Tecsun CR-1100 DSP AM/FM Stereo Radio (English Manual)
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- High performance AM/FM table radio with elegant design & superior sound quality
- DSP (digital signal processing) chips made by Silicon Labs
- 300 pre-set memories + sleep timer + back-lit display + built-in thermometer
- 5 buttons for easy access to your most favorite stations
- 30-day money back guarantee & 1-year manufacturer's USA warranty
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Made by the same manufacturer that makes Grundig and Eton radios, the TECSUN CR-1100 is an AM/FM radio with DSP (digital signal processing) technology. The CR-1100 features a 3-inch, magnetically-shielded, Hi-Fi speaker, which delivers superior sound & produces surprising clarity and fullness at different volume settings. The radio size is 10 1/4" X 6" X 2 1/2". The 4 D size batteries last forever to run the radio. It can be powered by AC adaptor, it comes with a F connector for extended FM antenna. The antenna is not included.Powered by an optional AC adapter (not included) or 4 D-size batteries (not included) , the CR-1100's digital PLL tuner can pull in clear AM/FM stations with excellent sensitivity and selectivity. Its AM ranges from 520 to 1710 KHz, FM1 from 87 - 108 MHz and FM2 from 65 - 108 MHZ.You can tune into a station using the following four different method and there are manual, auto-scan, direct memory-access and ATS. The CR-1100 has a multi-functional back-lit display that can show you frequency, noise level, electric field intensity, S/N ratio, temperature, clock and battery strength. The alarm wakes you with your choice of a chime or one of your preset radio stations, and features a five minute snooze button, if you can't yet face the day. Of course you can also connect your favorite MP3 player and use its alarm to wake you with via the radio's speaker. If you like falling asleep to music you can easily set the sleep timer in increments of 15 to 90 minutes.Along with a 3.5 millimeter jack for headphones, there is also an mini-jack input for a CD or MP3 player.The sound quality, high sensitivity and selectivity, last forever battery, table size all make this radio a dream radio for home and office .
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First off, FM tuner selectivity, sensitivity, and freedom from multipath distortion is very good indeed.
Secondly, the AM tuner, while being slightly above average in sensitivity and selectivity, is not the best for noise immunity. It seems as though the DSP gets easily confused by EFI from other digital sources and passes it through the detector and audio, rather than screening it out. The radio seems to eliminate standard AM noise issues very well.
While operation is fairly straight forward, the CR-1100's operation is fairly intuitive, but very poorly documented.
The Aux in/line out seems to be a tap at the front end of the audio amplifier, and if you plug in an auxiliary source (like an iPod) it mixes the IPOD audio with that of the radio if the radio happens to be on, but if you turn off the radio first, the CR-1100 will turn itself on automatically when it detects audio from your iPod, and your sound will be radio free, and clear as a bell with no interference.
Be aware that when listening to the FM radio in Stereo, or an AUX source in stereo, you will only hear the left channel from the CR-1100's speaker. You'll hear both channels when listening through headphones. (When listening to the radio through its speaker, it's best to set the FM tuner to mono (so you'll hear both L & R channels) for best listening enjoyment through the speaker.)
With earphones, at very low listening levels, there can be left/right channel imbalance, as well as a significant diminution of bass output (only at very low listening levels.) (With listening levels being numbered from 1-10, this would only be at listening levels below one)
The audio tone is kind of lightweight for a radio of this size, though I've heard worse, I've heard better as well. Tone is not quite as good as that of the CCRadio 2, but tuning ability is almost as good. Tone quality is also a little better from the Sangean CL-100.
So, ranking for tone quality, from best to worst;
1. Sangean CL-100
3. Tecsun CR-1100.
Radio reception performance is, from best to worst;
2. Tecsun CR-1100
3. Sangean CL-100.
Keep in mind, the CCRadio costs over three times as much, and the CL-100 twice as much as the Tecsun. This radio punches way above its price class.
Build quality seems about average.
Overall, the Tecsun CR-1100 is easily worth the money, warts and all.
The CR-1100 gives you a very clean sound with more bass response that you might expect from a 3" speaker. While the S350 delivers a superior sound, it's not that much better to warrant paying twice as much. One thing the CR-1100 has all over the S350 is signal locking. Although both radios have digital frequency displays, the S350 has an analog tuner that give you more signal drift than the CR-1100, which is digital all the way. The CR-1100 is about 3/4 the size and weight of the S350, which also has a carrying strap not available on the CR-1100. One of the popular points of the S350 is that you can run them on four AA OR four D cell batteries as well as an AC adapter, while on the CR-1100 your only battery option is four D cells. IMPORTANT NOTE, The CR-1100 can be used with a 6V adapter, but there is NO adapter in the packaging. A cool feature with this radio is its ability to give digital readouts for frequency, signal strength and even temperature along with a separate readout for battery strength.
So why the four-star rating? First, about those batteries. One comment I read consistently on Amazon user reviews was that battery life with this radio is exceptional, something that factored into my decision to buy it. My own experience using rechargeable NiMH batteries is that they can be used for 2-3 days at 6 hours a day before the battery strength meter shows one of three bars, far short of the weeks and months others have raved about. Maybe a set of fresh alkaline Duracells will last longer, but I'd rather rotate eight rechargeables than buy four new batteries every time they need to be changed. I had also hoped that the reception would be a little better than it's been, especially on AM (it does better with FM stations). Don't get me wrong, you'll be pulling in stations an ordinary radio usually won't pick up, but this is not the second coming of a CCRadio-EP or GE Superadio. Then again, you're paying a lot less than either of those models. And no shortwave, like the S350...this is AM/FM only.
The bottom line is that for the money, you get more bang for your buck with a Tecsun CR-1100 than similarly-priced radios. If you're on a budget, this is a good one.
Don't believe the reviews that blame the Radio for everything the reviewer does not like. The reviewer should have read the description that appears below the radio. If he did not like the description, why buy the radio?
This is a very good radio, but the manual is poor and you will have to learn some "advanced" features by trial-and-error, or from the markings next to the keys. Basic operation is intuitive and if you have any experience at all with radios, you will not have any trouble using this radio. You can store stations and recall them, the same way you do with your car radio.
For those who are interested,an AC Adapter is available for $14.99 from Amazon. Search for:"Tecsun AD1100 AC Power Adapter for CR1100 Radio".