Holiday Gift Guide 2017

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We know you’d rather be listening to the radio while doing the things you really love to do versus holiday shopping. Our Gift Guide makes it easy to find something for everyone on your list so you can get back to your truly favorite things. Below are some ideas to make your shopping life easier and help you find great gifts.

Our newest radio, the CC Skywave SSB is a great gift for the traveler, the radio aficionado, or the person who wants a radio with just about everything you could possibly want in a very compact space. In the event of an emergency or natural disaster, there is no better option than a versatile battery-powered radio.

For the insomniac in your life that is currently interfering with your ability to get some z’s, we recommend our ever popular SoftSpeaker Pillow Speaker – soft enough to lay on or place under your pillow so only the person who wants to listen at 2 AM can hear it. If you’ve tried one before but it wasn’t quite loud enough, try our new Amplified version. We’re hoping it arrives in time for the holidays!

If you want to give someone the best radio for long range AM reception, the CCRadio-2E is the top of the line. It’s sturdy build, large easy to read display and friendly user interface continues to make it a customer favorite.

We also added these great new I Love Radio T-Shirts, designed by Asia Bell. These make a perfect stocking stuffer for the person in your life who already has everything C. Crane!

Check out our other ideas in our gift guide category this year, or if you’d like a personal recommendation, please contact us!

 

 

 

 

 

C. Crane’s 30 Year Anniversary- 30 Days of Giveaways, Day 17!

Congratulations to yesterday’s winners Vimal Senta-40 Wooden Headphones w/ Carry Case & Detachable Fabric Cord and James GeoBulb® Under Cabinet Light Bar II (Cool White)

Today’s Blog Topic is: “What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?” – Robert H. Schuller — Motivational speaker, author, televangelist and pastor —

Today’s giveaways are the CC Solar Observer AM/FM/Weather Windup Emergency Radio and the GeoBulb®-3 LED Light Bulb (Warm White).To participate all you have to do is leave a comment on today’s blog post. We will select two comments in a random drawing and post the winners on Friday morning. Thank you and good luck!

GeoBulb®-3 LED Light Bulb (Warm White) & CC Solar Observer AM/FM/Weather Windup Emergency Radio

GeoBulb®-3 LED Light Bulb (Warm White) & CC Solar Observer AM/FM/Weather Windup Emergency Radio

C. Crane’s 30 Year Anniversary- 30 Days of Giveaways, Day 11!

Congratulations to Clay Guy for winning the CC Pocket Radio with AM/FM/WX and Paul Seaburn for winning the Power Vivid® A15 LED Bulb.

Today’s giveaways are the CC Radio-SW AM/FM Shortwave Radio and a Power Vivid® BR40 LED Light Bulb. To Participate all you have to do is leave a comment on today’s blog post. Tomorrow morning we will select two comments in a random drawing and post the winners. 

Today’s blog topic: It’s the beginning of Hurricane Season and Winter Storms, what will you put in your emergency kit this year ? The winners will be selected by random draw and will be announced tomorrow morning.

 

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C. Crane’s 30 Year Anniversary- 30 Days of Giveaways, Day 10!

Congratulations to Stan Horzepa for winning the Senta Ally Bluethooth™ Speaker and Darold for winning the Power Vivid BR20 LED Light Bulb (Cool White).

Today’s giveaways are the CC Pocket AM/FM/WX Radio and a Power Vivid A15 LED Bulb . For a chance to win, all you have to do is comment on today’s blog

Today’s blog topic: What is your favorite hobby or leisure activity? The winners will be selected by random draw and will be announced tomorrow morning.

CC Pocket AM/FM/WX Radio & Power Vivid A15 LED Light Bulb - Cool White

CC Pocket AM/FM/WX Radio & Power Vivid A15 LED Light Bulb – Cool White

 

C. Crane’s 30 Year Anniversary – 30 Days of Giveaways, Day 3!

Congratulations to Jim Rittenhouse winner of the SoftSpeaker™ Pillow Speaker w/Volume Control and Steve Dallape for winning the Power Vivid BR30 LED Light Bulb Bright White Dimmable.

Today’s giveaways are the Senta 40 Wooden Headphones and a GeoBulb®-3 LED Light Bulb in Soft White. For a chance to win, all you have to do is comment on today’s blog. Today’s blog topic: if you could name our next radio, what would you name it? The winners will be selected in a random drawing and will be announced tomorrow morning.

Senta-40 Wooden Headphones & GeoBulb®-3 LED Light Bulb Soft White

Senta-40 Wooden Headphones & GeoBulb®-3 LED Light Bulb Soft White

The Human Voice In Audio Product Design: Picking a good sounding system – Big or Small. Part 1 of a 3 Part Series

In the field of audio product design, the clear replication of the human voice can be a difficult goal to achieve but is one of the most important factors to consider when creating a product that’s purpose is to reproduce sound. One of the difficulties is implementing a design that can clearly articulate the human voice across a variety of different forms – music versus speech in particular – without sacrificing one forms performance for the benefit of another. A sound system designed just right can deliver clear performance during speech and music whether it is a radio, computer stereo, home entertainment system or a set of headphones. But not all systems are created equally and some of the top performers are very high priced. Luckily, there are many excellent products that perform beautifully and deliver the goods at affordable prices.

In this Blog series, we will give you tips to help you determine what sound systems are good for what and how to identify systems that will most likely deliver the sonic performance that you desire. Additionally, this series will focus on system varieties within a low to modest budget.

Single Speaker System Tips.

Single speaker systems are great for personal listening or filling a small room with sound. Many popular AM/FM radios house a single speaker and are typically portable; systems such as these are great for their ease of use, size and portability. However, systems with a single speaker have their limitations. For instance, they are mono. If the manufacture says it’s stereo, this means that the left and right stereo sounds are being put into the one speaker; this is so you don’t miss sounds that may only occur on the left or right channels. So, the system is receiving stereo information and combining it into a mono speaker. Although this is the case with the speaker, most all of these systems have a stereo headphone jack.

Single speaker systems are excellent for talk radio listeners and for background music where stereo sound is not a necessity and/or system size is an issue. If you are looking for a high fidelity sound system for music, a single speaker system won’t deliver you the best that music recordings have to offer. If you listening to talk radio mostly, or just need a radio to casually listen to, these systems are ideal for their ease of use, lower price and size. 

When shopping for a Single Speaker System, whether it is an AM/FM or WiFi Radio, in the under $200 range, here are some tips to consider:

For mostly Talk Radio personal listening (pocket radios):

·    Larger than 2” speaker should be sufficient.

·    Focus your search on reception performance and other features

·    A really good one will run between $50-$70.

 For mostly Talk Radio room listening:

·    4” – 5 ¼” should be sufficient if moderate volume levels are needed.

·    High End models can run as much as $180 but good performers for under $100 can be found.

For Music and Talk Radio personal listening:

·     2” or larger speaker is great for close listening or smaller rooms. AM/FM radios typically have larger speakers because larger antennas are required for greater reception power. This makes the case bigger so manufactures typically put in larger than 2” speakers. WiFi radios can run very high fidelity sounds in small packages. Good manufactures typically put in high quality compact speakers to keep the case small but the sound acceptable; $100-200 for a good model.

·     Quality of product becomes a big factor. Some high quality 2” system can easily outperform larger systems.

For Music and Talk Radio larger room listening:

·     Very high quality 4” or larger speaker

·     Recommend 5 ¼” speaker. Anything larger than 5 ¼- ½” single speaker systems are rare. Due to the size needed to house a larger speaker, many manufactures opt to make it a stereo speaker system instead.

·     If in a large room or high volumes are needed, consider a stereo system. However, most of the best AM reception radios utilize single speaker system; typically $100+ range.

The Bottom Line:

Advancements in technology have improved the Single Speaker System’s ability to provide full range sound at impressive volume levels. For under $200, you can get some amazing sound and reception qualities in a small package. If you are looking into radios and trying to find the one that is just right for you, having a good idea about how much you are willing to spend, where you are going to listen it, and what features are deal breakers will guide you in the right direction. Got questions? Let us know at ccraneblog@ccrane.com and keep an eye out for part 2: Stereo systems