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November 10, 2013

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Brandon

Dang, you're selling 6 of your portable radios and counting?

What exactly are you keeping?

herculodge

Nothing. Those beauties need someone who has time to cater to their needs. My toddlers have got me.

Brandon

Ouch. I figured maybe you'd at least keep your favorite one. Selling off the entire lot seems a bit extreme.

herculodge

Brandon, yes it's extreme. But I love to play my Sangean U3 and my Sangean WR-2 and my CCR-SW. Plus being 52 with twin 3 year olds is very extreme.

Michael Brent

As much as I like poking fun at the watch obsessions and the over the top names for these watches, that is without a doubt the coolest looking radio I have ever seen.
I would run over my grandmother for that radio.
Is that obsessive?

Michael Brent

Ive been thinking about getting the CCR-SW,
like I need another radio. I had a Grundig 350DL which I sold a while back and I tried two different Grundig 450's which sucked.
Is the CCR-SW worth the money?

Gary

Michael,

I own two CCR-SW units. I'd say both have very good sensitivity on MW and SW, and excellent sensitivity on FM. The sound quality is as good as any portable radio of similar size, with deep bass, clear midrange and crisp treble. The bass and treble controls have quite a bit of range, and are very effective for fine tuning the sound. Jeff has had some CCR-SW units with bad sound quality. This has not been a problem with the four that I have tried.

As with most Chinese radios, there is some sample to sample variability of the CCR-SW. Before I settled on these two, I had one with minor mechanical defects and another with low MW AM sensitivity.

I picked up the second CCR-SW at Amazon for only $90. Its only flaw is that AM (MW or SW) sounds best tuned 1 kHz low when using the wide filter. It's fairly common for cheap ceramic filters to be somewhat asymmetrical.

If you need built in SSB, the CCR-SW is not a good choice. SSB can be added via an external TG37 adapter, but it is not as convenient as having it built in.

Michael Brent

If I got one direct from Crane, do you think its been tested and QA'd or am I taking a chance like on Amazon or E-bay?

Gary

You can ask C. Crane to bench test any radio, but I don't think they test each one if you don't ask. The bad ones I got were a C. Crane "orphan" (sloppy controls) and one from Amazon (weak on MW AM). At least Amazon makes it easy to return defective items, and it doesn't cost anything but your time.

Ed S.

So if this blog is to become mainly a discussion of Jeff's half dozen blingy watches, and radios are out, I would think this blog is going to take a major dive in page hits. Well, it was fun while it lasted. Good night, ladies and gents!

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