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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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PortableYes
iPod DockNo
Power SourceBattery or AC Adaptor
  

REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

by PowerReviews
Sony Black Portable AM-FM Radio
 
4.7

(based on 141 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (104)

  • 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)
  • Great reception (98)
  • Lightweight (98)
  • Durable (94)
  • Long battery life (55)

Cons

  • Poor sound quality (4)

Best Uses

  • Home use (99)
  • Daily use (77)
  • Travel (23)
  • Commuting (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Practical (111), Traveler (8), Gearhead (7), Older / senior (5)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (47), 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

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

        Comment on this review

         
        5.0

        great beach radio!!

        By happily retired

        from pensacola,fl

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Good Sound Quality
        • Great Reception
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Travel

          Comments about Sony Black Portable AM-FM Radio:

          works great at the beach

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          Comment on this review

           
          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

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