For Sale – Sangean PR-D5 AM/FM Portable Radio with Digital Tuning and RDS 3

Sangean PR-D5BK AM/FM Portable Radio with Digital Tuning and RDS (Black)

  • 200mm Ferrite AM Antenna Bar to Allow Best AM Reception
  • 10 Memory Preset, Stations (5 FM, 5 AM)
  • Easy to Read LCD Display with Backlight
  • Excellent Reception and Stereo Audio Performances electable Stereo / Mono Switch
  • Auto Seek Station
This is the last Portable Radio you will ever have to buy. It has an enormous 200mm ferrite antenna providing the best AM reception you have ever heard. Dual 2.5" special stereo speakers with Radio Data System (RDS) text function makes it a standout portable receiver. This light and powerful radio that is capable of being powered by the included AC adapter or 6 "C" batteries. PLL Synthesized tuning provides exact, fade free reception. 10 Memory Presets for 5 AM or 5 FM station selection easily visible in the large LCD display. Auto Seek finds your active stations automatically. Stereo/Mono Selector Switch, Headphone Jack, 3.5mm Aux-in Socket, Backlit LCD, Sleep Timer with Humane Wake-Up System (HWS), Battery Life Indicator and a host of other features making the PR-D5 hands down the best Portable AM/FM Digital Radio available.

Price: $ 62.48

3 thoughts on “For Sale – Sangean PR-D5 AM/FM Portable Radio with Digital Tuning and RDS

  1. Reply M. JEFFREY MCMAHON "herculodge" Jan 29,2013 9:16 am
    306 of 309 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Stellar AM/FM Reception at Attractive Price Point, August 28, 2007
    M. JEFFREY MCMAHON “herculodge” (Torrance, CA USA) –
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    Half the price of my Tivoli Songbook, the PR-D5 has superior AM/FM reception, dual stereo speakers, and easy-to-use ergonomics, making it even better than the Sangean single-speaker Sonido. As a bedside radio, it has even better FM reception than my Sangean WR-2 but it lacks the WR-2’s depth and heaviness, qualities I like in a bedside radio. For a lighter, portable radio with no remote, go for the PR-D5. If you want more luxury in your radio (remote, numerical volume indicator, heavier feel) and don’t mind a slight compromise in FM reception, you might want to check out the Sangean WR-2, which is compatible with an upgraded FM antenna attachment.

    One question many will have is why the PR-D5 goes for about 15 dollars less than the Sonido. The answer most likely is that the 2.5-inch stereo speakers on the PR-D5 don’t have the richness nor the depth of the Sonido’s 3-inch monoaural speaker.

    Update: Ironically, I don’t like listening to talk radio on dual speakers. This is not a technological issue, but psychological. The voices don’t seem as focused as they do on the Sangean WR-2’s monoaural speaker. So if you’re a heavy AM talk radio listener, you might want to opt for the WR-2.

    Second Update: To really test the FM on the PR-D5, I tried to pull in the weak college station 88.9. The PR-D5 pulled in the station with clarity, even better than my Eton S350. The verdict: My PR-D5 is my best performing AM/FM radio, even better than the Eton/Grundig S350. That says quite a lot. Even more astounding, the PR-D5 is 15 dollars cheaper.

    Third Update: I brought my PR-D5 to my work office and like all the digital radios I’ve tried it suffered compromised reception. I succeeded more with my Tivoli Model Three (same as the Model One with the additional clock). So for your office, if it’s full of computer interference, you might want to go with an upscale analog radio like the aforementioned Tivoli Model One or Three.

    Fourth Update:

    Power supply stopped working and Sangean replaced my entire radio two or three years ago. Since that time, my speakers have gradually suffered distortion to the point that I no longer use my PR-D5. Mind you, this distortion took place with normal use.

    These speakers were a bit muffled to begin with, as most people agree is a problem with the PR-D5. But distortion made this unusable.

    I now recommend a more superior Sangean, the CL-100: Better FM, better crisp speaker sound. And it’s cheaper than the PR-D5.

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  2. Reply Mike Walsh Jan 29,2013 9:53 am
    125 of 128 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Quirky Design, Outstanding Reception, Breakthough Price, September 17, 2007
    Mike Walsh (Voorheesville, NY) –

    The PR-D5 upgrades Sangean’s well-reviewed Sonido radio with a second speaker, the 200mm internal AM antenna from their CCRadio, a well designed side-mounted tuning knob, and a few other touches.

    The iPod-generation look of the new radio doesn’t appeal to me, but that’s a matter of taste, so you can judge that one for yourself. The pushbuttons unfortunately seem to be the same pressure-sensitive foil type used on the Sonido and CCradio, which tend to stand up poorly to prolonged use, but at least the addition of the new tuning knob means you’ll use the pushbuttons less, so perhaps that’s not a major issue.

    I find the dual speakers odd, but the audio is loud and clear, especially in FM stereo mode. Mono FM mode really cleans up the weaker signals. I have not found the dual speakers to be a problem on AM voice, as Jeff McMahon writes. The AUX input is a nice feature given how many MP3 players and other such gadgets people use now. The backlight goes on for a few seconds if you touch any non-analog control – very practical. There’s no real handle, just a slender ridge along the top back of the radio for your fingertips to precariously claw at, so don’t try picking this thing up with wet hands.

    What really distinguishes this unit, however, is it’s performance as a receiver. This degree of FM sensitivity and selectivity would be outstanding on any portable, but at this price I suspect it may be a first. Really strong AM receivers are rarer still, despite all the hype that gets thrown around, but the PR-D5 is up there with the best of them. When I ordered it I hoped that it might at best match my aging CCRadio on AM reception, and have indeed found them too close to call – with the newer radio at half the price of the older.

    I am giving the PR-D5 fours stars because I find the design quirky, and am concerned mostly with AM voice programming. If you are primarily interested in FM stereo, this design makes more sense. On a strictly value-for-dollar basis, it’s a strong five stars either way.

    Hope that helps you decide.

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  3. Reply Krishnan Jan 29,2013 10:32 am
    83 of 86 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Good FM-AM-AUX Stereo Radio, December 29, 2011

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    I bought this radio because
    1. This is from Sangean
    2. Digital Tuning with frequency display
    3. Stereo Speakers
    4. RDS Info Display
    5. Can be used as a mobile phone/laptop speakers
    6. Looks sophisticated and modern
    7. Alarm
    8. Black version available against the white one

    The overall built quality is excellent and has a metal body. You can feel
    the richness. It has an ergonomic tuning and volume knob both has a soft
    rubber feel. Nice to hold. The tuning jogs up/down .1MHz steps and can feel
    the click. Interesting feature is the frequency scan. You can push the
    tuning knob and it lands to the next audible station! This makes the frequency
    exactly to the .1MHz frequency. Then you can easily long press the memory button
    and store the station into the memory! Cool.

    One of the greatest features of this radio I liked is its Aux connection. ie. you can
    connect your mobile phone/mp3 player and Laptop using a 3.5mm male to male connector
    (need to buy separately). I bought an 8ft cord.
    I ordered it when I ordered the radio.

    It plays the MP3 songs from my mobile phone nicely. Another interesting thing I do is
    I put Internet radio on my Android phone and play it through the Aux speakers.
    This opens a huge world of Internet radio!

    The biggest drawback I would like to notify the Sangean company is that the Bass tone
    is hardwired into the circuitry. There is no Bass/Tone knob. At least the Sangean
    company can hard wire a bass+treble audio so that it’s neither bassy nor trebly :)

    My Suggestions for Improvement to Sangean. (Hope they read these feedbacks)
    1. Add a Bass/Tone knob.
    2. Toggle switch to keep the display lights always on.
    3. RDS to display below the frequency which is done nicely on Android phone FM
    radio application. ie. RDS/frequency and time need to be displayed together.
    Right now RDS info comes after seconds you tune the station.
    4. Battery Re-charge feature.
    5. Five more buttons to store the memory. ie. at least 10 FM stations are okay.
    Five is very less these days.
    6. The frequency scan by pushing the tuning knob is very hard. Make it soft.

    To Summarize, this is a very good radio with just one drawback.
    The audio is bassy. If you like bass audio, then its okay. It is good
    for speech. It makes the speech soft. For music, it requires treble response, so that
    the instruments will be more clear. The stereo capability is not
    easily noticeable on speakers.

    Compared to other FM radios in this price range, this is the best available in the
    market today.

    I think the black version is new. Black is beautiful and looks sophisticated. My laptop
    and mobile phone are all black. White looks odd, and everyone notice it.
    Black is cool and you can take it anywhere.

    I give only 4 stars because of the bassy audio quality and make Sangean to
    add a bass/treble knob. Once this is done, I am sure, this radio will be
    the best in the world in this price range.

    Hope you find this review useful.

    The memory is not stored permanently. When the unit is switched off today and then switched on tomorrow, all the memories goes EMPTY.
    This is very disappointing. Not sure, whether this is a defect. If you know about this, do let me know.

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