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Sony Black Portable AM-FM Radio - ICF-38

Abt Model: ICF38 | UPC Code: 027242733596
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AM-FM Tuner/ High Power Output/ LED Tuning Indicator/ Built-In Carrying Handle/ Earphone Jack/ Operates On Batteries Or AC Adapter/ Black Finish
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Sony Black Portable AM/FM Radio, Model ICF38

Perfect for the garage, porch, or anywhere around the house, this handy portable radio delivers crisp sound and simplified controls. The built-in carrying handle makes it convenient to carry and the illuminated LED tuner makes finding the right station fast and easy—even in low light.

Features:

  • AM/FM Tuner
    gives you access to AM/FM radio
  • High Power/Good Sound Output
    makes this an excellent portable for all-around use, at home and away. Ideal radio to have around the house during severe weather or power outages
  • LED Tuning Indicator
    helps provide precise station tuning even in dim light
  • Tone Control Switch
    lets you adjust high/low balance for most pleasing sound
  • Built-In Carrying Handle
    for easy portability
  • 3 5/8" Speaker
    reproduces a wide range of sound from high to low frequencies
  • Earphone Jack
    for personal listening
  • Operates on Batteries or AC
    with 4 "AA" batteries, or on AC with built-in power cord

Specifications:

Audio

  • Frequency Range: 530-1710kHz; FM: 87.6-108MHz
  • Antenna System: AM: Built-in Ferrite Bar Antenna; FM
  • Tuner Type: Analog

Capability

  • Radio: AM, FM
  • Location: Portable

General

  • Design: Portable, with built-in carrying handle

Inputs and Outputs

  • Headphone Output(s): 1

Power

  • Power Requirements: AC 120V, 60Hz, or DC 6V
  • Output Power: 400mW (at 10% harmonic distortion)
  • Battery Type: "AA" x 4 batteries (optional)
  • Battery Life (Approx.): up to 80 hours (with Sony batteries)

Speaker

  • Speaker Dimensions: 3 5/8" (92mm)
  • Speaker Type: Mono

Hardware

  • Display: LED Tuning Indicator

Approximate Dimensions:

  • Width: 9.22"
  • Height: 5.25"
  • Depth: 2.72"

Approximate Weight:

  • Unit with Battery: 1 lb 14 oz
  • Shipping: 2 lbs

Warranty Information:

  • Manufacturer Warranty (authorized online retailer):
    90 days labor / 1 year parts

Features and specifications subject to change without notice.

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  • The Sony ICF-38 Ships in a Factory Sealed Box.
 
PortableYes
iPod DockNo
Power SourceBattery or AC Adaptor
  

REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

by PowerReviews
Sony Black Portable AM-FM Radio
 
4.7

(based on 170 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (129)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (36)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

99%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (114)
  • Good sound quality (110)
  • Durable (102)
  • Great reception (98)
  • Long battery life (55)

Cons

  • Poor sound quality (4)
  • Heavy (3)

Best Uses

  • Home use (99)
  • Daily use (77)
  • Travel (24)
  • Everyday (7)
  • Home (6)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Practical (111), Traveler (8), Average health (7), Gearhead (7), Casual user (5)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (11)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (55), Yes (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Solid radio!

What a great radio! This thing is really clear and selective on FM (don't use much) and on AM, it has a surprisingly hot receiver. It picks up almost as many stations...Read complete review

What a great radio! This thing is really clear and selective on FM (don't use much) and on AM, it has a surprisingly hot receiver. It picks up almost as many stations as my CC Radio EP. Sure, it doesn't have all the fine-tuning gizmos as the EP or nearly as big an AM antenna, but I can routinely listen to stations from: Winnipeg, Minneapolis, Denver, Nashville, Cincinnati, Chicago, Dallas etc... on the ICF-38. (I live in IL.) I love the feel of the radio, too. The tuning dial has a really high-quality feel (no backlash at all). There is no part of this radio that feels cheap. This was proven when my wife accidentally knocked off a 51/2 foot tall shelf onto our hardwood floor yesterday. I heard the radio hit the floor in from the basement and assumed it was a goner. Amazingly, the radio won the battle with the floor! Works fine - not a scratch! (I can't say the same for the floor...) Audio quality is wonderful for a relatively low-tech radio of this size. And the tone control switch really helps when listening to distant AM stations. Great emergency radio, too. I can fit an extra set of 4 AA batteries in the back compartment with the cord. DEFINITELY my favorite radio for the price. The unit is the definition of the phrase, "bang-for-the-buck"!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Replacement Radio

I bought this radio to replacce an older portable
that no longer works. I was happy with the size of
the Sony, and it's accesssors ( battery operated, telescoping antenna, earphenes...Read complete review

I bought this radio to replacce an older portable
that no longer works. I was happy with the size of
the Sony, and it's accesssors ( battery operated, telescoping antenna, earphenes and carrying handle.
I was disappointed in the sound quality.It is an
analog radio, which could account forr my disappointment in the sound quality. Other than this
problem, I like the radio and all of it's features.

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5.0

Great radio

By 

from NYC,NY

About Me Elderly

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Comfortable
  • Easy Storage
  • Sturdy

Cons

  • Heavy

Best Uses

  • Elderly
  • Emergency

Comments about Sony Black Portable AM-FM Radio:

Great sound

Service and delivery comments:

All good!

  • Primary use:
  • Personal

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5.0

Compact radio with big sound

By 

from Glenview il

About Me Average Health

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Comfortable
  • Easy Storage
  • Lightweight
  • Safe
  • Sturdy

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Sony Black Portable AM-FM Radio:

      Nice ..radio perfect for listening to the stations I like.

      • Primary use:
      • Personal

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      5.0

      Would buy again

      By 

      from Manlius NY

      About Me Caregiver

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Lightweight
      • Sturdy

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Sony Black Portable AM-FM Radio:

          Fast and reliable ,good price, good quality ,no complaints so far

          Service and delivery comments:

          No complaints

          • Primary use:
          • Personal

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          5.0

          I would buy this product again....

          By 

          from Chicago,illinois

          About Me Caregiver, Elderly

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Comfortable
          • Easy Storage
          • Lightweight
          • Safe
          • Sturdy

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Disabled
            • Elderly
            • Emergency
            • Following Surgery

            Comments about Sony Black Portable AM-FM Radio:

            For the cost was worth it....The item was a little bit bigger than I expected...I use this item frequently especially in the morning washing up and taking a shower to listen to the news radio and music......Great item.....

            Service and delivery comments:

            Fast delivery.....

            • Primary use:
            • Personal

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            5.0

            Emergency back up radio

            By 

            from Willoughby OH

            About Me Average Health

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Emergency

              Comments about Sony Black Portable AM-FM Radio:

              I bought this radio to serve as a means to obtain weather updates, etc. when the electricity goes out. Battery backup was essential. Sound and reception excellent.

              Service and delivery comments:

              Prompt delivery with good packing.

              • Primary use:
              • Personal

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              5.0

              Excellent radio

              By 

              from Spokane, WA

              About Me Athletic, Average Health

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy Storage
              • Lightweight
              • Safe
              • Sturdy

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Disabled
                • Elderly

                Comments about Sony Black Portable AM-FM Radio:

                Excellent radio

                Service and delivery comments:

                No problems. Good service.

                • Primary use:
                • Business

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                5.0

                Just what we were looking for in a portable radio

                By 

                from Queens, New York

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                  Cons

                  • No cons only pros

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Sony Black Portable AM-FM Radio:

                    We ordered the radio for kitchen use. It has a nice tone and useful for morning news and weather updates.

                    Service and delivery comments:

                    Very satisfied with prompt delivery.

                    • Primary use:
                    • Personal

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                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    The answer for simplicity!

                    By 

                    from Glenview, IL

                    About Me Average Health

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy Storage
                    • Lightweight
                    • NO clock - yeah!

                    Cons

                    • Reception a bit fuzzy

                    Best Uses

                    • Handy in power outages
                    • Limited space required

                    Comments about Sony Black Portable AM-FM Radio:

                    Great that one can be operated on batteries in case of power failure. Just fine on kitchen counter for news, etc. Looked for a long time for a small simple radio and NO clock. Who needs another clock in the kitchen with micro and stove clocks lined up? Very pleased to have stumbled upon this one while making another purchase.

                    Service and delivery comments:

                    Store pick-up

                    • Primary use:
                    • Personal

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                    5.0

                    Love my Sony black portable AM-FM Radio

                    By 

                    from Pensacola FL

                    About Me Average Health

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • great for the beach
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                    • n/a

                    Best Uses

                    • Anytime

                    Comments about Sony Black Portable AM-FM Radio:

                    This is exactly what I was looking for to take to the beach. It has great reception and is easy to carry in my beach bag. I would recommend it to anyone that is looking for a great radio without all the bells and whistles. Sometimes simple is the way to go.
                    I told a friend at work and now she wants to order one.

                    Service and delivery comments:

                    Came quickly

                    • Primary use:
                    • Personal

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                    4.0

                    Simply Perfect

                    By 

                    from Charlotte

                    About Me Average Health, Elderly

                    Pros

                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Disabled
                      • Elderly

                      Comments about Sony Black Portable AM-FM Radio:

                      I purchased this radio for my vision impaired mother. She needed simplicity and good reception.

                      • Primary use:
                      • Personal

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