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July 14, 2008

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Gary

I received my PR-D5 yesterday. I find the sound is excessively heavy in the upper bass and muffled in the treble, making voices on AM hard to understand. Other than this flaw, the radio would be fine for my purposes.

I wish Sangean would have included separate bass and treble controls on the PR-D5, like they did on the WR-2. This would have been able to compensate for the poor tonal balance on the PR-D5. I guess I'll have to wait until the CCRadio 2 goes on sale, since it has reception equal to the PR-D5 and includes bass and treble controls.

Art

Gary, you and I had the exact same disappointing experience!

I bought a PR-D5 for its superior FM reception. How sad to find, as you did, that it has an artificial bass boost that messes with the intelligibility of speech. Simply unlistenable over the long term.

Everything else about it was lovely. It pulled in distant stations like a pro model, good form factor, etc.

But voices sounds like they were speaking into a resonant box.

Very, very disappointing.

If it had a bass reflex port (opening), one could fill the port with stuffing. That has completely solved the overly resonant bass on other small radios I've owned, notably the Tivoli Model One. But no port on the PR-D5. So one would have to take the radio apart, fill the empty interior space with something, and reassemble it. A lot riskier.

Does anybody want to open their PR-D5 up and see whether that looks like an easy tweak?

And, is Sangean listening? If so: You're losing sales on this otherwise near-ideal model because people find the booming voices hard to listen to over the long run.

Add a bass cut/normal/boost switch and we're all set.

Art

Sailcat

I bought the PR-D5 for the purpose of listening to relatively faint AM stations that broadcast my favorite baseball team's games. For that, it succeeds admirably. The FM reception of this radio is adequate for my needs, too. I particularly like the PR-D5's simple controls and uncluttered display. The radio's primary negative feature is that the audio is rather deep and mushmouthed, unfortunately. I don't consider this a fatal flaw by any means, but I am still eyeing the CCRadio EP as a relatively inexpensive alternative with somewhat better audio.

Dannibal

Hey all. I don`t find the sound quality too much of an issue, though I do prefer the CC-EP for talk. When I put the two side by side I became quite disatisfied with the PR-D5`s sound and put it aside, only to pick it up again to find a new station. The digital tuning is a big plus.

BTW, does anyone else have, or is bothered by, the play in the tuning knob before the click to another frequency.

Gary

Dannibal - I've tried multiple PR-D5 units, and they all had quite a bit of play in the tuning knob (between clicks).

Dannibal

Thanks for the reply Gary. When did I become so nitpicky about things? Looking for perfection in a radio, forsooth.

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