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Sony Black Portable AM-FM Radio - ICF-38

Abt Model: ICF38
$29.00  
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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4.7 (135 reviews) 4.5
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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.

PortableYes
iPod DockNo
Power SourceBattery or AC Adaptor
  

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REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

by PowerReviews
Sony Black Portable AM-FM Radio
 
4.7

(based on 135 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (100)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (30)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

99%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good sound quality (105)
  • Great reception (94)
  • Lightweight (92)
  • Durable (88)
  • Long battery life (54)

Cons

  • Poor sound quality (3)

Best Uses

  • Home use (94)
  • Daily use (75)
  • Travel (22)
  • Commuting (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Practical (107), Traveler (8), Gearhead (7), Older / senior (5)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (41), 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"!

VS

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.

Reviewed by 135 customers

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4.0

Great Product

By John

from Buena Park, CA

About Me Practical

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Durable
  • Good Sound Quality
  • Great Reception
  • Lightweight

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Daily Use
    • Home Use

    Comments about Sony Black Portable AM-FM Radio:

    Product is used daily to listen to news, etc.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    Comment on this review

     
    5.0

    Good value

    By SteveG

    from Atlanta, GA

    About Me Practical

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Good Sound Quality
    • Great Reception

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home Use

      Comments about Sony Black Portable AM-FM Radio:

      Good sound

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      Comment on this review

       
      5.0

      Product fits need to a "T"

      By Tom

      from Webster City, Iowa

      About Me Frequent Traveler, Practical, Retired

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy to Operate
      • Good Sound Quality
      • Great Reception
      • Great size
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Daily Use
        • Home Use

        Comments about Sony Black Portable AM-FM Radio:

        Fits my needs perfectly. Portable to transport from room to room or take in car on road trips. Controls simple, easy to understand and easy to read.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • Yes

        Comment on this review

         
        5.0

        The Perfect Portable Radio

        By Mope

        from Minneapolis, MN

        About Me Practical

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Good Sound Quality
        • Great Reception
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Home Use
          • Travel

          Comments about Sony Black Portable AM-FM Radio:

          Product was delivered in a timely fashion. The radio is built well and it provides a very clear and distinct sound. Definitely a great purchase.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          Comment on this review

           
          5.0

          Great Radio

          By Tothemax

          from Tularosa, NM

          Comments about Sony Black Portable AM-FM Radio:

          For the price, couldn't get a better radio. It picks up stations much better than our old radio did. Very satisified with purchase.

          Comment on this review

           
          5.0

          Excellent Reception

          By Avid ereader

          from The Villages , FL

          About Me Practical

          Verified Buyer
          Site Member

          Pros

          • Good Sound Quality
          • Great Reception

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Home Use

            Comments about Sony Black Portable AM-FM Radio:

            We live in a poor reception area. The sound quality is great.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

            Comment on this review

             
            4.0

            Great purchase!

            By Ladibugg

            from Highland Park, IL

            About Me Frequent Traveler, Practical

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Good Sound Quality
            • Great Reception
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Daily Use
              • Home Use
              • Travel

              Comments about Sony Black Portable AM-FM Radio:

              I like to move around the house & garden listening to the radio. My previous more-expensive portable a.m./f.m.+other radio, which I used for this purpose, had horrible reception within my 60+ yr old house with plaster walls (metal lathe). This one works great! I don't even miss all the extra doodads the old portable had since they were too hard to use and were not reliable. And now I have a reliable radio if/when the power goes out! And I can bring it along on camping trips! - Great buy and value.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

              Comment on this review

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Perfect! Simple, small, good reception.

              By Peanuts

              from Kansas

              About Me Practical

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Good Sound Quality
              • Great Price We Lik
              • Great Reception
              • Lightweight
              • Long Battery Life

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Daily Use
                • Home Use
                • Travel

                Comments about Sony Black Portable AM-FM Radio:

                We had a radio that had all kinds of settings, would go off and on and we never figured it out :)
                This is just like our old portable radios from the
                50s and 60s. Turn it on. Find your station. Voila!!!

                We like the size, the way the cord does not come off, but just tucks into the back, only 4 batteries. Highly recommend.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

                Comment on this review

                 
                5.0

                Would buy again

                By jim

                from raleigh, nc

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Good Sound Quality

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Home Use

                  Comments about Sony Black Portable AM-FM Radio:

                  I use it daily.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

                  Comment on this review

                  (11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Solid radio!

                  By RadioNerd

                  from IL

                  Comments about Sony Black Portable AM-FM 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 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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