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Crosley Solo Radio CR221 Black

by Crosley
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Brown (Walnut)
  • All Around Sound Design
  • AM/FM Radio with Analog Tuner
  • Portable Audio Ready
  • Orange LED Tuning indicator
  • Handrubbed Wood Finish
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Technical Details

Color: Brown (Walnut)
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Product Details

Color: Brown (Walnut)
  • Product Dimensions: 2 x 7.5 x 40 inches ; 3 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B0000DHVOO
  • Item model number: CR221
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (91 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,199 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: October 2, 2001

Product Description

Color: Brown (Walnut)

Say hello to the Solo, Crosley's first offering in its new Audiophile line of high-end audio products. The Solo is a little different than anything that you have ever seen, or heard before. Start with the clean, "new-stalgic" look. Taking design cues from modern art, the corners are gently rounded to create the Solo effect. This "today" look is nicely complemented by the airplane tuning dial. The true magic of this little wonder lies in its ability to produce the cleanest, most consistent sound of any radio on the market. Crosley accomplishes this with AroundSound , a proprietary design philosophy that eliminates "hot spots" in sound reproduction. Regardless of its placement in a room, the Solo delivers a measurable difference in acoustic consistency - more than three times as its nearest competitor. To the consumer, this means a more pleasurable listening experience, creating an enveloping effect that wraps the listener in a comfortable cocoon of pleasant, warm tone. Enjoy the precise AM/FM tuner, or check out your "portable" tunes with our portable Audio Ready feature. Just connect any portable audio device with included hardware and prepare yourself for a unique listening experience.Say hello to the Solo, Crosley's first offering in its new Audiophile line of high-end audio products. The Solo is a little different than anything that you have ever seen, or heard before. Start with the clean, "new-stalgic" look. Taking design cues from modern art, the corners are gently rounded to create the Solo effect. This "today" look is nicely complemented by the airplane tuning dial. The true magic of this little wonder lies in its ability to produce the cleanest, most consistent sound of any radio on the market. Crosley accomplishes this with AroundSound , a proprietary design philosophy that eliminates "hot spots" in sound reproduction.

Item dimensions-------7.5"w x 5.25"h x 5.75"d
Package dimensions---12.5"w x 6.75"h x 7.5"d
Item weight-----------3 lbs.
Package weight-------6 lbs.

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

It definately looks retro and fits very nicely on the buffet in the kitchen.
David
I got very good reception on my major FM stations with just the single telescope antenna.
D. Craig
This radio produces amazingly good quality sound and the reception is very good.
jmm

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

36 of 36 people found the following review helpful By finicky shopper on June 25, 2008
Color Name: Brown (Walnut)
Spotted this radio in Target first, and had to get it. Looks fantastic - quality retro look plus the sound to match. Sound has depth and clarity. Dial fine tunes and it's easy to tune to those stations that are sometimes hard to get. Powerful little thing. If you appreciate simplicity, this is it! Plug in and you're happy!
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62 of 67 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Haden on October 8, 2008
Color Name: Brown (Walnut)
When I think of the money I've spent on high-end receivers, its just ironic that this cute little inexpensive thing delivered so much better performance, it made everything else sound like junk.
Its currently connected to a hi-fi class amplifier that cost 21 times more than this little receiver.
I liked the Crosley Solo so much because of its ability for cleaner performance from distant stations--and all of the stations are distant from my house.
The easy way: Try this with headphones and you may get the highest quality sound you've ever experienced from audio equipment that costs less than a car. Why not combine this with Koss Porta Pro headphones, and find out? ;)

UPdate:

The drinking straws trick for the port tube can clarify the bass if you like. Just get enough straws together to fill the port tube (its on the back), plug up (tape over) 1/3rd of the straws, cut the straws to 2" long, wrap this up in tape and place it in the port tube. This will lower the bass pitch to "farther away" from the vocals. It just makes the port tube 1/3rd smaller. ;)

The rear antenna unscrews to reveal a standard "F" connector if you'd like to use a long-distance outdoor antenna with it. I can pick up FM Stereo stations halfway across the state with it. Otherwise it tops out at about 150 miles static free FM stereo on the little antenna that comes with it. That, of course, is a blockbuster performance as well.
The headphone jack pipes directly to the preamp section aboard the radio card, using the exact same model opamps that are aboard the M-Audio Audiophile 192 computer sound card. Whatever amplifier you'd use with a high end sound card, will also work with the Crosley Solo.
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101 of 116 people found the following review helpful By Thomas J. Fitzsimmons on January 16, 2009
Color Name: Brown (Walnut)
I saw the black radio in the local Target store and thought it was really a beauty, and what a radio used to be (I'm a ham radio operator). What I really like about it is that it is continuously tune-able. If there is a heterodyne from a neighboring station, I can tune away from the noise.

The sound is wonderful.

I was surprised and a little disappointed to see that the radio runs with an external power supply that converts the house AC voltage to 12 Volts DC. The power supply has two long cords on it, and the supply measures 2 X 2-1/2 X 3-1/2 inches, and is a good weight, so you have to consider where you are going to hide it and run all the wire.

Our local FM reception for the station I like, public radio, is very hard to select with these cheap digital-tuned CD and radio receivers we had before. It seems as though 90 percent of the local stations are religious stations with constant sermons and hymns, so I am glad to be able to get the public radio station.
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51 of 58 people found the following review helpful By hello houston on November 7, 2011
Color Name: Brown (Walnut) Verified Purchase
someone complained about their iphone not fitting in the dock below. i just wanted to clarify, this model is not the iphone dock. please click if you find this info useful. b/c i found this by searching for retro iphone dock.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Ann N. Armstrong Cookson on March 6, 2012
Color Name: Brown (Walnut)
This is the best mistake my husband ever made. He wanted a radio for our newborn daughter's bedroom that we could connect my iPod to, and set up naptime and playtime playlists, etc. He bought this on clearance for about $40, and thought he'd paid too much for it but liked the look and figured, hey, it's for a baby's room and it has an iPod connection. It has sat in her bedroom for the past year, rarely used and never turned up loud. Today I moved it into the kitchen so we'd get more use out of it, and I am completely blown away.

I'm a musician and tend to be very picky about sound quality. This little unassuming radio totally delivers. It has a wonderful balance (not even a little tinny-sounding) and actually gets quite loud--we can hear it when we work in the garage and if I turn it way up I can clean the bathrooms at the other end of the house and still hear it without any distortion in sound quality. Mids are delivered beautifully, and every part of any piece of music can be heard. In fact, I think this little guy sounds better than the $1,800 system in my car....

The final touch is the tuning dial. We have a hard time getting our two favorite stations at our house, but not any longer! It only took a few seconds of fine tuning to get each of them today.

In short:
1. It sounds about the same as the Bose dock systems I've used, but those don't have radios.
2. The placement of the speaker on top lets it fill a room better with music than the Bose systems.
3. It looks a lot sleeker and more fun that the Bose systems.

For 1/5th the price, it's completely worth the money.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By D. Welter on October 18, 2010
Color Name: Brown (Walnut)
I wish I was happy with this radio. It looks great, has a small footprint, and the dials have a firm feel. The power converter must have been changed since the period in which complaints were posted about its size. Ours is fairly modest as those things go.

It's just puzzling that there are so many accolades for the sound quality. It's not bad for music, but news programs sound like they are coming from the bottom of a wash tub. Why there is no tone adjustment is beyond me.

Why, with the availability of so many cheap clock radios, is it so hard to find a good-sounding, inexpensive, stand-alone radio?
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