CC2E beats everything I have on weak signal AM DX INCLUDING the GE SupeRadios. Easy to use, you know exactly the frequency you're tuned to. Weather band with storm warning "ALERT" feature a big plus, especially for those in high risk violent storm areas. Excellent audio. Good on FM too. If you need a WEAK SIGNAL radio - THIS IS A GREAT CHOICE.
Test done today at 10:30AM in a park away from power lines and RFI.
0= no hint of a signal 5= local
560..very weak 570..moderately weak 610..very week with strong interference from 620 690..very weak with moderate interference from 680 870..extremely weak 1040..moderately weak 1250..moderately weak with VERY strong interference from 1230 1400..moderately weak with EXTREMELY strong station on 1430 1590..moderately weak 1640..very weak (TIS station)
Sony SRF-21W 560-0..570-2..610-0..690-1..870-0..1040-3..1250-3..1400-1..1590-3..1640-* Sony SRF-59 560-0..570-2..610-0..690-1..870-0..1040-3..1250-3..1400-1..1590-3..1640-2 Tecson R102 560-0..570-1..610-0..690-0..870-0..1040-2..1250-0..1400-0..1590-2..1640-* Tecson PL-398mp 560-0..570-2..610-1..690-1..870-0..1040-3..1250-3..1400-2..1590-3..1640-3 GE SR2 560-2..570-3..610-2..690-2..870-1..1040-4..1250-4..1400-4..1590-4..1640-4
Sound quality wise (though headphones, of course) the older Sony (SRF-21W) wins hands down. Crisp, clean, and clear on AM. Other than that (and of course x-band coverage), I could tell no difference between the old SRF-21W and newer SRF-59 reception wise at all. That being said the SRF-59 is a real wimp when it comes to power output. It works, but you can forget about getting any kind of real volume out of it. Same with the Tecson R102. One battery for a power supply just doesn't cut it. What headphones am I using? The same ones I have for about 30 years now: Koss PortaPro.
It's fishing versus eating fish; I do enjoy fishing, but I eventually want to eat the fish (and a lot of it.) Given a finite amount of free time, the choice between listening to some mindful and inspiring content as opposed to trying to dig out a legible signal from noise is not so fair a comparison
My Sony ICF 7600D is showing its age (being a purchase in the 1980's)and wanted something I can take outside with me and leave the 'old girl' safe at home.
After many reviews and YouTube videos, I am glad I made the choice of the 600 over the 660, and it was more than just the $30.00 price difference. (600= $90.00 & 660 = $120.00 AUS. for an 'air-band.)(I tried the 'Air-band' mod and it did not work, as the radio was made in March 2012. Oh well!)
The sound is great. I love the sound on the FM band, which is worth the outlay just on this feature alone!
The plastic flap thing on the back is a big issue with this radio. Also, you cannot lay the radio flat in its back and extend the antenna upright, like you can do on the Sony 7600 series of radios, but I can work around this quite easily.
The controls do take a bit of getting use to, but once I have played around with the features a little, I was able to 'tamed the beast' and have had great use from the unit.
The manual is a little 'quirky' in some of the instructions, but is not no-where near the bad 'Asian-English' translations used. (No offence is intended to any non-English speaking people) I may have written this too early in the history of the life of this radio and may find fault in the 'new' radio. Hopefully, it will pull its weight. I am not expecting this to be a 'better' radio than the 7600, it has been worth the cost so far. When the sun goes down will tell how it does go on the SW bands. The comments about the 600 vs. 660 radios have proved to be valuable in my selections, so thank you for your comments.
There has been much to-do about the Sony SRF-39 "Ultralight" over the years. The latest was a newspaper article on the clear case FP jail version...
the article inferred that maybe this version was more durable,i.e. the variable cap was not subject to the dreaded "Rice Krispie" snap crackle and pop defect on AM due to use of poor (cheap) paper dielectric material.
Unfortunately that has not been seen here...brand new FP versions have it,as well as new vintage Malaysia-built SRF-39's which are supposed to be good. It appears the defect is found in all these caps,whether they're in a 39,49,59,SW-10,11 etc. Just comes with the territory.
One result of the article was to run the ebay price of the FP version up from the usual $20 or so to well over $100...they are back to normal now.
But now for a just-discovered secret:it's possible to -maybe- get around the variable defect by use of a pre-ultralight Sony:
Back around 1987 Sony came out with the SRF 19w and then 21w.
If they look similar,they are.Who knows what Sony was thinking (they did the same thing with the first-generation SRF-33w and 22w BTW). But both have performance that is very very close to the 39 family Ultralights.The variable however appears to be a different type since these were made in Taiwan.
No snap,crackle or pop was heard on these.
What was heard was excellent sensitivity/selectivity.
Use of a 3 volt supply gives the audio real punch,too.
On FM they do very well,especially on low power stations. The 39 family has afc problems with adjacent stronger stations. Not these,they slice and dice quite nicely. Typically they go for $15-30 on ebay.
What to look for:
The top dial cover was hot glued on;if the pointer sticks check for this.
The off-on switch is a real pain to remove and put back on...it's like they wanted to make it as hard as possible!
Tuning is a little "firm" due to use of dial cord... these may have been the last to use dial cord since the follow-on SRF-29 had the current plastic pointer setup.