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July 12, 2008

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Tom Welch

Sangean sells the CC Radio Plus world wide as the PR-D3 radio, follow link: http://www.sangean.nl/English/Products/Leaflets/dr_PR-D3_leaflet.pdf

Also, Sangean's PR-D2 "Q" radio has received similar poor reviews, mostly about the LCD screen.

jeffrey McMahon

I have read about the notorious "Q"; I hope Sangean makes an update with no TV band and no LCD problem.

gerald johnson

for some reason i never pulled the trigger on ccradio. back in 2000 i opted for the sangean ats 818 instead and except for mediocre am ability ive been pretty happy with it.good sound and nice ergonomics. ive got my fingers crossed that my ccradiosw wont have any problems. its not a sangean made radio so maybe it wont have the sangean lcd problem.

jeffrey McMahon

Mike W commented that the CCrane CSW doesn't have as good as build quality as the Sangean PR-D5. From what I can gather, the CC radio is the worse thing Sangean has made by sole virtue of its LCD problem.

Wals

Andy Rooney has one. Or it looks like CCR over his right shoulder.
CCrane has complained about the authenticity of some of those reviews on Amazon.

Ed S.

I heard if you don't use the CCRadio in your garage in Michigian during the winter, you should have no LCD problems.

jeffrey McMahon

It amazes me that CCrane's flagship product has had those LCD problems for so long.

Nothing like buying a radio that makes me walk on eggshells as I hope and prey it doesn't go bonkers.

Tom Welch

When I read Amazon reviews, I look for ongoing patterns of issues with a product. Some of the negative comments on a product relate to an issue that the product was never designed to do, like reviewing an analog radio and complaigning that the radio is not digital.

jeffrey McMahon

The CCrane radio has a definite pattern of LCD screen going on the fritz, according to those Amazon reviews.

Tom Welch

If you want a performance upgrade for your radio, checkout: http://www.kiwa.com/

Kiwa has upgraded several radios for me in the past. I highly recommend this service.

jeffrey McMahon

If Kiwi could fix the LCD screen on the CCRane radio, they'd have a lot of customers.

Tom Welch

I would contact Radio Labs with LCD problems 1st.

http://www.radiolabs.com/

These folks have extensive experience with Sangean gear.

jeffrey McMahon

I never bought a CCrane Radio, but that's good to know.

Mike W

I replaced my old CCRadio last August with a PR-D5.

IMO, performance as receivers seemed comparable for the two. The build quality on the PR-D5 is generally better, but the CCR has a larger, more solid case, fills a room with sound better, and just looks more like a real radio. The CCR is no audiophile set, and others have complained about the sound quality, but is was tailored for AM voice programming rather than music. I found its audio very good on AM and good enough for casual FM listening. My CCR gave great service as a digital replacement for my GE Superadio III, but unlike the SR III, it lasted only several years before both the LCD and some of the cheaply-made buttons gave out. I think it fair to expect longer life from what is basically a $160 AM/FM radio. It is true that the whip and ferrite antennas on the CCR are both excellent, and also true that the TV band will soon be as dead as longwave is today. For me the alarm function was just a superfluous PITA, too awkward to be used as a regular alarm clock but easily set accidently. The layout of some of the knobs and buttons is odd.

Jeff, it will be interesting to see if C. Crane replaces the CCRadio with another high-performance AM/FM, but I believe they already regard the CSW as the replacement.

Tom, it's apt that you mention Radio Labs, which was founded by Chris Justice after leaving C. Crane. While there he worked with Sangean to create the CCR. I read one recent rumor on a newsgroup that he is working on a new radio with a Chinese manufacturer. If that turns out true, I am sure it will be a radio to consider buying.

herculodge

Mike,

To me the CSW is too different than the CCRane radio to be a replacement. They need another clock radio for the bedside.

Wow, speaking of chimeras, who's this Chris Justice, the Oz of Radios? His name whispered on chat sites?

But who knows? He may design the next radio I purchase.

I'm getting info from readers who swear the GS750 will be here by November by the latest. We'll see.

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