Drake R8 is a really good and wanted shortwave receiver. Very good
large signal behaviour and a very pleasant sound characterize this
I compared it with the JRC NRD525, which is equal to the R8 in
reception behaviour. But even the R8 does have a weakness. The
rubber keys are an impertinence. The tone control is not very
effective and the synchronous detector does not cope with its
reputation. Only in seldom cases it could really improve the AM
reception. The handling is a little painful. E.g. the operating
modes can only be switched in carousel manner. In addition, the
bandwidth is switched to a software-given value. The last used value
is not saved.
A VHF converter can be installed, but it is of limited use. Except
for these weaknesses in handling the R8 is a Top-Rx.
The successors R8A and R8B were clearly improved in handling and
partly even in reception quality.