posted on May, 19 2008 @ 07:54 PM
dgtempe I promised I would let you know what I thought about my new radio when I got it so here are my thoughts after 2 hours of ownership.
Initial impressions of the CCRadio-SW AM/FM/Shortwave Radio
The radio is built like a tank. The fit and finish is as good as I've seen in any electronic device. Its got a decent weight to it, and has about a
4 foot whip antenna for FM and shortwave tuning. There are lots of knobs and buttons on the front and sides of the radio. It has a flip up handle on
the top that feels fairly sturdy though it is made out of very dense and rigid plastic. When closed it disappears into the body of the radio and
can't be seen...a great design.
The tuning knob is really slick. It's got an off center indentation for your fingertip that allows you to rapidly tune the radio with the swirl of
your finger. On the left side of the radio it has RCA line out jack's that you can use to hook up to a stereo or computer sound card. This way, you
can have true stereo output when listening to FM music stations. As you know, this is a single speaker radio specially tuned to the human voice. I
did buy an RCA cable, and attached it to my computer for stereo sound, and it works really nicely though I won't be using it much because the single
speaker produces really very good sound when listening to music. What I like about this radio compared to other receivers in it's class is the size
of the speaker...it's 5 inches and really can fill a room with sound. Most of the other receivers had 2.5 inch speakers, which would not be very
well-suited to listening to music or anything from any distance from the receiver. 2.5 inch speakers are good for traveling radios but I wanted
something with decent sound and power.
The radio runs on either 4 AA batteries or 4 D cell batteries. A great feature of this radio is that you can use rechargeables...it even has a
setting to charge them inside the radio so you never need to remove them and place them into another charging base. I have low discharge rechargeable
NiCad AA and D cells in my radio. A selector switch on the side allows you to switch to either source when not using the plug-in power supply. This
way I can deplete the large D cells and still have backup AA to play from. How can you beat that?
The back of the radio has two different connections, one for an AM external antenna and the other for FM...and output for something called 'AM IF
Out', I'm not sure what that's for but it has something to do with hooking it up to your computer and using software. I live in the Southwest in a
stucco home. Homes that have a stucco exteriors are constructed by first stapling steel mesh panels (chicken wire) to the entire exterior of the home
and then covering that with stucco so it sticks. This totally kills a.m. reception and I am no exception. Essentially it turns my entire house into a
lol...so I will be purchasing an
external twin ferrite antenna
that I can mount outside my
home, this will give me very crisp a.m. reception. This radio already has an internal ferrite antenna that works unbelievably well. I took it
outside, and it delivered very clear, crisp AM sound with no static whatsoever. Unfortunately I live in a stucco house, so it will cost me another
hundred dollars to get that type of reception inside.
Anyway I really couldn't be happier with the purchase of this radio.
I LOVE it!!!
[edit on 5/19/2008 by kinglizard]