The Reviews Are In

We thought you might like to see what others are saying about the CC Pocket Radio. It’s one thing when we tell you what we think, but it’s a whole different story when customers and media give you their feedback. Below are a few highlights.

Customer Reviews:

The Ultimate Travel Radio

This is a great little radio for traveling. Takes up no room in a suit case. You can listen to quality stereo and no matter where you are in the US you can get local weather forecasts at the push of a button.

By W. Young MURFREESBORO, TN

Couldn’t ask for more!

I LOVE my pocket radio. This is my fourth radio I’ve bought from C.Crane. It has great sound quality, is easy to use, long battery life, and I love their idea of having basic instructions printed on the inside of the battery compartment. You can’t go wrong with this rugged little radio!

By J. Scofield Hawthorne, Ca

You can view more reviews on our website or on Amazon.com

Media Review:

Crane CC Pocket Radio

“The CC Pocket is an excellent value… It’s a Walkman-style radio …with a built-in speaker for utility use…this is particularly useful if you use the radio for NOAA Weather Alerts …  The CC Pocket covers standard AM and FM as well as the 7 NOAA Weather Band frequencies and runs on 2 AA batteries. The CC Pocket Radio from C.Crane is a very cool new addition to their catalog.” Read more by RadioJayAllen here: https://radiojayallen.com/c-crane-cc-pocket/

Tell us your favorite feature on the CC Pocket Radio.

 

 

DO YOU RIDE?

P1020104 curves Sue Garcia is an avid motorcycle rider and works here at C. Crane. She and her husband ride as often as possible. Sue has lived in Humboldt County all of her life. She’s ridden in over 22 states. With thousands of hours of riding under her belt, she can’t wait to explore more roads.

DO YOU RIDE?

For those of you that ride and like to cruise the roads on motorcycles, this is for you. I’m assuming if you clicked on “Do You Ride?” you probably ride too or maybe you’re considering it.

I don’t know how old you are, but I feel the need to tell you we are both 60ish and our mantra is this: “We are going to ride as much as we can, for as long as we can.” The reason I told you how old we are is that in our travels, we meet more bikers in our generation than any other age group and I feel a special kinship with these “seasoned” riders” that still get on and ride. Our passion is curvy roads with corners. Lots and lots of corners! The more corners the better! There are so many roads and so little time.

A couple of weeks ago (the latter part of July) I rode the California Hwy 101/Hwy 20/Hwy 36 loop (11 hours and 466 miles). My husband Scott and I ride big cruisers and we ride every single weekend we can. We’ve only missed 2 weekends in the last year. Even with 50 lbs. of leather on, we ride. Christmas, Thanksgiving, Valentine’s Day, our Anniversary are no exceptions. The only thing that makes riding better fSue Gor me is my rock n’ roll music. I take my CC Witness Plus with me always: Bike – check, me – check, CC Witness Plus – check and so on (and in that order). I hear stereos blasting from other bikes when we pass them on the freeway or in town and although I’ve had a stereo on a bike myself, it doesn’t compare to how great my music sounds with my CC Witness Plus! I’ve tried all kinds of earbuds over the years and the CC Buds are my favorites for comfort, price and sound.
Last summer we hit 15 states in 12 days (CA, NV, WY, UT, NE, KS, TX, OK, LA, MI, AR, MO, IL NM and AZ). (I counted CA, even though we live here, beStrugescause we rode the entire length of the state on that trip). We averaged about 650 miles a day. Late this summer (August to September), we’re going to take a month off and hit all 48 states in one trip. Even though my CC Witness Plus has 2GB of memory built into it already, I add my recorded 4GB memory card to the SD card slot on the side of the unit (for a tremendous amount of music) and in preparation for the upcoming trip I’ve got 5 memory cards full of rock n’ roll! I’ve been recording from my CC WiFi Internet Radio for months now and believe me, I won’t get tired of the music I’m taking on the road with me. I want to ride the Tail of the Dragon starting in Deals Gap, NC (318 curves in 11 miles)! And I can’t wait to let you know what I think of the Dragon and the other twisty roads around Deals Gap. I’m sure we’ll need to spend 3 or 4 days in this area, because we just can’t miss rides with names like Devil’s Triangle (TN), Blood Mountain Run (GA), the Moonshiner (NC/GA/SC) and my personal favorite, the Warwoman (GA)!

This coming road trip we’ve allowed enough time to actually get off the bikes and check out some neat stuff along the way. On our road trip last summer RedwoodsI was honking my horn and pointing as we passed things we could see from the freeway. We had a blast when we rode Route 66 in 2014, so we rode it again last summer. Williams, AZ is worth a look-see and a good place to stay if you’re going to the Grand CaLivin the dreamnyon. Bourbon St and the French Quarter in New Orleans were awesome too, but mostly it was just a lot of honking and pointing from the freeway. It’s a little scary riding through tornado country, we just have earthquakes where we live, so I’m keeping my CC Skywave in my saddlebag with it tuned to WX Alert and I’ll check it when we stop for breaks or see those dark, funny looking clouds in the sky. Seriously, last year we rode at a 45 degree angle for miles and miles in Kansas. When we finally checked into a motel and turned on the TV there was a big red warning on the screen and they were telling everyone to get on the bottom floor away from windows. You bet I’m taking my CC Skwyave!

C. Crane is right off California Highway 101. In fact you can see it off the overpass that’s right out the front showroom doors. I invite all of you to stop by and have a cup of coffee and a cookie (heck, they’ll give you as many cookies as you like). Come and enjoy our weather and by all means, take a ride through the Redwoods and aMendolong the coast.

But, if you like a challenging ride: a ride with corners, curves, twisties and switchbacks, stop by and if I’m in the office, I’ll share some of the secrets of our roads with you.    If enough riders respond, I may be able to keep writing about what I love to do most and I’ll share our road trips and tips with you. For the many, many riders that come into Humboldt County and for those that like to ride the kinds of roads Scott and I do, there are some rides you don’t know about yet and will love. Maybe, after yScott and Sueou ride Hwy 36, you’ll even want to start your own Best Rides list.

If you are intrigued about riding Highway 36, stop by before your ride and I will give you an idea of what to expect. You might even want to take a picnic lunch with you. If you start the ride from the east side and you get to C. Crane before 5:00 on a weekday, I’d love for you to come by and tell me your Hwy 36 thrills and chills stories!! Take a photo of your bike along 36 and we will post it on our Facebook page and in a future blog post.

Until then, Journey On Biker Buddies!river

Where do your travels take you this summer? Enter to win in the comments on this blog and win the CC Witness Plus. Drawing will be held August 17th. Only one entry per person.

Congratulations Terrance, the winner of the CC Witness Plus! Thanks to all who participated.

There are Elephants in the Audio Room

There have always been diverse opinions about what comprises “good” audio. In the last 15 years I have witnessed many people, younger than me, that seem to discount full bass with their music. How did this happen? I remember the first time I saw a girl dancing with her friends to cell phone audio. I winced. Then came Rap music with the characteristic monotone electro bass thump. . . I was confused by the dichotomy! Why Isn’t it a good thing if music sounds realistic? Like it or not it turns out audio profoundly affects everyone at a traditional point in their lives about or when we are in junior high or high school. It seems like it then becomes our “idea” of what good audio sounds like by timing and/or peer influence for the rest of our life.  This may be a generalization but we all get attached to our favorite music at some point.  From what I know about science each of us hear the same music differently because each of us has a unique set of ears and probably a brain supplied equalizer. There is probably more diversity now as to what makes good audio that ever before in history!

At C. Crane we strive for realistic full voice and legibility but we understand how to make great audio for music too. This means reproducing music so well that you can’t tell the difference between what you’re listening to and a live concert. I have found that “Voice of the Theater” type speakers do this well because this is generally the type of speaker used in live rock concerts in the late 20th century. Similar speakers are still used today but you will also find banks of 18” woofers along with other speakers running  50,000 watts or more! It should be noted that most of this power is used for bass notes since bass requires perhaps 10 times the power of higher audio frequencies to sound equal in intensity. This is also why an inexpensive radio or speaker system will likely have poor bass because audio with good bass response is more expensive to design and build. These speakers are way too big and expensive for most situations and so are typical Home Theater receivers and speakers. There is very little superb audio gear available for a typical room.

The point of this article is to let you know we have a new piece of audio gear for those who love music with generous bass and live by the spoken word.

AEGO Amplified Speakers, has Bluetooth and a remote for all functions including bass level!

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Normally I would not recommend you purchase a serious home audio system without hearing it at a store first. The notable exception is our new AEGO stereo speaker system for two simple reasons: 1) To my knowledge, through countless tests, it is perhaps the only system with full well rounded bass that you never tire of at a modest price. 2) You can reduce the bass with the remote until voice clarity is beautiful. You can have your music and your voice clarity cake too!

Technical Benefits:
-Simple to setup and use
-Bluetooth or patch cord to phone
-Remote with bass control

Aego Remote Control v1

 

 

 

 

Uses:
Audio from your TV, phone, pad, Internet radio for office, kitchen, party, for any medium size room (about 20 x 14),

Installation tips:
The central control bass speaker (7.75”W x 14”H x 12”D) can be tucked under a  desk, unused corner or in a kitchen base cabinet. It should have eye shot to the remote.

The two satellites are 3”W x 4.5”H x 5”D can be mounted six feet or more apart for good stereo separation.

Wires and connectors do not protrude from these sizes.

25 Days Of Christmas

Congratulations to Terry, winner of the Senta Ally Bluetooth® Stereo Speaker w/ FM

Senta9 EarbudsToday’s giveaway are the Senta-9 Earbuds with Mute Button.

For a chance to win, all you have to do is comment on today’s blog.

Today’s blog question: What was the least favorite Christmas present you ever received?

The winners will be selected in a random drawing and will be announced Monday morning. Good Luck!

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

Part 3: Headphones and Earphones

On our topic of the human voice in audio product design, the most abundant choices exist within the realm of headphones and earphones (ear buds). The current popularity of smartphones and portable media devices has increased the demand for personal listening accommodations. Headphone manufacturers have answered the call from the market and now there are thousands of different shapes, sizes, colors and performance marks to choose from. One of the issues with the overwhelming number of options to choose from is trying to find the set that is just right for you.

The biggest thing to remember when shopping for headphones or earphones is that you are not just shopping for sound; you are also shopping for comfort. You don’t just listen to headphones but you also wear them. A good combination of sound and comfort performance can make for an extremely enjoyable experience. Keep in mind what activity you will be participating in when listening to headphones or earphones; this will guide you toward designs suited for your application. 

In the below $200 price range, many of the products on the market are designed for a variety of different listening experiences so be mindful about how you want to use them. Do you want a set of headphones/earphones to listen to while you are physically active? Do you plan on listening to these headphones/earphones for long periods of time? What device will you be listening to with these headphones/earphones? These are just a few questions that can help direct you toward the perfect set of headphones/earphones for you.

1.      On-Ear Designs also called: Supra-Aural (sits on your ears): Quality and Comfort are a big consideration because they sit on your ears and light weight designs are recommended. If available from the manufacturer, review the Frequency Response Curve. For radio use, look for a product that does not have large spikes in higher frequencies; the higher frequency response may amplify static that exist in the signal that would otherwise be subtle. 

On-Ear designs are not recommended for use while being physically active and can become uncomfortable after long durations of listening. 

Larger designs tend to have better sound due to larger drivers. If you will be listening carefully and sound reproduction accuracy is a factor, go with a larger design. If you just want something so you can be casually listening while walking for example, go with a smaller design. Larger designs will also have better sound isolation.

Pricing: There are great On-Ear headphones on the market that are less than $100 and have amazing sonic performance. The most comfortable and sonically pleasing models tend to be in the $50+ range. 

Recommendations: If you cannot try a set before purchasing, I would recommend reading customers reviews about the product. If you are sensitive to comfort, gravitate towards designs that address comfort issues. If you are an AM/FM listener, some, not all, of the less expensive models have a tendency to be bass heavy. This attribute can make radio voices boomy or muddy. If you spend many hours listening to AM/FM with headphones, high fidelity models with flatter responses are recommended but they tend to be the priciest. If you are rough with headphones or want to purchase headphones for someone who tends to be rough with them, don’t spend a lot of money. Also, look for models with detachable cords; the cords are what usually experience the most wear and if they can be replaced, you will not have to replace the whole product. 

2.      Over-The-Ear also called: Circumaural (surrounds the ear): Design features are a big factor because they completely cover the ear, poorly designed products can cause you ears to fatigue or heat up. Of course, your physiology has a lot to do with how long you can wear them. Some people are more sensitive than others. If you need the best sound isolation and do not want those around you to hear what you are listening to, then Closed Back over-the-ear headphones are recommended. Closed Back designs allow the listener to fully immerse themselves into the audio whether it is talk radio, music, movies or games. Open Back designs tend to have higher fidelity but are not sound isolated so this style is only recommended for listening in quiet locations. Circumaural headphones are also recommended for listening for long durations, recording and if you have high fidelity needs. I would not recommend them when being physically active, and for children or adults who tend to turn the volume up too loud. These headphones are usually capable of very high volumes which can damage your hearing and do considerable damage to a young person’s developing ear.  

Pricing: Typically, the acoustical differences between a $100 set and a $200 set are small between the more well-known manufacturers. However, the design comforts can be drastically different. Depending on what you need as far as comfort, you can get an extraordinary sounding set for around $100-$200. 

3.      Earphones (ear buds): Earbuds are recommended for those who can’t stand ear cups and headbands (headphones) but don’t mind things in the ears. They are great for traveling because they can easily fit in your pocket and if you’re physically active. If you’re a smartphone user, your smartphone most likely came with a set of earbuds with an attached microphone so you can listen to music and answer phones without taking your ear buds out. Higher end models are great to for musicians that need them for stage monitoring while providing ear protections. Ear buds are small and light and will most likely not break if you drop them a short distance unlike headphones whose bulky design is more susceptible to drops, impacts and crushing. 

Selecting Ear buds that are just right for you is difficult. Everyone’s ears are different and our canals are all different sizes. There are two main types of ear buds, the first are the kind that sit just outside the ear canal. This design is not as secure as the insert style and they have a tendency to fall out of the ear during physical activity, but they are great for people who want ear buds but have sensitive ear canals, wax build up, or medical conditions related to the ear. The second types of ear buds are the ones that are inserted into the ear canal. This style fits securely therefore making them ideal when doing any kind of physical activity. 

A good set of earbuds will come with multiple sized inserts. This will allow you to find the size that fits your ears the best. A cable clip, so you can clip the cord to your shirt, is a must. This also helps reduce vibrations, from the cord hitting or rubbing your body, and turning into audible sounds in your ears. 

Sound: There is a large variance in sound performance from product to product. Customer reviews can be extremely helpful. Many products have exaggerated bass responses which may or may not be wanted. Reading professional/customer reviews can help identify whether or not a particular product has this attribute. The products design and how it is inserted and sits in your ear canal will have drastic effects on the sound you hear. For instance, having the ear bud pushed in too far or barely inserted into the ear canal will change the sound. In-canal styles tend to have really good sound isolation. A combination of good sound isolation, proper seating in the ear canal, and great audio performance, can make for a full, audio immersion experience. 

Warning: sound isolation combined with high volume levels can make some individuals feel disoriented. Additionally, the above combination can leave an individual unaware of their surroundings; caution is advised. 

Earbuds are not Recommended for young children. Sound isolation models can leave individuals unaware of their surroundings. The insert design, in particular, is not recommended. These ear buds are usually capable of very high volumes which can damage your hearing and do considerable damage to a young person’s developing ear. 

Pricing: $30-$60 can get you an excellent pair. This range usually has a good blend of comfort and performance. Ear buds priced below $20 work great if you just need something to listen to and aren’t particularly picky about comfort or sound quality. However, some products in this range can have surprising performance and comfort. More expensive models can be found on sale in this range often. In the $60-$200 range, use caution. Sonically, many of the $30-60 ranged product perform just as well. Models above $100 tend to be more focused toward sound isolation and very fine tuned audio performance. These are recommended to musicians for monitoring or live sound board operators. 

Everyone has different taste in sound, comfort and performance. I cannot express to you enough how helpful reviews can be in finding that perfect set of headphones/earphones. Also, an opinion from a trusted source, whether it be a professional, friend or company, can help steer you toward the right directions. In summing up the above tips, price does not determine the good from bad. 

I hope you have found this series helpful. There are so many audio products out on the market, it is easy to get lost when trying to decide what to buy. Knowing what you want from a sound system, big or small, will lead you to the perfect system…for you! If you ever have any questions, please email us. We are more than happy to answer your questions.