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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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4.7 (146 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.

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  • Abt ships this product for free!
 
PortableYes
iPod DockNo
Power SourceBattery or AC Adaptor
  

REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

by PowerReviews
Sony Black Portable AM-FM Radio
 
4.7

(based on 146 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (109)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (32)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

99%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good sound quality (110)
  • Lightweight (102)
  • Great reception (98)
  • Durable (96)
  • Long battery life (55)

Cons

  • Poor sound quality (4)

Best Uses

  • Home use (99)
  • Daily use (77)
  • Travel (24)
  • Commuting (5)
  • Everyday (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Practical (111), Traveler (8), Gearhead (7), Older / senior (5), Casual user (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (52), 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

Good selection

By Kit

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 JV

    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 Jim T

    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 Cephus

      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

        Comment on this review

         
        5.0

        It's my second Sony.Great performance.

        By Bernie

        from Mishawaka,IN

        About Me Professional

        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 product mostly, to listen to AM radio stations in Chicago .Great reception from IN.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          Comment on this review

           
          5.0

          Does what a basic radio should do

          By jmford

          from Glenview, IL

          About Me Practical

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Good Sound Quality
          • Great Reception
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Home Use

            Comments about Sony Black Portable AM-FM Radio:

            Picked this up to replace a 30 year old radio that I use in the basement. Overall it is very nice. Compact and good sound but wish that it had controls to adjust the sound. I doubt that this radio will last as long as the Sony radio it replaced

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

            Comment on this review

             
            4.0

            Practical with many purposes

            By Holden the Barbarian

            from Lowell MI

            About Me Practical

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Good Sound Quality
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Home Use

              Comments about Sony Black Portable AM-FM Radio:

              I use the radio for dual purposes: a radio for my workshop and an emergency radio to use during our frequent power outages.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

              Comment on this review

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Reliable bathroom radio

              By JK

              from Elmhurst Ill

              About Me Practical

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Good Sound Quality
              • Great Reception
              • Lightweight
              • Long Battery Life

              Cons

              • None

              Best Uses

              • Daily Use
              • Home Use

              Comments about Sony Black Portable AM-FM Radio:

              Great sound from a small radio

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

              Comment on this review

               
              4.0

              good but poor sound quality

              By N/A

              from new york.new york

              About Me RETIREE

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Lightweight

              Cons

              • Poor Reception
              • Poor Sound Quality

              Best Uses

              • Daily Use
              • Home Use

              Comments about Sony Black Portable AM-FM Radio:

              all said in choices areas

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

              Comment on this review

               
              5.0

              Good basic radio

              By AuntDawn

              from Atlanta, GA

              About Me Practical

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Good Sound Quality
              • Great Reception
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Home Use

                Comments about Sony Black Portable AM-FM Radio:

                I use this radio on my patio, mainly to listen to Braves baseball. It is a great basic radio; easy to tune in and better reception than my other portable radios. I leave it on the same channel, so not having pre-selected stations doesn't make any difference to me.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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