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Categories | Receivers: General Coverage | SONY CRF-1 Help

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WB9YCJ  Rating: 2/5 Oct 18, 2009 11:52  Send this review to a friend!
The Good, the Bad, the Ugly  Time owned: 3 to 6 months
Approach with caution.

Ive owned two of these.... Stationed in Japan, I saw the intro of this receiver in the 1981 WRTH. This model was introduced in appx the same timeframe as the ICF-2001 and BEFORE the ICF-2010. I soon got to operate one of these impressive looking receivers live and in person on a display shelf in Akihabara 1982 (sitting next to an ICF-2001). Eventually acquired a pair of these five to ten years ago. Couldnt find a good practical or functional reason to hang on to either one of them.

The Sony ICF-2010 and Eton E-1 both run rings around it in performance and portability. I also consider the Panasonic RF-B65 and Degen 1103 better in many areas.

The good:
Performance O.K.
Handsome, and very impressive looking.
Professional looking. Perhaps something the CIA would have thrown money at "back then" but so few were made, I doubt it.

The bad:
Plastic top (poor shielding).
Every 100 khz you had to pull the knob out to slide over to the next 100 khz segment (then push it back in). Dynamic range mediocre. Very noisey synthesizer. Pre-selector had to be constantly tuned and peaked, and was pretty sharp. Had a preselector bypass switch, but did not work well when switched out of line. 4 dial lamps burned out quickly.

The Ugly:
WARNING : Synthesizer failure can be very common with the CRF-1 and most of the CRF-1 parts can no longer be had.

Conclusion:
Seems these are of buyer interest in Japan today likely for nastalga reasons only.
May wind up as an expensive conversation piece on your coffee table.

I may have hurt someones feelings - so let the sugar coating begin..... 
Product is in production.
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