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July 05, 2009

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Gary Kinsman

Of more interest to me was the RP3000, which included a sync detector. Its production also appears to be stalled.

Tim

I can't remember where, but I believe I recently read that this radio had been permanently discontinued. I was once looking forward to the appearance of the RP3100 very much (i.e. drooling at the thought). I had owned the CCRadioSW until about six months ago, and thought it had great potential. But my unit had serious problems with distortion. After having it fixed once by C. Crane at no cost, the problem returned, so I finally threw it away in frustration.

I found the CCRadioSW to have superb sound quality and very good sensitivity on all bands. But I disliked the ergonomics of it. It was a clumsy thing that was a nuisance to use as a DXing unit. Even the memory system was poorly designed. Its main virtues, though, were reception and tone, and at these I thought it was excellent. But the ergonomics issue had me constantly returning to my Sangean 909, which is wonderfully smooth to use. Too bad my CCRadioSW was a lemon.

Mike W

As an AM/FM listener with no interest in SW, this one's no great loss to you, Jeff.

Jeffrey McMahon

No great loss but the 3100 would be nice. I"m sure I'd buy one.

My first of 3 CCRSW, a Kaito version, had distortion problems also. There must be quality control issues with Redsun/Kaito/CCrane clones of the 2100.

Tim

Jeff -

So it took you three tries before you got a CCRadioSW that worked properly?

- Tim

herculodge

Yes, the Kaito version was a dud. After a month, the speaker died or rather it only played at low volume with lots of distortion. The second one, a CCrane, seemed harsh in sound. I sold it on Amazon. The third one may be less harsh or maybe I'm just used to it. Its FM is great. AM is strong but less powerful than my Sangean PR-D5.

Tim

I found that the CCRadioSW had excellent AM and shortwave sound, which is why I hated to lose it. My ears didn't weary of a nasal twangy tone, as they often do with so many other radios. FM classical music also sounded excellent, with a rich bottom end - better even than the RCA/GE Superadio. The only model I've owned that sounded better was the Sangean WR-1. Now that radio makes a beautiful noise!

Jeffrey McMahon

Best speakers for a radio I've ever heard and currently own: Boston Acoustics Horizon Duo.

Blake

If you just wanted a simple kitchen radio (for mostly AM & SW some FM) for listening to stations that already come in clear on every radio in the house including the crappy ones, wouldn’t one be better off buying the Grundig 350 delux vs the Ccrane SW? I heard the Grundig 350 at Radio Shack and thought the speaker sound was ideal for talk radio with a lack of harshness, nice tone, and plenty of volume. If I get a Ccrane SW and it has any signs of harshness I will be extremely disappointed. Having a radio with non fatiguing sound is priority #1 for me. Any thoughts?

Jeffrey McMahon

I sold my beloved Grundig S350DL recently. I say beloved because it was my first good radio but over time its sloppy AM sound fatigued me. As did the drift, which improved a bit over the previous non-DL version but was still evident. FM is great, speaker sound is very good. I miss it. But I'm in no rush to replace it. I'd rather wait for something similar with presets to come down the pike.

Mike W

Blake, I find the sound on the GE SR III to be non-fatiguing [sp?], if you're OK with an analog set.

Blake

If the GE superradio had shortwave I would get it. Like Jeffrey told me, there is no perfect radio. I have no issues with an analog radio. I have a Grundig Mini 300 and it has been an excellent radio. There is some drift but I think all anolog radios have drift. I think the digital readout just makes the drift more noticable because you can see it. The truth is I can listen to my mini 300 for an hour or more on FM or AM before feeling the need to slightly retune (SW more often depending on signal quality) Does not bother me. I feel I have more tuning control with analog. Presets are nice but bandscanning on analog is hard to beat and I can find the stations I want pretty quick. I have other radios with presets. I appreciate the feedback.

bor

if this radio has the same construction and problems as my rp 2100 , I leave it in the store.

Carlos Edwards

Jeff - Is there any news on the RP31000?

Jeffrey McMahon

Carlos, Paul and others have told me that the RP3100 is dead. So sad.

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