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C. Crane CC-EP Pro AM/FM Analog-tuned Radio

The CC EP-Pro is set to be released May 15th. This new version of the now-classic CC-EP looks externally exactly like the original model, the only give-aways are the very slightly lighter color and the EP Pro label on the front. But inside the EP Pro is all new…a completely different circuit design, and in the important areas of performance – AM/FM reception and sound quality, it is a definite step forward. The EP Pro is not perfect…no radio is. There are a few tips and tricks you need to know in order to coax the best performance this new radio is capable of, and we’ll discuss those in detail in the CC EP-Pro Review.

Jay Allen

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Sony ICF-2010/2001D Addendum

I have been advised that the Steve Whitt Archive CD I mentioned in the review is still available at this link:

http://www.mwcircle.org/member_cds.htm

The CD contains his original two booklets as well as a treasure trove of additional info on this radio – if you are interested in the 2010 you will find a wealth of useful information here and I recommend itg highly.

Jay

Sony ICF-2010/ICF-2001D – An All-Time Classic

Sony ICF-2010/ICF-2001D AM/FM/SW/Air Portable Radio

Perhaps one of the most iconic multi-band portable radios of its time, the Sony ICF-2010/2001D enjoyed one of the longest production runs of any radio, being manufactured from 1985 to 2002. The US version was called the ICF-2010 while ICF-2001D was the model number used in the rest of the world…there were 6 versions sold in different areas.  It’s is fairly well accepted that the “2010” was among the best of its day, but how does it compare with the best SW portable radios made today? We’ll take a close look, compare it with the competition and see just what made the 2010 so special.

Read The Sony ICF-2010/ICF-2001D Review:

Jay Allen

PK’s Loops Model A-LOOP-TAM AM Loop Antenna

Longtime readers of this website know I am a die-hard fan of loop antennas. Although there are many types of loops they all share one thing in common – they respond to the magnetic rather than the electrical component of the RF signal which means they are inherently less noisy than wire and whip antennas. Australian-based, PK’s Loops offers an exceptionally large range of loop antennas, ranging from passive to amplified designs covering AM, LW or SW bands – to my knowledge no other company offers as many different loops. They kindly sent me one of their most popular models, the A-LOOP-TAM, which I have tested and compared with several other loops. Coming from Australia the PK costs a bit more than these other loops…what do you get for the extra cost?

Read the PK’s A-LOOP-TAM Review:

Jay

Holiday Shopping Guide – Jay’s Personal Picks For Performance and Value

Although radiojayallen.com provides in-depth reports on portable radios past and present, to help your Holiday shopping here is a quick way to find that perfect radio gift. There are many other choices but these are my all personal recommendations and favorites – Happy Shopping!

Read The Holiday Shopping Guide:

Jay Allen

C.Crane Skywave SSB

A much-anticipated addition to C Crane’s extensive (and excellent) line of portable radios, the new Skywave SSB is a worthwhile upgrade to the popular and still available CC

Skywave. The initially announced price of $169.99 has been reduced to $149.99 which includes a carry case, reel-up antenna and CC buds, which represents a great price for a radio with all the capabilities of the Skywave SSB. The Skywave SSB really is the “Swiss Army Knife” of portable radios, utilizing not one but two DSP chips in order to cover not only standard AM/FM/SW but also NOAA Weather and Air Band, and now with the addition of SSB -Single Sideband Reception, in a small size which is ideal for the traveler. We’ll put the new model through its spaces and report on how it performs.

Read the C. Crane Skywave SSB Review:

Jay Allen

Sangean PR-D7/PR-D14 AM/FM Portables

PR-D14

PR-D7

The Sangean PR-D7 and PR-D14 have little in common other than being somewhat close to each other in price. The PR-D14 features DSP design while the PR-D7 is PLL digital, and the ‘14 has more features including FM Stereo at the headphone jack, FM RBDS, USB MP3/WMA Playback and an Aux input jack. The PR-D7 runs on 6 AA batteries while the PR-D14 uses 4 D cells. Finally the PR-D7 is more compact, measuring approximately 8 ½” x 4 ½” x 1 ½” while the PR-D14 measures approximately 9 1/3” x  6” x  2 ½”. But the features tell only part of the story. Although both are good performers overall each has its own strengths and weaknesses which might make one far better suit to your needs than the other. We’ll look in depth at these two models to help you decide if one is right for you.

My apologies – the link for the article did not appear in the first post.

Read The Sangean PR-D7/PR-D14 Review

Jay Allen

Sony ICF-P26 – ICF-P36 – ICF-306 AM/FM Portables

We take a look at three inexpensive, entry level Sony compact portables. The shirt pocket-sized ICF-P26, the slightly larger, horizontal format ICF-P36 and the paperback book size ICF-306.

The small size and low prices are the big attractions and it is interesting at how strong their family resemblance is – they look like the same basic design which grows from smallest to largest. But how well do they perform?

Read the Sony ICF-P26 – ICF-P36 and ICF-306 Review:

Jay Allen 

Tecsun S-8800 AM/LW/FM/SW/SSB Radio With Remote

The long wait is over – the new Tecsun has hit the streets and will no doubt garner lots of attention among radio listeners everywhere. In an age where manufacturers seem to be producing increasing numbers of inexpensive radios of every conceivable description this new Tecsun clearly takes aim at what has become the high end of the portable radio segment. The inclusion of a remote control sets makes it unique but at prices near $300 delivered purchasers will be expecting top performance. This report will describe exactly how well Tecsun did!

Read the Tecsun S-8800 Review:

Jay Allen