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Sony Black Portable AM-FM Radio - ICF-38

Abt Model: ICF38 | UPC Code: 027242733596
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 152 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (113)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (34)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

99%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good sound quality (110)
  • Lightweight (107)
  • Great reception (98)
  • Durable (97)
  • Long battery life (55)

Cons

  • Poor sound quality (4)

Best Uses

  • Home use (99)
  • Daily use (77)
  • Travel (24)
  • Everyday (7)
  • Home (6)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Practical (111), Traveler (8), Gearhead (7), Casual user (5), Older / senior (5)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (3)
    • 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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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

    Comment on this review

     
    5.0

    Good reception

    By 

    from Alameda, CA

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Sony Black Portable AM-FM Radio:

        Good for kitchen or garage.

        • Primary use:
        • Personal

        Comment on this review

         
        4.0

        Small, compack, easy to use

        By 

        from Highland Park, IL

        About Me Average Health, Elderly

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Elderly

          Comments about Sony Black Portable AM-FM Radio:

          I bought a portable/plug in radio because my apartment has a problem with electric radios. There is agreat deal of static. This one is better as a portable, but still has static. However, I am able to listen to it

          • Primary use:
          • Personal

          Comment on this review

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Excellent Product

          By 

          from Chicagoland area

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Lightweight
          • Reliable

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Everyday use
            • Home

            Comments about Sony Black Portable AM-FM Radio:

            I am a limo driver and the radio in the car doesn't work. After purchasing 4 different radios from different retailers, and returning them immediately, (they didn't work), I figured I'd give it a try. (Sony makes a good product)

            The radio works exceptionally well in the car, and I would highly recommend this product for anyone looking for a small, portable, radio. Easy to carry; easy to use.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

            Comment on this review

             
            5.0

            Sony Portable AM-FM Radio

            By 

            from Glenview, Illinois

            About Me Casual user

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Reliable

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Everyday use
              • Home

              Comments about Sony Black Portable AM-FM Radio:

              My husband replaced a previous small radio with the Sony. He uses to listen to the news and weather.
              It is a nice looking radio and has a good sound.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

              Comment on this review

               
              5.0

              This radio is perfect for my needs.

              By 

              from Wilmette, IL.

              About Me Casual user

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Easy To Use
              • Lightweight
              • Reliable

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Everyday use
                • Home

                Comments about Sony Black Portable AM-FM Radio:

                I use this radio in my kitchen and it works perfectly. The sound is excellent, as is the reception. Sony has done it again!

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

                Comment on this review

                 
                5.0

                Good selection

                By 

                from Edwardsville Illinois

                About Me Casual user

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Everyday use
                  • Home
                  • Traveling

                  Comments about Sony Black Portable AM-FM Radio:

                  Hard to find none digital radios, so this was great to find one and it has good reception

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

                  Comment on this review

                   
                  5.0

                  Great portable radio.

                  By 

                  from Troy, MI

                  About Me Casual user

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Lightweight
                  • Reliable

                  Cons

                  • None

                  Best Uses

                  • Everyday use

                  Comments about Sony Black Portable AM-FM Radio:

                  No issue with the product.

                  Service and delivery comments:

                  Delivery was great. I was also considering buying the smaller Sony AM / FM radio but the shipping cost was almost as much as the radio. Should have had a way of combining the two products for shipping since the radio purchased qualified for free shipping.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

                  Comment on this review

                   
                  5.0

                  Sony fits the bill

                  By 

                  from Concord, MA

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Reliable

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Home

                    Comments about Sony Black Portable AM-FM Radio:

                    This replaces a similar looking Sony that we have had for over 20 years. Sits in the kitchen, so we can listen to the news while having breakfast or making dinner.

                    Music is fine, but our main use is listening to npr

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

                    Comment on this review

                     
                    5.0

                    needed a good radio

                    By 

                    from Headland, Al.

                    About Me Casual user

                    Pros

                    • Durable
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Lightweight
                    • Reliable

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Everyday use

                      Comments about Sony Black Portable AM-FM Radio:

                      This a very good radio. Good reception. You can't go wrong with this purchase.

                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No

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