Sony ICF38 Portable AM/FM Radio (Black) Reviews




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  1. 59er says:
    529 of 533 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Well Designed/Good Performance, October 16, 2009
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    59er (Florida) –

    This review is from: Sony ICF38 Portable AM/FM Radio (Black) (Electronics)

    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.

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  2. J. Root says:
    177 of 182 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    A Fine Little Radio, August 14, 2008
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    J. Root (Underatree, USA) –

    This review is from: Sony ICF38 Portable AM/FM Radio (Black) (Electronics)

    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.

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  3. Galt Chase says:
    105 of 107 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    simple and functional, August 7, 2008
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    This review is from: Sony ICF38 Portable AM/FM Radio (Black) (Electronics)

    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.

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