Archive for July, 2011


July 27, 2011

I recently purchased 2 Sangean tabletop AM/FM radios and I will outline the differences between the 2 in a future post. I’ve delayed writing about these sets for some time as I intend to get another Tabletop set in the near future which I wish to put into the mix when I write about these sets, the third set I’ll be getting contains a CD player and has 2 speakers but essentially it is the same design as the other 2 sets I’ll be writing about.

One of these sets has a very nice analogue tuner whilst the other has a digital tuner with a remote control, still working out how to use this set as I’ve only head it a week.

If you’re looking for a great sounding radio then I’d certainly recommend you at least have a look at the Sangean tabletop or mantle radio sets, they’re a world apart in sound quality compared to most portable radio sets on the market today and this difference is noticeable the minute you turn one on and tune to your favorite station, listen to your favorite music source etc.

I have commented on another tabletop set in the past that being the Yamaha TSX-130 clock radio as Yamaha described it at the time on their web site though since the end of last year Yamaha have seen fit to rename these tabletop sets “Desktop Audio Systems”, an accurate description for these brilliant sounding tabletop audio beasts.



July 26, 2011

The below is part of an email I sent to an email list dealing with matters concerning technology.



Meant to write about my new television a couple of weeks ago.

I wanted a new television for my lunge and with LCD TV’s becoming so cheap these days I decided that the time was right to take the plunge.

Now I’m not going to go into the technical details about my TV suffice to say that those with vision who come to my house on our Movie nights are sufficiently impressed to stay in order that they watch the whole movie so it must be pretty good visually <smile>.

Its nothing to flash, just a 19 inch – 47CM – in size but built-in audio given the sets size is quite remarkable.

I have a toslink digital cable linking the set to my surround-sound and a HDMI cable linking the Apple TV to the set, there are other connections at the back but the manual is extremely graphical so its going to take me a while to find out what all do but I do know that the USB socket allows the connection of a memory stick or hard drive for the recording and playback of video and I’ve got as far as trying this facility with the television.

So why did I choose Samsung? Main reason being that Samsung television consistently get good reviews in the technology columns over here.  I also bought the Samsung because as the set was far more accessible than others around and I’m not exaggerating this point either.

Take a similar set from G, whilst it may boast more features than the Samsung it was next to useless for me.  Firstly it had a touch control panel on the front of the set and worst of all, the remote control was a touch screen so a total waste of time.

The Samsung does indeed have touch buttons on the front control panel however they have ridges around them and require some pressure before they are activated.

The remote controller for the Samsung is your typical rubber membrane type remote controller however it does have some nice touches which make the buttons clearly identifiable.

For example the on/off button is marked by a unique series of raised dots not unlike Braille dots, the volume up and down marked with a completely different set of dots and channel up an down is marked in a similar way.

Then the buttons themselves are nice and large so they’re easily distinguishable from each other, you only have to touch a button on the controller to know where you are in relation to all the other buttons.

Yep, controller is large but this is due mainly to the size of the buttons, they’re big and well spaced and – in my opinion – very well laid out, for example the most important controls such as the numeric keypad, up/down controls, power and source control are right at the top whereas the les important of the controls such as play, stop, pause and so on are at the bottom with their unique shape thus their unique identification.

Only one thing annoyed me about this purchase, the space in my TV cabinet can fit a far bigger set and given the price of a bigger set? Well perhaps I should have saved a little longer but not to worry, I’ll eventually buy a bigger one and put the existing Samsung into my den where it will fit perfectly and yep! I’ll buy the bigger Samsung given my thoughts above.

cc radio ii, making the weak signals strong!

July 18, 2011

Hello again!


I’ve had a CC Radio II  for nearly as long as the CC SW, — CC Stands for CCrane Company -.


I can say much about this radio and I will do in future posts however I’d like to focus on a key point of this radio and that’s sensitivity.


Yep, the set is very sensitive – too much so for the area I live in where a 50KW transmitter 10 mile away interferes with the set so its a pity the radio doesn’t have some sort of RF gain or antenna tuner but that aside the radio is still quite usable.


I like the computer control which optimises the signal when tuned.  For example I tuned to a weak distant station in Tasmania, I could barely hear the audio but once I’d tuned to the frequency of the station the radio took over, in less than 10 seconds the signal was optimised  and I could hear the audio extremely clearly.  The radio won’t perform miracles, that is to say that signals of weak distance stations cannot be turned into the booming strength of a local transmission but at least they can be made audible or at least the set can try to do its best.


I live in Australia and for those in my country who wish to order this set please bare in mind that the CC Radio II  is made for the American market so the set steps up and down the AM broadcast band in 10KHZ steps rather than 9KHZ which is the world wide standard – trust the U.S. to be out of step with the rest of us.  The way round this problem is to use the tuning knob on the side of the radio which steps in 1KHZ so you’re affectively “fine tuning” your radio, you’ll also have to be pretty good at your frequency calculations.


So what’s different about the CC Radio II over the previous CC Radio models? Improved sensitivity obviously and the replacement of the U.S. Analogue TV band with the 2M Amateur Radio band, very handy for emergency situations when you may need to keep abreast of developments as Amateur Radio operators are usually the first on the seen passing on vital information to others.


You can find out more about the CC Radio II here.


More about the CC Radio II and its features coming up in future posts.