C.Crance CWF CC WiFi Internet Radio Review: Good but Need To Update
CC WiFi Internet Radio Introduction
Internet radio is fast becoming an alternative to standard AM, FM, and shortwave radio. CC WiFi internet radio by C.Crane is not really a new one in this category, in fact it is even earlier than the Logitech Squeezebox Radio, which has already been discontinued by the manufacturer itself. But it is still an affordable and reliable internet radio for me. That is my conclusion after its 3 years flawless company day and night.
Although not a new device it still entitles people who live in a small town more radio stations. The C.Crane company provides continuous firmware update for their customers of this CC WiFi internet radio. Recently they upgraded their servers for better searching and storing of your streaming selections. Now with the CC WiFi internet radio you get access to Pandora, Aupeo!, MP3TUNE, Live365 and so on. Some of these subscribed services are even not available for some new internet radios within a much higher price range. Pandora integration is one of my favorite features, so I could easily import my own Pandora settings in a matter of moments.
This internet radio has a plain and practical design. The whole body is black. A little 2.5" full range speaker is on the right half of the front. The left side is occupied by a small screen and the control panel, which is composed of a large knob and six buttons surrounding it. The rear has a power plug, 3.5mm headphone jack, line out port, and an Ethernet port. It weight just 1 pound and 2.6 ounces and its dimensions are 3.9 x 6.5 x 3.9 inches.
How to setup the CC internet radio
You can get all the vital information on the screen. Nonetheless, due to its small size the setting process is not really smooth. To be honest I made a few mistakes during the first WPA key entering step. That is not to say setting up the CC WiFi Internet Radio is very difficult. It just takes you sometime to get familiar with.
Once you turn on the CC wifi radio, the screen will show its scanning of nearby wireless networks. Choose your personal network, enter the WPA key with the scrolling knob, then select END to confirm. After a few seconds the connection will be created and you are free to enjoy innumerable online radio stations. Just connect to your wifi router with internet service and the radio will guide you through the rest.
But don’t be too rush to go through the default genre and location list with the remote. That list is too long anyone would be confused about all these possibilities. We need a Reciva account to get the facility of this wifi radio receiver. In order to accomplish the registration you need a serial number, that can be found under the menu Configure – Version – Serial Number.
After that, you can browse and search for the radio station you like and add them to MY Stuffs folder in the website. That list can be automatically synchronized to your CC WiFi radio. So you can preset them with the remote as you like. Playing media from a shared directory in your network is another promising feature of CC WiFi internet radio. It acts just like a local music streamer.
For its tiny size, CC wifi radio only has a tiny 2.5 full range speaker. But the sound it gives seems loud enough to fill my bedroom and kitchen. I was surprised at how good the speaker sounded. Even at full blast, I did not hear any distortion. If you prefer, there’s a Line Out jack and Headphone jack on the back of the radio.
- Setup is automatic and easy
- 99 memory presets it is important to make a preset when you find a good station among so many similarities.
- Built-in database of 6,000 U.S. stations and 16,500 Internet radio stations worldwide
- Excellent fidelity in a small footprint
- Lightweight and relatively small (only 4 inches wide) will fit anywhere in the house or office.
- Entry level price with a 1 year limited warranty
- CC Wifi Crane works with both Ethernet cable and wifi router.
- Very basic design, not fancy looking
- When our power goes out, which is often, I have to go through the set-up process again.
One More Thing
C.Crane recently has begun to update this rather old internet radio to a new CC WiFi 2 internet radio. This time C.Crane chooses Tuenin as the entry port instead of Reciva and the subscription is free as usual. Compared with its brother CC2 WiFi internet radio has a modern design but this is not the point. What C.Crane has added into the case matters more. CC WiFi 2 internet radio has some excellent new features make it a better choice for an internet radio lover.
According to its brief description CC wifi 2 radio is a combination of internet radio receiver, local music streamer, FM radio receiver, Bluetooth wireless speaker and a USB drive player. It means that this device has not only inherited what a CC WiFi internet radio can. It would also function as any regular FM radio to receive local FM stations in case they don’t have radio stream online. More than that in order to give you more choice and to meet the wireless unstoppable trend, CC wifi 2 internet radio integrates a Bluetooth chip inside and arranges a USB slot outside. You can easily select the way you wish to load your music library and enjoy it.
New Promising features of New CC WiFi 2 Internet Radio
- New and friendly Tunein tech
- Traditional FM radio is back
- Wireless Bluetooth speaker for music streaming from smartphones or tablets
- USB flash drive play for your favorite music and for charging your iphone
My Personal Suggestion
Like it or not, Internet radio is coming and nothing is going to stop it. The sooner you are aware of it, the sooner you enjoy the benefit of the internet radio. This CC WiFi is good explanation why Internet radio is here to stay. It gives what it promises to do: reliable and solid construction, simple and easy setup, plenty of free stations, streaming of local shared audio files. I have never had a problem with any of the C.Crane products that I have owned. So does this CC WiFi internet radio. For now, it has offered me 3 years of good sound.
Although the CC WiFi radio is a relatively old model. It is still accessible on either C.Crane website or Amazon.com at a very affordable and attractive price. For those who want an entrance level internet radio receiver to experience the high quality and the convenience of internet radio stations. That is one gadget worth a look. For those who demand more may just wait for the release of the newer CC wifi 2 internet radio. According to C.Crane’s homepage, that is scheduled for 26th September. Its price is $149.95, a very reasonable price for so many beloved features it adds.
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