its predecessors, the Drake R8B is a very good shortwave receiver.
It is even better! Some things were improved on it which gives an
obvious increased performance. The Synchronous detector has been
realized with choosable side bands. Even this is a big improvement
in comparision with its predecessors. It is now as good as the
synchronous detector of the AOR AR7030. But also the free choosable
bandwidths are a reasonable improvement compared with the
predecessors. Even the automatic function is freely programmable for
your own needs. The tone control also has improved and now is good
usable. Still annoying is the rubber keyboard itself which has not
changed at all. In reception manner it seems to be itself again,
generally speaking. Very good large signal behaviour and good sound.