When I posted about my 6-year-old Sangean WR-2 having "in and out" speaker sound, some suggested that the problem could be my headphone jack. Ed recommended I spray some Deoxit on my earbud connector and work it in the jack. After having some "in and out" sound last night listening to the Angels lose to the Redsox, I took his advice. So far so good. The speaker sound is going on without interruption. I hope this was the fix my radio needed. I hope I won't need to do any updates. The Sangean WR-2 is a very appealing bedside radio. One of its appeals is that it's heavy and and has a low profile so it's unlikely to tip over while toggling stations in the middle of the night.
I have a C Crane CCRADIO 2E. Regrettably I cannot compare it to a Panasonic RF 2200 because I have never used one. I wish Jay Allen would do a side-by-side video comparison of the two. The problem with the RF 2200 is that it has been out of production for decades and it would be a challenge to find one in peak operating condition. It was an impressive radio in it's day and I suspect if properly restored, it will rival anything that's being made today.
By my estimation, the 2E is a very good performing set on both AM and FM. The audio is warm and full, completely unlike its predecessors up to and including the CCRADIO 2. It is the most sensitive radio I have ever used, and I conducted my observations during daylight hours on very distant weak signals. It has an odd noise reduction feature, which I'm only now getting accustomed to. If the set is in a high RFI environment, the reception simply decreases in volume to compensate for it. I would much rather that noise reduction feature either be eliminated or switchable so that the user has the option of turning it on or off. In general though, it does not diminish the reception capabilities.
I have yet to use it in a completely RFI environment, but I am expecting that when I do I will be even more amazed! It seems that the lower the RFI, the better this thing works. It has an extremely aggressive AGC circuit, which I did not like at first. However, I discovered that reception is better on the set during severe electrical storms than on sets that have less aggressive AGC circuits. It's selectivity is quite good. If you are within a couple miles of a transmitter, it's signal will splash about 10 kHz above and below its intended frequency. But, the set has excellent nulling properties. An example would be that here in Palm Coast Florida on 1550 kHz we have a local station WNZF. I can tune up to 1560 kHz and pull WAGL in Lancaster South Carolina. While there is splash from 1550, I can still copy 1560 quite easily. I can copy it even better if I turn up to 1561 or 1562, Incidentally, I can accomplish this same feet using a CCRADIO EP! I would say that the EP possesses about 90% of the sensitivity that the 2E does.
Although the 2E is not the most sensitive FM receiver I have seen, it's very close and is absolutely the most selective I have ever used! It will yank the weakest stations directly adjacent to locals! To sum it up, in my estimation the 2E is as good as it gets in terms of a high-performance portable tabletop radio. I want to make one last comment regarding the complaint about the clock display. While it would have been preferable for the designers to have included a switchable display so that it would show either the clock or frequency, the decision to show the clock is a good one because time is always in a state of flux, whereas the frequency is not. If you cannot remember what frequency you are on, press the "FREQ" button. For the money, the 2E is a bargain! The EP is also a very good bargain, but I would not recommend it to anyone living in an area that has transmitters within 5 or so miles because it overloads very easily. Also, to get the most out of the EP, one must skillfully use its twin coil fine-tuning control. Both radios have very rich and pleasing audio rivaling that of the Redsun RP 2100 known for its wonderful full warm sound!
I long ago sold off my stereo equipment, relying on the car stereo for music listening or using earbuds and the IPhone. MW DX’ing & SW listening is a hobby and I have more radios that Carter has pills, but nothing that plays via speakers in stereo… Of late I’ve missed that - it was time to right that ship. Not wanting to spend much I went trolling on “The Bay” and scored an inexpensive vintage receiver and some bookshelf speakers. I got a 1973 Realistic STA-120B AM\FM stereo receiver and some equally vintage Realistic speakers. Yea, Realistic?!?! – I did say I didn’t want to spend too much. Well – according to a few posts at AudioKarma it’s a sleeper receiver.
Anyways - Now I can listen to music in my office in stereo w/o earbuds and, well… Back to that main hobby of mine – MW dx’ing…. While cleaning it up & giving the switches and knobs the once over with Caig DeoxIT I see It’s got a decent length looking AM loopstick inside. I wonder what this beast can do? Hmmm…
Spent an hour scanning the AM band on this thing tonight – barefoot – stock everything, between local 11PM Eastern to just past Midnight. Ok, it’s no Panny RF2200 but it held its own. From my home in western New York state I logged 25 confirmed stations in just over an hour.
Nothing new but respectable. Farthest away was 870 WWL, New Orleans – a not uncommon copy up here – tonight, on this receiver it was low and faint – actually fading in and out. The WWL copy also speaks a bit to the selectivity of this receiver – 50KW 880 WCBS New York blasts in here – yet it did not overwhelm the signal of WWL.
Freq Call kW City State
650 WSM 50KW Nashville TN 700 WLW 50KW Cincinnati OH 700 WLW 50KW Cincinnati OH 770 WABC 50KW New York NY 780 WBBM 50KW Chicago IL 800 CJBQ 10KW Belleville ON 810 WGY 50KW Schenectady NY 840 WHAS 50KW Louisville KY 850 WKNR 4.7KW Cleveland OH 860 CJBC 50KW Toronto ON 870 WWL 50KW New Orleans LA 880 WCBS 50KW New York NY 890 WLS 50KW Chicago IL 990 WDCX 2.5KW Rochester NY 1000 WMVP 50KW Chicago IL 1010 WINS 50KW New York NY 1010 CFRB 50KW Toronto NY 1030 WBZ 50KW Boston MA 1060 KYW 50KW Philaledelphia PA 1090 WBAL 50KW Baltimore MD 1100 WTAM 50KW Cleveland OH 1120 KMOX 50KW ST. Louis MO 1140 WRVA 50KW Richmond VA 1170 WWVA 50KW Weeling WV 1220 WHKW 50KW Cleveland OH
Oh, FM sounds great too – listening right now to local FM 102.7 WLGZ Legends FM (60’s-80’s “Classic Hits”).