017, 16:36

These are not the same radios in any way......The Albrect 485 and 257 are much better the 5890 is a cheap component rig
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Re: Albrecht 5890/Magnum 257

Post by simonthewizard » 15 Sep 2017, 07:41

Albrecht 5890EU is like first version Grant II

Sad to Depressing
Poor Quality
Noisy

Guaranteed to give the operator depression

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