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When you order this kit you receive all the items needed for recording your favorite radio shows, transferring files to and from your computer, charging the CC Witness and hands-free listening. This "Enthusiast" kit includes the CC Witness Plus and the Accessory Kit. The accessory kit includes earbuds, a charging cradle, AC adapter, clear carry case with belt clip and a sports sleeve/armband carry case.

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By GAndersen
Sydney NSW Australia
Confirmed User
Great product
Best Uses
For All music
I think it is a great app thank-you .
By SAlonso
Middleburg, VA
perfect except for one thing
Excellent unit - well made, instinctive to use (aka didnt need the manual much). Its just the big honking charger and base are not transportable. For those of us who live on the road, this needs to be fixed in the -2 version.
By BBarker
So. Texas
Confirmed User
If there were 10 stars I would label 10 stars
I am one of Jehovahs witnesses and I use this to record public talks every week as well as talks at seminars and conventions. I have had mine for about 4 years. I stopped looking for anything better its just not out there. Awesome job C.Crane keep it coming.
By IUpdike
Confirmed Buyer
This is an awesome kit, I use this mainly for when I head to the VA for an appt. that takes 3 days to complete and I like to thank the support team after noticing the cradle didn't like the radio at first, got the new cradle and works like a champ. Kudos to all @C Crane
By JSmythe
Confirmed Buyer
Like all the C. Crane products I have purchased, this device is very high quality. Recording and playback is excellent, and you won't be disappointed with your purchase in those respects. I deducted one star because of the conflicting information regarding the use of memory cards. The box clearly states that the device is compatible with memory cards up to 16GB; however, the device locked up when I used an 8GB card. When I called C.Crane support, I was told that only 4GB cards could be used. Big difference! It is still a very good device, but I think the 4GB limitation should have been made clearer on the packaging. Similarly, but on the positive side, this device WORKS WITH LINUX, and synchronizes perfectly with gpodder running on the Linux Peppermint distribution. Presumably, it will work with Linux Mint and Ubuntu as well since Peppermint is derived from these.
By JGambrell
Confirmed Buyer
Absolutely AWESOME!!!!!!!
By THart
Confirmed Buyer
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By DHively
Confirmed Buyer
I have to agree TOTALLY with Robert C. I too have had much experience with several products designed to do many of the same functions as this great product, for many, many years. This is BY FAR the BEST that I have ever used or owned.I wrote a fairly detailed review of the Witness Plus a few weeks ago--but apparently it didn't "stick" here on the website. So, the only thing that I would add to Robert's review would be that I purchased mine in early October, and that I have used it almost every day, and it works perfectly. Make sure and do yourself a favor and buy this version with the Accessory Kit. Thanks C. Crane!Doug H.Tri-Cities, WA
By RClark
Confirmed Buyer
I haven't seen anything better than the witness. I have been involved in a number of devices but this one tops them all. Very happy with purchase.
By DHettel
Confirmed Buyer
This is a review of a ccwitness plus on firmware ver 1.1_107There are 51 radio stations that maybe within distant listening range of 45159 (New Vienna, Ohio). (39° 19' 55" N, 83° 41' 17" W) my location according to I can put my new ccwitness plus on scan and it will stop at nothing on the AM or FM band! The nearest FM station is WKLN which is just 4.3 miles away and I should be within their "local" range. WKRC 550 AM is 46.2 miles away and has 5,000 watts of daytime power, yet is unlistenable. WLW 700 AM has 50,000 watts of power and at 34 miles is barely listenable if I'm standing in just the right spot. If I'd like to walk around, the only thing listenable are the files I've loaded onto the ccwitness. Certainly not the radio. On a more positive note, for those of you living in a major city, the ccwitness plus does recognize a 32 GB Sandisk ultra SDHC card. SDSDH-032G-AW11, and I have recorded files to it. It reports the card as a SD card with 29.7 GB total size.
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General Specifications
Input Power: 3.7v 900mA Rechargeable Lithium-Polymer Battery
Recharging Time: ~4 Hours
Stereo Speakers: 8Ω 0.6 Watts
Frequency Coverage: AM 520 - 1710 kHz (10KHz Steps)
AM 522 - 1629 kHz (9KHz Steps)
FM 87.5 - 108.0 MHz
AM Antenna: Internal ferrite
FM Antenna: Earphones or FM Antenna wire (plugs into earphone jack)
S/N Ratio: AM 35dB
FM 45dB at 1mV 98.1MHz
MP3 85dB up (1KHz Input 0dB)
Frequency Response: AM 150Hz - 1.5KHz at 0dB
FM 350Hz30Hz, 3KHz0.25KHz (150Hz~2.5KHz, 60dBuV)
MP3 20 ~ 20KHz
Line/Mic Jack (-3dB) 50Hz - 20KHz
Sensitivity: AM 68dBuV at 1KHz
FM 5uVAT S/N=26Db
An FM Signal under 40db is automatically changed into mono
Data Rate: Reading rate:3.5Mbps
Writing rate: 2.8Mbps
Earphone Jack: 1/8" (3.5mm) Stereo 16Ω
Line/Mic-In Jack: 1/8" (3.5mm) Mono or Stereo
Line Out Jack: 1/8" (3.5mm) Stereo
Presets: 20 Total (10 AM + 10 FM)
Lock Switch: Yes
Sleep Timer: 15-300 minutes
Alarm: Yes
Clock: 12-hour system
Dimensions: 2.2" W x 4" H x 0.6" D
Weight: 3.6 oz
Drop Tested: 30" on concrete floor
Warranty: 1 Year parts and labor on the radio only. No product warranty on the accessory kit as it's a closeout item.
Included Accessories: 47" USB Cable (Mini USBMale x Type A Male)
41" 3.5mm stereo male x male cable
Note: Specifications are subject to change without notice.
PC Compatibility
Communication: USB 2.0
System: CPU 200MHz
OS: Windows 2000
Windows ME
Windows XP
Windows Vista
Windows 7
MAC OS10 and above
Sound Card: Sound Blaster 16 compatible
Display: 640 x 480 or better
Product Highlights
  • Stylish design and sturdy exterior with a wide LCD and half-mirror window to maximize the display
  • Not only receives all available AM and FM radio stations but it can also be programmed to record any broadcast in advance (20 Timer recording in total)
  • Various programmed recording modes and setting the time(Specific Date/Week/Weekly)
  • MP3/WMA/WAV Player
  • Good AM/FM Radio Reception
  • FM Stereo or Mono Option
  • Voice recording in various recording quality(32Kbps-192kbps/MP3 format or 1411kbps WAV format)
  • External memory expandability (Subject to compatibility)
  • File can be copied to SD card or internal memory
  • File dividing - from one file into several others
  • Ability to rename files
  • Internal Stereo Speaker(0.6W * Stereo)
  • Long lasting Li-ion polymer rechargeable battery( 5V 900mA )
  • Alarm Play back at Specific setting time & date
  • 10 presets available in AM/FM
  • USB 2.0 interface that can help easily transfer data to a computer
  • Mini USB connection
  • Built-in calendar
  • Highly sensitive, built-in stereo microphones and an external microphone can be attached
  • Key lock function to prevent unintentional operation
  • Sleep mode
  • Digital volume control (30 steps)
  • Equalizer modes (Normal, Classic, Live, POP, Rock, Jazz)
  • Playback functions (Normal/Section Repeat/1 Track/All Track/Random)
  • Fast forward/rewind (Search at 3 seconds/7 seconds/1 minute/2.5 minutes)
Accessory Kit
AC Adapter: Input 120V AC, 60Hz 10W
Output 5V DC 0.9A
Weight: 2.25 lbs (for complete kit)
Recording Specifications
Playable Formats: MP3 or WMA 16-320kbps
WAV 1411kbps
Recordable Formats: MP3 32, 64, 96, 128, or 192kbps
WAV 1411kbps
Memory: 2 GB Internal Memory, plus SD/MMC Expansion Slot (Subject to compatibility)
Timers: 20 Play or Recording Schedules
Microphone: Built-in Stereo Microphones
Note: Specifications are subject to change without notice.
  • RECORDING - Voice/Music/Radio

    • What kind of recording time can I expect from a CC Witness Plus?

      Kilobits Per Second = (kbps)
      1,024 kilobits = 1 Megabit (Mb)

      Recording time on 2GB:

      32kbps ~ 140 hours
      64kbps ~ 70 hours
      128kbps ~ 35 hours
      256kbps ~ 17.5 hours

      An average song length of 4 minutes recorded at 128kbps takes up about 3.75MB of memory. So, a CC Witness Plus with 2GB of memory can store 500+ songs recorded at 128kbps.

    • Does the CC Witness Plus record in Stereo?

      The CC Witness Plus can record in stereo when recording from the FM band, Mic/Line Input or the Stereo Microphones.

    • What sorts of file formats are supported?

      The CC Witness Plus will playback MP3, WMA and WAV formats. However, the CC Witness Plus will only record in MP3 or WAV formats.

    • Can the CC Witness Plus play files recorded at 320kbps in full quality?


    • Can the CC Witness Plus display the titles to the MP3 songs?

      Yes, the ID3 Tag Support function must be enabled.

    • Can the CC Witness Plus record from another radios headphone jack?

      Yes. First set the volume of the radio to a normal listening level. Next, connect the included recording patch cable between the earphone jack of the radio and the MIC/LINE IN of the CC Witness Plus. Navigate to the main MENU screen on the CC Witness, then press record. You can monitor your recording by using the built-in speakers or headphone jack of the CC Witness Plus.

      For higher quality recording, use a radios line-output jack instead of the headphone jack and connect to the MIC/LINE IN of the CC WitnessPlus. When using a radios line-output, the recording level is fixed and cannot be changed.

    • Does the CC Witness Plus work with iTunes?

      Yes and no. The iTunes program itself will not sync with the CC Witness Plus, but it is still possible to copy iTunes audio files to the CC Witness Plus. The iTunes audio must first be downloaded or converted to MP3 format using iTunes before the CC Witness Plus will accept it. To convert audio to MP3 format in iTunes follow these instructions:

      • Open preferences:
        • From a PC click the Edit menu and select Preferences.
        • From a MAC click iTunes and select Preferences.
      • Select the General tab and then select the Importing tab.
      • Change Import using to Mp3 Encoder, then select OK

      All future downloads will be imported in MP3 format. To convert an existing file to mp3 format simply select the audio file, then select Convert Selection to MP3 from the advanced menu.

      After the iTunes audio is in MP3 format you can drag and drop or copy and paste it from the iTunes Music folder to the CC Witness Plus. The iTunes Music folder is found in My Music on a PC and Music on a MAC.

    • Can I record music from my computer or WiFi Radio?

      The CC Witness Plus does a great job of recording music from the popular websites like Pandora, Slacker or Rhapsody. If the time interval between songs is similar then the CC Witness can be set up to create music tracks automatically.

      C. Crane encourages you to purchase the music when you like a song. Here are three places to purchase royalty free MP3 music. It is easy to do. The quality is very high at 256KBS or higher. The songs cost about $1.00 each at all three places.

    • Will recordings I make with my CC Witness Plus to an SD card be playable on the Senta Ally?

      Mp3 recordings (not CD quality .wav files), will sound great on the Senta Ally. The Sent Ally does not have the ability to play .wav files.

  • Operation Tips

    • How many radio presets does the CC Witness Plus have?

      Each radio band has 10 presets (20 total).

    • Does the CC Witness Plus come with a memory card?

      No. The CC Witness Plus ships with 2 GB of internal memory.

    • What are the possible sleep timer settings?

      You can set the sleep timer for 15, 30, 60, 90, 120, 180, 240 or 300 minutes.

    • What are the possible back light timer settings?

      You can set the back light to be illuminated for 1, 3, 5, 10, 20, or 30 seconds.

    • Can the external memory card be formatted without a computer?

      Yes. When using a new memory card, format the card inside the unit BEFORE trying to record on the card.

      If the memory card has been used in any other device (Digital Camera, MP3 Player, etc) you must first format the card using a computer and then again in the CC Witness Plus BEFORE using the card.

    • Which type of USB Interface does the CC Witness Plus use?

      USB 2.0; the cord used is a Mini USB male to USB type A male. The type A male USB is what the average USB connector looks like.

    • If the firmware is upgraded on the CC Witness Plus, do all the stored functions and settings go away?


    • How come the CC Witness Plus keeps shutting off?

      The CC Witness Plus shuts off automatically if it remains idle for 3 minutes (by default). You can adjust the amount of time that passes before auto shut-off occurs by configuring the "Auto Off Time" function in the "System Settings" menu options.

    • What is the Lock Switch located on the right side of the CC Witness Plus for?

      With the Lock Switch 'on' (in the UP position) the CC Witness Plus is locked. No settings can be changed while the Lock Switch is on.

    • When I play purchased music from Amazon on my CC Witness Plus VBR is displayed for the quality. What does VBR mean?

      VBR is an abbreviation for Variable Bit Rate. When a file is recorded in VBR the bitrate dynamically changes depending on the complexity and loudness of the music. A simple quiet passage may record at 32 Kbps. A loud complex song will record at 320 Kbps. High quality recordings can be made this way without making an unnecessarily large file.

    • The CC Witness Plus is hooked up to my PC. What do I do now?

      Click on the 'My Computer' icon. Look for a removable disk icon, usually displayed as Drive E or F. Double click on the disk icon belonging to the CC Witness Plus. Files from the PC can now be downloaded onto the CC Witness Plus via dragging and dropping, copying and pasting, etc. Likewise, files can be uploaded to the PC from the CC Witness Plus using these same methods.

      Note: 2 GB SD Cards can only hold 420 MB on the root directory. To place more than 420 MB on the SD card, simply create a folder on the root directory and place the files inside of that folder.

    • How large is the display on the CC Witness Plus?

      The display measures 1.85" diagonally.

    • How can I send a CC Witness Plus recording to someone over the internet when I am on the road?

      We recommend using a laptop with a cellular PC card or WiFi antenna for mobile internet service. Once connected to the internet, simply transfer your recording to the laptop and email it to the desired location.

    • Does the CC Witness Plus support a 2GB or 4GB memory card?


    • Will the CC witness Plus accept the SDHC cards?

      Yes, it has the necessary firmware to do so.

    • Why are the left and right leads of my CC Witness Plus earbuds different lengths?

      They are made this way so that the CC Witness Plus can be placed on your left or right side without the cords getting in the way. The longer cord goes around the back side of your neck to the opposite ear and the shorter cord goes to the ear on the side the Witness is on.

    • I purchased a 16 GB SD card but it freezes up my CC Witness Plus?

      Not all SD Cards are compatible with the CC Witness Plus. Our current 16 GB SD CARD WILL NOT WORK on the CC Witness Plus at this time.

    • What is the operating temperature of the CC Witness Plus?

      The safe operating temperature does not refer to the CC Witness Plus so much itself as the lithium rechargeable battery inside. Battery industry professionals state that Lithium rechargeable batteries should not be used or stored in environments that exceed 60° C (140° F). For these reasons the CC Witness Plus should not be stored in a location that can reach high temperatures such as a closed automobile or sunny window ledge. High temperatures can cause the battery to fail.

    • Are there any precautions I should take when performing a soft reset on the CC Witness Plus?

      Yes, you will want to use a small thin blunt-tipped object such as a paperclip. The reason for this is twofold: First, to make sure that a sharp object is not imbedded into the recessed button. Second, to make sure the battery pack (which is located inside the unit next to the reset button) is not punctured which can cause severe damage to the unit.

    • The Play speed and Equalizer settings do not seem to work with CD quality recordings, is this normal?

      Yes, the Play speed and Equalizer settings only work with mp3 recordings.

  • Computer

    • Can I store files other than audio on the CC Witness Plus using a computer?

      Yes, you can store any type of file in the memory of the CC Witness Plus using a computer. Only MP3, WMA and WAV files will be visible when viewing the CC Witness Plus display. Non-audio and other types of files will only be visible when browsing the CC Witness Plus memory files with a computer.

    • What is the maximum number of files that can be held on the CC Witness Plus?

      The CC Witness Plus has a limitation of 2000 files.

    • How do files recorded on the CC Witness Plus display?

      This depends on the naming format chosen by the user (SettingsSystem SettingsFile Name Format). You can choose Simple Track # or Date_Time_#_Freq.

      If you choose Simple Track # the recording files are displayed as the month, day, track, and source. For example, depending on which method you used to record, the files would look like:



      Built-in Mic


      If you choose Date_Time_#_Freq the recording files are displayed as the month, day, year, time, track, source/frequency, and file format. For example, depending on which method you used to record, the files would look like:



      Built-in Mic


    • My computer doesn't recognize or is slow to load when plugging the CC Witness or CC Witness Plus into my USB port. Why is this happening?

      A wireless mouse can cause this. Try unplugging the wireless mouse and then plug the CC Witness (Plus) into the USB port.

  • Power

    • What type of battery is in the CC Witness Plus?

      The CC Witness Plus uses a rechargeable Lithium-Polymer battery pack.

    • How long does it take to charge the battery?

      It takes roughly 4 hours to completely charge the internal battery.

    • How long does a fully charged battery last?

      A fully charged battery will give you about 15-16 hours of playtime or 8 hours of record time before you need to recharge it again.

    • How can I power and charge the CC Witness Plus when I am on the road?

      The BoxWave VersaCharger Pro is a great power source for home, on the road and in a car. The Box Wave does produce a buzzing when listening to live AM radio so if this is your forte' then stick with the AC adapter (included in the CC Witness Plus Accessory Kit). This oversized AC adapter is designed for low noise and good AM listening.

    • Can I use the CC Witness Plus and charge the battery at the same time?

      Yes, if you charge the CC Witness Plus with the AC adapter that comes in the optional accessory kit. Once the CC Witness Plus is connected you will see "Charging" on the display. At this point, press the center button on the Witness to turn it on and you will then be able to use all functions as normal including timers.

      If you want to use the CC Witness Plus while charging with a computer, it is only possible if you are running Windows XP. When running Windows XP, connect the CC Witness to the USB port on your computer. A small green icon will show up in the system tray of Windows XP. Right click on the green icon and choose "Safely Remove Hardware". Once you complete this step, the display on the CC Witness Plus will change from "USB Connected" to "Charging".

      At this point, you can press the center button on the Witness to turn it on and select from any options on the display. If any timers are set during this time they will also activate for recordings, though you may notice a bit more static on AM while connected to and located near your computer. Please keep in mind the above only works with Windows XP; with any other operating system (that we have tested) it will not work.

    • When should I consider replacing the battery of my CC Witness Plus?

      Typically, any device with rechargeable lithium batteries should have the battery replaced after approximately 300-500 charge cycles (or two to three years). If you notice playback on a fully charged battery is significantly less than it used to be (80% of original run time) or the unit becomes excessively hot during a charge cycle, these are good indicators that it is time to replace the battery.

    • Will I need to set the time and date again after changing the battery pack?


  • Radio Reception

    • Is the AM reception any good?

      The AM reception is good when tuned to a strong signal. The AM tuner in the CC Witness Plus will not receive distant AM stations like the CCRadio-2E. With the display screen off reception is better. It is also possible to record from a more powerful AM radio using the CC Witness Plus input jack. Another option to improve AM reception is with the addition of our Twin Coil AM Antenna (a ferrite stick adapter is required for this connection).

    • Does the tuner receive FM Stereo?

      Yes, the CC Witness Plus receives FM Stereo. There is an option in the Sound Settings menu to change to FM Mono.

    • If earphones are in use, where is the FM antenna wire plugged in?

      The earphones also act as an FM antenna when in use. When listening to the CC Witness Plus via the internal speakers, you can plug the FM antenna wire into the earphone jack. The FM antenna and earphones cannot both be used at the same time.

    • Where is the CC Witness Plus manufactured?

      The CC Witness Plus is the exclusive of C. Crane for several countries. It is manufactured in South Korea.

    • Why is the audio better/louder when I am listening to the Witness using headphones, then when I am listening to the Witness using the internal speaker?

      The speakers are not capable of producing the same kind of audio that you would hear with a qood quality set of headphones or earbuds.

Audio Instructions

Audio tutorial for the CC Witness Plus by Tim HendelPart 1
(Tim is blind and records many of our audio tutorials for our products)

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Audio tutorial for the CC Witness Plus by Tim HendelPart 2

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    — John A., Mill Valley, CA
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    — Pete P., Santa Rosa, CA
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    — James H., Richmond, BC
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    — Harry W., Manassas, VA
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    — Jack L., San Pedro, CA
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    — Thomas S., Buffalo, NY
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    — James G., Springfield, MA
  • This device is awesome. As a contractor, I can not access my customer's network for security reasons. Now, with my office on the second floor, I can connect to a WiFi hotspot 1.5 miles away and my signal strength is strong!
    — Robert S., Tabernacle, NJ
  • I just received my EP radio yesterday. I'm totally impressed with the old school simplicity and the modern day sound quality. Thank you, C.Crane!
    — David C., Raleigh, NC
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    — Glen B., Bethlehem, PA
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    — William B., Litchfield, IL
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