My CCRadio-EP arrived around 11 AM PDT today. Here is my initial assessment:
Performance on AM
1. The dial is pretty accurate through 1500 kHz. Stations from 1600-1700 kHz appear lower on the dial than expected.
2. Sensitivity is very good throughout the AM band. It seems a little better than a PR-D5 that I compared it to.
3. Sound quality is quite good, when bass and treble controls are adjusted to my liking (I settled on bass at 2 o'clock, treble at 11 o'clock, and filter set to Music). It sounds far better than the PR-D5, with deeper bass and crisper treble.
4. There is some harsh distortion noted on audio peaks when treble control is between the 2 and 5 o'clock positions and the filter is set to Music. I'm not sure if this is normal for this design or not.
5. Through most of the AM band, the signal is best with the twin-coil knob centered. At the high end of the band, the signal is far better with the twin-coil knob rotated quite a bit counterclockwise and the main tuning knob readjusted.
Performance on FM
1. Something is very wrong with the tuning on FM. It doesn't act "normal," with a strong, clear signal when tuned properly, getting weaker on either side. It gets stronger, but very distorted, when tuned to the left on the dial (down in frequency), then the signal abruptly disappears; when tuned to the right (up), it gets weaker and noisier, but is still distorted. There is no position that provides a decent signal.
2. Strong local and semi-local stations are terribly distorted, but they sound perfect on the PR-D5.
1. The twin-coil knob rubbed on the case when rotated counterclockwise, due to some wobble in the knob. I pulled it out a little to correct this.
2. The tuning knob has some play -- both in/out and side to side (or up and down). This is a little annoying, as my SR III's don't have this "slop" in the tuning mechanism.
The FM is a total disaster, so I'm assuming I got a defective unit. This doesn't speak well for C. Crane's quality control; I thought it would be better this far into the production run.