Sangean PR-D19BK FM Stereo/AM Digital Tuning Portable Radio with Protective Bumper (Gray/Black)

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Original price was: $99.99.Current price is: $50.28.

  • Included components: Owner’s Manual
  • Power source type: AC & Battery
  • Note: This radio can run on Batteries or AC Power (AC Adapter and batteries are sold separately) This radio uses 4 AA batteries and can last 20-24 hours .
Sangean PR-D19BK FM Stereo/AM Digital Tuning Portable Radio with Protective Bumper (Gray/Black)
Sangean PR-D19BK FM Stereo/AM Digital Tuning Portable Radio with Protective Bumper (Gray/Black)

Original price was: $99.99.Current price is: $50.28.

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Specification: Sangean PR-D19BK FM Stereo/AM Digital Tuning Portable Radio with Protective Bumper (Gray/Black)

Product Dimensions

1.5 x 4.25 x 7.75 inches

Item Weight

1.06 pounds

Item model number



4 AA batteries required.

Is Discontinued By Manufacturer


Date First Available

June 26, 2015



Reviews (10)

10 reviews for Sangean PR-D19BK FM Stereo/AM Digital Tuning Portable Radio with Protective Bumper (Gray/Black)

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  1. John Sessa

    The radio doesn’t haven’t the look, material, of a high end product but the sound is great and the reception was surprisingly good. Picked up Long Island stations in Connecticut that are often difficult to get. My old Bose radio struggles with these stations ( FM). I have it plugged in with batteries ready to travel if necessary.

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  2. boomdork

    The tuner is top-notch. I bought this unit to use outdoors near my house (using the ADP-PRD19 AC adapter – both sold by VirVentures) or further away (on batteries.) I was initially attracted to this model because of another reviewer’s comments on the narrow-bandwidth setting. I live ½ mile from a radio tower that puts off a lot of sloppy interference around its FM frequency. For years, I have had a little C.Crane FM transmitter plugged into my computer’s earphone jack and set to a (relatively) quiet part of the FM band. This has provided me with “whole house” stereo on several high-quality receivers that I have inside. The challenge was whether a small portable radio could tune into my low-power audio streams. The Sangean PR-D19 was more than up to the task – even on low batteries. (I haven’t got any estimate yet on battery life, as my need for them is very limited.) In certain places, the narrow-bandwidth setting produced a slight reduction in radio-frequency interference (i.e., increased selectivity apparently at the expense of a small decrease in signal sensitivity,) but in most places the default bandwidth tuned in a clear signal even without extending the long antenna– a result, I presume, of Sangean’s excellent digital signal processing (DSP.)

    The radio’s volume and tonal response also are great for a unit of this size. The manufacturer seems to have prioritized accuracy of frequency response in the speakers over frequency range. Since I transmit my own signal to the radio, I can adjust the sound with the graphic equalizer on the audio stream, giving me much more flexibility than simple treble and bass controls that the radio lacks. Lots of other bells-and-whistles (e.g., presets, alarms, snooze, sleep settings, auxiliary input) for which I have no need. The body feels heavy and of quality construction. This is a well-engineered piece of equipment (and a great value for $56 plus $12 for the adapter.)

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  3. Nosch

    Ich hatte von der gleichen Marke lange Zeit ein Küchenradio von etwa doppelter Größe, das einen ausgezeichneten Klang hatte. Deshalb war ich entsetzt, als ich dieses Gerät einschaltete und Töne heraus kamen, wie ich sie eigentlich nur von schlechten, kleinen Transistorradios früherer Jahre kannte. Das ist nicht nur unzureichend für die Küche sondern nicht mal für den Keller geeignet. Ich werde das Radio nur deshalb behalten, weil ich es ohnehin nur für Notfälle gekauft habe, um nötigenfalls Nachrichten zu hören. Für diesen Zweck (und für die schlechte Tonqualität) ist das Radio viel zu teuer, zugegeben.

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  4. Mrs K

    When this radio arrived, I was dismayed, It was VERY small, and plastic. Guess I didn’t read the size dimensions of the product specs. However, I was pleasantly surprised and very pleased with the quality. I am an artisan and wanted a radio with decent sound quality to play in the background as I painted or created fiber art. Simple, no frills, no CD player. This tiny radio really delivers. While there is no adjustment control to refine bass or treble, none is needed. The sound quality is full and rich, and a perfect blend. This may be a tiny product, but it is huge in performance. A hidden gem. I highly recommend it!.

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    Este radio tiene muy buen sonido y a demás tiene 5 memorias ,lo único que veo es que no trae en contacto para corriente, pero su material es de excelente calidad

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  6. J-F P.

    This is a great “portable” radio. It can easily be carried around, but it is definitely not pocket size. I use it in the garage and when I go camping. It picks up FM signals way better than other devices I own. The sound is surprisingly very good for a radio this size. The rubber padding is a nice protection, specially if you carry this thing around. It drains batteries pretty quickly, but I use the power supply (sold separately) at home or in the RV, and battery powered when away from a power source. I would definatly buy again.

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  7. J-F P.

    Buen sonido, muy completo, robusto y bonito diseño pero la Onda Media no se escucha bién todo lo contrario.

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  8. Ken_Ind

    I own both the PR-D18 (which I’ve had for several years) and this PR-D19, which I just got. Lots of reviews on here of both, so I’m mainly going to compare, since both are truly excellent radios. Sangean knows how to make a radio; it’s not a sideline for them; they’re committed to radios and it shows. (For the record, I’m not affiliated with the manufacturer or with anyone selling this or any other radio. This is my review of my own radio that I paid for myself at Amazon’s prevailing price.)

    Compared to the PR-D18 (the single-speaker monaural version) this PR-D19 offers better reception on both AM and FM. This is said after a side-by-side comparison of many fringe signals. The difference is most significant on AM, as the 19 brings in weak signals with noticeably less noise. The wide/narrow bandwidth control is also a really nice addition to the 19, which the 18 doesn’t have. It makes more difference on AM and it could really help with super-weak signals you’re trying to listen to, but of course if you narrow down the already-tiny AM bandwidth, you do hear it (the sound gets muddy) but it’s an option for very weak signals. Given this radio’s sensitivity, you’ll probably never need to use this control, but it’s good to have.

    UPDATE: In further use of this radio I have found the narrow bandwidth setting to be quite useful on FM. You do not hear any appreciable reduction in audio fidelity when you select the narrow setting on FM (as you do on AM), so at first you’re tempted to think it’s not really doing anything. But I tried it on some really weak, distant FM stations and found that the inability to receive these may actually be due to adjacent-channel interference, and switching to narrow bandwidth will eliminate that and clear up the weak station so you can hear it. The effectiveness of this control on FM makes at least two or three FM stations listenable at my location that NO other radios I own will receive cleanly, making the FM performance of the PR-D19 even better than I originally thought. Don’t forget to try this setting if you own this radio and have an FM station you find hard to receive.

    FM is very, very close to the 18; in fact I could search out just a few weak signals to discern any difference at all, but the 19 was just a touch more sensitive on FM than the 18. Sangean, in its radio wisdom, intelligently has set the stereo threshold on the 19 fairly high, so it won’t try to get a stereo signal unless the signal is suitably strong. Or, you can just lock it into mono by holding down the display/mono button. This is a huge plus, compared to other radios that will go into stereo mode even if it means extra hiss, often without giving the listener any other option. (Make no mistake, though, this radio operates easily in stereo on the vast majority of stations – many 50+ miles away. The stations resolved by the 19 clearly in mono are weak stations that most other radios probably wouldn’t receive at all.)

    Size-wise, the 19 is only about an inch longer than the 18 and maybe just a small fraction of an inch thicker; otherwise the dimensions are identical. Nice. There’s probably not anyplace you could take the 18 where the 19 wouldn’t fit.

    One really nice feature of the 19 that the 18 lacks are the top-mounted presets. Generally I’m not a big preset user because they’re usually not much less trouble than just tuning in a station. (This is especially true on radios with hundreds of presets, where you have the problem that you never remember what’s on what preset anyhow, so they’re almost pointless, and it often takes several button-presses to activate a preset, anyway, so I’ll just tune it in manually.) But here, on the other hand, you have presets right on top of the radio, which is excellent because you can activate them by feel, and with a single button press, which is perfect in a dark environment. Plus, because you press down on them, you can use them one-handed. (With front-mounted buttons for presets, you have to hold the radio or at least support it from behind, otherwise you’ll just knock it over rather than successfully pressing the button.)

    In terms of sound quality, Sangean often tends to go for a warm, bass-biased sound. People who like the old-time radio sound love it. I’m happy with the way this 19 and the 18 sound (the tonal quality of the sound is identical) but if I had my druthers, I’d like it to sound a little more brassy. I know what Sangean is trying to do, or I think I do anyway, because some people perceive the brassy sound as cheap, like an early transistor radio, and they don’t want that. I’d enjoy the presence of a tone control that would allow the listener some say in the matter, however.

    Battery usage on the 18 is moderate and I expect this to be similar from what I’ve seen thus far. I have seen a few complaints about battery life in other reviews of both of these radios, but you have to keep in mind that these radios produce a lot more audio power than other small radios, and the amplifier is what consumes the lion’s share of the power in a radio. I’d suggest buying a set of rechargeable AA batteries and a charger (about $15 in total) and never worry about battery life again. If you want, you can keep a set of AA alkalines in a drawer so you can put them in and still use the radio while your rechargeable batteries are being charged.

    Finally, the Aux-in feature is a great addition to the 19, which the 18 doesn’t have. Easy to play music streamed from your phone or tablet. Some have suggested Bluetooth for this radio but I’m just as happy with the 3.5 jack – just plug it in and go with no need to go through the hassle of pairing.

    (One suggestion for using Aux-in: I am seeing reviews of other audio equipment in which people are reporting that they have damaged the speakers of a radio or other equipment by using aux-in. While I have not heard of that happening with this radio, it can happen on any equipment with this capability. To avoid this problem, turn off the radio when connecting a cable between the radio and your phone, tablet, or other audio source device. This is to avoid loud crackling noises that can occur due to electrical interference when making the connection, which can damage the speakers. Then start playing the audio on your output device at a low level and then turn the radio on. Adjust the volume on the output device so the level coming from the radio’s speakers during aux-in play is no louder than a radio station produces at the same radio volume setting. You can switch back and forth from aux-in to a radio station briefly to compare the volume you’re getting with aux-in to that of a station. When you are using a device that has its own internal amplifier, such as your phone, failing to perform this test can cause you to force more power through the speakers than they can handle, potentially causing damage or outright failure.)

    The PR-D19 is an excellent radio that has “just right” controls, features and complexity. You can set the alarms and all that, or you can just turn it on and listen to it. And, reception-wise, this is just about as good as it gets.

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  9. Detritus Effluvium

    Recap: it’s expensive, eats batteries so badly you need the AC adapter, doesn’t really sound that great (especially on batteries), but it has a typically good Sangean tuner. The cute factor applies though, and only for the blue and white version.

    I kept this radio because it does really well picking up AM DX at night with its low noise floor. It also does well picking up low power local stations during the day. It’s small enough for portable use but watching the battery meter go down quickly is disconcerting.

    When you plug in the AC adapter, you get a sudden increase in fidelity similar to a loudness button. The Sangean Lunchbox does the same thing when you plug it in. I think Sangean repurposed the same circuit as the Lunchbox and several other models that all have 5 Preset buttons.

    Sangean fans might like this one but I bet Amazon gets a lot of them returned just for the battery issue.

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  10. Mariano

    Me gustó su tamaño, la facilidad de uso y como memorizar las estaciones de radio AM/FM. Lo compré para regalo.

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