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I don't think the CC-2E designers considered DXers' interests at all. I enjoy my CC-2E, but only as a good fidelity, sensitive bedside radio. I've given up on trying to DX with it for the reasons mentioned here. I have other radios superior for DXing, fortunately.
One very liberating smartphone app for me has been the Swype keyboard replacement. I love not having to hunt and peck my way through a quick email reply... Swype is intuitive, smart, and quick. I'm amazed at how fast and sloppy I can "swype" though the letters of words, and the app gets it 100% correct most of the time. It's impressive, and worth a try just to see if you like it. I suggest a trial period of a week... if you don't love it before the week's up, then maybe an approach like SwiftKey is more to your liking. It's a traditional keyboard, but also has intelligent prediction like Swype.
I believe this is the same Rf-8000 that was offered at a starting bid of $50,000 last December. It sounds like the radio, as it was "fully restored" and offered by a Canadian seller too. There was a RF-8000 in 2009 that appeared at at Buy It Now price of $40,000, but it was in surprisingly "ratty" condition for such a top dollar price. I wonder if the $50,000 unit is the same one after restoration?
I've loved my CCR-2E ever since purchasing one a few months ago. It's everything you've described, and mine has no beeps or tick sounds, either. Just clear, intelligible audio. The 2E is quite the DX-getter too, but my #1 complaint is how the radio ALWAYS reverts back to the clock display on the LCD. You cannot set it to show the frequency continually... a real annoyance when tuning around.
Sony's clear cased SRF-39FP ("For Prison") model is preferred by DXers over the similar SRF-59 gray cased version. Not only does the SRF-39FP have a much larger, easier to use tuning knob, its variable capacitor is of higher quality. The vari-cap in the SRF-59 is known to break down internally and fail after a year or so of heavy use. Regarding soldering... many years ago I worked for an electronics firm's prototype team near Seattle. I was required to be certified to the Boeing Company's soldering standards. I later learned that many companies (at least in the Puget Sound area) used Boeing soldering proficiency as their target of quality. Basically, though, it was just a standard that documents normal & careful soldering, which most people can accomplish given the proper training and practice.
On the other hand, regularly using a *radio* helps extend its life in general. Electrolytic capacitors stay "formed", and oxides or corrosion are less likely on switch contacts due to regular use. The failure of subpar mechanical parts might be hastened through frequent use (the cheap miniature tuning capacitor in the Sony SRF-59, for example), but overall, using and enjoying your radios is a win-win.
The older the radio, the more likely there's small openings or gaps in the body of the potentiometer where you can reach the carbon traces with the spray. Sometimes, there's a fairly wide slot where the three lugs protrude and you can actually see the arc of the carbon trace. Lubricating the pot is a snap in this case. I think the larger, older controls are just more accessible for maintenance this way. Indeed, sometimes you can get a bit of the cleaner/lubricant flowing down between the shaft and the sleeve. If you're lucky it will spread out from the shaft and reach the carbon. In fact, that would be the first trick to try... there's no use in fully disassembling the radio if luck's on your side :^)
I've owned the CCRadio-2E for three weeks now, and I'm really pleased with the audio quality (among other features and performance). The bass and treble controls really work well, unlike the knobs on some radios that seem to be just for show.
Toggle Commented Jan 17, 2014 on Jay Allen Reviews the Sangean PR-D15 at Herculodge
@Gary-- a +/- 1 kHz tuning range for SSB makes a LOT more sense than a tuning step! I should have thought of that :^) Yet another nonsensical statement from Eton's page: "The Satellit’s Sync Detector improves the radios sound quality by lowering distortion and fading. And it’s way more sensitive so it can pick up weaker signals." Does "way more sensitive" refer to the sync, or the radio overall? I've never heard of receivers with a "more sensitive" sync-AM mode compared to others. The feature only benefits selectivity and audio quality to my knowledge. As most readers of Herculodge know, higher sensitivity alone doesn't guarantee pickup of weaker signals.. other factors like circuit noise are involved. We could keep nitpicking Eton's copy, but nothing more will be gained. Once the radio gets in the hands of reviewers and radio enthusiasts a clearer picture of the Field radio and Satellit's performance will emerge.
I've answered my own question-- the new Satellit model indeed has wide and narrow bandwidths, but it's mentioned nowhere in the text. If you look closely at one of the illustrations on the Eton Satellit pages, you'll notice two buttons labeled "WIDE" and "NARR". Mentioning the dual bandwidths for the Field radio but leaving it out of the list for the more upscale Satellit model is either sloppy marketing or hurrying information out the door by Eton.
Upon reading the datasheets for these two models, there are some strange specs and features that don't make sense. The shortwave coverage of both models is listed as "17.11 - 30 MHz". Hopefully this is a typo! Medium wave (AM) coverage is shown as ending at 1710 kHz, so I'm hoping that shortwave picks up where medium wave ends, and is actually 1.711 MHz - 30 MHz. Otherwise, SWLs can put this radio away when the sun goes down :^) Interestingly, the Satellit has Synchronous AM detection with selectable sidebands. That's great, but Eton's included this puzzler of a feature: "Single Sideband (SSB) with +/- 1 kHz tuning". Good luck getting intelligible SSB demodulation or ECSS tuning an AM signal with that! Even the 30 year old Sony ICF-2010 has 10 times better (0.1 kHz) tuning resolution! I'm hoping this is just another typo error. Finally, if the Satellit includes serious features like synchronous detection with selectable sidebands, and SSB, why couldn't Eton have included wide & narrow filter bandwidths like the less expensive Field model?
The appearance of the Field radio has more of a Satellit "vibe" in my opinion. The traditional looking tuning knob and other rotary controls seem more Satellit-like than the actual Satellit rendering with its profusion of pushbuttons (except the thin tuning knob on the side). The bottom line is of course performance of the new models, but the Satellit name has a proud heritage of industrial design that I'd hate to see distorted and watered down. It's happened before in the auto industry, for instance. Who else remembers when Dodge slapped the Challenger moniker on a forgettable Mitsubishi import from 1976-1983? www.msapporo.com/Dodge/DChallen.htm
I guess the winning bid of $13,433 was too good to be true. The seller relisted the radio: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=261358532445 This relist was a $12,000 "Buy It Now", and it sold at that price.
I ordered a CCRadio-2E just yesterday, so I'm eagerly awaiting its arrival. My fingers are crossed that it doesn't have the "click" issue or other glitches. Does anyone know if the CCR-2E has the DSP in the audio stage only, with a conventional ceramic 450/455 I.F. filter? Or is it DSP all the way?
Toggle Commented Dec 21, 2013 on Radio Wish List for 2014: CC Radio 2E at Herculodge
When it comes to collectible value (or perceived collectible value and/or investment), "reasonable" is not in the vocabulary. Who knows...the high bidder may want it for sentimental reasons. Antique car enthusiasts overpay all the time if they want the vehicle badly enough. If the new owner bought it strictly as an investment, they will likely never open the box. To add to the off-topic: my own Grand Am was a 1975 model, in burgundy metallic paint with factory mags, burgundy crushed-velour bucket seats, & console. The 455ci engine and cheap gas made the car a perfect tire-shredder.
Drive-In-Freak is exactly right. The 909X is not overly sensitive on the external antenna jack and it appears Sangean designed it to work decently with modest passive antennas. While camping in Washington, I've used the 909X with a 100 ft. longwire with no overload problems and ample signal pickup. Here in suburban Seattle, lesser radios start overloading with 30 feet of wire but the 909X was able to handle 60 feet before any ghosting was noted (mostly intermod from locals appearing weakly on the lower tropical band frequencies... hardly a deal-breaker). Also, the 909X worked well on a Wellbrook ALA100 loop of 30 ft. circumference, as well as with a 1-meter ALA1530. If you never intend to use an external antenna with the 909X, it's reception on the whip alone is not up to the level of a Tecsun PL-660 (for instance) on its whip. I for one appreciate a portable that can handle a reasonable antenna at the external antenna jack. Bill-- yes, I was referring to the mechanism that makes the tuning wheel click as you turn it. Some people like this, but many don't. A lot of radios use mechanical encoders due to the lower cost compared to the optical variety, but they'll typically provide a lot of use before corrosion or dirt or wear causes skipping or erratic operation. I don't think you need to "baby" it; I'd recommend you use it for tuning whenever you'd like. BTW, there is an article in the ATS-909X Yahoo Group files section titled "Detent Removal Mod" which fully describes the mod in text and pictures. A correction to what I said earlier-- it is a bent piece of wire that needs to be removed, not a ball bearing. I was thinking of another model of radio. In any event it's pretty easy once you get the encoder desoldered.
Toggle Commented Oct 23, 2013 on Bill Reviews the Sangean ATS-909X at Herculodge
Hi Bill, nice review on the ATS-909X! Did Radio Labs also modify the tuning knob to remove the detent? This was a change I did myself to a 909X when I replaced the narrow filter with an upgraded one. The tuning encoder needs to be desoldered from the PCB, but after that it's pretty easy to remove the ball bearing that's responsible for the detent (click steps). I liked the smooth tuning of the modified 909X's tuning encoder much better.
Toggle Commented Oct 21, 2013 on Bill Reviews the Sangean ATS-909X at Herculodge
I fully agree, Angelo. I think this one is a strong case of "buyer beware". Notice how the photo of the digital frequency readout shows the MHz digits followed by ". . ." at the kHz positions. I wonder if this unit has problems with the Wadley Loop or display driver circuitry. Judging from the MHz number and the large analog dial, I'd guess the readout should be showing approx. 12.445 MHz rather than "12 . . ."
He's doing himself and his potential buyers a real disservice by using such poor pictures of a highly collectible radio. He could have at least used a decent cellphone camera, as I did with this recent radio auction: http://www.ebay.com/itm/AOR-AR7030-PLUS-Superb-Extra-Filters-BHI-DSP-Noise-Reduction-Kiwa-Audio-Mod-/141052633693 I took all the photos with a Samsung Galaxy S4; the pictures turned out very well in my opinion (and the radio sold within four hours after being posted at midnight :^)
I notice that a 10 Hz tuning resolution is listed for the PL-880 on HF. This will be useful for more natural audio in SSB. I hope this extends to MW frequencies also. It could make for useful ECSS tuning when DXing the split frequencies. I hope it has selectable sideband Synchronous-AM mode too, like the PL-660.
Definitely, "people" (the general public) will never be interested in improving their music listening experience beyond iPods and iTunes, etc. I'm speaking of the audio enthusiasts out there. Regular folks aren't interested in specialty radios (MW & SW communications receivers) like we are, either. Audio has come a long way since Quad. You should give the new technology a chance if you're interested in top notch audio with the benefits of today's gear (and you don't have to spend a fortune).
Nathan, from the sound of your first paragraph I suspect you are a member of Head-fi.org. This forum has over 10,000 members and growing. Discussions there abound on topics like all varieties of headphones and IEMs, small tube amps, digital vs. analog, DACs, etc. I think part of the future of audiophilia will be in the area three dimensional, life-like sound reproduction (aka that "live concert" or "you are there" feeling). Current products like the SPL Phonitor are getting closer, but the price of this technology needs to drop dramatically before there can be widespread acceptance: http://www.innerfidelity.com/content/canjam-rmaf-outstanding-product-spl-phonitor The much more affordable iFi iCan headphones amplifier has a unique "3DHS" mode that is an improvement in headphones "soundstage": http://www.head-fi.org/products/ifi-ican-headphone-amplifier/reviews/9065 I've always valued sound quality when SW & MW DXing (6790GM, AR7030+, E1XM, and HF-150 are among my favorite receivers for clean audio); I think a receiver with audio clarity helps you pick out weak IDs better. For music enjoyment without the static, though, you can spend considerably less $$$ than a communications receiver to have a good setup for music via headphones.
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