Many thanks to SWLing Post contributor, Ante Milisa, who writes:
I believe this is a successor to Sangean’s well-known Sangean PR-D8, which I had and which was great.
It seems like this one is currently only produced for the Asian market though. It would be great if they would produce a version for Europe/America as well.
I am sure it would sell well.
Anybody heard anything about this product?
From what I can see, it has FM/AM, radio recording with preset recording, and SD card capability. Everything I need.
Thanks for your message Ante, especially since I was unfamiliar with either model.
The Sangean PR-D8 had a very unique design with split recording and radio functions on the front panel. Indeed, I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything quite like it. C.Crane sold them, but they now appear to be discontinued. There aren’t any currently on eBay, either (though one did recently sell for $100 shipped).
I read a Google Translate version of the Sangean TR-108 spec sheet. Sadly, I think the TR-108 lacks the AM (mediumwave) band–FM only–so it might not be a direct replacement for the PR-D8. Plus, the TR-108 recording function doesn’t appear to be as full-featured as that of the PR-D8.
Still, I like how the TR-108 buttons appear to have raised, tactile dots for those who are visually-impaired. Looks to be pretty compact as well!
Post readers: please comment if you have more information to share about the Sangean TR-108 iTalker.