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July 09, 2013

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Drive-In-Freak

I've been waiting for his word on that one.
The guy's really good with his reviews and I've found most of what he says to be spot on.
He's a bit less critical than I am sometimes, but I love his positive attitude.

Ken K. in NJ

I decided to go ahead and order this radio, even though I have 3 different versions of the Sangean Pocket Radios. I like the positive review he gave on the FM side, plus those few additional features tipped the scale for me. I'm just crossing my fingers that I don't get a defective one, I still don't really trust CCrane after all their past radio debacles.

BTW, I ordered it thru Amazon. The price is the same (59.95) but even though CCrane does the shipping, shipping is free when ordered thru Amazon, as opposed to $10.95 at CCrane. To be fair, CCrane is currently offering a free pair of $19.95 Voz wooden earbuds when you order thru them, but since I can't imagine sticking a wooden earbud in my ear, this is not an enticement for me at all.

Gary

Ken,

I believe someone reported here that there is an "improved" version of the CC Pocket. Maybe you can check with C. Crane whether yours is the improved one or not, based on the serial number.

Both of the CCRadio-EP units that I got from Amazon were very old stock. The one I have now is directly from C. Crane.

Ken K. in NJ

Thanks Gary. I was aware of that, and I'm hoping that since it's being shipped by CCrane rather than Amazon I'll get one of the "improved" radios. When I get my radio I'll see if the serial number can give me a clue. Thanks for that tip.

Gary

Ken,

I didn't notice before that you mentioned C. Crane does the shipping for the Amazon purchase. In this case, you should be fine. Let us know how it works out.

Doug T.

The CC Pocket has very good selectivity and sensitivity on FM, making it excellent as a radio to wear while jogging, hiking, etc. It is better for these purposes than other "belt clip" radio I have tried, including the Sony MRF-S37W, Sony SRF-S84, Sangean DT-200X, and Sangean DT-400W.

Even when I was jogging near a commercial FM transmission antenna (getting as close as 25 feet to the base of the antenna), the CC-Pocket was able to maintain reception of a weaker station without interference -- something that the other radios cannot do.

The push-button tuning of CC-Pocket system is much more convenient while exercising than the analog tuning of the SRF-S84 and the complicated tuning system of the Sangean units I mentioned.

The Sony units I mentioned are less bulky and a little lighter, but this is still a light radio.

I did not extensively test AM reception; but my casual impression is that it is adequate for ordinary AM listening.

My main interest for this pocket radio is for exercise, but it strikes me that this might also be useful for two other things as well:

* It might be a great travel radio, since it is lightweight, has 1kHz/9kHz/10kHz AM tuning, 2.5/4 kHz bandwidth selection, and sleep/alarm functions. (I usually take a Sony ICF-SW100 when traveling, but the SW100 is heavier and is out of production.)

* It might be a great backpacking radio, since it has weather band reception and emergency alerts.

My initial impression is that for the size and weight, this is an outstanding FM radio and good for ordinary AM use.

The only significant drawback I see so far to the CC-Pocket radio is that it a bit pricey.

Bob Balser

Could it be that Crane use Amazon to advertise?

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