On sale now: the CommRadio CR-1, a great little receiver

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[UPDATE: Check out our full review of the CR-1 by clicking here.]

A hot tip:  currently, CommRadio offers the CR-1 software-defined tabletop receiver for just $500 (US), until August 1, 2013. Check out the sale on CommRadio’s website and at Universal Radio.

I have been using the CommRadio CR-1 for almost two months now. I had planned to provide a brief review for The SWLing Post by early July, but my travel schedule has simply been too hectic.

MTcover0813coverlgFortunately, however, I offer a full in-depth review in the August 2013 issue of Monitoring Times magazine (incidentally, their turn-around time from submission to print is simply amazing). If you subscribe to MT–or can get your hands on a copy–you will have my full review.

Many of you have been asking me for my thoughts on the CR-1 so you will know whether or not to take advantage of promotional pricing.

In a nutshell, here is the answer your question:

Q: Is the CommRadio CR-1 a good deal?

A: Yes!

Though I was skeptical about this little receiver when I first saw the announcement in January, the CR-1 truly does hold its own. It’s a sturdy radio built with longevity and performance in mind. It’s the little touches I love: a near-perfect tuning knob (in my opinion), size & portability, multiple antenna jacks, an excellent internal battery and gold-plated circuit board pads…Performance-wise, the CR-1 has great sensitivity and selectivity on the HF bands…

Though there are a few negatives, in my book, the positives far outweigh them. If you really want to dig into the juicy details, I would encourage you to check out my full review in the August 2013 issue of Monitoring Times magazine (especially since MT, sadly, is slated to stop publishing at the end of the year).

If you’ve been on the fence about buying the CR-1, I would encourage you to give it consideration before August 1st, 2013, when the price increases to $599 US.

Here is the press release from CommRadio regarding the current $500 sale:

(Source: CommRadio)

CR-1 News for Friday, July 26th, 2013

Our Promotional Price of $500 will increase on August 1st.

All orders made after July 31st will be priced at $599 (battery included).

Order now before the price goes up.
www.commradio.com

Please note we are working hard to get all radios out as soon as possible, although the lead time could be up to 4 – 5 weeks starting this week (7/24/2013)

For any questions about ordering and shipping

or international orders please contact

Lizz Arias

lizz.arias@aerostream.com

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10 Responses to On sale now: the CommRadio CR-1, a great little receiver

  1. Mark says:

    Does it have any of the following:
    An audio or IF notch filter
    Synchronous detector
    Passband tuning
    RIT

    Does it need an actual PC or can it run on a Mac running Windows using Boot Camp, Parallels or other virtualization software?

    • Thomas says:

      Hi, Mark,

      I don’t believe the CR-1 has a notch filter, PBT, RIT, nor sync detector. It’s a simple receiver and best compared to the Palstar R30 series, but has many more features. I need to confirm this when I’m back home and in front of the unit, though.

      When you can get IQ from the audio jack, you should be able to run this on any OS as many of the open source SDR applications work on Mac OSX, Win, and Linux distros. Hypothetically, when IQ out is available from the USB port, many of the features you listed should be available if the SDR app supports it.

      -Thomas

  2. Mark says:

    I’ve always been leery of computer controlled receivers. Every computer I’ve ever owned has been a veritable RFI beacon so I have to wonder how this (or any) SDR can cope with that.

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  5. Stephen DeLong says:

    Is there any other place to find your MT review of the CR-1? (Since MT shut down, the only 2013 reviews are ones that they invited for their ‘MT Reviews’ column, which appears not to have included yours — http://www.monitoringtimes.com/html/mt_reviews_2013.html) Thanks.

  6. i am looking for DRM radio in Germany one of my friend is planning to buy for me. is there any link to buy and which one. thx

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