Update from editor: My PR-D5 suffered speaker distortion recently and was retired. Here's Richard's comparison:
Sangean has had good success with the PR-D5. The consumer, wishing for an exceptionally sensitive am set with reasonable selectivity, and freedom from images, mixing products, hets, ect. in a high rf urban locale...gets a decent approximation of these attributes in the PR-D5 at a price point as low as $75.
I do agree that the audio is better on the C Crane EP, and that the EP gives the listener a good degree of control of the audio. The EP, while sharing in outstanding sensitivity, and perhaps excelling over the PR-D5 in selectivity in the narrow setting, falls far short in immunity to overload...images, hets, mixing products relating to the proximity of local stations, especially those above, say, 1300 KHz or so on the am band. Sangean engineers clearly designed their set with the large part of the consumer universe that resides in urban settings taken into account. They did this at a modest price point. I'm left to conclude that a market likely exists for an EP stlye analog set (I love analogs!) that, like the PR-D5, takes the urban populace into account at a similar price class. The EP, in a more rural setting must be an exceptional set. With a little more attention to urban issues, it could have been exceptional for a much wider audience.