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Sony ICF38 Portable AM/FM Radio

Model:

ICF38

 | Catalog #: 55075169
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$24.99
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Product Summary

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 easyeven in low light.

  • AM/FM tuner LED tuning indicator Tone control switch Built-in carrying handle for easy portability
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Sony ICF38 Portable AM/FM Radio
 
4.7

(based on 19 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (15)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

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    (0)

90%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good sound quality (5)
  • Lightweight (5)
  • Great reception (4)
  • Durable (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Daily use (5)
    • Home use (4)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Practical (4)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (5)

    Reviewed by 19 customers

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    5.0

    Great radio. Sony ICF38

    By Harv

    from Folsom, Ca.

    About Me Frequent Traveler, Practical

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Good Sound Quality
    • Great Reception
    • Lightweight
    • Small and compact
    • Super Reception

    Cons

    • None

    Best Uses

    • Daily Use
    • Home Use
    • Travel

    Comments about Sony ICF38 Portable AM/FM Radio:

    I have had a problem finding a radio with good reception, especially AM. I read the reviews and one of the most positive comments was great reception, and they were correct. It is small and compact, great sound, easy to tune with a red light for tuning. I can't think of anything negative about it. I love it.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No
     
    5.0

    Great Radio

    By Phil

    from Maricopa, AZ.

    About Me Practical

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Good Sound Quality
    • Great Reception
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Daily Use
      • Home Use

      Comments about Sony ICF38 Portable AM/FM Radio:

      Great radio at a great price. I have one at 3 different locations around the house, and they never loose a signal.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No
       
      4.0

      Good Buy for the Money

      By Steve

      from Crystal Lake, IL

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Good Sound Quality
      • Great Reception
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Daily Use
        • Home Use

        Comments about Sony ICF38 Portable AM/FM Radio:

        My wife uses this radio to listen to her Cubbies while she is outside gardening. For the price, it has above average sound and reception, would have to say, we're very happy with it. Only other thing that would have been nice to see would have been some kind of protective case, like the old time portable radios use to have.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great Benefit-to-Cost

        By The Contingency Guy

        from Louisville, KY

        About Me Practical

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Good Sound Quality
        • Great Reception
        • Lightweight

        Cons

        • Handle Too Narrow

        Best Uses

        • Daily Use

        Comments about Sony ICF38 Portable AM/FM Radio:

        I purchased this unit because I had been pleased with a similar earlier model, the SONY ICF-24 which is still in use. The new ICF-38 is an improvement over the ICF-24 in sound quality and easier to use (and to see) controls. Great sound quality and reception. However, the ICF-38's carrying handle could be a little more heavy-duty in its girth. The Radio Shack price was the best in town.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Just like days gone by....

        By A 70's Kid

        from Houston, TX

        About Me Practical

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Easy Controls
        • Good Sound Quality
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Daily Use
          • Home Use

          Comments about Sony ICF38 Portable AM/FM Radio:

          A basic no frills radio that sounds great! Just like they made them before iPods and MP3s.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No
           
          5.0

          Great Radio

          By Tothemax

          from Tularosa, NM

          Comments about Sony ICF38 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.

          (12 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Solid radio!

          By RadioNerd

          from IL

          Comments about Sony ICF38 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"!

          (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          good product, excellent value

          By GedWro

          from San Diego, Ca

          Comments about Sony ICF38 Portable AM/FM Radio:

          Great radio, good dimensions for portability,can tune into satellite stations with limited range to satellite tuner. (listen to my sirius channels on my patio outside).Unbelievable price for what you get.

          (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          2.0

          Dissapointment

          By cagey

          from Troy, MI

          Pros

          • Good sound

          Cons

          • No digital tuning, weather band, or presets

          Best Uses

            Comments about Sony ICF38 Portable AM/FM Radio:

            I have an older model Sony portable radio and like it a lot. So, when it came time to purchase another one, I again turned to Sony. This is not a bad radio, but it is a major technoligical step backwards from the older model. This one has analog tuning. Sony should no longer make any radio without digital tuning. In addition, unlike my older Sony, this one has no presets, and no weather band. Sony products should become more technologically advanced with each new offering, not go back to what they sold my parents.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            A must have for every household

            By NycFH

            from New york city

            Comments about Sony ICF38 Portable AM/FM Radio:

            My husband takes this from room to room, perfect for the games, weather, news. THis is perfect for someone who doesnt want something too complicated to use. Nice simple dial tuner, plug and play, no complicated digital tunning. This is a must for weather emergencies as well.

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