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Sony ICF38 Portable AM/FM Radio (Black)
Sony ICF38 Portable AM/FM Radio (Black) Large built-in speaker.Headphone Output(s) : 1,Power Requirements : AC 120V, 60Hz, or DC 6V.What's in the box: Sony ICF-38 Portable AM/FM Radio, 90-Days Labor & 1-Year Parts Limited Warranty
AM/FM portable radio
Tone control switch
Large built-in speaker. Earphone jack
LED tuning indicator
The ICF38 can run on batteries or using an AC plug
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808 of 814 found the following review helpful:
Well Designed/Good PerformanceOct 16, 2009
I'm a big time radio guy, and have used many models over the years. There are two things that really make any radio stand out, and this one has both of them.
The ICF-38 is an excellent performer as far as reception of both AM and FM signals go. Weak signal pick up on both bands is markedly better here than with almost all small portable radios I've used, and even more importantly, selectivity (ability to seperate stations cleanly) is better as well. The tone switch (which some radios don't even have) cuts the treble when desired, if you want a less harsh sounding AM signal. The dial has no clock or light, but an LED for indicating if a station is tuned in. Battery life is excellent if alkalines are used (it takes 4 AA batteries). Output volume is listed as 4 watts, quite loud for a radio of this size, with little distortion at top level.
The other ingredient for a good radio is ease of use and a well thought out design. There are little things here which most people won't notice that actually make this radio a joy to use. Many radios today that run off both internal batteries and AC require a seperate wall-wart that plugs into the radio and the outlet, but the ICF-38 has the power cord built in so you won't have to search for it when needed. Also, the battery cover is hinged, which is great as battery covers can disappear as easily as wall-warts (and you can't just go to Wal-mart to buy a new battery cover). The carry handle flips up when needed, and there is an indentation in the cabinet which allows you to slip in a finger to raise it easily, and you'll find out how nice this is when your hands are full and you need to bring the radio with you as well. Both slide switches for band selection and power have a raised bump in the middle which makes it easier to change bands or turn it on. Finally, The shape makes it easy to place in most locations and it is very stable, making it unlikely to get knocked over.
If there were no markings on this radio to indicate the manufacturer, I would have easily guessed that it was a Sony product. It has the great performance and clever design that I associate with Sony.
175 of 178 found the following review helpful:
simple and functionalAug 08, 2008
By Galt Chase
Just what I was looking for--a quality desktop radio with nothing fancy-- just a radio. The sound quality is very good and the reception is excellent with a telescoping adjustable attenna. Great value for the price.
239 of 248 found the following review helpful:
A Fine Little RadioAug 14, 2008
By Blu Opaline
This radio brings in distant stations, sounds good, and takes up little space. The controls are easy for me to use. These were the qualities I was looking for so I am pleased I made the choice to buy Sony ICF38.
49 of 49 found the following review helpful:
Great simple inexpensive portable radioJul 15, 2012
By Jim Schmidt
I wanted a small, simple, inexpensive radio for kitchen use. The Sony ICF38 is well made, can use either an AC cord that stows in the back of the radio, or 4-AA batteries.
Styling is simple and clean, with clear, solid controls. Sound quality is very good for such a small radio. Very happy with the radio to this point.
83 of 87 found the following review helpful:
Great no frills radio at an attractive priceOct 20, 2008
By Tommy Gun
I just recently purchased this gem for use in my office & garage & my first impressions are as follows:
-Decent sound quality
-Reception is very good,actually better than a few portables I own that
cost much more.
-Very easy to use,you don't even need a manual.
This radio is a throw back to the 70's,no bells and whistles
just a tone control for music & talk. What impressed me the
most is the ease of picking up on AM lower powered stations
over 100 miles in the day time. For giggles & grins, I used a
'Select A Tenna' antenna in the night time & this unit turned
into a serious DX,ing machine! . In a nushell, for the money you
can't go wrong.
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