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January 06, 2013

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Gary

I guess we'll have to disagree on this. To me, the PR-D5 sounds terrible on AM compared to the CCRadio-EP or the PR-D7 or the CCRadio-SW or the WR-2 or any number of other radios.

herculodge

Lack of narrow band on AM, muffled speaker sound, which grew worse due to blown speakers perhaps, and mediocre FM makes me a non-fan. I'll take a non-defective CCRadio-SW, which is saying a lot since they have QC problems. But in certain environments, I can imagine it proving to be a good value.

Dannibal

I agree with Keith, this is a great radio for a reasonable price. Yes, it can be discibed as muffled when compared with others, but this is not always a bad thing. I find some long distance signals benefit from having the highs trimmed off, particularly when listening for a longer session.

I do like the PR-D5 for listening to my favourite JAZZ-FM from Toronto. It can be difficult to get a good signal in my location and on FM I find the muffling less noticeable.

I think that among we radiophiles we may be perceived as splitting hairs by more casual users. I select from several (many?) radios for my listening and , really, how much of a difference are we talking about? Right now I am listening to 650 WSM from Nashville. They are airing a songwriter show with a combination of talk and music. I find the talk much clearer on my SR1, but the PR-D5 is more pleasant when they play a song. Both have strong, steady, and clear signals. A great attraction of the PR-D5 is the digital tuning. I must admit that when MW DXing I often use the PR-D5 as a "targeting" unit and then tune in the SR1, EP, RF-1115, etc... to pull out a clearer weak signal.

I also use it to listen to music podcasts, though, admittedly, I prefer the EP for listening to spoken word podcasts. Isn't it great to have this luxury of choice and the leisure to make such comparisons?

Ed

Sorry, do not concur... tried two samples, both overloaded badly from the local powerhouse 1070 KNX. I have 20 buck radios that have better selectivity and immunity to overload.

Keith Beesley

I'm not mad at anyone who disagrees with me. Three points to consider: 1. variations in QC, 2. listening environment, 3. user preference.

With regard to No. 2, I have noticed that the little Tecsuns with DSP perform much better on AM and SW in rural or semi-rural areas than in my usual suburban environment.

Ed, what 20 buck radios are superior to the PR-D5 in selectivity and immunity to overload? Not arguing with you, just curious :-)

Gary

Keith brings up very good points. What I would recommend for someone considering the PR-D5, or any other radio for that matter, is to purchase from a place that makes returns easy, like Amazon. If you like it, great. If not, at least you can return it after you've determined its suitability to your own situation.

Tim

The AM audio quality on the PR-D5 is so poor, the benefits of its sensitivity are wasted. Sure, a station comes in, but you just don't want to listen to it! And if it offered a narrower filter, the tone would be even worse.

The FM audio quality is decent enough - especially thanks to the stereo sound. But still, this radio would have benefited greatly from a couple of tone controls.

Ed

Keith, check out the Sony SRF-M37 (digital tuning, 15 presets, Stereo FM, DX/Local switch, all for about $28), and the Sony SRF-59, about $15, to pick just two. No overloading on either.

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