The Dutch company Philips was not only one of the first manufacturers of electronic components in Europe, but also one of the first to mass-produce complete radio sets. Philips always concentrated more on the consumer market, in the commercial sector the few communication receivers were almost as unsuccessful as their different all wave receivers. The company always lacked a concept for the development of high grade shortwave receivers, their sets were often technically outdated when they were introduced to the market and could not meet the expectations of the listeners raised by the brochures.
The tabletop receiver AL-990, which appeared in 1982, resembled to the Grundig Satellit 1400, the double conversion set in conventional technology came with a digital frequency display, SSB reception by means of a BFO. The insufficient frequency stability led to discrepancies between the digital display and the operation frequency und substandard sensitivity. Smaller in size was the D 2924, a microprocessor-controlled portable receiver, which had to compete with Sony's ICF-2001, released two years earlier, but the D 2924 covered only the 49 - 19m range on shortwave and could not receive SSB signals.
In 1985, Philips launched two new receivers, the D 2935 with a membrane keypad and the D 2999 tabletop receiver, which had the same performance on the bands at the double price tag. With its appealing front panel with a large digital display & S-meter, it unfortunately could not keep up with its competitors in terms of sensitivity, selectivity and especially in terms of mirror frequency rejection, but had a good performance in receiving the international European shortwave broadcasters thanks to good sound quality.
|AL-990||1982||Double conversion||FM / LW / MW / 6 x sW (1.55-26.2 MHz)||digital frequency display, 1 kHz, clock, BFO, ferrite / loop antenna|
|D 2924||1981||Single conversion||FM / LW / MW / SW (5.35-15.45 MHz)||6 memories, PLL synthesis, direct frequency input|
|D 2935||1984||Double conversion||FM broadcast band / AM 150 kHz - 30 MHz||9 memories, PLL synthesis, direct frequency input|
|D 2999||1986||Double conversion||FM broadcast band / AM 150 kHz - 30 MHz||16 memories, PLL synthesis, direct frequency input|