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November 21, 2013

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Gary

Thanks for your review, Dana. Muffled sound on AM is my biggest complaint about the PR-D5, and it sounds like the PR-D15 is better in this regard.

Mischa

Indeed thanks for the review! Can you comment on battery life as compared to the PR-D5 (which is not really good imho)?

Dana Myers

Gary: I'd say the PR-D15 definitely offers better audio clarity for AM reception. My impression is that the AM IF bandwidth is the ultimately limitation, but the bass boost of the PR-D5 reduces clarity. Turning the Loudness off and bumping treble a couple of notches made me pretty happy with the audio quality for AM DXing. It's still not a hi-fi music box.

Mischa: I do not know the battery life of either model . The PR-D5 is loaded with Duracell C-cells and the PR-D15 is loaded with Tenergy NiMH C-cells; I've mostly been using the AC adapter with the PR-D5, while I'm taking advantage of the rechargeable cells in the PR-D15. I'll report back when I have a better idea.

Pianoplayr88key

How would the PR-D15 compare - on speaker sound vs the GE Superradio III, AM selectivity & FM performance vs the Tecsun PL-398BT, AM sensitivity vs the GE or Select-A-Tenna boosted Tecsun, AM audio response vs the GE in wide mode or the Sony SRF-42?

There are stations I'd like to be able to listen to in the daytime that are unreadable on the SR3 and the PL-398BT + SAT. Some are just too weak to hear any audio, and some are also further obliterated by local first-adjacent splatter (even in ±1kHz mode on the Tecsun). I'm hoping the PR-D15 could get splatter-free armchair copy (for example strong enough to stop a scan). :)

For example, from near 32:45:40N 116:56:50W I'd like to be able to listen to via daytime groundwave:
● 550 KFYI (next to 540 XESURF)
● 680 KNBR (next to 690 XEWW)
● 700 KALL (next to 690 XEWW)
● 720 KDWN
● 750 KOAL (next to 760 KFMB)
● 770 KCBC (next to 760 KFMB's ~48 mV/m)
● 810 KGO (next to 800 XESPN)
● 840 KXNT
● 900 KALI (~4.2 uV/m, next to 910 KECR's ~29 mV/m)
● 1160 XEQIN (next to 1170 KECR; KSL would also be nice)
● speaking of 1170, could the PR-D15 null KCBQ (~N) well enough to get KYET (~NNE)?)
● 1180 KERN (~14 uV/m, next to 1170-KCBQ's ~132 mV/m)

The list only includs a few target stations; there are others I'd also like to be able to listen to via daytime groundwave. Also I don't want reception degraded on, for example, 900 or 1180 when I'm near 11865 Moreno Ave in Lakeside. :) (On my Tecsuns, pretty much the entire band is wiped out there, with even locals being tough to hear.)
If 900 & 1180's signals are at least as good as http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cq6KSavcVMI in Lakeside, that'd be awesome. (I suppose I could settle for reception like http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YMAPKTnJtnA if absolutely necessary, considering low received field from target and proximity to first-adjacent locals.)

Dana Myers

Pianoplayr88key asked: "How would the PR-D15 compare - on speaker sound vs ...an arbitrary list of receivers... "

I really don't know. I can and have compared the PR-D5 and the PR-D15. I can't tell you what the PR-D15 sounds like compared to whatever radios you have laying around - much less how it would receive various specific stations at your location. If you order a PR-D15 from Amazon.com, it'll cost you about $80, much less than a researched answer to your question would. You could then get your own answer.

All I know is the PR-D15 is a better choice than a PR-D5.

Gary

A radio enthusiast named Phil on the Yahoo ABDX group owns both a PR-D5 and a PR-D15 and likes both of them. Recently he bought a Sangean H201 shower radio, which he reviewed on ABDX. He says the H201 is as sensitive on AM as the PR-D5 and PR-D15, which surprised me. He also says that the H201 has much crisper sound on AM than the PR-D5 and PR-D15. He commented that the H201 display generates a small amount of RFI when it reverts to clock mode shortly after tuning a station. This noise is audible on very weak stations. The H201 is currently available for about $65 on Amazon. Based on Phil's review, it sounds like a decent radio for the money. It is also water resistant, but that doesn't mean it can't be used as a normal radio rather than a shower radio.

herculodge

Gary, we have the H201 radio and while it sounds good, it has issues: It accumulates water in the speaker and the sound gets muffled. You have to shake the water out repeatedly. I hated it. I quit using it. Now I play a Tivoli Songbook in one bathroom or the CCRane CCR Plus in the guest bathroom. I just play at loud volume so I can hear inside the shower. We had a Sony shower radio a few years back but it died after 2 years. I wonder how water proof these radios really are.

StarHalo

Piano, you need to try out a radio with synchronous detection; you'll find this feature's ability to completely block out adjacent stations/noise will bump up your log count significantly over a radio that doesn't have it.

Gary

Jeff,

I'd be more concerned about how the H201 works away from water, as a replacement for a PR-D5 for example.

herculodge

I wouldn't do it. It sounds better than the PR-D5 but that isn't saying much. I'd rather see you get the new CCrane Enhanced radio.

Gary

Yes, the CCRadio-2E definitely has good sound quality, with useful tone controls.

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